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Conservatives Want to Take People's Food Stamps Away--Again


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Animae C (506)
Monday November 24, 2014, 3:47 am
Thank you for urging Governor Brown to restore access to basic food assistance for 320,000 of the poorest Californians.
2,348 signatures

Thanx Cal
 

. (0)
Monday November 24, 2014, 4:20 am
Methinks, we ought not to call them Mega-a$$holes "conservatives"
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday November 24, 2014, 5:40 am
In a country that generates billions of dollars of wealth, not to mention creates millionaires and billionaires, there shouldn't be any need for the use of food stamps. Utterly crazy
 

Arielle S (313)
Monday November 24, 2014, 6:27 am
If you keep people poor and hungry, they are too busy with survival to make demands or create problems. What these dorks don't realize is that people who have nothing left to lose, have nothing left to lose....
 

Winn A (179)
Monday November 24, 2014, 6:51 am
This is nothing new. Conservatives have been doing this since I was a kid.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday November 24, 2014, 6:53 am
Horrible. Signed-thx Cal
 

Jason R (67)
Monday November 24, 2014, 8:50 am
When can we stop calling the inhumane animals conservative? They have never balanced a budget.

What they ARE is social conservatives. The very meaning of inhumane. Let's call them, the inhumanes. Disgusting pricks.
 

Nancy C (806)
Monday November 24, 2014, 8:51 am
2351st and placed on fb wall...
 

Past Member (0)
Monday November 24, 2014, 9:21 am
Thank you
 

Gene J (290)
Monday November 24, 2014, 9:52 am
Just when you think they can't sink any lower, they do. People need food, clothing and shelter much earlier than usual in much of the nation. That polar vortex they said wouldn't be back this winter? Well, they might be right, because it is here, right now, in the middle of fall. And people in much of the country are feeling its effects creating even more need for shelter and food assistance. This is NOT the time to be cutting programs that help people stay alive, if they ever IS such a time. Effing republicans have no heart whatsoever, they play Scrooge all freaking year long - and whine incessantly about the cost of helping people. I am beginning to wonder if they are even human, perhaps some alien race has supplanted the compassionate conservatives, because heaven knows there don't seem to be any left anywhere in the world.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday November 24, 2014, 10:54 am
Thanks for posting, Cal. two points come to mind. One--the job (or lack of jobs) situation. If they want people to have no need for assistance, work on a job creating bill. How about re-building our crumbling infra-structure and replacing some of it with renewable energy systems that are built, installed and maintained by those who need decent employment? And, while you're at it, raise the minimum wage so that all those Wal-Mart employees can make enough to feed their families. (I'm sure the poor Walton family can withstand the blow to their billions in personal fortunes).
I know two people who live in our local senior housing complex, where the rents are decided on a sliding scale to help those on limited incomes be able to afford a decent place to live out their golden years. Unfortunately, even that wasn't quite enough to supply them with the nourishment they need- so they both applied for food stamps. One receives a generous $23 dollars a month, while the other is allotted a whopping $16. Yes, 23 and 16 dollars a month for these elderly gentlemen to feed themselves! Yeah, those old folks, hanging around taking advantage...
 

William Moorman (22)
Monday November 24, 2014, 11:32 am
SEE: http://www.personalliberty.com/chip-wood/a-thanksgiving-lesson/
 

Past Member (0)
Monday November 24, 2014, 12:44 pm
Thank Cal.
Noted and Signed.
 

Birgit W (160)
Monday November 24, 2014, 2:32 pm
SHAME! Where is compassion?
 

Kathleen Mireault (210)
Monday November 24, 2014, 2:36 pm
Noted with utter disgust! Thanks for posting, Cal. Nothing new here, tho' the flaming a$$holes seem to get worse with every passing year. Anyone know how to summon Dickens' three spirits? Or better yet, effect an empathy transplant?
 

Freya H (358)
Monday November 24, 2014, 3:16 pm
At the same time, they vehemently oppose abortion, sex education, Obamacare, raising the minimum wage, ending corporate welfare - you name it. Many of the things these reich-wing sticks in the mud oppose would in fact reduce the need for food stamps. Pay workers a living wage, and not only can they feed themselves, but they contribute to the economy through buying more stuff (read: stimulating the economy) and paying sales and income taxes. But you can't have a well-fed working class. You need them hungry and desperate to make a military career (i.e., becoming cannon fodder for corporate interests overseas) more attractive. Also, you can't have them too happy or they'll think for themselves instead of mindlessly swallowing B.S. If they have the time to register to vote and go to the polls, they'll vote Democrat (or Green, or Independent, or something else that ain't GOP). No, gotta keep 'em working two or even three jobs just to make ends meet so they don't have time for voting.
 

jan b (5)
Monday November 24, 2014, 3:25 pm
Either they are sociopaths or plain ignorant of the fact .....there wouldn't be a need for this number of people needing "socialism" ( that the righties hate) if people were paid enough for the work they do. The underpaid are now millions of retirees as well who are living in poverty. Meanwhile, corporations have been making obscene profits and while the USA has more billionaires, we have more poor people and sadly it includes innocent children in the millions.

Wages are not secondary to the need for food programs .....the United States stands as the third most populous country on Earth, coming in only behind China and India. During the twentieth century, its population quadrupled. Were this trend to continue throughout the twenty-first century, America would be home to more than one billion people by 2100,

The results of this demographic explosion are readily apparent: low wages and high unemployment rates, public school systems with very high student-to-teacher ratios, and government assistance programs so heavily utilized that severe cuts will be needed to sustain them. The damage caused by overpopulation is severe
 

Joanne Dixon (38)
Monday November 24, 2014, 3:27 pm
Kevin Drum in Mother Jones recently wrote about why this is such a sure-fire winning issue for Republicans. I feel we ought as progressives to address this and find a way to validate our positions, and rational argument, it's clear, is not going to do it. It is an issue of emotion - largely fear and resentment - but Republicans are living off the negative emotions like some kind of inter-stellar vampire, and we need to find a way, or several ways, to defuse that.

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/11/can-we-talk-heres-why-white-working-class-hates-democrats

P.S. Calling hard working people selfish, greedy, or heartless is not going to do it either. Certainly they are WRONG, but that's not exactly why.
 

Walter F (129)
Monday November 24, 2014, 3:37 pm
I cannot understand why you would vote for polies who appear to be devoid of human compassion unless you think like them. 'To each according to his need'.even Lenin believed that as heartless as he was..
 

John Pierce (228)
Monday November 24, 2014, 4:10 pm
Noted, signed and shared, thanks Cal
 

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday November 24, 2014, 6:45 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal. Signed the pledge.
 

Colleen L (3)
Monday November 24, 2014, 9:32 pm
Pledge signed. Thanks Cal
 

Charlene Rush (79)
Monday November 24, 2014, 9:57 pm
This is one way, that the TEAPUBLICAN COMEDY CLUB is pro-life.

They love to show their love of children and their need for food, to sustain life.


 

Rose Becke (141)
Monday November 24, 2014, 10:51 pm
Bastards
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 25, 2014, 12:58 am
Another attack on the defenseless poor by the dead brain conservatives we also have them in the UK too.
 

Louise D (44)
Tuesday November 25, 2014, 5:54 am
Western society is supposed to be three meals away from a revolution of course with all the fat people it might be a bit longer. Conservative politics seems to be dominated by the type of mean mindedness that the only way you could accuse a Conservative of hypocrisy is if they did not kick a poor person when they passed them of course the American people did vote for them, actually most couldn't be arsed to still I do suspect that they may have had to do something of a make over for Karl Rove it might of gone a bit like this !We think you'll like what we've done, Karl , just have a little look in the mirror - oh no, you can't really, can you? We've stitched you a lovely little shadow on - we think you'll really like that! They are merely back to their old extreme nastiness so don't expect them to make being poor easy as they have demonstrated for so many years.
 

. (5)
Tuesday November 25, 2014, 6:43 am
arigato
 

Winn A (179)
Tuesday November 25, 2014, 7:22 am
No surprise here.
 

Winn A (179)
Tuesday November 25, 2014, 7:23 am
No surprise here.
 

Wayne W (12)
Tuesday November 25, 2014, 8:15 am
Cantor et al. would be wise to know that 41 percent of SNAP recipients are in a household generating income. Yet, for some “able-bodied” workers, a meager income is still not enough to put food on the table. Employees of Wal-Mart and McDonalds, for example, are major beneficiaries of SNAP. (A 2012 Daily Kos article reported that 80 percent of Wal-Mart’s employees benefit from SNAP. One Wal-Mart in Canton, Ohio, even held a food drive for their fellow employees struggling to afford the cost of Thanksgiving dinner.) Those SNAP beneficiaries who are not employed include children, the disabled and the elderly. It is estimated 25 percent of households that benefit from SNAP include an elderly family member, and 72 percent of such households include children. In fact, at some point in their childhood, a full half of America’s children will be fed with food stamps. In 2011, only 11 percent of food-stamp recipients in New Jersey were single, childless, non-disabled, non-elderly adults.

http://www.salon.com/2014/01/19/what_i_learned_from_a_week_on_food_stamps_paul_ryan_couldnt_be_any_more_wrong/
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 25, 2014, 8:32 am
I barely have enough to purchase food now...I guess when my food stamps are cut again I won't be able to follow my renal diet plan which is keeping me off dialysis. Not surprised at all.
 

Lady Suki (446)
Tuesday November 25, 2014, 8:52 am
Let me know when they aren't trying to take away food from children, then I"ll be surprised. That's right, when you take away food stamps, you are taking away food from children. Why? Because a large chunk of food stamp receivers have children. So no, you aren't being "noble" and "teaching a man to fish," you are stealing candy from a baby as the old saying goes.
 

Jason R (67)
Tuesday November 25, 2014, 9:36 am
Billy…Guess how many clicked on your dog whistle, con job link?
 

Thomas M (8)
Tuesday November 25, 2014, 10:01 am
Can anyone name one thing or action of the conservatives that has been positive toward humanity?
 

Renee M (11)
Tuesday November 25, 2014, 10:23 am
Thanks for posting Cal. Sadly this is not surprising. In a country that has so much it is absolutely unscionable that anyone go hungry. Pay people a decent wage and help them become self-sufficient. Unfortunately with the way the social service programs are set up they stop providing assistance too soon, perpetuating the cycle.
 

Charlene Rush (79)
Tuesday November 25, 2014, 3:15 pm
We must keep the TEAPUBLICAN COMEDY CLUB out of office, period.
 

Arild Gone for now (174)
Wednesday November 26, 2014, 4:15 am
That bastard doesn't mention how he would fix the problem.
 

Mike m (9)
Tuesday December 2, 2014, 2:41 am
"Teach a man to fish." Sure, so we teach all the men to fish (that is enough education to work a no-benefit minimum wage job). Sounds good. What happens next is that while the men are on the shore casting their lines, a trawler (call it the SS Romney-Koch) steams in, casts its nets and steams away with 99% of the fish. Very uplifting story, indeed.
 

Leslie Stanick (102)
Sunday February 1, 2015, 12:25 am
Vicious.
 
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