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As 50 Million Americans Starve, Republicans Seek to Cut Off Their Food Stamps

☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾ 2012/05/19 02:49:41
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One of the more difficult tasks for the military is teaching soldiers to disassociate their feelings of humanity in combat situations to prevent them from hesitating to fire their weapon if they are ever confronted by an armed adversary. There are many professions that require leaders to have a certain amount of pure objectivity in order to make decisions that benefit the greater good whether it is a construction company, hospital, or a government. However, government leaders must take into account the human toll of their decisions whether it is going to war or dealing with a budget, and as Americans have witnessed for the past year, Republicans have lost any sense of concern for Americans as human beings; if they ever had any.
Americans Starve
With all the talk this week about the deficit and budget cuts, it appears Republicans have no interest in considering what effect their Draconian budgets have on their fellow Americans. Of course, men like Paul Ryan, John Boehner, and Willard Romney are pushing the “reduce the national debt” meme, but their arguments fall flat when they continue advocating for harsher cuts to social safety nets while giving more entitlements to the wealthy and big oil. Earlier this week, Boehner promised Republicans would extend the Bush-era tax cuts that are projected to cost $8.1 trillion, and then had the audacity to promise to hold a debt ceiling increase hostage for even more cuts to safety nets to more than offset the amount the debt limit is increased. It makes absolutely no sense on a fiscal level, but on a human level, it is downright evil.
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Willard Romney and Paul Ryan’s budgets make vicious cuts to safety net spending such as SNAP (food stamps), and transform Medicare to a voucher system to save money, but any savings will not even cover a fraction of the huge tax cuts for the rich. This is not a political or budget issue any more; it is a human tragedy at the hands of one political party who completely disregards the human toll they seem perfectly fine imposing on American citizens. Early in the Republican primary, Willard Romney made a flippant comment that he does not worry about the very poor, and qualified his contemptible remark by claiming there are safety nets to take care of the most vulnerable Americans. However, his grand economic scam decimates the safety nets more severely than the Ryan budget informing that Romney’s first remark that he doesn’t worry about the very poor means he doesn’t care about the poor.
republicans cut food stamps
Republicans are wont to claim America is a Christian nation, and Romney particularly promotes himself and his Mormonism as being Christian, but he is as far afield from Christ’s admonition to care for the poor as his faith is from Christianity. It is well-known that Romney has no idea what it is like to be hungry, or wonder where his family’s next meal will come from, but where is his sense of compassion? The recent Ryan budget that passed the Republican-controlled House was endorsed by Romney, and besides cuts to education and privatizing Medicare, there are massive cuts to food stamps that assist 46 million Americans put food on the table.
Whether Romney or Ryan know it or not, food stamps are not a luxury for elderly Americans or children, they are a lifeline that keeps them alive. The requirements to be eligible for the SNAP program are robust enough that only the neediest Americans are able to qualify for assistance and a fair share of those who do qualify are the working poor who fall below the federal poverty line. Over the past week, this author interviewed several families who use food stamps, and every family had at least one adult in the workforce and still desperately needed help to feed their families. The trend toward paying minimum wage for part-time work to avoid giving lunch breaks and benefits is a model more large companies like Wal Mart are using to increase their profits, but it is slowly sending more Americans into poverty. The overriding message the people who were willing to share their stories was that they want a good, living-wage job instead of depending on government assistance, and the shame these good Americans feel at having to accept handouts is crushing.

The stories were all the same and most of the families were not making it from paycheck to paycheck, and half had moved in with family members to make ends meet. Every one of the families were mortified that when school is on recess in two weeks, their children will miss a meal a day throughout the summer, and all the parents shared that they went without food so their children had something to eat. These are human beings, Americans, who are barely surviving, and Republicans are pushing hard to put them on the street without any assistance. To be honest, it was extremely heart-rending to sit and watch grown men break down and weep out of sheer despair and hear them wonder aloud what kind of politicians would cut necessities while giving the rich bigger tax cuts. These families did not have computers, cable television, or money to put gas in their cars and half of them resorted to walking to work because they could not even afford to use public transit and still afford food.
There is something wrong with Republicans and their supporters who have become cold and heartless to advocate for more entitlements for the wealthy while the poorest of the poor are going to bed hungry. Do Republicans know that 17 million children go to bed hungry every night of their lives? One hopes they do not, but the figures are reported in mainstream news outlets so they have to know what their policies are doing to our most vulnerable citizens. According to the Agriculture Department, 50 million Americans were unable to afford to buy sufficient food in the past year. Tom Vilsack, the Agriculture Secretary said, “These numbers are a wake-up call … for us to get very serious about food security and hunger, about nutrition and food safety in this country.” Vilsack also said the numbers would get worse, and that 96% of the 50 million reported the food they did buy did not last till their next paycheck. This is happening in the richest country in the history of the world, and Republicans are cutting back to save money to fund more tax cuts for the wealthy.
There are, frankly, no words to describe the heartlessness of any American who takes food away from the poor to give the rich bigger tax cuts. It is beyond evil and should cause abject shame among those pushing for more cuts. But that is the problem with heartless human beings. They have no shame, no morals, and forget about ethics. However, this is the America Republicans desire. Romney likes to claim this election is about what kind of America the voters want and he has laid out in detail the America he envisions where $19,000 is a good middle-class income, and the wealthy get a $10.7 trillion tax cut while millions of children, elderly, and working poor Americans starve to death or perish from lack of adequate healthcare. Maybe that is the Republican’s plan though; kill off the poorest Americans and save more money for the ultra-rich, and the saddest aspect is that they have garnered support from many of their intended victims who cannot get past their bible’s prohibition on same-sex marriage, contraception, or their racist objection to the one man who has the best chance to save them

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  • aisha 2012/07/05 17:30:48
    Republicans have neither a heart nor a brain
    aisha
    f**k republicans!
  • purpleicecreamvan<3 2012/07/01 22:39:54
    Republicans have neither a heart nor a brain
    purpleicecreamvan<3
    jesus, mary and joseph. america gives money in aid to poor countries to help feed their starving children, but can't even see the problem going on in their own front garden. well, they'll bring up a generation of angry angry people, and then, i hope, something will change
  • All American 2012/06/24 23:45:57
    As the Middle Class gets squeezed harder, there will be less money for the ch...
    All American
    +1
    "As 50 Million Americans Starve,...."

    Oh yeah, name one.
  • ☥☽✪☾DAW... All Ame... 2012/06/24 23:52:55
  • All Ame... ☥☽✪☾DAW... 2012/06/25 04:26:47
    All American
    +1
    I still didn't hear any names, they look homeless, but they look like they're getting something to eat. Here's a starving person:

    Emaciated person
  • Picasso's Cat 2012/06/24 20:51:13
  • Frank 2012/06/22 15:15:32
    As the Middle Class gets squeezed harder, there will be less money for the ch...
    Frank
    +1
    You can blame Obama, he's the cause for such talk.....
  • Heat Her 2012/06/22 13:56:38
    ‎"Starving" to them means "I missed lunch". They don't get it at all.
    Heat Her
    Where the hell is Robin Hood when you need him?
    robin hood steal from the rich
  • Odinsown 2012/06/22 01:54:11
    As the Middle Class gets squeezed harder, there will be less money for the ch...
    Odinsown
    I am a libertarian/agorist, so I will stay out of this kettle.
  • DeeB 2012/06/22 00:39:51
    ‎"Starving" to them means "I missed lunch". They don't get it at all.
    DeeB
    +1
    Or they do get it and do not give a hoot. Yet they send billions to Israel and any other country that wants money. Shut them down, the whole damned capitol hill. Fire all of them and I don't mean vot them out, we'd be dead by then.
  • Anonymous Coward218 2012/06/21 22:32:26
    As the Middle Class gets squeezed harder, there will be less money for the ch...
    Anonymous Coward218
    +3
    Actually, this is one topic I don't want to touch with a 10 foot pole...it is NOT a partisan issue, at all.

    One thing I DO know: if they can just get the fraud out of the system, and find a way to provide for CITIZENS without anchor babies being EXPLOITED for easy living, there wouldn't be a NEED to make cuts to safety net assistance programs. ALSO, they were meant to BE exactly that: a safety net...not a way of life.

    Sorry folks, but I drive a group van for a group home (volunteer, I do NOT get paid) for when their individuals have to go to the Social Services office. I am appalled when I see APPLICANTS driving up, and away in better cars than both me, AND my highest tax bracket parents drive....there has to be a middle ground.
  • John Hall 2012/06/21 22:04:34
    Of course; it will *save* the economy. God forbid we should cut perqs from th...
    John Hall
    +2
    If you have a place to live , air condition , cell phone , a car are you really poor and needing of food stamps .
  • firebird 2012/06/21 21:50:49 (edited)
    As the Middle Class gets squeezed harder, there will be less money for the ch...
    firebird
    +1
    This posting is such complete Bullshi* ! Food-stamps will NOT be removed from the eligible.

    BUT, the non- eligible AKA frauds needs to be kicked off! The food-stamp fraud is horrifying and its rampant all over the USA ! Welfare fraud needs to be addressed and fixed. ITS NOT FAIR for the American taxpayers to be supporting people that are capable of working and the ones that don't need the help. Food-stamps are DESIGNED to SUPPLEMENT NOT FEED ENTIRELY !!! They are meant to be ONLY temporary not PERMANENT !! YOU need to read up on the Food-stamp program.. When you get more people on Food-stamps and WELFARE then ACTUAL TAXPAYERS paying into the system you have a major breakdown. DUHHHHHH ! ITS not rocket science here ! WHEN you have more money going OUT OF THE BANK THEN YOU DEPOSIT INTO THE BANK then you are in trouble aka OVER-DRAWN...... that is what is happening to the welfare system also known as the GOVERNMENT..... Have we got that many ignorant people that don't actually KNOW WHO IT IS THAT REALLY supports this Government ? For those that don't have a clue........ ITS THE TAXPAYERS !!! if you don't pay taxes or work then there is NO MONEY FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO SPEND !!!!! aka PAY BILLS AND FOOD-STAMP WELFARE !!!!
  • ETpro 2012/06/21 21:04:16
    As the Middle Class gets squeezed harder, there will be less money for the ch...
    ETpro
    +2
    This is an IQ test for the 99% and so long as we keep voting for those who only care for the 1%, we fail.
  • Lady Wh... ETpro 2012/06/22 09:51:35
    Lady Whitewolf
    +1
    TRUE THAT!!!
  • Racefish 2012/06/21 20:27:48
    As the Middle Class gets squeezed harder, there will be less money for the ch...
    Racefish
    More pap from a blatant anti-business anti-US site.
  • DutchHeretic Native non-Ame... 2012/06/21 20:00:34
    ‎"Starving" to them means "I missed lunch". They don't get it at all.
    DutchHeretic Native non-American
    +1
    I think this one comes the closest to the truth, the are so dumbed down tha have no clue about the real world where people can starve ...
  • tdterry1999 2012/06/21 19:58:09
    ‎"Starving" to them means "I missed lunch". They don't get it at all.
    tdterry1999
    Wew have a 22 year okd nephew that gets 200 each month.He sit's around smoking dope and drinking 5 out of 7 day's a week.He's breaking his grandparentsd,but they just can't put him out.They think's the family and government should do more to help him.I say put his ass out on the streets and take his food stamps from him.
  • Jrogers 2012/06/21 19:55:01
    Republicans have neither a heart nor a brain
    Jrogers
    Damn Devils - I swear the Devil has taken over our government and he rules the Republican Party!
  • Ashley 2012/06/21 19:53:57
    As the Middle Class gets squeezed harder, there will be less money for the ch...
    Ashley
    +1
    They lost their jobs under Obama.
  • DutchHe... Ashley 2012/06/21 20:09:38 (edited)
    DutchHeretic Native non-American
    +1
    Read the WHOLE damn article first before you start typing "it is all Obama's fault" like a good brainwashed repub doggie
    This started WAY before Obama
  • Lady Wh... DutchHe... 2012/06/21 20:46:35
    Lady Whitewolf
    +1
    well said
  • aherbert 2012/06/21 19:49:23
    Republicans have neither a heart nor a brain
    aherbert
  • Lady Wh... aherbert 2012/06/21 20:46:48
    Lady Whitewolf
    +1
    agreed
  • Pedro Doller ~Inc. 2012/06/19 11:14:30
  • Call me Mark willya? 2012/06/18 23:05:29
    Of course; it will *save* the economy. God forbid we should cut perqs from th...
    Call me Mark willya?
    +3
    Once again, every elected federal official goes on minimum wage!!! Problem Solved.
  • Lady Wh... Call me... 2012/06/21 20:47:53
    Lady Whitewolf
    agreed
  • Jeff Smith 2012/06/18 13:08:53
    As the Middle Class gets squeezed harder, there will be less money for the ch...
    Jeff Smith
    +1
    Perhaps that money will now be budgeted to feed the millions of new citizens Obama has given amnesty too. There are always two sides to every coin cuts have to be made somewhere. Obama has made many new promises and has acted on his own without congressional approval many times. The money's running out.
  • Mr.Hoodz the Truth Troll 2012/06/18 12:49:50
    ‎"Starving" to them means "I missed lunch". They don't get it at all.
    Mr.Hoodz the Truth Troll
  • handimom 2012/06/18 03:10:48
    Of course; it will *save* the economy. God forbid we should cut perqs from th...
    handimom
    +2
    The wealthy should not be allowed to get out of paying their share of taxes. The politicians' perks, corporate perks, tax breaks, etc, is overburdening the middle class and working poor. The working poor pay taxes and don't get benefits but can't feed their families and have to depend on charity to survive. More cuts will make the problem even worse.
  • tdterry... handimom 2012/06/21 19:52:50
    tdterry1999
    What is a fair share?
  • Lady Wh... handimom 2012/06/21 20:48:35
    Lady Whitewolf
    +1
    COULDN'T HAVE SAID IT BETTER.
  • Steve J~PWCM~JLA 2012/06/18 02:36:57
    ‎"Starving" to them means "I missed lunch". They don't get it at all.
    Steve J~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Well, daw, you missed it again.

    None of the above.




    BUT????

    You get to see, what you want happen soon in Europe!!!!!!

    KEEP ROCKING!!!!!
  • ☥☽✪☾DAW... Steve J... 2012/06/19 01:07:50 (edited)
    ☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾
    +2
    i keep forgetting all of the above or none of the above
  • Steve J... ☥☽✪☾DAW... 2012/06/20 00:09:31
    Steve J~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    That usually happens when one forgets the details. Honesty requires details.
  • DutchHe... Steve J... 2012/06/21 20:14:28 (edited)
  • Lady Wh... DutchHe... 2012/06/21 20:49:21
    Lady Whitewolf
    +2
    hear ya hun
  • DutchHe... Lady Wh... 2012/06/22 06:30:10
    DutchHeretic Native non-American
    +1
    do you think, was it loud enough for others to hear ?
  • Jasmine DutchHe... 2012/07/08 17:52:43
    Jasmine
    I heard ya! :)
  • Steve J... DutchHe... 2012/06/25 21:05:25
    Steve J~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Yes, we forced Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Cyprus and others to deficit spend, make the Government way too large, promise their people things they never ever could possibly afford so they could stay elected and live happy lives.

    OH wait. That was the politicians and the people that elected them that did that.

    So why don't you pony up and help your fellow EUer? You can pay more taxes. That's what they want the Germans to do so the previous can retire in comfort at 50.
    Me? I'm still working and will have to because of the idiots in Congress that have a "D" behind their names that caused this whole catastrophe.

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