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26 Members of Congress to Live Off Food Stamp Budget to Protest Cuts


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: congress, hunger, government, ethics, budget cuts, usa, news, americans )

Cal
- 552 days ago - alternet.org
Could you eat off $4.50 a day?



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JL A. (276)
Friday June 14, 2013, 4:34 pm
Kudos to Lee and the others for showing their counterparts what leadership and informed decision-making looks like!
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (280)
Friday June 14, 2013, 5:20 pm
Kudos too them
 

Winn Adams (203)
Friday June 14, 2013, 6:20 pm
Good - I hope this will open their eyes so they can make informed decisions in the future.
 

Jason S. (57)
Friday June 14, 2013, 7:33 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

lee e. (114)
Friday June 14, 2013, 10:09 pm
Good for those people - I'm one of them - and it sure isn't easy - I'm facing surgery next month and hoping that meals on wheels is still available for my convalescence!
 

David C. (29)
Friday June 14, 2013, 10:53 pm
the people who voted to make cuts to SNAP that should be forced to live on that amount...and for more than one week
 

Constance F. (431)
Friday June 14, 2013, 11:20 pm
Yes, how hopeful that we actually have a handful of ethical legislatures ! Congressman Peter DeFazio (D, OR-04) - this one - DeFazio, not only cares about other human beings, but also other species. Creme of the crop. Know your legislatures. Promote those with the highest ethics, and get rid of the scum pandering whores to industry who could not give a hoot about those most powerless. How filthy disgusting is that. Keep putting the praise and dirt out.
 

Danuta Watola (1216)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 1:36 am
noted
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 1:49 am
Good! At least there's a few decent congress members!
 

Carlene V. (203)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 4:17 am
Sadly it's the wrong side who are willing to live off food stamps. It should be the Republicans who should give it a try but don't hold your breath. They aren't interested in helping anyone but their corporate pimps.
As for the quote from a faux noise anchor, they're just actors anyway adding to another dumbed down day pandering to sheeple who are too lazy or too uninformed to know what fools they are.
 

paul m. (93)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 4:33 am

Well done people ...
 

Gloria picchetti (300)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 4:36 am
I wish everyone would try it.
 

cecily w. (0)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 5:10 am
I'm an old small healthy vegan whose food cost averages $1.00 per day. Have never been on public assistance. BUT you won't see a right wing rant about SNAP ("Food Stamps") from me. There is no valid economic reason to curtail the "Food Stamp" program. Capital costs, production costs, and distribution costs are plugged in well in advance. Although some plug-ins (say, for drought loss or an increase in gas prices) need to be adjusted, these possibilities have already been factored into "worst case" scenarios. In other words we're producing to the models, not the other way around.

Those politicians who want to restrict food access are on a perverted power trip. Fortunately, some ethical legislators also have brains.
 

Fi T. (16)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 5:12 am
Consider the less able buyers
 

Amanda Ashworth (2)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 5:13 am
thanks
 

Mike M. (56)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 5:45 am
It is a wonderful gesture. Now if it happens to stir the imbeciles that want to cut the program it will be even greater
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 6:21 am
That's not the best way to live off the "Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program " as it's designed to be supplemental, not the sole source. However, even then, you shop every day and buy what's on clearance.
 

Andre Yokers (6)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 6:33 am
Way to go, members of Congress! Your food choices will be limited!
 

Lynn D. (0)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 7:55 am
Good for them............
 

John De Avalon (35)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 8:20 am
Respect to them...

By sharing there would be enough for everyone. It is greed that creates want in a land of plenty.
 

Ravenna C. (20)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 9:47 am
"Unfortunately, the rapid growth of this program has only increased dependency on government and added to our federal deficit,” 25 Republican members wrote in a letter Tuesday. Last Thanksgiving, a Fox News host joked she would look “fabulous” on a food stamp diet."

REALLY!?!!! I just can't even believe some of the idiotic tripe that comes out of these rich Corporate Owned fat cats mouths!!! They don't know jack. Thanks to climate change the price of food has just about doubled in recent years. Let's not even start on the price of dairy products.
That Fox News idiot (as if there is any other kind) who said how "Fabulous" she would look...I guess she was inferring that she would lose weight. Anyone in the healthcare field knows very well that chances are she would end up sick and bloated. In order to not feel hungry all the time and to stretch those big SNAP bucks, the most affordable "foods" are full of HFCS. The chances of her getting Diabetes II would increase exponentially and her lipids would sky rocket.
Then of course if the individual is on medicaid/medicare their medical costs are going to increase exponentially.
But I bet those same A**HATS that made the above comments are the very same ones who think 10,000 drones in American airspace is a great way to spend our tax dollars. I also bet that they think we should increase funding for more "Black Ops" all in the name of "National Security".

I am glad that what they are doing will bring some attention to a program that needs more funding not less. I do however wish that they would take it a step further and do it for a longer period of time (12 wks ought to do it) with baseline, and then weekly labs drawn to really bring home the ramifications of the cheap poisons that are passed off as "food" in grocery stores. And that cheap "food" is the only option that most American families have whether they are getting SNAP or just trying to stretch their own meager paychecks.
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 11:03 am
I do appreciate what they are doing, but all of them should of done it. It is for one week for them, however, for millions it is something they must live daily for months if not years in this rigged economy.

They allow "their Owners" to trash the economy, limit opportunity, then cut the life lines at the same time. Heartless Ones with a few exceptions.

Suze Orman "There is a highway into poverty and not even a sidewalk to get out."
 

James Maynard (68)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 1:55 pm
If they can just convince the morons of the harm
they will cause cutting these programs!!!!
 

Karena N. (14)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 4:42 pm
This is wrong
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 6:03 pm
Well, every single one of them is a Dem. Why no one from the GOP? I guess they already have all the answers---given to them by those in charge. They prefer to stay "fat, dum & happy." Not to mention well paid-off. Check the bills defending SNAP when they come up for a vote, and see how many Dems. vote with Reps......Although I'm betting none of these 26 would vote against SNAP, too many of their fellow Dems. are not acting like Dems.
 

Ruth R. (216)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 9:57 pm
For real !
 

David C. (29)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 10:47 pm
Fox News idiot......

I can see her on day one being told her job......look at that box there and read what on the paper---you can read--(yes)---that very good the last one could not (we has to fire her as she started to think)---and smile --- you will be told when not too---so one last point---the GOP are Gods they are always right----welcome to Fox News!
 

tasunka m. (338)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 9:08 am
I could. .but I would have to live in chinatown.
In college, I ate dinner there for $2...almost every day.
Was still too much food, the rice is so filling.
Would never, have never, eaten fast food.
Even chinese is less disgusting to me.
Ty Cal
 

Carol H. (229)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 3:01 pm
thanks Cal, noted
 
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