09/30/2013 10:06 am ET

Give The Poor Money, Not Groceries


It’s a little lost in the high-stakes drama of government shutdowns and the debt-ceiling crisis, but another battle is shaping up over the future of agricultural and nutrition policy in America. Specifically, House Republicans have been moving forward with legislation to substantially reform the “farm bill” with a morally obscene plan to substantially cut food-stamp spending while leaving agricultural subsidies unscathed. There’s no conceivable justification for this. There are lots of hardworking farm owners in America, but on average they’re richer than most Americans and have fared better during the weak economy. If Congress wants to spend less, then by all means spend less. But why target the cuts on the poor while sparing the rich?