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GOP Allows Rich To Literally Take Food Out of the Mouths Of Women and Babies

GOP Allows Rich To Literally Take Food Out of the Mouths Of Women and Babies

If you are a mother struggling with food instability, programs like WIC (Women Infant Children), which provide financial support for grocery purchases, are like a lifeline.

But WIC is a lifeline the GOP is more than willing to cut in order to protect tax cuts for the rich.  And how long would the wealthy be effected if they had to give up their breaks to keep WIC fully funded?

Just seven days.

Via Think Progress:

CAP’s Melissa Boteach and Seth Hanlon found that the cost of the GOP cut to WIC is equivalent to the cost of extending the Bush tax cuts for millionaires alone for just one week:

The deal struck last December to extend the tax cuts enacted under President George W. Bush gave the average millionaire a tax break of $139,199 for 2011, according to the Tax Policy Center, or nearly $2,700 per week. Given that about 321,000 households reported incomes of more than $1 million in the most recent year for which there are data from the Internal Revenue Service, that means the Bush tax cuts provide millionaires with about $860 million in tax breaks every week — more than enough to stave off the $833 million in proposed cuts to WIC.

Economists have estimated that every dollar invested in WIC “saves between $1.77 and $3.13 in health care costs in the first 60 days after an infant’s birth by reducing the instance of low-birth-weight babies and improving child immunization rates.”

One week.  One week worth of tax breaks for those who are already thriving financially isn’t worth sacrificing in order to assist women and children who are suffering with hunger and need financial assistance just to put food on the table.

Apparently starving children is actually easier than stealing candy from a baby for the GOP.

 

 

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9:43PM PDT on Jul 12, 2011

Many corporations pay no tax for the privilege of doing business in this country and benefitting very nicely as a result. It is nothing short of abhorrent that these bastards feel they should not have to pay their fair share. The only way this will change is if the American people start protesting and demanding our politicians hold these criminals accountable.

9:39PM PDT on Jul 12, 2011

Kathy M.; suppose a mother has the means to support her child/children and then loses her job, then her home! Should she then lose her children as well? Your simplistic approach to one size fits all is abhorrent. And gee, women are condemned if they know they cannot bring a child into this world and have an abortion, and she's condemned if she has the child and needs help providing for him/her.
Who made you the judge and jury Kathy? Try a little empathy for those who may not be nearly as 'fortunate' as you.

9:29PM PDT on Jul 12, 2011

The actual tax rate paid by corporations in America is not 35%--they pay an average of 16%--the lowest effective corporate tax rate on Earth.

7:11PM PDT on Jul 12, 2011

Worst Russell, really? Maybe if we went back to calling the programs assistance programs and not entitlement programs, you would not have the few that exploit it. And second, Obama, the worst, really? That dishonor goes to Ronnie Reagan, who sold weapons to enemies, endorsed outsourcing of jobs (he vetoed congressional bills to curb the practice), Taxed the poor and spared the rich. But he did have one good accomplishment. Under his leadership, more immigrants became nationalized citizens then any president since Taft!

5:19PM PDT on Jul 12, 2011

America needed what Pres. F..D. Roosevelt put in place to ensure we had ample troops to fight the WW2 enemies. He knew the future would be against the Communist form of Socialism, and gave America a balanced format to keep Democracy alive in all levels of society. To rail on todays results is to deny history. The bulk of the Millitary is built on the middle and lower Americans being available and secure in keeping the upper and superupper society safe.

4:37PM PDT on Jul 12, 2011

This is the biggest pile of bullshit I have ever read. when will people wake up? . Look at socialist countries like the Soviet Union , Eastern Europe, China, Vietnam all have sustained poverty and over 12% is a normal unemployment figure. These figures cited are so far off the reality mark it is Hilarious. please get your story straight.... Social programs designed as bridge programs between jobs are now used as lifelong income sources for malingering miscreants . How about a little self reliance and self responsibility. Can't afford children do everyone a favor use a condom. Obama is the worst president in the history of this country and the Democrat idiots in Congress are turning this country in to Soviet Russia.

2:06PM PDT on Jun 18, 2011

That's... astonishing. But not really surprising, no. The Republicans can't really surprise me with anything any more.

3:23PM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

Ralph Nader still rocks and if you want to start a revolution, you have to, as Jesse Ventura says, vote for anyone OTHER than a Republican or Democrat. The two party system cares nothing for us.

3:22PM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

How much do the rich need? Answer: MORE

7:29PM PDT on Jun 13, 2011

Exactly how much money does one need to live like a king in America? If you're already a millionaire, you are already living better than the kings of history. If you need more tax breaks, what are you going to use the money for? Illegal stuff like hard drugs? Endless hookers? Is it necessary to penalize the poorest of the poor so you can live like a spoiled god while 90% of ous are scared of becoming homeless? This is blind stinking greed at its worse. No excuses possible. Shame on Bush and the entire GOP for allowing this to happen!

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