Republicans denied their chance to thin the herd

21 Jun

Drastic cuts to the SNAP program.

Always the poor, elderly, …. any disadvantaged, (read “moochers, takers, etc. by conservatives) should have some skin in the game.

When I look around, I get the feeling that they already do.

Very good thing that these sadistic, shameless idiots got de-railed once again.

Subsidize the rich, … (I’ve never seen anyone associated with big oil that was hurting too much, and defense contractors always seem to be doing ok),… and bleed the poor.

When someone who’s been around for as long as Bob Greenstein has uses Jesse Helms as an example of a MORE POSITIVE policy guy for the program,……. well, I never thought I’d hear a statement like that.

From Jared Bernstein    

A New Level of Draconian: One Reason the SNAP Bill Failed in the House

Jun 21, 2013 at 11:37 am

Running to NOW! at noon on MSNBC with Alex Wagner, but just read this statement from my CBPP colleague Bob Greenstein, a person who’s been deeply involved with the food stamp program for 40 years, and wanted to share it with you.

It’s Bob’s reaction to an unbelievable, even by today’s standard’s, amendment to the SNAP bill that failed in the House yesterday.  One reason it didn’t get enough votes for passage is that Democrats who were considering voting for the bill (which was plenty bad already, cutting SNAP by $20 billion at the cost of nutritional benefits to 2 million people) bailed due to an amendment included in the bill from Rep Southerland (R-FL).

…this extreme provision would allow states to terminate benefits to households where adults — including parents with children as young as 1 year old and many people with disabilities — are not working or participating in a work or training program at least 20 hours a week.  It would not require states to make any work opportunities available and would provide no jobs and no funds for work or training programs.  Thus, people who want to work and are looking for a job but haven’t found one could have their benefits cut off.  Their children’s benefits could be cut off, as well.

Why would a state do this?  Because, under the measure, states would have a powerful financial incentive to pursue this route:  it allows them to keep halfof the savings from cutting people off SNAP, and to use the money for whatever state politicians want — tax cuts, special-interest subsidies, or anything else.

You got that?  It’s bribing states with federal dollars to throw people and their kids off the SNAP even if they want to work or get trained, but can’t find a job or program.

Last word to Bob:

I have been involved with SNAP — and with every bill addressing farm programs and food stamps — since 1973, including the years when the legendary right-wing conservative Senator Jesse Helms chaired the Senate Agriculture Committee and sought repeatedly to cut the program deeply.  But, not even Senator Helms ever supported a measure as extreme as this one.


Posted by on June 21, 2013 in Economy, Education, Health, Politics


4 responses to “Republicans denied their chance to thin the herd

  1. mhasegawa

    June 21, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    So if you are getting unemployment and looking you are out of luck…

  2. h2dog

    June 21, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Looks like it…….. I’ve spent my fair share of time in the unemployment line along the way. In that depressed northeast area I’m from, it wasn’t unusual at all to get work for a while and then get laid off. It was a cyclical thing up there.
    When things were down, they were down hard.
    A lot of times things were just not there.
    So, I guess the repubs want to penalize you more when economic times aren’t good. Like you’re not struggling enough to stay afloat.
    Makes sense, doesn’t it.
    Blame the people least responsible for the situation.

  3. theminstrelscitadel

    June 22, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Shared this on FB. Thank you. 🙂

  4. h2dog

    June 22, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Sure Minstrel —— the epitome of stupidity and callousness from these bastards.
    Unfortunately, I think I’ve been making that statement, or thinking it, every day for the last several years.
    Nothing new under the sun.


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