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TomCat S (129)
Friday November 1, 2013, 1:50 am
Do you remember the fiscal cliff? It certainly had its share of media attention. Since then, we’ve been preoccupied with the Republican Sequester, the Republican Shutdown, the Republican Hostage Crisis over the Debt Limit, and thank goodness, the Republican Cave-in. There is another cliff that we hit today, and our failure to address it will cause millions of Americans to suffer needlessly, thanks to the Republican War on the Poor.

Syd H (48)
Friday November 1, 2013, 1:54 am

I do not want to put a positive spin on this because cutting food benefits as winter is setting in is atrocious but hopefully this will get MORE people out on November 5th for the Occupy/Anonymous Million Mask March.

Remember, Remember the 5th of November... Worldwide!

Hunger is a powerful motivator.


Gloria picchetti (304)
Friday November 1, 2013, 2:17 am
Since none of that has worked they can slowly starve a family of four by $36 a month in SNAP benefits.

Karen Chestney (112)
Friday November 1, 2013, 3:11 am
Thanks, TC .... Why should the Repubs. care about all the people whose food stamps are cut today. It doesn't affect them 1 They are rich....even get free food in congressional dinning room. They've never been in need. Not their problem !!!. Chris Hayes did do an excellent report on the "Hunger Cliff. Yes the Repubs are at war with the poor & Women, & minorities and our Vets also. I believe they will try another shutdown & try to hold the debt ceiling hostage also. Won't work. Repubs are their own worst enemy. They keep adding more bullets to their circular firing squad !!! and..they keep creating "new" Democrats!!! Bless their little shriveled up black hearts !

Autumn S (151)
Friday November 1, 2013, 3:45 am
Thanks for sharing this , TC ! The Republicans don't care and it's sad, those who suffer have done nothing to deserve this treatment.

P A (117)
Friday November 1, 2013, 8:39 am
I think it was on earlier today that I saw a link to some food specialists who have been showing how to provide nutritious meals on the Food Stamp provision of one dollar and a few cents per meal (ONE DOLLAR PER MEAL AND THE GOP ARE CUTTING IT???). I cannot write here of my utter contempt for the GOP/TP and their gross, repulsive, hypocritical, greedy, self-obsessed selfishness as I don't think there are sufficiently polite yet accurate words in the lexicon…. yeugh!! The Crooks and Liars video was excellent – thank you TC.

Fox imply that the poor should not have refrigerators – in that case Fox would presumably deride the poor for letting their food which was not held in refrigerated conditions go bad and cause illness. Fox really are beneath contempt, they truly are! It is Congressman Jim McGovern who is fighting to help the poor in the second clip. The programme of Food Stamps etc is 80 billion dollars – nearly 10 billion of which is caused by the huge corporations who refuse to pay their staff a decent wage who then have to have food stamps provided by ordinary tax payers. I love the people in the second clip! Joel Berg, Margarette Purvis and Jim McGovern – God bless them and all like them! Thanks TC for bringing this to our attention – they said this was the first tv programme to even acknowledge that this is happening – God help the victims of this.

Sheryl G (363)
Friday November 1, 2013, 8:40 am
I hear you on that one Syd.......

“If you look across the world, riots always begin typically the same way: when people cannot afford to eat food,” Margarette Purvis, the president and CEO of the Food Bank for New York City, told Salon Monday.

Cornell West on cutting back the Food Stamps "morally obscene and spiritually profane."

More than 80 percent of SNAP (Food Stamp) households have monthly income below the federal poverty line ($19,500 a year for a family of three), and more than 40 percent live in deep poverty, with income below half of the poverty line.


48 million SNAP recipients — 87 percent of whom live in households with children, seniors, or people with disabilities.

That we should have such hunger in such large numbers is truly despicable in a Nation that prides itself of the so called "being the best in the world".......

Truly? Then why is Washington DC allowing these cuts and allowing so many to remain hungry?

The leadership can't continue to carry on placating to the most well to do among us and slice the poorest of it's citizens throats. Denying food might as well be slicing their throats for nothing can go down into their bodies in a way that nourishes them. They can't keep saying get off the entitlement programs when there are fewer of a living wage job to be had, when there are fewer jobs being created each month than the need that is there, when the minimum wage is stagnated so low that even working full time one can't feed and shelter their own selves let alone a family. These jobs are not just the youth holding them for after school work, this is adults in them that can't find other employment.

They speak out of both sides of their mouth in Washington DC. Bashing the poor while having allowed or even created the conditions that caused so many poor to begin with.

And how many Veterans are on Food Stamps due to injuries that they can no longer work? Mostly the poor and middle class sons and daughters who fought their wars of Imperialistic lies! Now they want to starve all of them too.


David C (131)
Friday November 1, 2013, 9:12 am
again, if it doesn't help the greedy get richer the repugs won't be for it.....

Lona G (80)
Friday November 1, 2013, 9:20 am
With your articles I always have this compelling need to add a comment, TomCat, but this time I just don't know what to say. What is there to say if some governing the country can say that cutting the budget for food-stamps and making them starve a little bit faster is a kind deed to help the poor not get complacent. If he can say that in front of a camera and not get tears in his eyes, not even blink.
Oh, I know what to say: despicable, despicable, despicable, despicable, despicable, despicable, despicable, despicable, despicable, despicable, despicable, despicable, despicable, despicable, despicable....

Sheryl G (363)
Friday November 1, 2013, 9:26 am
They care not for those who are suffering.....they protect their own, the Heartless Greedy Ones. To the rest of us they shed no more tears than the Heartless Slave Masters felt for their slaves. They see the poor, those who do not run in their social surroundings as "less than human" and therefore they feel no pity for them. They spout of these words so often so they can "Justify" their own brand of cruelty.

Elle B (84)
Friday November 1, 2013, 9:55 am
Ty Tom ...

The GOP has/is a terminal societal disease. . .it needs to be taken off artificial life-support systems by We The People. . .there should have been a burial decades ago. . .

“The Greed of gain has no time or limit to its capaciousness. Its one object is to produce and consume. It has pity neither for beautiful nature nor for living human beings. It is ruthlessly ready without a moment's hesitation to crush beauty and life.” ―George Eliot

“The capital amassed in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries through various forms of slave economy is still in circulation, said De Jong, still bearing interest, increasing many times over and continually burgeoning anew.” ―W.G. Sebald

"Business knows no pity, and cares for justice only when justice is seen to be better policy. If it had power to control the elements, it would grasp in its iron clutches the waters, sunshine and air and resell them by measure, and at exorbitant prices to the millions of famished men, women and children." ―W.A. Duncan, Cherokee Advocate, 1892

"...And there is no greater disaster than greed." ― Lao-tzu (604 BC - 531 BC)

“Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

Arielle S (313)
Friday November 1, 2013, 10:05 am
Add my utter contempt to yours, Pat - too bad contempt isn't edible - we'd have more than enough to feed everyone. On CNN today, they appeared to be blaming Obama for this mess, too, saying he took money from one program for another and so that's why there's isn't any money for food stamps. All I can say about that is that it's good I'm not a violent, crazy person with an AK-47 in my closet....
In the meantime, the fat cats get fatter...

Arielle S (313)
Friday November 1, 2013, 10:26 am
I just re-read your post, Tom - interesting how it's always all about the Repugs, isn't it? All their manufactured crisis events.....I wonder what would happen if we all just ignored them completely and did what the rest of us would like done? Surely there must be a way to do that.... voting them out of office would be a good start.

Chris C (152)
Friday November 1, 2013, 11:41 am
The GOP party is a short-timer...on their way out!

JL A (281)
Friday November 1, 2013, 12:28 pm
They also want to take away health care and public hospital services--the first proposal from the GOP on the budget was massive Medicaid and Medicare cuts that are steep enough to close trauma centers, treble waiting times in the ER and close many hospitals so the poor will die before they get the care needed to address health conditions from their malnutrition--a vision akin to the dark ages that does not belong in a civilized western society.

Robert B (60)
Friday November 1, 2013, 12:50 pm
Here in North Carolina these vermin are not only cutting food stamps, they are also cutting healthcare for the poor. These cretins refuse to understand that by doing this it will only COST more for all of us. Who do these rich bastards think is going to pay for the increase in Emergency Room visits? And starving people merely creates a downward spiral of our society. These cretins have the gall to claim they are "Christians" and support Democracy while they are destroying the country. I hope this bites them in the ass on election day. Anyone voting Republican ought to be ashamed of themselves, their vote merely supports the Taliban/TeaParty Brown Shirts. Fascism IS NOT A GOOD WAY TO GO!

Sheryl G (363)
Friday November 1, 2013, 1:00 pm
Speaking of being civilized......

Before our white brothers arrived to make us civilized men,
we didn't have any kind of prison. Because of this, we had no delinquents.
Without a prison, there can be no delinquents.
We had no locks nor keys and therefore among us there were no thieves.
When someone was so poor that he couldn't afford a horse, a tent or a blanket,
he would, in that case, receive it all as a gift.
We were too uncivilized to give great importance to private property.
We didn't know any kind of money and consequently, the value of a human being
was not determined by his wealth.
We had no written laws laid down, no lawyers, no politicians,
therefore we were not able to cheat and swindle one another.
We were really in bad shape before the white men arrived and I don't know
how to explain how we were able to manage without these fundamental things
that (so they tell us) are so necessary for a civilized society.

John (Fire) Lame Deer
Sioux Lakota - 1903-1976

JL A (281)
Friday November 1, 2013, 1:30 pm
Excellent points Dandelion in keeping with what Merriam Webster tells us:


: marked by well-organized laws and rules about how people behave with each other

: polite, reasonable, and respectful

: pleasant and comfortable
Full Definition of CIVILIZED
: characteristic of a state of civilization ; especially : characterized by taste, refinement, or restraint
See civilized defined for English-language learners »
Examples of CIVILIZED

A civilized society must respond to crime with fairness and justice.
Stop yelling. We have to be more civilized about this.
Try to act like a civilized human being!
a civilized way to spend the evening

First Known Use of CIVILIZED

Winn A (179)
Friday November 1, 2013, 5:22 pm
All I know is that our local food bank will get more than usual support from me.

Mitchell D (87)
Friday November 1, 2013, 5:58 pm
Dandelion, that was considerable wisdom!
Sadly, the white men did not act like brothers, unless one is talking about the first ones in the Bible!
I want to add a quote, or paraphrase: "A country shall be judged by how it treats its most vulnerable citizens."
Boy, by this measure we go down in flames
From Reagan's governorship to now, at the least, if one is poor, he/she/ is nothing but targeted by the GOP standard bearers.

JL A (281)
Friday November 1, 2013, 6:19 pm
To add to Winn's response--my local food closet/bank welcomes Halloween candy leftovers because the children in the families they serve usually couldn't go trick-or-treating and it allows the volunteers to give them a rare treat.

Deb E (63)
Friday November 1, 2013, 7:33 pm
In the wolf pack, the omega serves no other purpose than to be available when other members of the pack want a punching bag, or to assist in watching and playing with pups. Just because he is not a powerful leader, the pack would never make him go hungry. He is still important to the community of the pack. Even wolves take care of their poor.

Edith B (146)
Friday November 1, 2013, 8:32 pm
Forty seven million people in poverty! What a sad statistic for the richest country in the world. The congressman who received 3.5 million in farm subsidies but calls for reduction in Food Stamps is part of the problem. The wealthy increase their wealth on the backs of the poor. If Wal Mart and McDonald's for example paid a living wage, that would significantly reduce the number of people on Food Stamps. If my sister and I could not assist our mother, she would be living in poverty. This is not only sad, it is disgusting.

Lynn Squance (235)
Friday November 1, 2013, 11:16 pm
"…we need a national dialog on poverty, jobs and the fact that the richest country in the world should not have our economy failing for millions of Americans who are worried about where their next meal is coming from month after month. …"

Dialogue (American spelling dialog) — (noun) conversation, interview, discourse, discussion, exchange of ideas

'Dialogue' is a word that I have heard the Washington Weenies (aka Republicanus/Teabaggers Congress critters) using a lot, predominately in the context of the POTUS and Democrats not being willing to discuss matters and negotiate. But 'di' presupposes that the conversation is between two people or groups. With the Washington Weenies, any discussion is one way only . . . their way.

Does the US need to have a national dialog on poverty, jobs and the minimum wage? Absolutely! But it won't happen as long as the Washington Weenies have the ability to spread their insaniTea poison. They are proving that they don't give a rat's ass about anyone but the 1% and corporations.

When the majority of SNAP recipients are the elderly and children, those who cannot go out and "pull themselves up by their boot straps", for the Washington Weenies to say SNAP recipients are lazy slackers is unconscionable.

In a segment of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart To Fox Hosts: F*ck You For Mocking The Poor , Jon opines"

"…And second, I know that for you, potted meat and Tang is short-hand for sh*t you wouldn’t possibly imagine eating unless there was a catastrophe, but for the people actually affected by the government shutdown, it’s the sh*t they eat that they can no longer afford.”

Admittedly, this was about the shutdown, but it seems, when it comes to the poor, the country is always in shutdown mode.

Lynn Squance (235)
Friday November 1, 2013, 11:25 pm
The false piety of the Washington Weenies and their followers really chafes at me. These idiots raill against the poor, the sick, women etc and they do it quoting scripture, but they know nothing. They have never understood Jesus' words.

Matthew 25:40

And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these my brothers, you have done it to me.

Matthew 25:45

"He will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'

P A (117)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 12:22 am
Lynn I just gave you a star for the first post you made here - but i sooo want to give you a star for the second too! I completely agree with you with your quotations from the Gospels - any real Christian would!

Terrie Williams (798)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 1:29 am
As little spare money that I have, I always give to the local food bank for the area. If I can scrape together a few dollars every month to help those who have even less than I, why the hell cannot the rich bastards do the same....oh wait, that would be compassionate and empathetic.....nevermind.

Smell that? That's New Rome....burning. The Fascist Bast**ds up on the Hill and their obscenely rich Kockroach 1%er friends are playing their lyres. In the cannot eat money. I hope they choke on it.

Are we liking our FASCISM yet??????????????? Maybe this is what it will take for everyone to snap the hell out of their media/Bagger/Faux Noose/DINO/RINO/CORPORATE WHORE induced comas and RISE.

I hope those empty bellies grumbling out there become one big roar so loud that they deafen even the most hardened, callous-hearted, sociopathic POS bought-bit**es AKA so-called 'Representatives' and 'Senators' and finally strike FEAR, real and unadulterated fear into those empty holes they call hearts. Then, let the games begin.

Eat the rich....

TomCat S (129)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 1:55 am
Thanks everyone. Kudos to many, especially Lynn and Sheryl.

Deb, there is a difference between wolves and Republican leaders. Wolves are civilized.

Athena F (131)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 4:51 am
We have to stand up, protest, spread awareness, use our voting power, get creative, anything we can before we are all to hungry to do anything at all. This has gone far too far.

Thank you TomCat.

Sheryl G (363)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 4:55 am
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