Seems like everyone has an opinion regarding food stamps. President Obama has been referred to as the “food stamp president” because the numbers of Americans being served by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP for short) has significantly grown during his presidency. It isn’t because getting SNAP benefits is any easier under Obama. The increase is simply due to the huge numbers of people who became eligible because of the economic calamity Obama inherited.
Many on the right act like they want to abolish SNAP but to do so they would have to take on some very mighty opponents. Untold corporations, some of them giants, make lots of money off food stamps and are in no hurry to see their golden goose cooked.
Walmart, Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Kroger, Kraft Foods, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Big Lots, and Cargill are just a few. Together these companies have hired armies of lobbyist to protect or strengthened their share of the food stamp dollar.
One major threat to these companies are attempts to limit or remove many foods of questionable nutritional value from the eligibility list. Cargill is a major agribusiness company and, along with Coke and Pepsi, is leading the battle to protect the “good name” of corn syrup found in so many of today’s foods and beverages. And since one sixth of Kraft’s income comes from food stamp users you just know they’re going to be defensive about anyone pointing a nasty finger at Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.