Congress' push to cut food stamps and other social programs is a result of the “militarization” of the U.S. economy, according to Don DeBar, anti-war activist in New York.
The Republican controlled Congress is pushing to cut food stamps which could cause collateral damage among the poor, hitting millions of unemployed and underemployed Americans.
Speaking to the U.S. Desk on Tuesday, DeBar said these cuts are taking place because the economy is “not being productive.” He added that the government’s focus is to “build weapons” and seeks to solve the unemployment problem by hiring soldiers to “point guns at each other.”
Cutting food stamps could have devastating effects on the military, hitting everyone from active-duty members to retirees, who together have used more than $100 million in federal food aid on military bases over the past year, a Huffington Post review of the data found.
Debar noted that the surge in suicides in the U.S. military is partly a consequence of the stress military members face because “their families are not adequately provided for.”
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