Aide claims Undisputed Snap Challenge Champion after one week discounting those with nothing else

Now this is quite rich, an aide tried the Snap Challenge and failed but still deems himself the Snap Challenge Champion after one week, why this is so rich is because he discounts all those who have been surviving on Snap for years.  Take a look at the article written by Igor Volsky for Think Progress titled “Aide to Republican Congressman Fails to Live on Food Stamps for a Week”

“An aide to Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) failed the so-called “SNAP Challenge” last week, just days after accusing Democrats of “intentionally buying overpriced food and shopping at high-priced chains.” The aide, Donny Ferguson, accepted the challenge in response to dozens of Democrats who lived off the program for a week to draw attention to the inadequacy of the average benefit of $4.50 per day. In a press release issued by Stockman’s office, Ferguson initially bragged that he “was able to buy enough food to eat well for a week on just $27.58, almost four dollars less than the $31.50 “SNAP Challenge” figure.” The list, which is posted on Stockman’s website, included prepared foods like red beans and rice, peanut butter, and even popsicles, but no vegetables. “That is my diet for the week and I’m not eating outside of it. Feeling great and I’ve gained two pounds,” Ferguson told ThinkProgress on Friday, adding, “Reality has a way of mocking liberalism.”  But days later, it seems that the challenges of living on just a little more than $31.50 a week caught up with Ferguson.  Ferguson limited himself to $9 in meals while traveling” and ended up “going about 14 percent over budget.”  Ferguson, however, remains undaunted, saying he will donate the additional food to a food bank and is now referring to himself as the “Undisputed Snap Challenge Champion.”

I am sure that those who have no other alternative but to live on Snap will be very grateful that Mr. Ferguson will donate additional food to a food bank but they would be more greatly served if he would help share his new-found understanding of just how difficult it is for families to feed their children and keep them healthy.  Common sense solutions exist for our financial woes as a country and none of them need to go through the legal robbery of those less fortunate.


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