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Why the Republican Math on Food Stamps Is Stupidly Wrong
« Reply #80 on: August 21, 2013, 07:19:19 PM »
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sanjay-sanghoee/why-the-republican-math-o_b_3784951.html

Why the Republican Math on Food Stamps Is Stupidly Wrong

Sanjay Sanghoee
The Huffington Post
08/20/2013

As I predicted in an earlier piece, the Republican move of separating the food stamps bill from the farm bill was nothing but a crafty ploy to preserve farm subsidies and then gut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at their leisure later. Unfortunately, I was right.

The upcoming Republican plan to cut SNAP spending by $40 billion over 10 years will cut assistance for as many as 6 million Americans. That means 6 million people will be denied food when they need it.

That is disturbing in itself but let's look at the rationale of the Republican stance to see if it makes sense. Part of the GOP's proposal includes tightening work requirements for able-bodied childless adults, who they believe should be held to a higher standard. Fair enough. After all, if you are capable of working for a living, then why should you burden the system with feeding you?

The only problem is that there is a very good reason that 45 states have relaxed this work requirement in recent years -- including several Republican states, and that has to do with the high rate of unemployment in America right now. To expect someone who can feasibly work to do so is perfectly reasonable, but workers do not create their own jobs. If there are no jobs in our economy, then how can even an able-bodied childless person be expected to find work? They cannot, and so to hold Americans' feet to the fire on this is simply wrong.

Plus, the emphasis on the work requirement is based on the belief that many food stamps recipients are freeloading off the system, but that is false. The fact is that 80 percent of SNAP recipients who can work actually do work! Not to mention that the Republican proposal would also hurt senior citizens and working families, who cannot afford food because of high housing and child care costs.

But even if you forget about right and wrong, since that usually does not sway the GOP anyway, in purely practical terms too the cuts to the food stamps program are indefensible.

Here is why.

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Re: Blaming the poor for the crimes of the rich
« Reply #81 on: August 24, 2013, 08:09:15 PM »
Wow I went to this today and brought up what GeoLibertarian has been saying about a Georgian land value tax system. Everybody there said AHA!! Great plan.
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Re: Blaming the poor for the crimes of the rich
« Reply #82 on: August 24, 2013, 10:28:26 PM »
My employer says I'm drinking the kool-aid by going to this meeting. I'm not decided. Anyone care to inform me? I sent an email to Rosa Koire asking for her opinion.


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The SLO Permaculture Design Course (www.slopermaculture.net) graduated a fine group of 20 people on August 10th! Pictures are posted on our SLO Permaculture Guild Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/SLOPermacultureGuild) They did awesome designs for the SLO Grange Hall and the SLO City Farm and will surely be involved with these two community projects into the future!
Come to our SLO Permaculture Guild meeting next Tuesday, August 27th to hear more. Our “Permie Potluck & Potlatch” takes place at 6pm and we will start our meeting at 6:30pm at the SLO Grange Hall. The 4th Tuesday of each month is OUR TIME to get together and collaborate with fellow Permies! Please come and bring a potluck dish to share as well as anything else you have an abundance of for the Potlatch Blanket. Come gather with others who want to Care for the Earth, Care for People and Share the Wealth!!! We will be discussing all the permaculture activities going on in our community.
Alex Vincent, our amazing PDC instructor, will speak tomorrow, August 24th at the Paso Demo “Lawn to Food” Garden:
Creating Long Term Health for our Community and our Gardens talk by Alex Vincent August 24 at  Paso Robles Demo Garden, 10am to 12noon - Alex Vincent, PDC instructor, will introduce the principles of PERMACULTURE and discuss how we can create a better life for all of us and the earth we live on. This is an event you won’t want to miss if you’ve been thinking how we can change so we can all live a more harmonious life. (see attached flyer)

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It Is Illegal To Feed The Homeless In Cities All Over The United States
« Reply #83 on: August 27, 2013, 03:08:29 PM »
http://www.prisonplanet.com/it-is-illegal-to-feed-the-homeless-in-cities-all-over-the-united-states.html

It Is Illegal To Feed The Homeless In Cities All Over The United States

Michael Snyder
Economic Collapse
August 27, 2013

What would you do if a police officer threatened to arrest you for trying to share a sandwich with a desperately hungry homeless woman that really needed it?  Such a notion sounds absolutely bizarre, but this is actually happening in major cities all over the United States.  More than 50 large U.S. cities have adopted “anti-camping” or “anti-food sharing” laws in recent years, and in many of these cities the police are strictly enforcing these laws.  Sometimes the goal appears to be to get the homeless people to go away.  Apparently the heartless politicians that are passing these laws believe that if the homeless can’t get any more free food and if they keep getting thrown into prison for “illegal camping” they will eventually decide to go somewhere else where they won’t be hassled so much.  This is yet another example of how heartless our society is becoming.  The middle class is being absolutely shredded and poverty is absolutely exploding, but meanwhile the hearts of many Americans are growing very cold.  If this continues, what is the future of America going to look like?

An organization called Love Wins Ministries made national headlines recently when police in Raleigh, North Carolina threatened to arrest them if they distributed sausage biscuits and coffee to homeless people living in the heart of the city.  Love Wins Ministries had been doing this for years, but now it is apparently illegal.  The following is from someone who was actually there

    On the morning of Saturday, August, 24, Love Wins showed up at Moore Square at 9:00 a.m., just like we have done virtually every Saturday and Sunday for the last six years. We provide, without cost or obligation, hot coffee and a breakfast sandwich to anyone who wants one. We keep this promise to our community in cooperation with five different, large suburban churches that help us with manpower and funding.

    On that morning three officers from Raleigh Police Department prevented us from doing our work, for the first time ever. An officer said, quite bluntly, that if we attempted to distribute food, we would be arrested.

    Our partnering church brought 100 sausage biscuits and large amounts of coffee. We asked the officers for permission to disperse the biscuits to the over 70 people who had lined up, waiting to eat. They said no. I had to face those who were waiting and tell them that I could not feed them, or I would be arrested.

Does reading that upset you?

It should.

And this is not just happening in Raleigh – this is literally happening all over the country.

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"Abolish all taxation save that upon land values." -- Henry George

"If our nation can issue a dollar bond, it can issue a dollar bill." -- Thomas Edison

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Re: Blaming the poor for the crimes of the rich
« Reply #85 on: August 28, 2013, 09:22:14 AM »
I would have fed them anyway and let them arrest the entire church group .... could have been the catalyst to change the way people percieve reality in this country ...

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Green Bronx Machine -- growing our way into a new economy
« Reply #86 on: August 28, 2013, 10:15:40 AM »


Green Bronx Machine -- growing our way into a new economy: Stephen Ritz at TEDxManhattan

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Re: Blaming the poor for the crimes of the rich
« Reply #87 on: August 30, 2013, 07:18:23 PM »
The homeless need to deny citizenship, change status to  illegal immigrant, and go enjoy a steak on us.
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Re: Blaming the poor for the crimes of the rich
« Reply #88 on: August 31, 2013, 07:47:39 AM »
The homeless need to deny citizenship, change status to  illegal immigrant, and go enjoy a steak on us.

Dude, I'm not in favor of amnesty for illegals. But may we please have a sense of proportion, here?

Is it illegal aliens who are draining trillions of dollars from the public treasury in order to finance banker bailouts and imperialist wars of aggression?

No, it's corporate-owned Democrats and Republicans voted back into office over and over again by multi-generational Americans (all in the name of not "wasting" their votes).
"Abolish all taxation save that upon land values." -- Henry George

"If our nation can issue a dollar bond, it can issue a dollar bill." -- Thomas Edison

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Re: Blaming the poor for the crimes of the rich
« Reply #89 on: August 31, 2013, 08:50:34 AM »
I see that can of dog food next to him ...... at least he is taking care of it ...the dogs probably the only comfort the poor guy has in life .... Wheres the compassion at in this country .... I manage a Hotel and feed several homeless a day from our breakfast bar .... How many hotels in this nation throw Good food away everyday ...show some compassion and help them out when you can

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Congresswoman Uses Steak, Vodka, And Caviar To Hammer GOP On Food Stamp Cuts
« Reply #90 on: September 20, 2013, 11:24:29 AM »
For years I've been imploring the Austrian- and Chicago School-dominated "Right" to stop arrogantly and mindlessly blaming the poor for their own poverty, and to stop waxing hysterical about the figurative speck that's in the collective eye of social welfare recipients while directing only a small fraction (if even that much) of that same moral outrage at the comparative 20-ft beam that's in the collective eye of the recipients of corporate welfare (Wall Street mega-banks, derivatives speculators and war profiteers, of course, being among the top recipients).

Why?

Because (as I pointed out earlier in this thread) all this does is give "left cover" to the corporate fascist agenda of Wall Street Democrats like Barack Obama, Jim Himes and Nancy Pelosi, thereby strengthening them politically.

Unfortunately, and much to the giddy delight of Obama and the left-wing reactionaries who serve him, demonizing food stamp recipients all day -- and painting tens of millions of struggling Americans with the same stereotypical brush -- is apparently so much fun, and so perversely intoxicating to the ego, that right-wing reactionaries simply can't help themselves. They just can't resist giving Wall Street Democrats still more convenient foil against which to define themselves in the eyes of the bottom "47%."

Leave it to Republican reactionaries to prove the above point yet again!  ::)

http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/democratic-congresswoman-uses-steak-vodka-and-caviar-to-hamm

Congresswoman Uses Steak, Vodka, And Caviar To Hammer Republicans On Food Stamp Cuts

“They received almost $200 for a single meal only for themselves. Yet, for them the idea of helping fellow Americans spend less than $5 a day makes their skin crawl.”

Andrew Kaczynski
BuzzFeed
September 19, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUNzQGIXr3I

Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier decided to make an unconventional pitch on the House of Representatives floor Thursday to defend food stamps. Speier used a cooked steak, a bottle of vodka, and a can of caviar to point out members of Congress who had large numbers of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients in their districts but opposed the program. The congresswoman pointed out many of the same members of Congress took trips around the world with large stipends for food and lodging.

“In my district, California 14, we have about 4,000 families who are on food stamps, but some of my colleagues have thousands and thousands more,” Rep. Speier said. “Yet, they somehow feel like crusaders, like heroes when they vote to cut food stamps. Some of these same members travel to foreign countries under the guise of official business. They dine at lavish restaurants, eating steak, vodka and even caviar. They receive money to do this. That’s right, they don’t pay out of pocket for these meals.”

Speier went on, using particular examples of members of Congress who went on sponsored trips and spent large amounts of money on food and lodging.

“Let me give you a few examples: One member was given $127.41 a day for food on his trip to Argentina. He probably had a fair amount of steak,” she said.

“Another member was given $3,588 for food and lodging during a six-day trip to Russia. He probably drank a fair amount of vodka and probably even had some caviar. That particular member has 21,000 food stamp recipients in his district. One of those people who is on food stamps could live a year on what this congressman spent on food and lodging for six days,” she added.

“Another 20 members made a trip to Dublin, Ireland. They got $166 a day for food. These members didn’t pay a dime. They received almost $200 for a single meal only for themselves. Yet, for them the idea of helping fellow Americans spend less than $5 a day makes their skin crawl. The families of veterans, of farmers, of the disabled, of the working poor are not visible to them, not even when they are their own constituents.”

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"Abolish all taxation save that upon land values." -- Henry George

"If our nation can issue a dollar bond, it can issue a dollar bill." -- Thomas Edison

http://schalkenbach.org
http://www.monetary.org
http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=203330.0

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Re: Blaming the poor for the crimes of the rich
« Reply #91 on: September 20, 2013, 11:29:13 AM »
Thats a great article Geo ...Thanks !

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Debunked: 4 Republican misconceptions about the food stamp program
« Reply #92 on: September 20, 2013, 05:46:19 PM »
http://www.examiner.com/article/debunked-4-republican-misconceptions-about-the-food-stamp-program

Debunked: 4 Republican misconceptions about the food stamp program

Robert Sobel
Examiner.com
September 20, 2013

Sticking to their promise, House Republicans passed nearly $40 billion in cuts to the nation's food stamp program, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

In a close vote, 217-210, with no help from any Democrats and even 15 members of their own party voting "NO," congressional Republicans passed deep cuts to a program that is vital especially in an economy that is in a slow recovery. Understanding why Republicans are obsessed with cutting programs for low-income Americans isn't too difficult, but it's hard to agree with. Republicans hold an ideology that if you can't make it on your own, the government shouldn't be there to help hold you up. Pushing the false narrative that anyone using government services is lazy, millions of Americans side with the GOP, wondering why those "lazy" Americans won't just get a job and make it on their own.

Looking deep into the program itself, here are four reasons why cutting the food stamp program is bad for the economy while debunking common Republican misconceptions.

1. The truth about who really uses food stamps:

Republicans often claim that food stamp recipients are mostly lazy Americans who don't want to work, the reality is much different. According to snaptohealth.org, half of the people using the SNAP program are children under the age of 18 years old. Nearly 70 percent of those under the age of 18 are living in a single parent household. The research also notes that over 25 percent of benefits also go to disabled Americans and senior citizens.

    "SNAP eligibility rules require that participants be at or below 130% of the Federal Poverty Level. Recent studies show that 49% of all SNAP participants are children (age 18 or younger), with almost two-thirds of SNAP children living in single-parent households. In total, 76% of SNAP benefits go towards households with children, 16% go to households with disabled persons, and 9% go to households with senior citizens.

    "According to demographic data, 43% of SNAP participants are white, 33% are African-American, 19% are Hispanic, 2% are Asian, and 2% are Native American."

2. Is it true that most food stamp payments are being abused? Actually, no:

Over 95 percent of SNAP payments were considered accurate in 2012, which is the highest rate of accuracy in the program's history. Research shows that only 1 percent of benefits were exchanged for cash, showing a very minimal amount of fraud and waste.

"According to a recent USDA analysis, SNAP reached a payment accuracy of 96.19% in 2012 (the highest that the program has ever seen). Trafficking rates—the number of benefits exchanged for cash—are at 1%. There is always room for improvement, but the integrity of the SNAP program is currently functioning at the highest level it has ever seen."

3. Food stamps are actually keeping people out of poverty:

According to the most recent date from the Census Bureau, the SNAP program lifted 4 million people out of the poverty in 2012. As the Huffington Post points out, in addition to 4 million people being lifted out of poverty, millions more were considered less poor because of the program.

    "In addition to keeping some people out of poverty, SNAP also made tens of millions of people less poor in 2012. For these individuals, the program reduced the gap between their income and the poverty line and made them better able to afford a basic diet.

    "SNAP is highly effective in reducing the extent and depth of poverty and reducing hunger, but millions of Americans still struggle to afford food. Data released earlier this month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed that 17.6 million American households lacked access to adequate food at some point in 2012 because they didn't have enough money or other resources to meet their basic food needs."

4. People aren't living the "high-life" like the GOP claim:

Republicans often promote the message that those on food stamps are taking that money and buying high luxury items, going out to fancy dinners and purchasing an elaborate wardrobe. The reality is that the average SNAP client receives a monthly benefit of only $133 while the average household receives a monthly payment of $289.

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"Abolish all taxation save that upon land values." -- Henry George

"If our nation can issue a dollar bond, it can issue a dollar bill." -- Thomas Edison

http://schalkenbach.org
http://www.monetary.org
http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=203330.0

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Re: Blaming the poor for the crimes of the rich
« Reply #93 on: September 21, 2013, 10:38:22 AM »
Since blame-the-victim-firster, Ethan A. Huff, is waxing indignant about the recipients of social welfare for the obvious divide-and-rule purpose of fomenting tension between the lower and middle classes so as to divert attention from the far -- almost infinitely -- greater degree of economic parasitism being engaged in by the recipients of corporate welfare (which Huff, of course, conveniently fails to even acknowledge, let alone denounce), I thought I'd bump this thread.

Since blame-the-victim-firster, Mac Slavo, has decided to join the fun, I thought I'd bump this thread again.

Note: now that reactionary ideologues smell the figurative blood of the poor, this has quickly become the political equivalent of a shark feeding frenzy. And I'm frankly disgusted and nauseated by it, because it gives those of us who are anti-war/anti-police state/anti-gun control/anti-carbon tax/anti-wage tax/anti-debt money/anti-NWO -- but who are not consumed with an infantile hatred of the poor -- a bad name.

Authoritarian Democrats aren't the only ones showing their true sociopathic colors these days!
"Abolish all taxation save that upon land values." -- Henry George

"If our nation can issue a dollar bond, it can issue a dollar bill." -- Thomas Edison

http://schalkenbach.org
http://www.monetary.org
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So Much for 'Compassionate Conservatism'...
« Reply #94 on: September 21, 2013, 01:25:55 PM »
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-j-elisberg/food-stamp-cuts_b_3962602.html

So Much for 'Compassionate Conservatism'...

Robert J. Elisberg
The Huffington Post
9/20/2013

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted yesterday to cut $40 billion from food stamps. In doing so, they decided to rewrite Marie Antoinette.

"Let them eat nothing."

It's been amusing to read House Republicans try to flim-flam the public that this is all a Good Thing for the poor and destitute. The twisted logic is that people on food stamps mostly want jobs, so this $40 billion savings is all about getting them those jobs! Cool, no?

"This bill is designed to give people a hand when they need it most," said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) "Most people want a job/ Most people want to go out and be productive so that they can earn a living, so that they can support a family, so that they can have hope for a more prosperous future."

Mind you, left out of his heart-rending hosannah is how this $40 billion cut in food stamps is actually going to get those destitute people jobs. There's no jobs plan on the table from Republicans. There's not even much discussion of one from Republicans that I've heard. In fact, Republicans have seemingly preferred to cut jobs, like teachers, and police and fireman, and nurses, and road construction workers. After all, when GOP politicians vote to cut programs, it's jobs that they're cutting.

"They want what we want," said Rep. Cantor. Well, yeah, that would be true, but only if "they" also wanted to screw themselves, but I tend to doubt it.

Why do I think this? Why do I doubt that cutting $40 billion from food stamps is merely about something Noble like getting jobs for the poor? (I mean other than Republicans wanting to cut food stamps for the past half century. And other than if you really want to help poor people, you don't start by cutting their access to food.)

Well, one big reason I think this is because of words directly out of the mouths of Republicans themselves. And hey, if you can't trust words out of the mouths of Republicans, who can you really trust, y'know?"

"If you're a healthy adult and don't have someone relying on you to care for them, you ought to earn the benefits you receive," said Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.). "Look for work. Start job training to improve your skills or do community service. But you can no longer sit on your couch or ride a surfboard like Jason in California and expect the federal taxpayer to feed you."

Right. Because all that people in Kansas or Birmingham or Denver or Tennessee like to do is surf.

The Congressman is disingenuously referring to a story aired by Fox News about a fellow on food stamps named Jason Greenslate who does like to surf, rather than work. Well... y'know, I'm sick of garbage like this. I think it's time that we find the handful of most utterly reprehensible and excessive rich people on Wall Street, CEOS and bankers throughout the nation -- and I have a sneaking suspicion that three or four exist, don't you? -- and point to them as representing ALL of corporate America, and why no business needs or deserves tax credits or tax cuts.

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"Abolish all taxation save that upon land values." -- Henry George

"If our nation can issue a dollar bond, it can issue a dollar bill." -- Thomas Edison

http://schalkenbach.org
http://www.monetary.org
http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=203330.0

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D'oh! Guess who voted against expanding "liberty" (er, cutting food stamps)?
« Reply #95 on: September 21, 2013, 05:38:02 PM »
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/09/19/who-voted-for-and-against-the-food-stamp-bill/

Who voted for and against the food stamp bill?

By Ed O'Keefe
The Washington Post
September 19, 2013

The House narrowly approved a measure Thursday evening that would cut about $39 billion in funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — better known as food stamps — over the next decade.

The vote came at the start of a contentious 10-day stretch that will see the House and Senate fight over a short-term spending plan and begin another battle over raising the federal debt limit.

So how did lawmakers vote on Thursday night? Here’s a breakdown:

Final tally: 217 to 210.

How many Republicans voted for the bill?: 217.

How many Republicans voted against the bill?: 15.

How many Democrats voted against the bill?: 195.

How many Democrats voted for the bill?: 0.

How many lawmakers didn’t vote?: 6.

How many seats are vacant?: 2.

Who were the Republicans that voted against the bill?: Reps. Peter King (N.Y.), Shelley Moore Capito (W. Va.), Chris Gibson (N.Y.), Walter Jones (N.C.), Richard Hanna (N.Y.), Chris Smith (N.J.), Frank LoBiondo (N.J.), Don Young (Alaska), Frank Wolf (Va.), Mike Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Jeff Fortenberry (Neb.), Michael Grimm (N.Y.), Patrick Meehan (Pa.), Gary Miller (Calif.), David Valadao (Calif.).

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^^ "Look!" exclaim hyperventilating blame-the-victim-firsters, "Walter Jones has been a freedom-hating collectivist in disguise all this time! He's a traitor to the cause of 'liberty!' Austrian School, save us!"  ::)

My respect for Walter Jones, which wasn't that low to begin with, just skyrocketed. You did the right thing, Walter. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise!

(As for the Democrats who voted against this disgraceful piece of legislation, well, as the old saying goes, even a broken clock is right twice a day. ;))
"Abolish all taxation save that upon land values." -- Henry George

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This week last year: Romney Apologizes To Nation's 'Starving, Filthy Beggars'
« Reply #96 on: September 22, 2013, 02:14:39 PM »
http://www.theonion.com/articles/romney-apologizes-to-nations-150-million-starving,29603/?ref=auto

Romney Apologizes To Nation's 150 Million 'Starving, Filthy Beggars'

The Onion
Sep 18, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY—Seeking to limit the fallout from a videotaped speech in which he asserts 47 percent of Americans “pay no taxes” and do not take “personal responsibility and care for their lives,” Mitt Romney hastily called a press conference today to apologize personally to the “150 million starving, filthy beggars [he] might have offended.”

Saying that he deeply regretted his choice of words at a private $50,000-a-plate fundraising function in May—during which he argued “[his] job is not to worry” about the lower-earning half of the nation’s populace—Romney personally appealed to the country’s “dirt-caked garbage pickers and toothless street urchins” for forgiveness.

“First and foremost, I would like to offer a heartfelt apology to all the whores, junkies, bums, and grime-covered derelicts out there who make up nearly half our nation,” a visibly contrite and solemn Romney said outside a campaign stop at a local high school. “Let me assure you that I in no way meant to offend any of the putrid-smelling, barefoot masses out there. My campaign is not about dividing this nation, but about bringing all sides together—the rich, elegant members of the upper class, as well as the 47 percent who are covered in flies and eat directly from back-alley dumpsters.”

“I am fully committed to building a better future for every American,” Romney continued, “and that means ensuring all 150 million grease-and-urine-soaked members of our society get a fair shake.”

The Romney campaign reportedly scrambled into damage-control mode after the video leaked Monday, issuing a statement late last night stating that the intended target of Romney’s remarks was ingrained big-government largesse, not the “hordes of uneducated, loathsome scum who unfortunately populate this country.”

However, with Romney’s comments continuing to dominate the news cycle today, the campaign opted to convene a press event to allow Romney to speak directly to the nation’s “grimy panhandlers and coke-addled whores” so that he could issue an apology and explain his familiarity with their struggles.

“I know just how hard it must be to get through a miserable, destitute life that is rife with crying babies whose shrieks consistently disrupt the affluent members of society who actually contribute something to this world,” said the GOP candidate, adding that he wanted to make amends for his recent statements and reach out to what he called the country’s “snaggle-toothed street people” and “hell-spawned savages.” “I know it can be challenging to wake each morning, covered in your own feces and refuse, and get back out there on the streets to beg for spare change and food scraps, always one step from dying right there in an alley.”

“I know your challenges, and I am ready to fight for you,” he added

Romney also said he recognized that the hardships of the nation’s low-earners are made more difficult by the fact that so “very, very many of them are drug-addicted, high-school-dropout single mothers and fathers who sleep in gutters while sewer rats nibble at their necrotic flesh.”

In an effort to right his campaign and rebuild his image, Romney promised to bring his message of compassion and economic opportunity to the “ramshackle, mud-floored huts” in which half of all U.S. residents live.

“Let me make this absolutely clear: I have the utmost respect for all of the filth-encrusted, lesion-covered degenerates of this nation,” Romney said. “In the coming weeks, I look forward to meeting real Americans in their squalid, roach-infested hellholes in every corner of this country. I promise to stand up for every one of you, even the 47 percent of you huddled together for warmth, fighting your own family members for moldy crusts of bread as you wallow in your own excrement.”

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House Republicans: Huge farm subsidies for me, no food stamps for you
« Reply #97 on: September 23, 2013, 04:57:13 PM »
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/09/23/1240770/-House-Republicans-Huge-farm-subsidies-for-me-no-food-stamps-for-you

House Republicans: Huge farm subsidies for me, no food stamps for you

Laura Clawson
Daily Kos
September 23, 2013



By now, anti-food stamp crusader Rep. Stephen Fincher is notorious for raking in millions in farm subsidies while misquoting the Bible in favor of deep cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. But let's not forget that he's far from alone among House Republican in voting to take food from the poor while happily taking farm subsidies for himself.

    Another Republican congresswoman who voted to make cuts to the food stamp program was Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri. Her farm received more than $800,000 in Department of Agriculture subsidies from 1995-2012. In 2001, her farm received $135,482 in subsidies.

    Rep. Kristi Noem of South Dakota, who also voted to make cuts to the program, was a partner in Racota Valley Ranch, her family’s farm and previously had nearly a 17% stake through 2008. The farm received $3.4 million in subsidies from 1995-2012. The Environmental Working Group, which analyzes subsidy data, says the “estimated amount of subsidies attributed to Rep. Noem from 1995-2012 is $503,751.”

Rep. Marlin Stutzman, who claimed that the bill was about "how many families are lifted out of poverty and helped back on their feet," as if there was any possible way it would do that, got $200,000 in farm subsidies for a farm he co-owns with his father.

Evil. Disgusting. Heartless. There's really no way to exaggerate how awful these people are.
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Re: Blaming the poor for the crimes of the rich
« Reply #98 on: September 23, 2013, 05:22:29 PM »
Food Stamps Among The Most Effective Economic Stimulus http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ou2cLy4Nqk

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Re: Blaming the poor for the crimes of the rich
« Reply #99 on: September 23, 2013, 05:29:55 PM »
These people who vote Republican get subsidized too....

Banks - Bailouts

Hospitals - Medicare, Medicade,

Military - Redistribution of taxpayer funds and borrowed money from the FED.

Republicans are only for socialism for the rich and their favored jobs.  They got theirs and to hell with anybody else.

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How House Republicans Are Preaching A False Gospel About Food Stamps
« Reply #100 on: September 26, 2013, 02:31:57 PM »
http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/09/25/2677421/how-house-republicans-are-preaching-a-false-gospel-about-food-stamps/

How House Republicans Are Preaching A False Gospel About Food Stamps

By Jack Jenkins
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September 25, 2013



As lawmakers on Capitol Hill continue to battle over whether or not to cut funding for federal food assistance programs, House Republicans are wielding a bizarre new weapon in their attempt to gut government services that help the poor: bad Bible skills.

Last Friday, Kevin Tengesdal, a Bismark, North Dakota-based actor and activist, posted a comment on the official Facebook wall of Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) criticizing the congressman’s recent vote to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – or SNAP, also known as food stamps – by $39 billion dollars. Tengesdal appealed to the lawmaker’s Christian faith by quoting Matthew 25: 36-43, a biblical passage in which Jesus compels his followers to, among other things, feed the hungry. Cramer responded by posting a Bible verse of his own—2 Thessalonians 3-10: “For even when we are with you, we would give you this command: If you are not willing to work, let him not eat.”

As North Dakota faith bloggers were quick to point out, Cramer was taking the passage wildly out of context. The author of 2 Thessalonians was not condemning the poor, but rather attempting to convince ancient Christians who had become idle in anticipation of Jesus’ Second Coming to get back to work, lest their neighbors “look down on the new Christians with suspicion.”

Cramer’s sloppy theology is only the latest in a series of attempts by Republican House members to use the Bible to justify cutting programs that help feed the poor. Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN) also cited the 2 Thessalonians passage to support cutting SNAP at a hearing in May, a move that was widely condemned by religion writers, Tennessee faith leaders, and faith-based activists such as Rev. Jim Wallis of the Sojourners, a Christian advocacy group. Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) quoted Ephesians 2:8-9 at the same meeting, erroneously arguing that scripture instructs followers to care for the poor only as individuals instead of through government programs. Finally, in September, Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI) went so far as to publicly reprimand Sister Simone Campbell—a Catholic nun and executive director of NETWORK, a Catholic social justice lobby—as she testified before House Budget Committee on the merits of government programs such as SNAP.

“What is the church doing wrong that they have to come to the government to get so much help?” Rep. Ribble asked.

Taken together, the comments made by these Republican lawmakers represent dangerous theology and even worse policy. They collectively argue that God somehow believes that people are poor because they deserve it – that is, because they refuse to work – and that churches and private charities have enough resources to feed America’s hungry without the help of government programs such as SNAP.

But this position has little basis in reality or in Christian scripture. Religious leaders have long been among the most vocal supporters of SNAP, with groups such as Circle of Protection – a massive coalition of Catholic, Mainline Protestant, and Evangelical faith leaders dedicated to protecting government programs that help the poor – writing letters and launching campaigns urging Congress to restore funding for food stamps and honor Jesus’ clear scriptural call to care for the “least of these.” This echoes the sentiments of countless other prominent religious leaders, including Pope Francis, who tweeted in July: “The measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need, those who have nothing apart from their poverty.”

Caring for the poor also resonates with those in pews. When polled, huge majorities of every major American religious group agree that the government should do more to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor, and even the majority of White Evangelicals oppose cutting federal programs that help the impoverished.

The presumption that churches and private charities can somehow shoulder the massive burden of feeding American’s poor is also patently false. Many faith-based charities already rely on government funding to function. (Catholic Charities, one of largest charities in the country, gets almost 70 percent of its operating budget from federal funds.) When Congress threatened to slash funding for SNAP last year, Bread for the World, a Christian nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating poverty, estimated that the cuts would cost every church in America an extra $50,000 every year for the next ten years just to cover the additional charge of feeding more of America’s poor.

The cuts to SNAP that passed the House last week are estimated to have a similar effect if signed into law:

“Thousands of Bible passages urge help and justice toward people in need, and virtually all the houses of worship in the country are involved in charitable feeding,” said Rev. David Beckmann, head of Bread for the World, in an email to Think Progress. “But the House’s proposed cut in food assistance is roughly equivalent to all the food assistance that all the churches and food banks in the country are able to mobilize.”

Perhaps most offensive and inaccurate of all, however, is the fiction embedded within the comments of these House Republicans: that recipients of food stamps are social moochers who simply refuse to work. In reality, most of the country’s 47 million food stamp recipients are children or the elderly, as well as many military veterans and disabled Americans. Recipients of food stamps also often include those among America’s 8.9 million “working poor” – people who work full time but still rely on programs like SNAP to feed their children and families. Furthermore, many of the country’s 17 million hungry families have earnings in excess of the poverty line and would be removed from food assistance on which they depend if the House-passed SNAP bill were to become law.

The theology of these House Republicans is also plagued by hypocrisy: Despite his resistance to offering breaks to the working poor, Rep. Cramer’s North Dakota district is the single largest recipient of farm subsidies in the nation, having received $10.4 billion in agricultural subsidies from the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 2005 to 2012. The same is true for Rep. Fincher, who personally collected $3.48 million in federal farm subsidies from 1999 to 2012.

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Re: Blaming the poor for the crimes of the rich
« Reply #101 on: September 26, 2013, 03:14:52 PM »
Republicans love Kleptocraies so much force them to move to Mexico and China.

Force them to stay 5 years then have them get back to us about life with no minimum wage or social safety net.

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Re: Blaming the poor for the crimes of the rich
« Reply #102 on: October 07, 2013, 09:04:33 AM »
Although the following originally aired a couple years ago, it's obviously still as relevant now as it was then (if not more so):

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vK4PvcVAbes (Children in Poverty)


^^ That's what the combination of an anti-Georgist tax system and anti-Georgist monetary system inevitably leads to. And Keynesians and Austrians (despite being supposed "opposites") are united in wanting to make sure both systems stay anti-Georgist. Shame on them.
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The Republicans' War on the Poor [and Obsession with giving Obama "Left Cover"]
« Reply #103 on: October 24, 2013, 04:06:55 PM »
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-republicans-war-on-the-poor-20131024

The Republicans' War on the Poor

The GOP is pushing to decimate food-stamp programs, punishing the most vulnerable just out of sheer spite

By ELIZABETH DREW
Rolling Stone
October 24, 2013

The way the program to provide the poor with the bare minimum of daily nutrition has been handled is a metaphor for how the far right in the House is systematically trying to take down the federal government. The Tea Party radicals and those who either fear or cultivate them are now subjecting the food-stamp program to the same kind of assault they have unleashed on other settled policies and understandings that have been in place for decades. Breaking all manner of precedents on a series of highly partisan votes, with the Republicans barely prevailing, the House in September slashed the food-stamp program by a whopping $39 billion and imposed harsh new requirements for getting on, or staying on, the program. The point was to deny the benefit to millions.

The Sharp, Sudden Decline of America's Middle Class

Hardly any other federal undertaking – with the exception of the Affordable Care Act – has attracted more hostility from the far right than the food-stamp program. As recently as the mid-Sixties, actual hunger and starvation existed in this country on a significant scale, particularly in the Deep South and Appalachia. In 1967, Robert F. Kennedy took a widely covered trip to the Mississippi Delta, where he was quite evidently shocked at the sight of listless babies with distended bellies who were unresponsive to his touching them or trying to get them to laugh. That same year, a group of doctors took a foundation-sponsored trip to Mississippi and reported, "In child after child we saw: evidence of vitamin and mineral deficiencies; serious untreated skin infestation and ulcerations; eye and ear diseases, also unattended bone diseases secondary to poor food intake; the prevalence of bacterial and parasitic diseases. . . ."

In the years after these devastating revelations, two farm-state senators of different philosophies on many issues – South Dakota Democrat George McGovern and Kansas Republican Bob Dole – joined together to strengthen the program and extend it to more people in need. Over in the House, Thomas Foley, a Democratic congressman from Spokane, Washington – a major wheat­growing area – and later House speaker, was the real legislative hero of the program.

Even before he became chairman of the Agricultural Committee in 1975, Foley had the insight that the way to politically protect food stamps – both in his fairly conservative committee and on the House floor – was to combine the program with agricultural subsidies in the farm bill that came up for renewal every five years or so. The idea was classic if benignly intended log-rolling: Members from urban areas, where unemployment and the need for food stamps is relatively high, would grudgingly vote for the farm bill, while representatives from parts of the country with agricultural interests would grudgingly vote for food stamps. There was a certain substantive as well as political logic in linking nutrition support to farm surpluses – it helped unload excess commodities, while at the same time it could help feed the poor. Grocers also supported the food stamps as a way of selling more goods. (One of the program's greatest fans today is Walmart, which has the distinction of having customers and employees on food stamps.)

In 1979, 12 years after the original report calling attention to the appalling hunger in the Deep South and Appalachia, the Field Foundation sent another medical team to roughly the same areas, and it found that despite no sizable improvement in the condition of poverty, there had been a dramatic reduction in hunger and malnutrition as a result of food stamps and other nutrition assistance. The data shows that while a significant number of nonelderly households left the program as their income improved, the group whose participation had increased the most was the working poor.

"Food stamps are largely responsible for the near-elimination of the severe hunger and malnutrition that was widespread in many poverty-stricken areas," says Bob Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and a bearded, Old Testament-like figure who ran the program during the last two years of the Carter administration and is passionate about it. "Were it not for this program, we would see a lot more chronically hungry people and more illness related to malnutrition and undernutrition."

Food stamps are far from an extravagant benefit. The average allocation is $1.40 per person per meal. (Try it some time.) A few years ago, the program was renamed SNAP, for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, to give it a more positive facade, but that headed off not a whit of anger at the notion that hordes of freeloaders were getting benefits they didn't deserve or were electing to become dependent on food stamps rather than get a job.

In 1996, when Congress revised the separate welfare law, it also placed severe new restrictions on food stamps. Able-bodied adults who weren't raising children were limited to receiving food stamps for only three months out of three years if they weren't working at least 20 hours a week or participating in a job-training program. This grim rule applied no matter how hard they tried to find a job and even if they hadn't been able to get a slot in a training program. An exception could be made if they lived in an area of high unemployment and if their governor requested and received a federal waiver. The average income of these people is about $2,500 a year, or 22 percent of the poverty level.

How the GOP Became the Party of the Rich

The job-training program that's part of the food-stamp law is modest, nowhere near the needed capacity, and other job-training programs the government offers are full, with waiting lists in many areas. But Republicans have resisted significant increases in training programs – if this hurts the economy or large numbers of individuals, so be it. First things first: Undermine Obama's presidency.

In 2009, desperately trying to revive the economy from the crash and understanding that money for food stamps is money quickly spent, Obama proposed that the stimulus bill raise food-stamp benefits for all recipients. These increases were scheduled to die at the end of October. Thus the support level for it had been dropping significantly, despite the fact that the economy hasn't recovered to the extent that had been expected.

Republican Extremism and the Lessons of History

The House's deep slash to the food-stamp program, combined with outlandish restrictions, arose from various impulses. There was, obviously, the long-standing animus within the Republican Party toward poor people, and that's been substantially intensified as a result of the transformation of the party, whose center of gravity has moved south and west. Moreover, a minority of the party in the House, backed by powerful and wealthy outside interest groups, has seized the reins by throwing terror into the ranks that if they don't conform to the Tea Party's agenda, they could face defeat in a primary challenge from the right in the next election. Bob Dole's and George McGovern's time is long gone. Neither the Senate, nor the House, nor American politics are anything like they were in their time. The Republican Party in the Senate contains no Jacob Javits, the late New York senator who fought to protect food stamps. Among the Democrats, there's no Edward Kennedy to champion the causes of the poor, to even enjoy doing battle for them. One of the few unabashed liberals, Tom Harkin of Iowa, is retiring after five terms. Harkin was born into modest means, which he has never forgotten – he needed no lectures about bootstraps.

Adding to the ferocity of the attack on food stamps this year is that Tea Party members had promised that when they got to Washington, they would dramatically cut the size of government, but had little to show for it. Paul Ryan's much-touted budget was actually quite cautious in cutting entitlements in the near term. Medicare and Social Security were too popular, even among the Tea Party's own followers, for Republicans to stick their necks out on those issues. Medicaid is a component of the health-care-reform law, and therefore was being dealt with in another context. That left food stamps.

The idea that the unworthy are cadging off the federal government – at a cost to the right-thinking taxpayers (who, of course, never, ever cheat) – goes deep in our national psyche. Ronald Reagan's frequent evocation of the "welfare queen" driving around in a Cadillac and the "strapping young bucks" said to be dining on T-bone steaks purchased with food stamps touched a racist nerve that is more prevalent in this country than we care to admit.

Through this rhetoric, Reagan helped build the Republican Party's base in the South – with consequences that have lasted to this day. Newt Gingrich, it may be recalled, made a big issue of food stamps in his race for the 2012 Republican nomination, calling Obama the "food-stamp president." But despite Gingrich implying that lazy blacks were the personification of food-stamp recipients, only 22 percent of those who receive food stamps are black (33 percent are white). Of the roughly 47 million Americans on food stamps, nearly half are children.

Policy by anecdote continued into this year's food-stamp debate. This summer, Fox News triumphantly presented an unemployed 29-year-old man from La Jolla, California, named Jason Greenslate, who liked to surf and play in a rock band, and who defiantly posed for the cameras buying lobster and sushi with the food stamps he got from the government. Fox then reportedly distributed the story to House members, and at least one member admitted that it influenced him to vote for a proposal to decimate the food-stamp program.

Until the House took it up this year, the food-stamp program had mostly enjoyed bipartisan support from Capitol Hill. Of all the commissions, committees and ad hoc groups formed in the past few years to propose ways to cut the budget – the sainted (if overrated) Simpson­Bowles, Domenici­Rivlin, the "Gang of Six" – not one of them suggested cutting food stamps.

What's more, the hue and cry about widespread food-stamp "fraud" is belied by the facts. The Agriculture Department reported earlier this year that only 2.8 percent of all food-stamp benefits had been provided to people who were ineligible or had received a larger payment than they should have – and it said that the majority of the overpayments had been the result of inadvertent mistakes by caseworkers or recipients. As for the widespread view that food-stamp recipients are selling food stamps for cash, the department reports that such trafficking involves only one percent of benefits.

The fact that the size of the food-stamp program had more than doubled from nearly $38 billion in 2008 to $82 billion this year of course fed suspicions that there was a tremendous number of new cheaters, or that Obama had loosened the rules for getting on the program. Politicians who made such charges overlooked the fairly obvious fact that beginning in 2008 this country suffered the greatest recession since the Depression. A study published in August by the prestigious National Bureau of Economic Research found that most of that increase was attributable to the recession.

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Poverty in America: US Food Stamp Assistance to be Slashed
« Reply #104 on: October 27, 2013, 08:30:13 AM »
http://www.globalresearch.ca/poverty-in-america-us-food-stamp-assistance-to-be-slashed/5355615

Poverty in America: US Food Stamp Assistance to be Slashed

By Andre Damon
Global Research
October 26, 2013



Benefit payments from the US government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), better known as food stamps, will be slashed drastically on November 1, the first across-the-board cut in food stamp benefits in US history.

The cuts will amount to $5 billion per year, and a total of $11 billion through 2016. The average household of three will receive a benefit cut of $29 a month, or $319 per year.

“The depth and breadth of the SNAP cuts that take effect in November are unprecedented,” wrote Dottie Rosenbaum and Brynne Keith-Jennings of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). “Past cuts have affected specific states or groups, but they have not affected all participants nor been as large as these cuts.”

The CBPP noted, “The cut is equivalent to about 16 meals a month for a family of three based on the cost of the U.S. Agriculture Department’s ‘Thrifty Food Plan.’” Once the cuts go through, SNAP assistance will amount to less than $1.40 per person per meal, according to the CBPP.

One in seven Americans receives food stamp assistance, up from 9 percent of the population in 2008 to nearly 15 percent in 2012. The program helps feed 48 million people, up from 26 million in 2007.

The cuts are the result of the expiration of the 2009 Recovery Act’s temporary increase in food stamp assistance, which neither the Democrats nor Republicans proposed seriously proposed to prevent.

The expiration of the extension was not scheduled to take place till 2015, when SNAP benefits are slated to increase. But congressional Democrats used $14 billion that was set aside for food stamps to fund other legislation. In 2010 the Democrats promised to restore the funding before the aid extension expired.

The Democrats have largely kept silent about the slated cut to food stamp aid, and the White House has made no official mention of the benefit cuts in the past week. The media has likewise blacked out the issue, with neither the New York Times, Washington Post or Wall Street Journal carrying stories on the scheduled cut to food stamp aid during the same period.

Over 80 percent of SNAP benefits go to households with incomes below the federal poverty line, an abysmally low $19,530 annually for a family of three, and 40 percent of recipients live in deep poverty, defined as below $9,765 annually for a family of three.

The share of food stamp recipients who are working has risen significantly. Nearly one third of SNAP recipients were working in 2010, up from less than 20 percent two decades before. Of those who do not work, the vast majority are disabled, elderly or under age. The number of people who receive food stamps will continue to rise through 2014, according to projections by the Congressional Budget Office.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, three quarters of households who receive SNAP benefits “included a child, a person age 60 or older, or a disabled person.”

The typical household receiving SNAP had an income of $731 per month, or about $8,800 per year, not counting SNAP benefits, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The average SNAP payment per household that year was $287, or $4.30 per person per day.

Over 21 million children—more than 1 in 4—live in a household that receives SNAP benefits, according to the CBPP report, and nine million people with disabilities receive SNAP benefits.

The Democratic and Republican parties are planning even more draconian cuts to SNAP. The Democratic budget passed in the Senate earlier this year cuts over $4 billion from the program, and the Republican House of Representatives voted last month to cut nearly $40 billion from SNAP over ten years.

The Republican proposal would force adults between 18 and 50 to either work or attend work training in order to reapply for benefits, and would also institute drug testing for recipients. If the Republican proposal were accepted, it would cut 3.8 million people off the program in 2014.

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FOOD STAMP CUTS/NOV. 1st: What, Will Be The Fallout?
« Reply #105 on: November 01, 2013, 04:14:23 AM »
 Today, Nov. 1, 2013; the Gov. is Cutting Food Stamp Benefits: What, will be the Fallout?

I'm all for Helping people in Need: But not The Freeloaders!

I do think there will be unrest in many major cities: But we shall see!

 
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Re: FOOD STAMP CUTS/NOV. 1st: What, Will Be The Fallout?
« Reply #106 on: November 01, 2013, 09:30:31 AM »
I'm all for Helping people in Need: But not The Freeloaders!

The irony of that statement is that the moment "people in need" receive that help (whether in the form of food stamps or some other benefit), they're automatically demonized as "freeloaders."

Meanwhile, the almost infinitely greater degree of economic parasitism being engaged in by the rentiers and usurers who disproportionately compose the top 1% continues to elicit at best only a small fractional of the same moral outrage from most of those currently cheerleading the cutting of food stamps.

Hence this thread.
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Re: Blaming the poor for the crimes of the rich
« Reply #107 on: November 01, 2013, 09:39:54 AM »
The welfare system was meant to be a helping hand and not a paycheck ...... the fact of the matter is that a vast majority of those on Food Stamps will always expect to get more and then more and then more because we turned it from a temporary assistance program to a way of life.
     We created it, we did not mean the program to become what it has, I say turn it into a 3 month program to give a helping hand but it should not be a lifetime paycheck.

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Re: FOOD STAMP CUTS/NOV. 1st: What, Will Be The Fallout?
« Reply #108 on: November 01, 2013, 09:52:47 AM »
Meanwhile, the almost infinitely greater degree of economic parasitism being engaged in by the rentiers and usurers who disproportionately compose the top 1% continues to elicit at best only a small fractional of the same moral outrage from most of those currently cheerleading the cutting of food stamps.

Why does this point continue to be ignored?

Is it because there's no way to acknowledge it without spoiling the perverse fun of waxing indignant about the figurative speck that's in the collective eye of social welfare recipients while directing only a small fraction (even if that much) of that same indignation at the comparative beam in the collective eye of corporate welfare recipients?

Sure seems that way to me. And I think I know why...

"In a society where unjust division of wealth gives the fruits of labor to those who do not labor, the classes who control the organs of public education and opinion—the classes to whom the many are accustomed to look for light and leading, must be loath to challenge the primary wrong, whatever it may be. This is inevitable, from the fact that the class of wealth and leisure, and consequently of culture and influence, must be, not the class which loses by the unjust distribution of wealth, but the class which (at least relatively) gains by it.

"Wealth means power and ‘responsibility,’ while poverty means weakness and disrepute. So in such a society the class that leads and is looked up to, while it may be willing to tolerate vague generalities and impracticable proposals, must frown on any attempt to trace social evils to their real cause, since that is the cause that gives their class superiority. On the other hand, the class that suffers by these evils is, on that account, the ignorant and uninfluential class, the class that, from its own consciousness of inferiority, is prone to accept the teachings and imbibe the prejudices of the one above it; while the men of superior ability that arise within it and elbow their way to the front are constantly received into the ranks of the superior class and interested in its service, for this is the class that has rewards to give. Thus it is that social injustice so long endures and is so difficult to make head against.

"Thus it was that in our Southern States while slavery prevailed, the influence, not only of the slaveholders themselves, but of churches and colleges, the professions and the press, condemned so effectually any questioning of slavery, that men who never owned and never expected to own a slave were ready to persecute and ostracize any one who breathed a word against property in flesh and blood—ready, even, when the time came, to go themselves and be shot in defense of the ‘peculiar institution.’

"Thus it was that even slaves believed abolitionists the worst of humankind, and were ready to join in the sport of tarring and feathering one."

-- Henry George, Protection or Free Trade, pp. 294-6


"You go back hundreds of years to sharecroppers. Economically, many historians wrote that...they were worse off than black slaves here in the U.S. Because the slave was supposedly property, you wanted to keep them alive. Sharecroppers died of malnutrition many times in bad years. And they had to sign a contract to buy their clothes, their sugar, their flour -- everything -- from the company store. You've heard the song, 'I owe my soul to the company store.' When the blacks got supposedly 'free' after the Civil War, many of them just became the lowest rung of the sharecroppers. Most Americans have ancestors who came over here as white slaves. Oh, it was only a seven-year indentured servitude, but you generally never got off of the plantation. But, oh, don't worry, poor whites still enjoyed looking down on blacks. It's all about a snobbery: 'Oh, at least I get to look down on somebody.' And that's why only around 2% of whites in the colonies -- then later in the North and the South -- actually owned slaves, but over 90% (in surveys that were done at the time) of poor whites supported it early on...because they got to look down on somebody. And it wouldn't even matter if the black slave going and picking something up in town for the master was even healthier and had a little bit more fat on their belly than the sharecropper wearing rags, he could still order the black around. And, again, this is all what you see at the country clubs, and what you see in cliques in schools -- humans love tribal hierarchies. And the TSA and the government system and the corporate system gives them all these little power-tripping hierarchies to feed on people and to perch on top of them and control them."

-- Alex Jones, The Alex Jones Show radio broadcast, 4/29/11, 1st hour
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Re: Blaming the poor for the crimes of the rich
« Reply #109 on: November 01, 2013, 09:59:10 AM »
America is all about slavery its just legalized .... when a family of two that works 40 hours a week but makes minimum wage and still cannot afford to pay the bills monthly and eat .... guess what your a slave. Its not hard to see if you open your eyes

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Re: Blaming the poor for the crimes of the rich
« Reply #110 on: November 01, 2013, 10:21:51 AM »
America is all about slavery its just legalized .... when a family of two that works 40 hours a week but makes minimum wage and still cannot afford to pay the bills monthly and eat .... guess what your a slave. Its not hard to see if you open your eyes

If anyone can read my posts in both this and the following threads and still not know that I'm already well aware of this, then it's their eyes that need opened, not mine:

     http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=160459.0

     http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=98465.0

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Re: Blaming the poor for the crimes of the rich
« Reply #111 on: November 01, 2013, 10:24:31 AM »
Sorry if I made it seem like I am disagreeing with you because I don't ! That was not what my post was pointing to Geo ...

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Re: Blaming the poor for the crimes of the rich
« Reply #112 on: November 01, 2013, 10:25:54 AM »
America is all about slavery its just legalized .... when a family of two that works 40 hours a week but makes minimum wage and still cannot afford to pay the bills monthly and eat .... guess what your a slave. Its not hard to see if you open your eyes

You can make a lot more than minimum wage and still not be able to afford to live and eat.  So, millions upon millions are absolutely slaves and dont even know it.

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Re: Blaming the poor for the crimes of the rich
« Reply #113 on: November 01, 2013, 10:30:25 AM »
I agree just was trying to point out that people that are trying to work and make a living just cannot get it done anymore ......

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Re: Blaming the poor for the crimes of the rich
« Reply #114 on: November 01, 2013, 10:51:12 AM »
I agree just was trying to point out that people that are trying to work and make a living just cannot get it done anymore.....

I agree with you on that point.

What I keep having to explain to people is that (reactionary propaganda to the contrary notwithstanding) it is the height of delusion to think this problem can be even partially solved by cutting the social safety net in the midst of a banker-engineered depression, all while leaving firmly entrenched the ruling-class privileges that gave rise to the horrid economic conditions that in turn created the apparent need for a social safety net in the first place.

That's called fueling the very fire one presumes to fight, and thereby becoming part of the very problem one proclaims to oppose.

"This imperfect policy of non-intervention, or laissez-faire, led straight to a most hideous and dreadful economic exploitation; starvation wages, slum dwelling, killing hours, pauperism, coffin-ships, child-labour -- nothing like it had ever been seen in modern times....People began to say, perhaps naturally, if this is what State absentation comes to, let us have some State intervention.

"But the State had intervened; that was the whole trouble. The State had established one monopoly, -- the landlord's monopoly of economic rent, -- thereby shutting off great hordes of people from free access to the only source of human subsistence, and driving them into the factories to work for whatever Mr. Gradgrind and Mr. Bottles chose to give them. The land of England, while by no means nearly all actually occupied, was all legally occupied; and this State-created monopoly enabled landlords to satisfy their needs and desires with little exertion or none, but it also removed the land from competition with industry in the labour market, thus creating a huge, constant and exigent labour-surplus." [Emphasis original]

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As Cuts to Food Stamps Take Effect, More Trims to Benefits Are Expected
« Reply #115 on: November 01, 2013, 04:11:51 PM »
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/01/us/as-cuts-to-food-stamps-take-effect-more-trims-to-benefits-are-expected.html?_r=0

  The government is stupid.  They want to further and further cut the program as the years go by----starving people.

  Has anybody ever seen food prices go down year to year?

  The food stamp program costs $75 billion to run every year and decreasing.

  The government gives the Zombie banks $85 billion a month to keep the stock market racket going.

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Starting Friday, millions of Americans receiving food stamps will be required to get by with less government assistance every month, a move that not only will cost them money they use to feed their families but is expected to slightly dampen economic growth as well.
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Cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, popularly referred to as food stamps, reflect the lapse of a temporary increase created by the administration’s stimulus program in 2009. They are slated to go into effect separately from continuing negotiations over renewal of the federal farm support program, which looks likely to further cut funds for food stamps, which this fiscal year are expected to come to about $76.4 billion.

The Republican-controlled House version of the farm bill proposes cutting $39 billion from the program over the next decade; the Democratic-controlled Senate would cut $4 billion over the same period.

The food stamp cuts scheduled to go into effect on Nov. 1 will reduce spending by $5 billion in the 2014 fiscal year, and another $6 billion over the 2015 and 2016 fiscal years. They are expected to shave 0.2 percentage point from annualized consumption growth in the fourth quarter of 2013 and trim an estimated 0.1 percentage point off the annual growth rate of the nation’s gross domestic product, according to estimates by Michael Feroli, the chief United States economist at JPMorgan Chase. Those drags may seem small, but right now projections for gains in fourth-quarter gross domestic product hover around an annual rate of just 2 percent.

“This could potentially affect consumption of food as well as nonfood items, as individuals may maintain the same food intake but reduce spending on other items,” Mr. Feroli said.

The amount that beneficiaries will lose depends on the size of the family. For a family of four receiving the maximum amount, monthly benefits will fall to $632 from $668, or a decline of $36, according to the Agriculture Department. The maximum benefits for a single adult would fall to $189 from $200, or by $11.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits were increased in 2009 as part of a suite of measures intended to support struggling workers and stimulate the economy in the wake of the financial crisis. The maximum monthly amount received per food stamp beneficiary rose by 13.6 percent at the time.

Food stamp caseloads have swollen in the last few years: In fiscal year 2007, before the recession began, there were about 26 million people receiving food stamps. As of this past July, the most recent month of data available, there were nearly 48 million, representing about a seventh of the American population. The increase has been attributed to more people losing their jobs and needing food assistance; government efforts to increase usage by families that did not know they were eligible; and to a lesser extent, policy changes in some states that relaxed eligibility requirements, according to Stacy Dean, vice president for food assistance policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning research organization.

The 2009 increase in maximum monthly food stamp benefits was designed to be temporary. But as with other stimulus measures or social safety programs that received temporary increases during or after the recession — like the payroll tax holiday, or extended unemployment benefits — advocates have been fighting to push expiration off longer.
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Cutting Food Stamps for Over 45 Million Americans: The Ruthlessness of the Elite
« Reply #116 on: November 02, 2013, 04:27:16 PM »
http://www.globalresearch.ca/cutting-food-stamps-for-over-45-million-americans-the-ruthlessness-of-the-american-ruling-class/5355989

Cutting Food Stamps for Over 45 Million Americans: The Ruthlessness of the American Ruling Class

By Andre Damon and Barry Grey
Global Research
October 29, 2013



Food assistance benefits for over 45 million Americans will be slashed starting this Friday, in the first-ever nationwide reduction in benefits under the US government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), popularly known as food stamps.

The cuts total $11 billion over the next three years and amount on average to a month’s worth of food assistance. They will mean yet more privation for millions of working people, including the poorest and most vulnerable members of society—children, elderly people, the unemployed, the disabled and new mothers.

That this brutal cut takes place under conditions of continuing mass unemployment and economic slump, with record numbers of people living in poverty and homelessness and hunger on the rise, testifies to the ruthlessness of the American ruling class. The callous indifference of the media and the entire political establishment, beginning with the Obama White House, to the suffering of broad layers of the population is reflected in their virtual silence on the imminent cutback in benefits.

As far as the corporate-controlled media is concerned, snatching food from the mouths of hungry children is not even worth reporting. As for the politicians, Democrats as well as Republicans are saying virtually nothing because there is a bipartisan agreement to impose the cuts.

Meanwhile, the government bailout of Wall Street and corporate America continues unabated. The Federal Reserve is expected this Wednesday to announce the extension of its $85 billion-a-month subsidy to the stock market and the banks in the form of its “quantitative easing” money-printing operation. Trillions of dollars have been pumped into the financial markets and interest rates have been kept at near-zero to drive up share values to record highs in the midst of the deepest crisis in the real economy since the Great Depression.

This channeling of social wealth into the coffers of the super-rich has produced the highest levels of social inequality in nearly a century. The American financial aristocracy is choking on its own wealth. Just last week,Forbes magazine reported that the ten highest-earning individuals in the US in 2012 each took in more than $100 million, with the top two making more than $1 billion apiece.

The universal claim that there is “no money” to fund social services comes as corporations, awash in cash and profits, systematically avoid taxation. According to a USA Today report published Monday, one in nine corporations in the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index paid no taxes last year. Among them are Verizon, which recently imposed new concessions on its workers, and the Murdoch-owned News Corp., which publishes the Wall Street Journal. The average effective tax rate on corporations in the S&P 500 was 12.6 percent—barely a third of the nominal corporate tax rate.

The starkest indicator of the real state of the US economy in the sixth year of the crisis that erupted in 2008—and the clearest refutation of the official claims of a “recovery”—is the staggering growth in the number of people dependent on food stamps. Their ranks swelled by 70 percent between 2007 and 2012 and they continue to grow.

The food stamp cuts scheduled for this week are the result of the expiration of the 2009 Recovery Act’s temporary increase in food stamp benefits. The increase was originally slated to last through 2015, when SNAP benefits are scheduled to rise, so as to ensure that there would be no reduction in benefits.

But in 2010, congressional Democrats used $14 billion that had been set aside for food stamps to fund other measures, vowing to return the money before the benefit hike expired. With the unspoken sanction of the White House and congressional Democrats, that never happened.

In current negotiations over a new farm bill, the Democratic-controlled Senate is proposing an additional $4 billion in cuts to the food stamp program over the next decade. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives has passed a bill that would cut $40 billion from SNAP and force adults between 18 and 50 to either work or attend work training in order to reapply for benefits, as well as instituting drug-testing for recipients.

As always, the more draconian Republican proposal serves as the baseline for a “compromise” in which the Democrats, even as they posture as defenders of the poor, agree to increase the scale of cuts to a level that was likely agreed upon in advance by the White House and the two big business parties.

The slashing of food stamp benefits comes just weeks after a 16-day government shutdown that set the stage for a bipartisan deal to extend most of the social cuts included in the $1.3 trillion “sequestration” process that began last March. Those cuts are on top of another $1 trillion in cuts pushed through during the 2011 crisis over the US debt ceiling.

On January 1, the federal program that provides extended unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless is slated to expire, throwing millions more into poverty and outright destitution.

All of this is preparation for a bipartisan assault on the core social programs that date from the New Deal of the 1930s and the Great Society of the 1960s—Social Security and Medicare.

What is involved here is a social counterrevolution, the aim of which is to uproot and destroy every social gain won by the working class over the past century—from pensions and health benefits to public education and child labor laws. The bankruptcy of Detroit, which is being used to gut city workers’ pensions and strip them of their health coverage, along with the sell-off of public assets such as the art work at the world famous Detroit Institute of Arts, are a foretaste of what is coming nationally—and internationally.

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Food banks brace for wave of hungry masses as federal food stamp cuts kick in
« Reply #117 on: November 03, 2013, 03:36:13 PM »
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Food banks brace for wave of hungry masses as federal food stamp cuts kick in

Mike Adams
Natural News
November 3, 2013

The federal food stamp program known as the “Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program” (SNAP) has now been cut by a small amount — just $36 / month for a family of four. But even this tiny reduction in a national entitlement program is causing shockwaves across the nation as food banks scramble to handle the anticipated surge in “hungry masses.”

“Food banks across the country, stretched thin in the aftermath of the recession, are bracing for more people coming through their doors in the wake of cuts to the federal food stamp program,” writes USA Today.

There are almost 50 million Americans on food stamps right now. A family of four used to receive roughly $600 / month from the government, but that amount has now been cut by around six percent. The fact that this $36 reduction is causing so much panic underscores just how deeply millions of Americans have come to depend on government money to simply survive.

Cuts deemed “catastrophic” for many people

These cuts, “will be close to catastrophic for many people,” said Ross Fraser, a spokesman for Feeding America, as quoted in a story by CBS News.

“It’s going to send people into a charitable system that’s already overwhelmed and screaming for help itself,” says Jim Weill of the Food Research and Action Center, also quoted in that same CBS story.

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-- "The budget [by Senator Rand Paul] provides two years of war funding, at the President’s requested levels."

-- "The food stamp program and the child nutrition program" (cut)

-- "The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program" (eliminate)

-- "Affordable Housing Program" (eliminate)

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Re: Blaming the poor for the crimes of the rich
« Reply #118 on: November 03, 2013, 03:44:46 PM »
Of course this could all be a part of the Globalists' plans to defunct the Republican Party, get the champions of the poor party the Democrats into 1 party power then bring the hammer of the NWO down once and for all.

Maybe the Globalists have had it with the 2 party in-fighting and is now stream-lining the Demo-kakistocrat Party in DC !!!!

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PA Food Bank Head Warns Demand Cannot be Met
« Reply #119 on: November 04, 2013, 04:46:23 PM »
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PA Food Bank Head Warns Demand Cannot be Met

Food pantry organizers “unable to plug the hole”

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
November 4, 2013



The head of the Pennsylvania’s largest food bank has warned that demand for groceries following a $5 billion dollar cut in the food stamp program cannot be met.

Joe Arthur of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank “says the donor network for the food banks is already stretched too thin to quickly expand,” according to an Associated Press report.

From November 1st, $5 billion was wiped off the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as a result of a planned stimulus withdrawal. Almost 50 million Americans who are supported by the program face an average loss of $36 dollars a month, which is a significant amount for those living near the poverty line.

Food pantry organizers will be “unable to plug the hole being left by a reduction in federal funding for food stamps,” which will leave families of four in Pennsylvania facing the prospect of 20 fewer meals per month, according to Arthur.

The Association of Arizona Food Banks sounds a similar warning, noting that the 5 per cent cut, although appearing minor on the surface, equates to about half a week’s budget for someone whose primary source of food is SNAP.

Spokesman Brian Simpson illustrated how the massive surge in demand for food was linked to the struggling economy.

Before the 2007 recession, the five food banks in his association were handing out an average of 69,000 emergency food boxes per month. Last month, 108,300 boxes were handed out, an increase of around 80 per cent.

The true impact of the cut will really be felt in the final week of November, when food stamp recipients will begin to run out of benefits.

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