EDITOR: Last week U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wausau, voted to deny food stamps to thousands of poor people. More than 70 percent of food stamps go to families with children.
This is the same Sean Duffy who wears his religion on his sleeve. He and his wife never pass up an importunity to talk about their Catholic faith, yet the Catholic bishops pleaded with Duffy and the Republicans not to deprive the poor of food. Did he listen? No, he listened to the Club for Growth and the Heritage Foundation, both sponsored by the very, very rich and threatening retribution on the heads of any Republican that does not do what they say.
Is there fraud and abuse in the food stamp program? Yes. Is there fraud and abuse in farm subsidies, defense contracts, Medicare and Social Security? Of course. But do we dare cut these programs? No. They help worthy folks - not the poor, who if they were not so lazy and shiftless would not need food assistance for their children.