The position of Vice President has no power to make excutive decisions including cutting food stamps. VP at his best only advises the President. Sorry you didn't get an education on civics. But that is to be expected as the communists have taken over our public education the last 30 years.
The Bush White House was run by Dick Cheney. He wielded a lot more control than the Pres, especially during the first 4 years. Don't underestimate the influence of a VP with a strong personality. A Romney White House will be the same. Romney doesn't have a clue what he's doing and will make Ryan's policy look like his own.