THE headline in the San Francisco Chronicle read, "House votes to slash $39 billion from food stamps." But few people would call a 5 percent cut in a program whose budget doubled in six years a slash.
Liberals are making an emotional case based on hyperbole because the facts speak for themselves:
* 15 percent of the population - 47.6 million people - now receive a monthly stipend from the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program or food stamps.
* That is up from 8.7 percent - 26.3 million people - in 2007, just six years ago.
* Taxpayers paid $33 billion for food stamps in 2007.
* Taxpayers will pay $78 billion this year.
* The proposed cuts are 5 percent of the program's budget.
* On Aug. 5, 2011, Standard & Poor's downgraded the nation's credit rating for the first time in history.
* Moody's and Fitch kept the Triple-A rating but moved it to negative.