Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to cut the food stamp program by $40 billion over the next 10 years. I'm just going to come out and say it: This is incredibly wrong.
The bright side: These cuts won't actually happen. The chance that the Senate would agree to them is slim, and Obama has said he would veto the bill if it ever got to him [PDF]. Perhaps taking away food stamps will become one of those perpetually vexing but practically ineffectual initiatives (like killing Obamacare) that Republicans feel duty-bound to attempt, even if there's no hope of success.
It's perplexing, even to many conservatives, that Republicans feel so strongly about this. Henry Olson, writing in the conservative National Review points out that stripping benefits from the poor while ignoring handouts to the wealthy opens Republicans to the charge that they are the party of the rich. And this is arguably the issue that put Obama over the top in 2012. Olson writes: