On Friday, nearly 1.8 million Ohioans began to cope with a decrease in federal food assistance. A provision of the 2009 economic stimulus package expired. It provided an increase in food stamps, reflecting the especially harsh impact of the recession.
And that gets to what is so dismaying about the failure to extend the benefits. The bite of the recession still stings, a stubbornly high jobless rate the primary reflection. Why not sustain the high level of assistance, especially in light of a recent Congressional Budget Office forecast showing that by 2023, food assistance as a percentage of the overall economy will fall below its 1995 level?
What is the harm in continuing to assist those going through a difficult time?