47.6 million Americans are about to have their food stamp benefits cut,
and most of them have absolutely no idea that it is about to happen.
Needless to say, a lot of them are going to be very angry when they
discover that they cannot buy as much food for their families anymore.
The reason that this is happening is because a temporary boost to food
stamp benefits that was put in during the last recession is expiring.
But most of the people that are having their benefits cut will not
understand this. Most of them will just be very upset that the
government is “taking money away” from them.
And considering the “mini-riots” that we witnessed earlier this month
when the system that processes food stamp payments went down for a few
hours, it is obvious that a lot of food stamp recipients can very
easily be pushed over the edge. So what would happen if we have
another “debt ceiling crisis” in Washington D.C. early next year and
food stamp benefits are temporarily cut off completely?
Wherever “austerity” has been tried in Europe, it has resulted in
protests and riots. Could a similar thing happen in this country?