Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Food Stamp Map
This is an interesting and unfortunate story, complete with an interactive map. Something like 10 million new people have started getting food stamps in the last two years (bringing the total to about 35 million). Perhaps if only the extremely poor could get them that would be something, but it seems like most people just end up using them as disposable income. People in the United States, for the most part, are not starving--they have money for food and other basic needs. Food stamps allows them to use the money they would have spent on food to buy, well, anything. There's nothing quite as expensive as free money from the government.