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Why Conservatives Hate Food Stamps


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: working mothers, food stamps, republicans, propaganda, lies, government, ethics, candidates, usa, politics, obama, government, ethics )

Cal
- 313 days ago - theweek.com
Democrats see food stamps as a crucial part of the social safety net. If Republican budget hawks want to demonstrate that they really are a bunch of "mean-spirited" Scrooges, they couldn't pick a better target to cut.



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Constance F. (436)
Friday September 20, 2013, 8:06 am
And conservatives like it when poor women have no reproductive choices ( wealthy women always do) so they can make more babies, more mouths to feed, more POVERTY ~ and what better way to control the masses and create a slave work force ~ keep them stupid, hungry, tired, desperate.
 

Kit B. (277)
Friday September 20, 2013, 8:38 am

Because they inherited Srooge genes? I believe this is not an honest argument. Some people will attempt to scam the system, certainly those in Congress know that, they are extremely well skilled in scamming.
 

Brian M. (145)
Friday September 20, 2013, 9:22 am
Every voting person should look up the vote on this issue and if the politicians from their state voted to cruelly steal food out of the mouths of children, the elderly, and the poor...then voters need to keep that in mind and throw those heartless creeps out at the first available moment. This particular issue is the ultimate deal-breaker. It doesn't matter if that politician has done anything else good for their constituency ever. If they voted to basically tell the poor to go starve and die, then they should be thrown out of office and humiliated as much as possible.
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Friday September 20, 2013, 10:04 am
Maybe they wouldn't have increased so quickly if the GOP hadn't bought into the Corporatizaion crap of outsourcing and globalization. All globalization and corporatization have done is to redistribute the wealth into the greater control of the 1%.
Y'all created this mess so live with it. Or do you take the tact that Scrooge had? "Are there no work houses? Are there no prisons?" I suppose they would love a return to the 19th century or better yet the Middle Ages of feudalism and the divine right of kings?
 

Yvonne White (231)
Friday September 20, 2013, 12:55 pm
History is probably not important to the Rich..even though Every Revolution concerned people who were starving, armies that were ill-equipped & unfed, and Governments who were supposedly "insulated" from the rabble. Guess we can just wait for that final straw..where do I buy Guillotine stocks? Think we get a grant to Build them? ;)
 

Janice P. (5)
Friday September 20, 2013, 1:13 pm
Noted.
 

Jaime A. (32)
Friday September 20, 2013, 2:06 pm
Noted.
 

Gene Jacobson (247)
Friday September 20, 2013, 4:16 pm
"The right argues that the program has grown dangerously large during the Great Recession. Spending on food stamps doubled from 2000 to 2007, reaching $35 billion, then more than doubled again in the economic downturn, reaching $83 billion this year."

What a flipping surprise! The republican party tanks the economy into the biggest depression in 80 years, no one has work, many have given up looking, aging boomers have no chance of finding a job and people still need to eat. If you factor in inflation, I'm betting the growth in the food stamp program, now called SNAP, still PALES in comparison to what CEO salaries were in 1990 and what they are today. What the percentage of all wealth held by the top 10% was then compared to what it is today. They like to pick and choose their numbers and think the rest of the country to stupid to follow their slow moving hands in their little shell game. No woman in America can have an abortion if those boys get their way but will they spend a nickel supporting those babies once born? Hell no. They want to CUT the program that feeds those children. All programs that help children. All programs that help anyone but them. And they think no one sees behind the curtain. This is the republican party at its nadir. It just can't get any lower than this and still be above ground.
 

pam w. (191)
Friday September 20, 2013, 7:25 pm
What Gene said!
 

Dale O. (189)
Friday September 20, 2013, 8:54 pm
The right wing is so very short sighted, but that is hardly surprising. So very true Gene!
 

GGmaSheila D. (134)
Friday September 20, 2013, 9:05 pm
The GOPTP are hypocrites...they vote to cut the SNAP program, but keep entitlements to rich ag companies. So it really isn't the entitlements themselves they hate, but the recipients...the poor, the old, the disabled, the jobless, etc
 

Alan Haas (181)
Friday September 20, 2013, 9:40 pm
A lot of people on food stamps are in their situation by their own doing. Stop sitting around waiting for your handouts and get of your butts and do something about your situation. The only ones I feel sorry for are the kids in these situations who are unfortunate enough to be raised in this environment and the odd people that are in temporary need because of circumstances beyond their control.
 

Robert K. (31)
Friday September 20, 2013, 9:46 pm
For every dollar in tax cuts the economy loses 68 cents. For every dollar spent on the safety net there is a positive effect on the economy, bringing in more than is spent, reaching a top of $1.86 for unemployment benefits, and since the one and only economic thing conservatives actually know about it, is how to steal, the only sane thing to do is to kick them in the teeth and then onto the curb. No sane person would vote for what passes for a conservative these days, 50 years ago they were the John Birch Society now they are, each and every one of them, lower than toilet scum.
 

Robert K. (31)
Friday September 20, 2013, 9:50 pm
Voting to cut SNAP is voting to murder children by starvation. Remember those kids you were adamant about forcing the woman to bring to term because you so loved the fetus? Well, now they're living, breathing, hungry children who already don't have enough to eat and you want them to have less. And you have just proven that you deserve to starve, not them.
 

John Gregoire (257)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 4:36 am
To partially answer the question asked. I was standing behind a small group at the check out. The fellow behind me are local tea party folks. Ahead of me was a "lady" using her food stamp card to but a cart replete with junk food, cigarettes and high fructose corn syrup drinks. That's what the food stamp program looks like to those who take the time to observe. the TPers said nothing, I was appalled at what food stamp money bought. Came home and wrote Chuck Schumer -we need to radically change that program to insure only high quality foods can be purchased.
 

Gene Jacobson (247)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 5:56 am
MOST disingenuous, John. One CANNOT buy cigarettes nor alcohol nor hot food with food stamps. Here is what you can and cannot buy. Food Stamps. Now as to why a cart would be loaded with junk food or high fructose corn syrup is easy as well. Food stamps are so penurious that a user must be the cheapest foods available. Organic, healthy food is out of reach, your allotment of stamps would be gone before you got past the produce aisle. So poor people can only afford cheap food which is what you saw in that cart. I'm middle class, maybe a bit higher than the middle of that and I can't afford to buy purely organic foods though if I could, I would, because those preservatives that keep products "fresh" on the shelves for weeks and months also cause cancer and contribute to many other diseases as well. Don't be so quick to judge, until you have walked a mile in someone else's shoes. When my sons were young and I made a lot less money, got no child support, I made up monthly meal plans, went to the store every two weeks with a list made up from those plans, a calculator and a pen, and added everything up as I went because I could barely afford to feed two growing boys and didn't dare overdraw my checking account because one bounced check fee was 20% of my grocery budget. Food stamps don't make anyone healthy and you have to be dirt poor to qualify for them. They are not allowing anyone to live large, except in republican minds.
 

Pogle S. (88)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 7:05 am
Gene Jacobson would be most welcome in Britain for he's too good for your system!
 

Joanne Dixon (37)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 8:54 am
Pogle - True, but you can't have him, he's ours!
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 7:49 pm
Noted. I, too, find it hard to improve on Gene's comments above. I have a son who qualifies, and he barely gets by. Another son makes just a bit too much to qualify, and comes over here to eat when things are thin. For Congress members to punish and demean those who often "go without" while they have free health care, huge paychecks & benefits beyond their worth just makes me want to puke.
 

Yvonne White (231)
Sunday September 22, 2013, 6:20 pm
Again, RepubliCONs "just" want to regress back to the 1970's when Food Stamps were embarrassing to use & just as hard to get.. before they had WIC programs & several other helpful things. Anyone who has Any experience (themselves or helping others) with any Aid Program KNOWS you don't get much & you CAN'T get Rich off of any Welfare Program UNLESS you are an Insider who has access & ability to game that program!
 
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