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Do Republicans HATE The Poor ?

Che Guevara - Hero 2012/02/07 12:09:52
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Do Republicans HATE The Poor ?

Do Republicans HATE The Poor

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett has announced a major assault on the food stamp program that feeds 1.8 million Pennsylvanians, including 439,245 in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania's Department of Public Welfare announced that on May 1, people under 60 with more than $2,000 in savings or other assets will be barred from receiving food stamps. People over 60 would have a $3,250 cap.

Conservatives frequently bristle at the idea that poor people might have nice things while receiving public assistance ("they have a television on welfare!"). But Pennsylvania will now create the most bizarre of disincentives: dissuading poor people from saving.

We all know that families need to save money to get off government assistance and achieve self-sufficiency,” according to a press release from Carey Morgan, Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger. “So it’s not only inhumane, but counterproductive to force people to drain their savings before they can get any help. Someone with less than $2,000 in the bank would easily be wiped out by one visit to the emergency room.”

How quickly things change — for the uglier and more racist. Newt Gingrich frequently calls Obama the “food stamp president” and Rick Santorum has declared, “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.” In April, House Budget Committee chair Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) proposed cutting $127 billion from the food stamp program. This is all motivated by a powerful idea: it is poor people's fault that they are poor, and they should be punished for it. And though the program is stigmatized as a handout to urban blacks, whites make up a far greater share of recipients.

According to a recent article in The Nation, 46.3 million Americans benefit from food stamps — one out of seven. In 2010, food stamps brought 3.9 million people out of poverty.

Food stamps are really the only functioning part of the safety net,” the New York Coalition Against Hunger's Joel Berg told The Nation. “It’s the only thing left.”

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  • beavith1 2012/02/07 15:10:09
    No, Republicans DO NOT Hate The Poor
    beavith1
    +41
    republicans hate lame politicians that use the poor to get themselves re elected.

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  • Xander 2012/08/21 16:51:40
    Yes, Republicans HATE The Poor
    Xander
    +1
    Yes, and they hate not only the poor. Except the poor bastards who vote republican (Fox News Zombies) don't hate the poor, they only hate/blame the blaxicans. I come from Holland, one of the most modern, cleanest and developed countries in the world, (I vote centre right) and it scares me when i read all these republican comments (On the net).. I just cannot understand why so many people vote for those evil republicans!! In Europe (EU) every country, left or right, has healthcare and welfare for it's citizens. It has nothing to do with communism!! A developed country takes care for its people in need.. And the evil republicans blame the poor (with the Bible in their hand) for their own situation?.. This is really scary Dark Ages-stuff..
  • leigh 2012/03/08 04:35:51 (edited)
    No, Republicans DO NOT Hate The Poor
    leigh
    We are a republican country.

    why hate the poor? help them!
  • Deep007 2012/02/21 21:25:01
    No, Republicans DO NOT Hate The Poor
    Deep007
    +1
    FREAKING half million people on welfare in Philly alone
    how much ya want to bet 95% of them are 'black'
    the liberals like to then slaves on the plantation...where would they be without 'Mass' there to take care of them
  • Spizzzo BN-0 2012/02/17 16:37:56
    Yes, Republicans HATE The Poor
    Spizzzo BN-0
    Well, sure! Why would anyone doubt it?
  • danielria 2012/02/16 20:20:13
    No, Republicans DO NOT Hate The Poor
    danielria
    They just love the rich more and love to use the bible to get people to vote for them!
  • BILL 2012/02/16 09:48:51
    Yes, Republicans HATE The Poor
    BILL
    They hate anybody that might take a few dollars out of their pockets
  • sickoftheright 2012/02/13 07:16:30
    Yes, Republicans HATE The Poor
    sickoftheright
    I don't think hate is the right word they just don't care
  • Bilingual required sucks 2012/02/12 05:34:38
    Yes, Republicans HATE The Poor
    Bilingual required sucks
    Republicans love the underpaid, uneducated poor. It is the poor that do the crap labor, at crap wages that make the "job creators" rich.
  • Annaboone™Obama12 2012/02/12 01:52:56
    Yes, Republicans HATE The Poor
    Annaboone™Obama12
    They act as if the poor is a burden to them knowing they are the burden that is keeping them down... I can't understand that kind mind frame so I guess I need to watch hannibal to better understand them since they share the same traits
  • Jorge Enriquez 2012/02/11 21:10:41
    No, Republicans DO NOT Hate The Poor
    Jorge Enriquez
    +1
    "..Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty..."
    We hate people over the "poor", we must hate the promises we made and we don`t comply...
    what kind of person are we if we hate just for this term: "poor"?....
    poor of us!!!
  • Spizzzo... Jorge E... 2012/02/17 16:39:50
    Spizzzo BN-0
    Thanks for saying it for me. I was too polite to say you hate people, but you said it for me.
  • Dave 007 2012/02/11 13:17:15
    No, Republicans DO NOT Hate The Poor
    Dave 007
    +2
    Just end the entitlements to those who rely on them or cheat the system.
  • NoHandlebarsAttached 2012/02/11 01:09:56
    No, Republicans DO NOT Hate The Poor
    NoHandlebarsAttached
    +2
    It depends on the Republican.
  • UrbanHillbilly 2012/02/10 22:02:32
    Yes, Republicans HATE The Poor
    UrbanHillbilly
    +1
    Isn't is obvious? If you don't have the brain or moxy to get rich, you deserve to live in desperation.
  • Rick Armin 2012/02/10 16:15:21
    No, Republicans DO NOT Hate The Poor
    Rick Armin
    +1
    What an asinine question! Both the Republicans and Democrats love the poor. That's why all of their "bi-partisan" (two-faced) programs of the past century have done so much to impoverish our country.

    Remember the old question? "How do you tell which politician is lying? He's the one whose lips are moving." A corollary to that would be, "How do you tell which politician is robbing us? He's the one in office.

    People who perpetuate the Rep vs. Dem, Con vs. Lib, right vs. left Itchy and Scratchy Shows are doing as much to harm this country and the world as are the unbroken string of banker owned globalist politicians and bureaucrats. You would be hard pressed to find anyone labelled to fit one of these categories on a national level who is not part of the gang. We have a One Party System!

    http://phreedomphan-americase...

    This organization, whose membership has never been greater than 15 ten-thousandths of 1% of the population, has dominated every administration at least since FDR.
  • Mark 2012/02/10 14:50:53
    Yes, Republicans HATE The Poor
    Mark
    +2
    Although the word republican is a dirty filthy word (republic "look at a globe" / publicans) , it is not the sottish folks that label themselves that (& DON'T even qualify , because they are NOT in the 2%) ,... it is the false con$ervatives (posing as pro-life & Christian since Calvin Cooledge forward in time) , that are the problem .

    They can't stand the minorities or women in public office (place a few to look unbiased) , but created all (except the original 5) ghettos in America .

    They're objective has always been , to get rid of the middle class & take America back to the pre-democracy days of a 1700s' republic , where there were ONLY the very rich & the poor , with Americas' GNP produced on the backs of slavery , which republicans kept all the way up till 1940 , when Japan threatened to tell the world about what free America was still doing .
    Seems to me they got bombed - dead man tells no story , except like the twin towers coming down (Pearl Harbor before that) to generate public out cry (go get them montra) , so we the 98 % would NOT be outraged over they're invasions designed to feed Big Business .
  • Cognito22 Mark 2012/02/11 16:36:26
    Cognito22
    +3
    You don't feel embarrassed when you post stupid stuff like this?
  • Bilingu... Cognito22 2012/02/12 05:50:07
    Bilingual required sucks
    I would be helpful if you pointed out what was stupid that he said and why it was stupid.
    It's very easy to say "Oh that's stupid" and you have no counter-argument. Don't you feel embarrassed that you cannot point out the flaws in his argument?
  • Cognito22 Bilingu... 2012/02/12 15:13:17
    Cognito22
    +2
    I don't consider expounding on stupidity helpful.
    But feel free to elaborate on yours.
  • Bilingu... Cognito22 2012/02/12 22:05:27
    Bilingual required sucks
    That is just an excuse, because you cannot back up your statement, which means your statement is worthless.
  • Cognito22 Bilingu... 2012/02/12 22:48:14
    Cognito22
    +1
    Wrong.
    It means I'm not going to waste my time on a worthless comment.
    But feel free to waste your time.
  • Jane Mark 2012/02/23 22:51:30
    Jane
    In other words the Republican party and the christian religion are a means of controlling the people.
  • Mark Jane 2012/02/24 04:16:26
    Mark
    No , the republican party portion that makes it into the Oval office , has been a complete fraud since Calvin Cooledge = false con$ervatives = NOT Christian (1) no Christian walk , & (2) failed to produce fruit .

    Christianity is NOT a religion - no " M " in the end .
  • Skeptical Optimist 2012/02/10 14:47:38
    No, Republicans DO NOT Hate The Poor
    Skeptical Optimist
    +3
    There are better ways to help the poor than to give them money. Giving them money creates a dependancy that is very difficult to break. It also almost garuntees they will vote democrat because the dems always want to grow the entitlement class. The GOP want to give the poor freedom and the tools they need to get themselves out of poverty.
  • Jane Skeptic... 2012/02/23 22:47:57
    Jane
    I'm a democrat and I would like to give the poor the tools they need. No one likes a hand out. Your ideas of democrats is all wrong, you might talk to some democrats in your community, maybe you would get to know how we really think.
  • 11 Phenomenon - eNews 2012/02/10 06:47:21
    No, Republicans DO NOT Hate The Poor
    11 Phenomenon - eNews
    +3
    All these programs are at risk from overspending by the Obama administration. If you know anyone who has needed help even recently you might already know it is not easy getting help under Obama. To make matters worse, in many places you might have to travel 20+ miles on multiple occasions to get help. That is hard to do if you do not have a running vehicle or gas to put in it. We are talking about poor people. In some places if you do have a car to get there you will find you have to put money in the parking meter because there is no free parking for the poor. Where is that left wing liberal compassion?
  • FalconFlight 2012/02/10 04:56:51
    No, Republicans DO NOT Hate The Poor
    FalconFlight
    +3
    Do DemProgressives hate the poor would be a far more relevant question. Stop treating what ever the pooooor means like they're Cattle; raised and fed to live out their lives licking the hand that feeds them and then pulling the voting lever...if they can figure it out. Funniest, most deserving of a wipe across the soiled buttocks question in ages. Thx for the Ride to the community shythouse!
  • wtw 2012/02/10 04:01:34
    No, Republicans DO NOT Hate The Poor
    wtw
    +3
    Dems have lied so much to the masses that this lie is beleived when it is just the opposite. Dems want to enslave and enable the poor to remain poor to keep voting for them so they give and give. The repubs want the poor to rise up and become all they can be. The Obama and dems want to cause fuel prices to rise which hurts the poor more than any other single factor. The dems want to keep taxing and spending which will lead to 20 trillion in debt if Obama gets a second term and the US will go into austerity like greece. Guess who gets hurt the most by austerity--the poor!
  • Chokmah wtw 2012/02/10 04:26:20
    Chokmah
    +1
    In late 2007, 63% of Americans were employed. Today it's 58.5%. The JOLT ratio (Job Opening to Labor Turnover) shows 4.2 workers for every job opening, over double the pre-recession 1.8 to 1 ratio.

    Obama's so-called job creation program is illusory. In January 2009, he promised six million jobs. Instead, over 40% of his $787 stimulus bill went for tax cuts, largely to America's rich and corporate favorites. In June 2009, 25 million were unemployed. A year later it was unchanged.

    Another $802 billion in tax cuts followed plus extending the Bush-era tax cuts. GE's CEO Jeff Immelt and Wall Street banker Bill Daley were then enlisted to run Obama's new jobs council.

    Their solutions included job destructive "free trade" agreements, corporate tax cuts, offshoring more jobs, hoarding profits in foreign subsidiaries to avoid tax obligations, patent law reform for greater profits, raiding Social Security, cutting Medicare and Medicaid benefits, and other ways to enhance bottom line priorities without creating jobs.

    Obama's economic program serves Wall Street, other corporate favorites, and America's super-rich at the expense of ordinary households. "What was once a trickle down approach to job creation (became) a drip-drip policy." Greater harm ahead is assured. Protracted Depression years will follow. Unemployment and poverty ranks will swell. So will human need. Hard times will get harder.
  • wtw Chokmah 2012/02/11 04:01:03
    wtw
    +1
    You are the man--thanks for that excellent discourse!
  • Bilingu... Chokmah 2012/02/12 05:58:00
    Bilingual required sucks
    Why are you using the avatar of a black individual? That is not your picture, why are you falsely portraying yourself as a black man?
  • Chokmah Bilingu... 2012/02/12 14:09:09
    Chokmah
    I am what I am... look up the word avatar.
  • Bilingu... Chokmah 2012/02/12 22:11:31 (edited)
    Bilingual required sucks
    I know what avatar means do you?
    "Digital Technology . a graphical image that represents a person, as on the Internet.
    http://dictionary.reference.c...

    You haven't answered my question, why are you portraying yourself as a black man, when you're not?
  • Chokmah Bilingu... 2012/02/12 22:33:31
    Chokmah
    WTF!? Have you looked at other's avatar's here? There are pictures of animals, cartoon characters, movie stars, WWF wrestling heroes.. you name it. Do you go around asking them why they use the avatars they do? Heck no.. you are the one who is spooked by race, I am not.

    You seem to be obsessed with the racial issue. Ricky Williams happens to be an inspiritation to me and millions of others, and I am sorry to see him retire from football. Having Ricky as my avatar is a small way to honor this great athlete and human being.
  • Bilingu... Chokmah 2012/02/12 22:39:05
    Bilingual required sucks
    What the hell does football have to do with this? Your picture is of a black man. I'm just asking if that picture is actually you, you can't answer a simple question?
  • Spizzzo... Chokmah 2012/02/17 16:48:59
    Spizzzo BN-0
    Take a chill pill and think things over a bit. Mr. Obama did NOT promise six million jobs, and the reason his stimulus was 40% tax cuts was he persisted (since he's reasonable guy) to assume that if he was reasonable that Republicans would credit him for including Republican ideas (like tax cuts) in his proposals. In actuality, neither the Republicans nor you credit him for being reasonable--you seek to blame him for everything. That's pretty nuts. really.
  • oldlady 2012/02/09 23:25:59
    Yes, Republicans HATE The Poor
    oldlady
    +2
    They live in a dog eat dog where money rules over human beings. It's a "I got mine so I am better than you" attitude. This civilization is close to crashing once again because of these self centered skins. What really pisses me off is that I brought children onto this planet and they will only end up abused by these freaks of nature. These freaks don't belong in a true nature. They are a rouge predator that needs to be put back in their place. As much as I hate killing they make me want to kill them. Would I ? They kill innocent children by the thousands in other countries for oil. They kill children here through lack of education, food, housing and medical needs. They have turned our lives into a joke. Guess what, it's our turn to live or die :/

  • BrandonDBK 2012/02/09 21:14:20
    Yes, Republicans HATE The Poor
    BrandonDBK
    +2
    Depends. Republican voters? For the most part, no. Republican politicians? Yes. But that's not implying all Democratic politicians are pure and saints.
  • Jake 2012/02/09 20:38:00
    No, Republicans DO NOT Hate The Poor
    Jake
    +1
    No, they don't hate the poor, but they USE the poor as scapegoats, whipping boys, and as talking points to those who do hate, mistrust, and/or fear for any number of reasons, the vast majority of which are grounded in their irrational and ill-intended views. The Republicans effectively adopted this as a party platform when they embraced the rich and business elite as a vehicle to prove their worth to their new benefactors.
  • KATLYN 2012/02/09 15:38:53
    No, Republicans DO NOT Hate The Poor
    KATLYN
    they just dont want to help themtoo much
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