f you were looking for a feel-good story to share on Thanksgiving… this isn’t it. A new report from The Sunlight Foundation finds that since 2007, average participation in the government food stamp program has increased 70 percent since 2007. The report also mentions that food stamps are a “juicy target” for lobbies pushing back against automatic across-the-board budget cuts.
The Sunlight Foundation’s report looks at how much U.S. tax dollars are going towards our Thanksgiving feasts, highlighting the fact that Congress did not pass a new farm bill before the old one expired on October 1. Currently Congress is delaying a new farm bill until it takes care of this little fiscal cliff thing, with one farm policy expert predicting Congress would not get a new one passed until next April.