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Rooting out food-stamp fraud is worth it

As Simon Waxman makes the case against photo IDs for EBT cards (“SNAP Decisions,” Op-ed, July 5), he brings me along slowly. No one can know for sure how great the fraud is (though the anecdotal evidence is concerning); why spend $5 million to defeat it?

But then he loses me when he writes, “Purchasing limitations and surveillance may be justified if you see” the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program “as a taxpayer-funded charity.” What else could it be if not that?

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