This is why entitlement reform is a wedge issue, aggrandized by the politicians and the media, though quietly ignoring the fact that SNAP misuse is such a minuscule problem relative to the budget as a whole. Politicians will often talk about spending cuts, but in most cases these arguments are vacuous and meant to pit the public at large against one another. Politicians will hoot and holler about entitlement reform, but meanwhile, they are not talking about the Federal Reserve bank buying up $85 billion in toxic assets from banks every month through Quantitative Easing. We will cut entitlement spending on food stamps, but won't discuss the nearly $700 billion used on U.S. Department of Defense spending just this year. Regardless of one's beliefs on any of these programs, we don't need to cast impoverished Americans as villains in such difficult economic times, as they neither caused nor benefited from the Great Recession.