On food stamps, the GOP is taking principle to an extreme

Here’s the proper GOP message: “Our entire entitlement system needs reform, but now is not the time to cut food stamps. This is because people still can’t find work thanks to a sluggish economy that this administration’s policies have failed to improve and the Affordable Care Act is merely making worse.”

Oh, stop, it’s not THAT brilliant, then again . . .

While the health-care law continues to dog Democrats and the president continues to use his executive power to usurp Congress’s role in amending it, Republicans could seek ways to help poor people eat better food, perhaps by tying nutrition education to food-stamp subsidies. Wait, the previous farm bill did just that through education and nutrition incentives. Instead, Republicans want to cut nutrition education, though they do want to make certain types of unhealthy foods off-limits to food-stamp users.