Overpayment on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, is nearly 3 percent, so clearly that's a huge problem requiring stronger enforcement and, just for good measure, reducing benefits for 500,000 families who rely on the program to eat every day. Anyway, that seems to be the Republican logic that's leading to increased enforcement against waste and fraud and $4.5 billion in cuts to the food assistance program in the proposed version of the upcoming farm bill. Some Republicans in the Senate and the House want to make even deeper cuts, of course. Because fraud!
Oh, wait, no. Who are we kidding? Senate Republicans don't actually think food stamp fraud is a real problem, they think it's an opportunity to make low-income Americans even more desperate than they already are and paint their need as fraudulent, all at once:
Egregious fraud happens so infrequently that stronger enforcement being proposed for SNAP isn’t even expected to result in meaningful savings to taxpayers, and it wasn’t scored by the Congressional Budget Office, notes Stacy Dean, of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.