Food Stamps Hits A Historic Low For Waste; Fox News Attacks It Anyway

Fox News and Republicans continually castigate the Food Stamp Program that helps to feed Hungry American Children, but they are always jockeying for War, as if the 5.1 Trillion Cost for Afghanistan and Iraq was a drop in the bucket. Both Fox and Republicans are big on “words” about God and Country, when in fact; they are bankrupt on “deeds.”


Fox News misleadingly attacked the federal food stamp program for being wasteful and unaccountable despite reports that the program achieved the lowest payment error rate in its history in the most recently available data.


Fox New complained about the findings of a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on quality control in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), previously known as food stamps. The USDA report clearly states that the 2012 fiscal year was “another year of excellent performance in payment accuracy” before noting that the most recent payment error rate of 3.42 percent was once again “the lowest National payment error rate in the history of SNAP.”


On the July 24 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade cast the findings in a negative light, stressing that “the government is overpaying on food stamps by about $2 billion.” Co-host Steve Doocy then questioned whether the Obama administration could “be trusted with more money,” given the overpayments. Fox Business anchor Stuart Varney went on to chastise the Department of Agriculture for labeling the food-stamp payment error rate of 3.42 percent “excellent,” wondering aloud “since when has that been good?” []


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