The Scary, Familiar Way Romney Would Shrink the Food Stamp Rolls

Mitt Romney again used the 47 million Americans on food stamps a line of attack in last night's debate. But his plan for fixing that is to simply let those families starve.

By Seth Freed Wessler Oct 17, 2012

Mitt Romney has taken to lambasting President Obama for record levels of food stamp enrollment, wielding the figures on the safety-net program to attack Obama’s economic policies. "How about food stamps?" Romney said at last night’s debate. "When [Obama] took office, 32 million people were on food stamps. Today, 47 million people are on food stamps." Indeed, Romney’s numbers are right. As a result of the recession, the food stamp program, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, added nearly 15 million new people to its rolls since Obama took office. While Romney’s point is that his economic plan will foster growth and therefore lift all boats–"We don’t have to settle" for that, he said–when it comes to food stamps, Romney has plans for shrinking enrollment that have little to do with economic growth. Mainly, he’d just shrink the food stamp rolls, whether people need the program or not.