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TELL CONGRESS: Reinstate Food Stamp Benefits

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: children, diet, ethics, family, food, government, health, 'HUMANRIGHTS!', politics )

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For the sake of millions of Americans in need, we must demand that Congress reinstate all of the funds it has cut from SNAP, and increase overall funding for this program.

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Beverly Fjobhunting (86)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 10:15 pm
Target: U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Goal: Reinstate and supplement all hunger-relief benefits that were recently cut from the federal budget.

In 2009, the Obama administration temporarily increased the budget for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, to provide much needed relief for low-income families after the 2008 financial crisis. Congress has now allowed the increased benefits to expire, despite the fact that the economy is in essentially the same condition for middle and low income families as it was in 2009. Congress is also proposing further cuts to food stamps as part of an upcoming “federal farm support program,” according to the New York Times. These cuts will aggravate an already serious financial situation for millions of Americans and should not be allowed to happen.

The 2008 financial crisis had a major impact on middle and low income families in America, and while recovery for high income earners has been strong since the crisis, little if any progress has been made for the rest of us. In 2007, about 26 million Americans were on food stamps, and today the number is about 48 million. Clearly, more people are in need of government benefits than ever, and cutting those benefits will have serious impacts on family life in America. If lower income Americans are struggling to pay for their food, they will struggle to pay for everything else as well.

In a country where enormous multinational corporations can pay basically nothing in taxes, and where economic recovery from a major recession is mostly concentrated in the top 1% of income earners, it is simply unethical to refuse food assistance to those in need. There are certainly other ways we could address the issue, by increasing access to education, healthcare, and living wages, but since our government appears determined not to improve any of those problems, the public is in need of some other kind of relief. SNAP provides food to people who need it, and nothing else. For the sake of millions of Americans in need, we must demand that Congress reinstate all of the funds it has cut from SNAP, and increase overall funding for this program.


Fran F. (121)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 10:26 pm
Signed with disgust and sadness at tea party repugnants' lack of ethics and compassion. Thank you, Beverly.

Esther Z. (94)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 10:26 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks, Beverly.

Carrie B. (312)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 10:31 pm
Of course signed! Thanks Beverly.

Animae C. (517)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 10:51 pm
Your signature has been recorded.

Candy L. (473)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 11:02 pm
Signed & Tweeted, Thanks

natasha salgado (716)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 11:37 pm
God I hope so--especially with the holidays upon us. S+S-thx Beverly

Mary T. (357)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 12:17 am
Thank you Beverly - signed & noted..shame that lots of Americans will to sleep hungry

Autumn Away S. (151)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 4:57 am
Your signature has been recorded. Please spread the word:

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 5:12 am
Your signature has been recorded. Thanks !

kate K. (482)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 9:38 am
Noted and signed thank you Beverly

Dandelion G. (386)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 9:49 am
Your signature has been recorded. We need to stop blaming one side BOTH Parties have gotten us to where we are today.

Even the Democrats of today are Right of where Nixon and Eisenhower were when they were Presidents. The Republican Party today may be demanding more austerity measures but it was under the Democrats that Glass-Steagall was removed, under the Democrats that NAFTA was signed in, and President Obama is now negotiating to get the TPP through that is NAFTA on Steroids.

See short video below.
TPP will be NAFTA on Steroids and NAFTA has Gutted our Economy Over the Last 30 Years

So stop pointing fingers at the opposite Party you support for we've been sold down the drain by both of them. Look to Candidates that Stand up for the measures that will help this Country, there are a few in each Party but too few.

For those who don't realize it there are 3rd Parties like the Green Party and the Justice Party that wanted to truly get out of Wall Streets pockets, but the MAJORITY OF PEOPLE MUST SUPPORT THEM. Otherwise you DOOM yourself to this back and forth who is the better or shall I say WORSE of the two Parties.

Now we have two Parties that are cutting FOOD off from people. FOOD......not a luxury, a MUST to live! Yes, one Party wants deeper cuts but they are BOTH cutting!

"Sooner or later, the millions of Americans who still have souls that ache for justice will take democracy into their own hands. I don't know how it will happen or when, but one day we will eradicate needless poverty and reclaim our nation from those who are robbing it blind." Les Leopold

Dandelion G. (386)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 9:53 am
'It seems utterly psychotic to live in a society that chooses to spread poverty to its young." Les Leopold

"It also seems psychotic to claim that cuts in food stamps are good for the poor while at the same time saying that it's quite OK for billionaires to pile up unearned, tax-sheltered income.

The fact that we're putting up with all this should be driving us all insane." Les Leopold

To read the article in full please go to
Americas Greatest Shame Child Poverty Rises, Food Stamps Cut, While Billionaires Boom

Michela M. (4008)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 9:54 am

Jim Phillips (3206)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 10:10 am
Petition signed.

ty, Beverly.

Mike M. (44)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 10:16 am

Carole K. (200)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 10:20 am
Noted & signed. TY, Beverly!

. (0)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 10:20 am
Signed and noted. Thanks for sharing, Beverly.

Rhonda W. (376)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 10:40 am
signed and noted

Debbie Williamson (319)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 10:45 am
Signed and noted. Thanks, Beverly and thanks Rhonda for the forward.

Ed Site Issues V. (207)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 11:52 am

Lloyd H. (46)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 12:33 pm
The interesting thing about the Repug Corporate Whore Majority in the US House and their 40 Billion over ten years cut to food stamps is that it is still less than the 42 Billion over ten years INCREASE that they made to the rich, many of whom are Repug House members, whom own farm land not to grow crops.

GGmaSheila D. (196)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 1:03 pm
Sigh...not much new to add to these great comments. Already informed my family that there'll be no sweet goodies from grandma this year...that pretty much sayd it all.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 1:21 pm
Gladly signed. Noted. Many thanks, Beverly.
This has me absolutely fuming. Cut benefits to the hungry, but subsidize banksters, dirty energy, wealthy corporations & individuals.....Will we ever leave "Upside-DownLand" and come back through the Looking Glass? A bunch of Dems in the House (including my own) just voted to water down one of the derivatives regulations in Dodd-Frank to cater to the wealthiest. My head is spinning. (Insert loud scream here).

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 1:22 pm
Signed and sent.

Birgit W. (159)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 1:55 pm

Dori C. (17)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 1:55 pm

James Maynard (84)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 2:11 pm
I'll tell him, but, can just about guarantee
my un-representative doesn't care.

Sunday November 3, 2013, 2:43 pm

Debbie Crowe (86)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 2:53 pm
Petition signed with hope that they come to their senses!!
There are too many people who rely on Food Stamps to get them through each month!!

Joe R. (190)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 3:28 pm
Unforgivable! How can they sleep at night?

Thanks Beverly. Signed and noted.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 4:03 pm

Barbara V. (208)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 4:23 pm
signed & noted, Thank you

Athena F. (131)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 4:47 pm
Robert T spam flagged, signed, noted, thanks very much!

Freya H. (354)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 6:30 pm
If corporations paid their fare share of taxes - and paid workers at least a livable wage - a lot fewer people would need food stamps!

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 6:41 pm
Many of my friends & neighbors have a lot more free time because of this, now that they don't have to spend all that time eating.

Gina Caracci (219)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 6:57 pm
Im so disgusted, Im ready to explode..
I'll keep it that as Ive been swearing quite a bit in these latest stories of INSANITY

Yet people sit and do nothing....maybe THIS will wake them up..
and I TOTALLY AGREE with Dandelion..THIRD PARTIES are the only ones not bought and paid for..(except for the rare few, but how long b4 that changes?)

Katie and Bill D. (115)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 7:31 pm
Signed * Those People will be at the Polls! The one's that Cut this should be worried!
If they would talk to any Pizza delivery man they would know Hungry People are Mean People
They better Look Out! Hope they get their's!
Thank You Beverly

Robert Tomlinson (62)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 8:02 pm
Signed and Noted!

Colleen L. (3)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 9:11 pm
Petition signed. Our Government is making me sick with all of these cuts. They need to have cuts in their paycheck and benefits. Thanks Beverly

SuSanne P. (195)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 11:04 pm
Thank you Beverly and Dandelion for the fwd.
1. Your signature has been recorded.
I must agree that both parties are to blame (TY Dandelion) I regret foolishly not voting Justice last year. WE HAVE TO MAKE A STAND and not believe our vote will be discounted and cave. THEY BOTH SUCK

Susanne R. (237)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 11:28 pm
Signed and noted. Thanks for posting this, Beverly!

Athena F. (131)
Monday November 4, 2013, 12:35 am
Signed and noted, thank you!

The people who were on Food Stamps were already so close to the brink, this is like a death sentence as they may not be able to recover from the cut.

These programs are to help people get out of their problems, not make them worse. How can these rich bastards think anyone will be able to re-join the working class, find a higher paying job (since many on food stamps already have work, it just doesn't pay jack-squat) or be productive in any way if they are starving? How will the next generation of children have a hope in getting enough nutrition, so as to maintain an education?

The rich want us to be weak, stupid, docile, tired, fearful, stressed-out. This is how they do it. Please stand up and be heard before it's too late.

John Holton (351)
Monday November 4, 2013, 4:13 am
signed and noted

Jonathan Harper (0)
Monday November 4, 2013, 4:26 am

Alice C. (1797)
Monday November 4, 2013, 4:59 am

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Monday November 4, 2013, 6:11 am
Noted, signed and shared. I agree with the sentiment that both the Democrats and the Republicans are responsible for the financial debacle, mainly because both parties are too beholden to big money. The Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling was the final nail in the coffin. Add in the mainstream, corporate owned news media and you have a large segment of the population voting against their own best interests because they are fed lies as if they were the truth. I would love nothing more than for America to be ruled by multiple parties, but I don't expect to see that in my lifetime.

Terrie Williams (799)
Monday November 4, 2013, 6:14 am
Your signature has been recorded.

Rehana VN (0)
Monday November 4, 2013, 7:08 am

Barbara K. (69)
Monday November 4, 2013, 7:15 am
S & N We need to pay attention to who are doing the heartless voting on these disgusting laws. Make lists if you need to, but pay attention to how your Senators and Representatives are voting. Statewide, also, not just national. Vote accordingly. If they didn't vote to help the people, don't vote for them. That is really where it all begins. Who you put in office are the hands in which you place your faith. Replace the ones who need replacing by paying attention to their campaigns and where their money is coming from. Taking food away from the voters should bring them down. We all need food, and these heartless pigs need to be taken down and kicked to the curb.

. (0)
Monday November 4, 2013, 7:19 am
done. TY Beverly and Dandelion for the fwd

Gloria picchetti (311)
Monday November 4, 2013, 7:31 am

Past Member (0)
Monday November 4, 2013, 7:58 am
I hope all of us who can afford to help will donate any way we can to our local food banks during the coming winter. I know our local food pantries are already hurting thanks to the sequester cuts which lowered the federal aid they count on to buy supplies. They all report record numbers of families applying for help in the past few months, these SNAP cuts will only make it worse. We do need to fight the system that's causing this situation, but in the meantime - people are hungry today. We're just going to have to help each other for now.

Barry AWAY T. (938)
Monday November 4, 2013, 8:32 am
signed, noted, shared - thanks!

Judith Hand (55)
Monday November 4, 2013, 3:48 pm
Noted, signed and tweeted. In my new town, this is a major need!

Angelene B. (148)
Monday November 4, 2013, 8:30 pm

Ann W. (230)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 10:24 am
Signed, noted and shared. Thank you Beverly for posting and Dandelion for sharing.

Ann B. (148)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 6:18 pm
noted and signed

Karen Kersten-Chestney (112)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 4:34 am
Petition(s) to facebook & twitter.---thanks.

Melania Padilla (197)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 9:24 am
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