GOP Tries To Cut Food Stamps While People Line Up For Formula

Republican Senator Jeff Sessions thinks that too much government money is being spent on food stamps, and it’s time someone did something to stop it.  According to the Daily Caller, the Alabama senator is upset that the program’s costs have doubled in the last three years, and is now larger than most of the other government expenditures.  “There is no doubt, if this country isn’t willing to look under the hood of the food stamp program as we try to bring our surging debt under control, we are obviously not serious about what we are doing,” Sessions said. “You know, for example — this is important — the federal highway program is about 40 billion [dollars] … The entire Department of Justice, including the prison system, is about about 30 [billion]. This program is 80 [billion], and it’s doubled in three years.”

Sessions blames the extra costs on the fact that there are automatic eligibility points in the system that need to be removed.  One such automatic entry?  Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).  Because, apparently qualifying for assistance doesn’t automatically qualify you for assistance?

Of course, no one in the GOP is willing to concede the fact that the number of people qualifying for food stamps have gone up at the same time that both unemployment has skyrocketed and the economy has been shedding living wage jobs in exchange for minimum wage and part time work.  When jobs don’t pay enough to feed a family, that family will need assistance feeding itself.

It’s a trend that even Wal-Mart’s CEO is noticing, as a growing number of people are showing up with a cart full of basic necessities — including formula for infants — and waiting in line until midnight on the first of the month in order to have their next batch of food stamps kick in.  According to Salon, executive Bill Simon noted, “[I]f you really think about it, the only reason somebody gets out in the middle of the night and buys baby formula is that they need it, and they’ve been waiting for it. Otherwise, we are open 24 hours — come at 5 a.m., come at 7 a.m., come at 10 a.m. But if you are there at midnight, you are there for a reason.”

Until the clock strikes midnight, I guess they just go hungry.  And with GOP proposed cuts, they can go even hungrier.

 

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196 comments

Barbara DeFratis
Barbara DeFratis7 years ago

Alas, we can only hope that one day the GOP will be visited by Three Ghosts. . . until then, Get E. Scrooge out of office!

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Philip Knickerbocker

Seems like Scarlet is part of the 1%. uncaring, unsympathetic, wealthy and more then likely a good Christian . like all of the 1%. That's one hell of club you belong too what is the cost of joining??? your very Soul perhaps???

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Rosemary Graf
Rosemary Graf7 years ago

Republicans don't care for the poor and their children. I hope the poor will remember this when they vote.

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William Y.
William Y7 years ago

@ scarlett g. The reason for the hungry mouths is that the richest people in this country, thee executives of the major corporations are not satisfied with their millions & billions of dollars. They want more so they ship jobs overseas to make more profits and keep the unemployment rates high. Those unemployed are the ones with the hungry mouths that need food stamps. Put the people back to work and then there would be much less use of food stamps. You must be a TEAnut. Your views are of that goofy ilk, no common sense.

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Frances C.
Frances C7 years ago

Scarlett you are shouting but you aren't saying anything...at least anything that makes sense.

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D. T.
D. T.7 years ago

Brian F., I'm with you on this one!! The ignorance of some people shocks me!! For those of you that have so rudely commented here, don't be so quick to point fingers!! This country is basically in financial ruin...and instead of calling people names, why don't you help those in need, you never know when you're going to need help yourself!! Shame on all of you that nothing nice to say!!!!!

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scarlett g.
.7 years ago

UNFORTUNATELY , THESE HUNGARY MOUTHS EXIST CAUSE TWO "SUPPOSED THINKING' ADULTS BECAME IRRESPONSIBLE....AND NOW GUESS WHAT?? EVERYONE ELSE SHOULD SHARE IN SOME WAY THEIR 'STUPIDITY IN NOT TAKING PRECAUTIONS.....

THIS SITUATION EXISTS NOT ONLY HERE IN THE US, BUT IT,S GLOBAL....TOO BAD PLANNED PARENTHOOD DOES,T COME 'BUILT-IN".............

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Mike S.
Mike S7 years ago

And heaven knows a poor woman cannot get pre-natal care...and heaven forbid she have an abortion...but let the child be malnourished after the birth...hey, its not our responsibility to raise them, should have thought about that before you decided to f*ck you dumb b*tch says those good christian folk... Yup, the Republican Party and their holier then thou supporters strike again.

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Norma N.
Norma N7 years ago

Let's fix the problem by putting all of those in Washington who voted for stimulus and bailout money in prison and their families on minimum wage income and restricting their food allowance to what they can get on food stamps for 3-5 years (that way they can see what the other "half" have to go through to try to live. Then make sure they have to give up all of their fancy housing and live in poverty housing, take away all of their assets so they have nothing to fall back on and give everything they have to charities that actually help those in need so they will have the basic necessities. Now we also have to take away their education so they don't have any hope of getting anything more than a minimum wage job in an economy that is glutted with potential employees trying for the same job. Now they can begin to see what the underprivileged have to go through EXCEPT they will be new to the situation and can't begin to know what it is to live a lifetime in poverty.

It makes no difference if they are Democrats or Republicans, they have all contributed to the problem so all of the ranting against Republicans is totally our of place. To prevent additional pregnancies, there is such a thing as BIRTH CONTROL or STERILIZATION. They both work and so douse ABSTINENCE. Having babies is no way to get more money as it doesn't really work. "Anchor babies" are not legitimate ways to stay in a country if you entered illegally and are actually illegals just like their parents and should be

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Frances C.
Frances C7 years ago

Yes, the tea party wants to cut funding and /or just get rid of Planned Parenthood all together. They are against abortion rights for women. They want to protect the fetus, but they will let the new baby go hungry. They are despicable. I cannot understand anyone being so cruel.

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