Politics: Ohio food stamp checks are about to shrink

Published by: Robert Laurie on Monday November 12th, 2012

Robert Laurie

By ROBERT LAURIE - Democrat voters about to enjoy diminishing returns.

Currently, close to a million impoverished Ohioans collect federal assistance in the form of food stamps.  If the thrust of last week’s election was, as many have argued, a welfare quid-pro-quo, it’s clear these people represented a big portion of the buckeye state’s pro-Obama vote.

I wonder how they’ll react when they find out their monthly check is about to get $50 smaller.

A combination of last year’s mild winter and a drop in the price of natural gas has led the government to lower the “Standard Utility Allowance” by $166 dollars for 2013.  As a result, the amount each welfare recipient receives in food stamps will drop by $50 per month.

Those affected by the change should receive a letter in the next couple of weeks, informing them of their reduced income.

How a $166 dollar drop in natural gas prices and usage leads to only a $50 drop in food stamps is a mystery that’s likely buried in that vault from the X-Files. But, however the equation works, the feds have made the call and the cut is expected to save the government $520 million.

We’re sure those Ohioans who voted for Obama because Mitt Romney was going to cut their benefits have recognized the irony and will accept their predicament cheerfully.  After all, this is the work of their chosen administration and should therefore not be questioned.

Four more years!