SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka Food Stamp program was reduced by Republicans recently, and the effects have been acutely felt by major food retailers, especially the discount seller Wal-Mart. Naturally, the big retailers want SNAP to be reinstated, even expanded, because it is proving to be a major income source, so whoever talks increasing SNAP will get the favor of those nation wide multi-billion dollar companies, including Kroger, Safeway, Target, and so on. Ironically, recent reports also state some 15% of Wal-Marts employees need SNAP to even have enough food to eat! SNAP reductions will put internal pressure with more unhappy workers who work the day on an empty stomach, naturally be less productive. Wal-Mart is located in hard working Republican leaning rural areas across the country, so Republican actions to reduce SNAP is going to hurt them as formally staunch Republicans vote with this stomachs, not their ideology. Once again the Republicans short sighted and idiotic policies mutilate themselves and hurt the USA. Think about it, SNAP has now become way for companies to not increase wages, taking advantage of what was once an emergency program like Unemployment as a permanent subsidy for its employees. So ironic, the free market country is actually (by accident or choice) supporting a socialist country!! This is a horrible situation IMHO, and the only way to fix it is, yes, increase the minimum wage, something that the Republicans are dragging their feet on. Strange bedfellows.