Maybe We Should Ditch Food Stamps And Bring Back Soup Kitchens


Liberal economist (I know, kind of a funny oxymoron right there) Paul Krugman waxed poetic about how today’s food stamps are the equivalent of the old time soup kitchens.

Liberal economist Paul Krugman, a New York Times columnist, called food stamps the “soup kitchens of the modern depression,” at a time when federal spending on food stamps has climbed to a record $80.4 billion.

“We have in some ways made things more civilized, but also more invisible,” Krugman said Friday during an interview with Bill Moyers on “Moyers & Company” on PBS.

“Somebody said that food stamps are the soup kitchens of the modern Depression, that there are a lot of people who would be standing in line to get that soup who are instead – and it’s a good thing – who are instead getting – I guess now called SNAP Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program, who are getting those debit cards and are getting essential food stuffs, and they’re at the grocery store and they look like anybody else,” Krugman said. (Read More)

Oh yes, it’s all a great liberal utopia. Rather than having an incentive to take any job available and work hard to avoid standing in line at soup kitchens, people are signing up for food stamps and other welfare programs. Why wouldn’t they? The government is out there recruiting more food stamp recipients, as if there’s some endless supply of money growing on Ben Bernanke’s money tree. They don’t even have to pull out “food stamps” anymore, all they have to do is swipe their EBT cards. The stigma is removed, the hassle is removed, the motivation to work is removed.

As far as I’m concerned, the country would be better off if we redirected SNAP funds to old fashioned soup kitchens. At least then people might have a clue that they really are poor. As it is now, the poor live just as well as those who work 60 hours a week.

Unfortunately, I doubt this idea will gain any traction, seeing that the takers outnumber the makers. That’s by design, by the way.

H/T Weasel Zippers