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Forum Post: The Teabag Taliban Fail to Kill Food Stamps: Class War on the Poor

Posted 6 years ago on June 21, 2013, 10:49 p.m. EST by WSmith (2698) from Cornelius, OR
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The Teabag Taliban Fail to Kill Food Stamps: Class War on the Poor

But not for lack of trying!

The rabid Teabag Taliban ~ who invaded Congress in 2010 because newbie Dems were too busy having a temper tantrum to VOTE ~ are still doing their best to kill, destroy or block safety nets, social programs, and any signs of a modern progressive society while bending over backwards for the so-called "Job Creators."

Listen to the unbelievable arguments RepubliCons use to redistribute funds from the needy to the GREEDY!!

Friday, June 21, 2013 : Randi Rhodes: Get informed!

John Boehner’s Republican-controlled House has failed to pass a farm bill. This gives John Boehner a black eye to go with his mahogany face. The thing about a farm bill with a food stamp program included is that it has something for everybody. But House Republicans only want things for somebodies. Traditionally in a farm bill, the farm subsidies help rich agribusiness, and the food stamp program helps poor people. Democrats are willing to let Republicans give money to those who don’t need it, in exchange for getting food to poor children. But now Republicans won’t even do that.

The Republicans added an amendment to the bill that would have let states require that food stamp recipients work for their food. Amazing! The Republicans seem to have adopted a carrot and stick approach to food stamps—and they want people to have to work for the carrot. There was also an amendment that would have allowed states to drug-test people to qualify for food stamps. Interestingly, there was no similar requirement to drug-test people applying for farm subsidies. They could pee in a silver cup.

Read more: http://www.randirhodes.com/main.html#ixzz2Wt3O3Pqk

GOP’s Food Stamp Amendment Sinks Farm Bill

By Alan Pyke on Jun 20, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL) The House killed a five-year farm bill on Thursday afternoon after Republicans passed an amendment that would have replicated the failures of Clinton-era welfare reform in the food stamps program. The bill was already facing steep odds after the White House issued a veto threat and conservative groups like Americans for Prosperity began whipping GOP votes against the measure, and the final amendment Republicans tacked onto the bill chased away the Democratic votes needed for passage.


How Food Stamps Killed the Farm Bill

Florida Rep. Steve Southerland's amendment made the bill unpalatable to most Democrats.

Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2013/06/21/food-stamps-killed-the-farm-bill/#ixzz2WuMifWD5

Stockman staff beating ‘SNAP Challenge’

Jun 18, 2013 | Press Release

Liberal stunt backfires, proves food stamp cuts can go even further WASHINGTON – The “SNAP Challenge,” a left-wing publicity stunt intended to make it appear proposed cuts to food stamps would leave families unable to feed themselves, has been debunked this week by the office of Congressman Steve Stockman.

About 30 House Democrats are participating in the “SNAP Challenge” in which someone must feed themselves on $31.50 a week, which Democrats claim is the level of benefits available to a person under the Farm Bill. Democrats have been intentionally buying overpriced food and shopping at high-priced chains to make it appear the cuts go too far.

Donny Ferguson, who serves as Stockman’s communications director and agriculture policy advisor, was able to buy enough food to eat well for a week on just $27.58, almost four dollars less than the $31.50 “SNAP Challenge” figure.

“I wanted to personally experience the effects of the proposed cuts to food stamps. I didn’t plan ahead or buy strategically, I just saw the publicity stunt and made a snap decision to drive down the street and try it myself. I put my money where my mouth is, and the proposed food stamp cuts are still quite filling,” said Ferguson.

“We can cut the proposed benefits by an additional 12.4 percent and still be able to eat for a week,” said Ferguson. “Not only am I feeding myself for less than the SNAP Challenge, I will probably have food left over.”


MUST SEE VIDEO: The GOP Tries To Defend Cutting Food Stamps: Rep Sessions, Michelle Bachman, Newt Gingrich, Paul Ryan, Jan Shakowsky Respond


Read more: http://www.randirhodes.com/pages/homework.html?feed=364336&article=11417719#ixzz2WuONZR1G



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[-] 1 points by Zophim99 (12) 6 years ago

Nothing to worry about Food Stamps aren't going anywhere any time soon. There is a strong corporate lobby to keep the program alive. KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and especially Wal Mart are always actively lobbying state governments to keep the SNAP program alive and strong as they are the ultimate benefactors of the program. There's over 70 billion dollars at stake in the industry and both Republicans and Democrats are being well taken care of by the true SNAP program beneficiaries.

[-] 1 points by WSmith (2698) from Cornelius, OR 6 years ago

The Teabag Taliban ~ kooky zealots that they are ~ are not exactly "on the reservation" with entitled GOP hierarchy. But they failed in their attempt to end the big gubmint Food Stamp program, which aren't good for fast food, only groceries and Papa Murphy's. Meanwhile, the RW nuts we let get in our governments are working night and day against democracy and America.

[-] 1 points by Zophim99 (12) 6 years ago

Still nothing to worry about. There are only a few misguided republicans left that think its their duty to try to restore the U.S. to its former glory, they are merely a small minority and will not succeed.

[-] 1 points by WSmith (2698) from Cornelius, OR 6 years ago

So are suicide bombers!

[-] 1 points by windyacres (1197) 6 years ago

"Democrats are willing to let Republicans give money to those who don’t need it, in exchange for getting food to poor children. "

This is an excellent example of how government works in Washington. It is a reality that I'm not willing to accept! I will not accept that poor people must then go hungry because of this ridiculous idea that dems have no other choice but to accept giving money to people that don't need it.

Our government should never give money to people that don't need it, period! The system is designed the way it is for exactly this reason, to allow both parties to give money to those that don't need the money, and deceive the people that it's the best they can do because of the "other" party. It's absurd and we the people should insist that it be changed immediately!

[-] 0 points by WSmith (2698) from Cornelius, OR 6 years ago

The GOP Hostage Crisis year number 5!

[-] 1 points by windyacres (1197) 6 years ago

If we could solve our problems simply by electing more dems, I would support dems. It took many years for me to accept that both parties are to blame.

[-] 0 points by WSmith (2698) from Cornelius, OR 6 years ago

What you don't know will hurt you: http://occupywallst.org/forum/the-two-political-parties-are-remarkably-far-apart/

The GOP’s Kamikazes Are Back

by Eleanor Clift Jun 22, 2013 4:45 AM EDT

The House GOP rump is once again running the show, leaving John Boehner scrambling and donors increasingly exasperated. Eleanor Clift on how the far right is derailing Republican reform efforts.

The Republican Party in the last month has taken a sharp turn to the right, confounding more moderate voices urging the party re-brand itself after last year’s election loss. A Tea Party rally outside the Capitol Thursday captured the defiant mood with the far right maligning the merely right. Talk-show host Glenn Beck called the GOP “the Whig party,” with John Boehner the head Whig for appearing open to compromise. There were cries of “learn English” when Florida Republican Mario Diaz-Balart spoke a few words of Spanish from the podium. Florida Senator Marco Rubio, once a Tea Party favorite, didn’t attend the rally. Part of the Gang of Eight working on a bipartisan immigration bill, his name drew loud boos.


[-] -1 points by windyacres (1197) 6 years ago

Until enough people understand the dog and pony show, we the people will continue to suffer.

"Democrats are willing to let Republicans give money to those who don’t need it, in exchange for getting food to poor children. "

[-] 1 points by WSmith (2698) from Cornelius, OR 6 years ago

With an electorate disinformed by a 1%-owned corporate media, our lowest Voter turnout, and a GOP willing to inflict any harm and destruction to get their way ~ in order to spare the short term and immediate lives and well being of needy Americans ~ ugly compromises have had to be made. In democracies, compromises are the norm. But today's GOP have gone way beyond any norm, they gone insane, treasonous in my judgement. Today's GOP are only there to sabotage democracy and serve their 1% masters. Don't be duped by their efforts.