Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski is attempting to live on food stamps. He is spending exactly $21 on food for the week.
The funny thing is the former Agriculture Secretary John Block did the same thing in 1983. According to a generally supportive editorial in the Omaha World-Herald on August 7, 1983, some accused Secretary Block of "grandstanding" and "showing insensitivity to the plight of the poor." Interestingly, the editorial described the weekly budget for Block, his wife, and 19 year-old daughter as $58 for the week.
I understand that certain programs are targeted for cuts, and that food stamps do not provide a lavish lifestyle, but are we to understand that food stamp budgets have essentially stayed the same in actual dollars in 20+ years? Or is there some creative bookkeeping and grandstanding going on here on the part of Governor Kulongoski? The story says that $21 is what the average Oregonian food stamp recipient spends on groceries in a week. Could they spend more if they needed to? Where is the media criticism?
Labels: Food Stamps