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Senator Feels that Single Mothers are One of Our Nation’s Biggest Problems

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First, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg suggested that people living in public housing should be fingerprinted. Now a New Jersey Senate candidate is attacking single mothers. If one didn’t know better, it would seem as if poor people have become prime targets for politicians.

Steve Lonegan is a Republican  who is running for the New Jersey Senate. He was recently interviewed by MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki. When asked about some of the issues that are plaguing our nation, he brought up a very sensitive topic: the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

SNAP is a federally-funded program that many people refer to as food stamps. SNAP is intended to help families with food and other nutritional needs. Lonegan shared his belief that single mothers should not have to rely on the government.  He also told the story of how his mother was able to work hard and establish a career as a single mother.

Thinkprogress.com reports, that Lonegan said, “We never had to have SNAP, when I was a kid. Ok, so, this thing that every single mother is the poster child for the welfare state is nonsense… I know a lot of single moms go out to work and do very, very well for themselves.”

He intimates that if his mother was able to do so then so should other women. What he does not address is whether or not his mother had a financial support system or access to other economic venues that some women don’t have privy to.

Lonengan goes on to say that he believes that big government is the reason why so many women have become dependent on the system.  Interestingly, Lonegan did not offer any concrete solutions to address the economic and educational disparities that often force some woman to take advantage of government supplemental programs like SNAP.