As we can see from this Huffington post article, food stamp usage is at a record high. The article talks about how food costs are increasing, and that food banks are low on food. This has lead more people to go to the government for help.
The comments at the bottom of the article were more interesting than the article in my opinion. I have come to the conclusion that large companies, like Wal-Mart, do not want the government to slow down or stop their subsidies. I have heard that Wal-Mart uses programs like food stamps to help subsidize their wages to their employees. It is difficult to raise a family when making $8 an hour; however it is much easier to raise a family making $8 an hour when you are collecting food stamps and government healthcare.
The question I would like to ask is, "Are these government subsidies helping or hurting?" Some might think these programs help the families that receive them because Wal-Mart just doesn't pay enough. I think that Wal-Mart doesn't pay enough because they don't have too. The solution in my mind is to end the subsidies. If we ended these government supported entitlement programs, Wal-Mart would be more likely to increase their wages because their employees would demand it. As long as their employees are making do, they will not put as much pressure on their employers.
It seems cold to want to take away food stamps. Maybe the solution is not to completely end the program, but to make it a very temporary solution. As long as we subsidize employees’ wages, they will be complacent. If they are complacent, they will stay in a Wal-Mart job for 10+ years making $10 an hour and complain the whole time.