The Washington Post reports on developments that indicate Scott Walker's increasing isolation outside the mainstream of his own Republican Party.
In our last episode, congressional Republicans forced a deal in which Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP), or as the program is still more commonly called, food stamps, were whacked by billions of dollars. This meant that a low-income family of three (including working-poor families, and, by the way, among them a whole lot of white and rural and not just urban minority families) would lose a cruicial $29 a month in SNAP assistance. That may not sound like much, but when you are living on the edge from day to day and paycheck to paycheck and can barely pay your utility bills or put food on the table, a dollar a day is a very big deal, indeed.
The US economy and government, our national budget and the principles upon which we stand are or ought to be much bigger than 29 bucks a month to poor families, especially those with kids. The money is chump change in the big scheme of things, but it's everything to millions of gasping Americans who still can't find work, or at least work above the non-family-supporting minimum wage. Unfortunately, grinchy Republican hearts are too small to accept this, or care about the effects. Well, we've got to fix that.