Let Them Eat Peanut Butter, But Only For a Week

Abby Zimet

Fighting budget cuts to food stamps, a dozen Democratic lawmakers have taken on Fighting Poverty With Faith's Food Stamp Challenge, wherein they live for a week on what millions of Americans get to feed themselves: $31.50 a week, or $1.50 a meal. This is all well and good - walking in the other's guy's shoes and all - but a bunch of pesky new numbers indicate they're all a whole lot richer than the rest of us, which somewhat diminishes the impact of their act. To wit: today's Congress is worth over $2 billion, or almost 25% more than in 2008,  their median net worth is at least five times that of regular households, and they're getting richer faster than almost anyone else around here except the usual suspects. So, crackers and peanut butter: Go for it. But still.

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