We mean that headline without any sarcasm. None at all. Who would but admire the current mayor of Phoenix, Arizona for trying to feed himself on barely thirty bucks for a week? That’s the food stamp budget for a single person. Out of a population of six and a half million just over one million Arizonans are in poverty and using food stamps. Mayor Greg Stanton recorded the experience on a Facebook page and, as you might expect, it wasn’t easy. But you know what? A mayor should show solidarity with his people, especially those in hard times. That is what Mr. Stanton is trying to do. Good for him. There are some interesting links in this piece if you are curious about the US food stamp program. The program is actually in serious jeopardy as deals cut between Obama and the Republicans will strike at keystone social programs in January.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton Lives On Food Stamp Budget For A Week
(45) Dollartrauma at Dollarama
How Do You Take Your Poison? Chris Hedges on Truthdig re January