Conservative View of Food and Poverty

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The National Review ran a remarkable article about poverty in Applachia last December, which was recently reprinted at The Week. The author, Kevin Williamson, writes about the use of food stamps for black market Pepsi. It works like this: Once a month, the debit-card accounts of those receiving what we still call food stamps are credited with a few hundred dollars — about $500 for a family of four, on average — which are immediately converted into a unit of exchange, in this case cases of soda. . . .

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