Those arguing for cuts in the SNAP program point to the growth over the last few years (it now supports 47 million individuals, up from about 26 million in 2008) as a symptom of an entitlement system that is out of control that is encouraging more people to be ‘moochers’.
In this clip from a talk show, Cornel West argues correctly that it is a result of the war against the middle and working classes. He refuses to be sidetracked by Bill Kristol trying to frame it as a partisan issue that reflects badly on president Obama since this rise occurred during his time in office. This is typical talk show nonsense where everything is discussed within the framework of whether it is good or bad for Obama/Democrats/Republicans and more substantive factors are ignored.
Kristol should have known that West is no fan of Obama and has little interest in unthinkingly defending him and thus would not be sidetracked. West correctly says that the increase in SNAP participation is due to the rise in poverty and decrease in incomes (except for the 1%) as a result of the conservative and neoliberal economic policies carried out by both political parties.