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Fight For The Poor, Get Mocked By Sen. Jeff Sessions

Fight For The Poor, Get Mocked By Sen. Jeff Sessions

When a record number of Americans are on food stamps, it takes a special sort of lawmaker to suggest the moral policy position is to cut spending on food stamp programs in order to sustain tax cuts and subsidies for the very rich. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala) is that special sort of lawmaker.

On Wednesday Sessions mocked Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) for trying to prevent cuts to the nation’s food stamp program. Gillibrand seeks to offer an amendment to return $4.5 billion in food assistance to the poor that the Senate’s farm bill slashes.

“It’s precisely this kind of thinking that has bled our treasury of money that we need to pay for the demands that this country has. I also think it’s a moral issue,” Sessions said. “Is our national goal to place as many people on welfare, food stamp support, as we can possibly put on that program? Is that our goal? Is that a moral vision for the United States of America, just to see how many people we can place in a situation where they’re dependent on the federal government for their food? I just ask that. I think we should wrestle with that question.”

Gillibrand didn’t back down though. “As a mother, as a lawmaker, watching a child go hungry is something I will not stand for. In this day and age, in a country as rich as America is, it should not be tolerated and certainly should not be advocated for.”

Republicans claim the food stamp program is rife with fraud, despite the fact that the Agriculture Department estimates the program has a fraud rate of about 1 percent. We know it’s not really about fraud. It’s about a permanent shifting of money away from the poor and to the very rich. It’s about punishing poor women and families for having the audacity to be poor and it’s about mocking those who believe that’s wrong.

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10:54AM PST on Nov 24, 2012

The logic Sessions uses is absolutely backward. The goal is not to put people on foodstamps. It is Republicans' attitude towards exporting jobs that leads folks to applying for foodstamps. Is it that his thought process that is backwards or just perverted on purpose?

2:22PM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

Woops! Bad editing in my last post! Here is the correct post:
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2:19PM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

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5:41AM PDT on Sep 21, 2012

The ultra-right again. They sound like Nazi's don't they? All of us that are not in their ranks are obviously sub-standard and not deserving of any considerations.

6:55AM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

Unfrickenbelievable !!!!

2:12PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

He doesn't seem like a very nice person, does he?

3:19PM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

I won't waste my time commenting on this miserable POS,selfish, dickhead, except to say that is a douchbag A-hole!

9:17AM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

"I also think it’s a moral issue,” Sessions said." This elitist b*****d wouldn't know a moral if it slapped him in the face! How does he sleep at night? Give him the boot!

6:36AM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

Green star to Marie W. Very well said!

10:28PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

To me it's quite telling that Sen Sessions full name is Jefferson Davis Sessions.

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