Ohio families receiving food stamps could get an unwelcome surprise come January: $50 less every month in assistance.
For the 869,000 households enrolled in the program for the poorest Ohioans, that could amount to about $520 million annually out of the grocery budgets.
I wonder why the takers in Ohio were not told that the gubbmint was gonna take away a good chunk of their cheese before the election. Of course, I am sure once they start making noise, they are going to get what they want anyway.
And lest you think this is done out of some belief that they need better fiscal discipline, take a look at this:
Because of the way the federal government calculates utility expenses for people receiving the benefit, a mild winter nationwide last year, and a lower price for natural gas, many families could experience a significant cut in aid, those familiar with the program say.
Recipients should get a letter from the state Department of Job and Family Services this month explaining the change, said Ben Johnson, a spokesman for the agency.
Now, one could make the argument that it was not the fault of the wealth redistributors that this is gonna happen, but that’s just missing the point: like so many other pieces of real bad news, the people that were affected didn’t find out about the bad news until after the election. Have no fear however takers. A fix is on the way!
The Rev. Steve Anthony, executive director of Toledo Area Ministries, said, “It will put a strain on all organizations that provide emergency food. We’re going to have to find alternatives. We can’t pull food or money out of thin air.”
That basically means they want government to hand out more freebees. The money to pay for that stuff will come out of thin air.
No, I am not reveling in other people’s misery here: I am pointing out that dependency on the government comes at a price. Especially after an election, as the politicians no longer feel too strongly that they need to actually do something to buy votes.