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Heaven help us

This just in from the New York Times:

House Republicans narrowly pushed through a bill on Thursday that slashes billions of dollars from the food stamp program, over the objections of Democrats and a veto threat from President Obama. The vote set up what promised to be a contentious fight with the Senate and dashed hopes for passage this year of a new five-year farm bill.
The vote was 217 to 210.

The bill would cut $40 billion from the food stamp program over the next 10 years. It would also require adults between 18 and 50 without minor children to find a job or to enroll in a work training program in order to receive benefits. It would also limit the time those recipients could get benefits to three months.

The economy still is in the tank, college graduates are working at fast-food joints and living at home, millions of people can't find work or are underemployed, the working poor can't make ends meet, food bank shelves are empty, and this group of pond-scum politicians want to further cut back on helping poor people.

The true measure of our society is how we treat the least among us. And as a society, we don't measure up.


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Sep. 19th, 2013 11:01 pm (UTC)
Welcome to my world. My work is tied completely to a grant issued under the Farm Bill...
Sep. 20th, 2013 02:13 am (UTC)
The politicians who use poor people as political pawns—especially pious Christian politicians—should be stripped naked and sent to northern Canada during black fly season. This stuff makes me so angry I start pounding the keyboard. I'm going to call my local (Republican) congressman's office tomorrow and find out how he voted.
Sep. 20th, 2013 10:08 am (UTC)
The allowance for meals on Food Stamps is $1.50 per meal or $4.50 per day...try to have lunch today on a buck and a half...better yet, try to only spend $5.00 to feed yourself today...we send billions overseas in aid...but we won't feed our own.
Tom Reed ( R-NY) supports this bill...I know he just had gastric bypass surgery for his weight.....he could have saved his money and gone on the Food Stamp Diet...OH1, that wouldn't work...people on Food Stamps ear high density carb packed breads and pastas and high fat content foods to sustain themselves...The House Republicans are the Marie Antoinette of our times...LET THEM EAT CAKE...can revolution be far behind-Holiday
Sep. 21st, 2013 01:21 am (UTC)
As my man Omar sings:

Hard times in the land of plenty
Some got it all and the rest
Ain't got any.
Sep. 20th, 2013 10:36 pm (UTC)
This is ridiculous. People need to learn that just because someone is on food stamps, it doesn't mean they're lazy and don't work. It just means they don't make enough money to buy the food they need to live. That's all. I know people who work multiple jobs and still need food stamps to live. God forbid these politicians ever lost their cushy jobs and needed help...
Sep. 21st, 2013 01:25 am (UTC)
If I were given the chance, I'd lock all of those mofos in the House chambers and make them read Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich. She writes about what it's like to get by on a low-paying job, and to find out what it's like, she actually goes out and tries to make a living on low-wage jobs. The people who voted to cut food stamp money haven't got a clue—or souls, for that matter.
Sep. 21st, 2013 02:14 am (UTC)
Exactly. I have a meeting to get food stamps Monday because with rent, heat and hot water, and gas, I don't have much left for food. I'm technically living at my area's poverty level, but I know there are plenty of people who make way less than I do. It's sad that people can't see beyond their prejudices.
Sep. 21st, 2013 02:23 am (UTC)
Someday, you'll be in a position—a well-informed position—to hold those people accountable. Until then, hang tough. Better must come.
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