OK, somebody help me out here.
The way I understand it, Barry-O didn't change the requirements, he gave the states the authority to do so.
Is that the case?
Have all the states then loosened up the requirements?
If it's in the states' hands, then why the explosion?
Because the MONEY is Federal money. Part of the paradigm which creates ‘pork’ is the notion that each state representative is somehow expected to ‘bring home the Federal bacon’; in other words, I’m a good representative for Massachusetts if I can get more money out of the Federal kitty than Massachusetts contributed. So the incentive is always to spend more because its not ‘our money’.
If a state funds their own food stamp program, I could care less how they spend the money (unless I reside in that state).