Last week, the House of Representatives went after SNAP—the supplemental nutrition assistance program that helped 23 million American families to buy food last year, at a daily cost of about $4.50 per head. The House approved program cuts of $40 billion over 10 years, further fraying what is left of America’s social safety net.
The vote came only a few days after the U.S. Census Bureau issued its latest numbers on poverty. Those numbers suggest millions of Americans live on an income that far poorer countries have deemed unacceptable. Rather than grind the poorest of its citizens further into deprivation, the U.S. should guarantee everyone a minimum basic income.