The U.S. labor market was already shrinking before the recession, more wage inequality and fewer good jobs.
If our electronics and clothes are made in China, our cars are made in Mexico, and your PC support comes from Hyderbad, where are the good paying factory jobs we saw in the 1960s-1990s??? Where are the good entry-level IT jobs?
They are gone forever.
People have to eat. Living is poverty is not a lifestyle choice. Nearly two million veterans and active-duty military personnel are on food-stamps and more than $100M of food-stamp spending happens on military bases.
The food stamp program costs $72B a year. Raising taxes on the rich will bring in $80B a year. Problem solved.
Is there fraud, waste, and abuse? Of course there is, it's a government program.
But would lots of kids go to bed hungry without it? Yup.
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