Real fraud and abuse

The USDA’s Quality Control Report that was released on Dec. 31, 2013, revealed that the fraud and abuse in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for food stamps is at a historic low.

In 2000, the level was almost 9 percent. Today, it is at 2.7 percent.

In the upcoming farm and food bill being debated in Congress, the funding level for SNAP should be restored. Nebraska’s delegation should support a program that benefits primarily children, the elderly and disabled with funding that provides nutrition to the most vulnerable of our citizens.

If our people in Congress are concerned about fraud and abuse, they should look at the defense budget.

We have abused our soldiers who have fought in the wars that were waged on fraudulent claims. The wars have enriched private defense contractors with no bid contracts that will cost this nation $3 trillion while putting us deeper in debt.

Ron Meyer

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