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The GOP's Mean-Spirited Hostility Towards Food Stamps


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: SNAP, Americans, family, children, congress, corruption, ethics, economy, government, politics, republicans )

Carrie
- 314 days ago - nationalmemo.com
For decades now, the Republican Party has been honing its reputation for hostility toward the downtrodden, the poor, the disadvantaged. While a few of its leaders have tried to either shed that image or to dress it up with a more appealing facade.



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GGmaSheila D. (132)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 12:46 pm
A poor senior, retired on Social Security, on SNAP, on rent assistance, with no rich relatives...boy, I have at least five strikes against me. The GOPTP wouldn't even want to put me into a warehouse-like nursing home, because they wouldn't want to pay for it...they hate homeless people, so I can't become a bag lady...
What does that leave?
 

Alan Lambert (85)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 1:15 pm
@GGma Sheila D. Rep. Alan Grayson told us what the TeaBullies want from the poor seniors like you and the disabled like me.

Die Quickly.

I don't know about you but I don't intend to oblige them.
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 1:52 pm

In a effort to gain support for these Scoorge like programs the GOP has resurrected the old specter of the woman who never was. It's time again to bring back the "Welfare Queen". That this person never did exist is completely irrelevant, it's hand mechanism to get the base all charged up. Those lousy cheaters are getting all that money and scamming the government. All that money..... Yep! For one person it's a hefty month theft of $200.00 for food. Those darn leaches, they are living it up.

Probably buying lobsters and champagne!
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 1:53 pm

**a handy mechanism....*
 

Nancy M. (201)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 2:42 pm
Some of those on the right would have to admit they are wrong in order to want to keep food stamps going. They don't understand that we are subsidizing those corporations such as Wal-mart.
 

Elizabeth M. (66)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 3:00 pm
“It sounds to me like we’re in a downright mean time,” said Bill Bolling, founder and executive director of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, which procured and distributed 45 million pounds of donated food and groceries in the last year. He said that his agency has doubled its distribution over the last four years, since the Great Recession devastated household incomes.

The profile of his client base has changed, too, over the last four years, he said. About 20 percent of beneficiaries report that this is the first time they’ve ever asked for assistance from government or charitable programs. Among them are people who once belonged to the secure middle class; some were formerly donors or volunteers at the food bank.

Moreover, Bolling said, about half the people who seek food assistance have jobs. They are doing their part of the social contract. getting up every morning and going to work and maybe at two jobs.Every working man should have the right to feed his family.
Thanks Carrie.
 

Roseann D. (178)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 4:01 pm
Hilarious that many of them want to make this a Christian nation when their policies are totally Anti-Christ...ian.
 

Arlene Mary Baladi (40)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 4:58 pm
Alan Lambert...I am also disabled. Hope I die quickly too! Not planning on obliging anyone. Peace, Light and Love.
 

Linda Moore (217)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 5:19 pm
My oldest brother is one of "them". At least he votes that way. We can't have a civil family gathering when politics come up. Unless my other brother & wife are present, then he's out-numbered, he won't GO THERE then!!!
Peace, Light, Love, and HOPE back!! XO LluM
 

JL A. (272)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 6:24 pm
They are still quoting Reagan and his stop fraud program in CA cost taxpayers multiple times what it ever stopped in payments--a waste of money that does nothing. Most of the real fraud is by the retailers end (which this administration has beefed up investigations into) just as most Medicare fraud is via the providers/private companies and not those eligible for the benefits.
 

Carrie B. (303)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 1:16 am
I"m guessing republicans don't know what it feels like to be hungry.
 

Jody B. (6)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 2:29 am
This kind of stuff-denying people's actual NEEDS-just makes me sick! Humans must eat. Food. Or they die. Mmmkay, Republicans? This "food" costs money. Humans also need shelter. This "shelter" also costs money. Now, you want everyone to go to work. This "transportation" costs money, especially when you expect us all to pay upwards of $3.50 a gallon. Even public transportation costs upwards of $120 a month. Got kids? Money. Everyone's gotta wear clothes, right? Money. Wanna wash 'em? Money. The fact is: every little tiny thing costs money. And there aren't enough jobs that pay a living wage for every single person in America. Oh, I forgot about college. Tons of money! I mean, aren't these guys the money people? Don't they know about MATHEMATICS??? Do the math, dudes! Not everyone has enough of this so-called money to cover their expenses. Nevermind that money is really only an idea. That's another subject, but let me just say that on the 8th day, God did NOT create money. It is a tool the devil uses to pit people against each other & to get people to do the wrong thing even when they KNOW it's wrong. And it's working wonderfully to his advantage. And here we have an excellent example of how people place money over doing what is right. These policymakers are in for a big surprise in the end. Stop the selfishness & the greed. I am not some religious fanatic, nor do I affiliate myself with any religious group. I have seen what money makes men do. Think of Good vs. Evil. And chose Good & those who support it.
 

Jody B. (6)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 2:30 am
The end.
 

John S. (297)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 4:49 am
I think they are upset by the number of people who qualified. I for one rather see some denied service and the amount increase for those at the bottom. But what I really want to say, IT"S CALLED SNAP TODAY!
 

Louise D. (38)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 6:08 am
The Republicans seem to revel in mendacious assumptions utterly contrary to fact and without the slightest foundation in human experience. The fact that they are now so utterly bereft of basic human empathy that their principal target has been the poor whilst benefiting the rich to such an extent that the only you can call them hypocrites without them kicking a poor person in the face. Food stamps are all that some people have been starvation and paying the bills, yet can go to wars where they can spend money like a drunken sailor.
 

Joanne Dixon (36)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 9:00 am
Oh, yes, there are Welfare Queens - not many - they have names like "Chase Manhattan" and "Citibank." They are indeed making a fortune from SNAP by charging recipients $5 fees every time they use the card. And I guarantee THEY won't lose by SNAP cuts. They will just up the fees. And they also have a chokehold on unemployment compensation. And there are still people who do not know this. We need to take this phrase away from the Rethugs and run with it. It truly makes my blood boil.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 6:59 pm
Noted. Thanks, Carrie. Joanne (above) nailed it! The banks are profiting from the misery of others. And, it's still not included in the Farm Bill---I'm past disgust. There are so very many who "fall between the cracks" here, too. They fill out the forms and somehow make a bit too much to qualify for SNAP, even though they're working 2 jobs and still can't afford to buy decent food. But, the heartless overstuffed Congress thinks it's too much. Sigh!
 
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