House Votes to Cut Food Stamps to Avoid Defense Reduction

irish 2012/05/14 14:57:46

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The U.S. House voted to cut food stamps, federal workers’ benefits
and other domestic programs to avoid scheduled reductions in defense

The chamber today passed, 218-199, a plan to cut about $310 billion
in spending to replace automatic defense-spending reductions that
lawmakers in both parties agree shouldn’t be allowed to take effect in


Obscenity, thy name is Congress!

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  • bob 2012/05/14 16:39:42
    The Republicans will do anything for another WAR and protecting off-shore investments... That's what they are about.

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  • DDogbreath 2012/05/16 11:39:53
    I say let the hungry people starve and keep the military-industrial complex "fat and happy" (sarc)

  • irish DDogbreath 2012/05/16 11:41:30
    yep,thats what they want!
  • Michaelene 2012/05/15 12:24:14
    Since there hasn't been a budget in over 3 years, how and where they cut funding is an interesting question. I reallly don't know why Harry Reid refuses to bring a budget to a vote?

    There have been cuts to defense spending, Congressman Allen West sponsored a bill that passed unanimously (one of the few in recent history) that cut defense spending with a single page, simple to read bill.

    Willl this bill make it through both Houses and past the POTUS? Considering the increase in the number of recipients on food stamps are due to the increase of income allowed (140% of poverty rate) to apply for benefits, this may not be such a bad thing.
    There are domestic programs that duplicitus and federal workers benefits are higher than those in the private jobs market, it does make sense with the reduced revenues coming into the govt.

    No where in the bill does it mention defense,only the author said it's to avoid defense cuts, how can we do that with Libya, Syria and NATO's (UN) demands.

    If only we Americans could have a budget to see, transparent and online before a vote like the POTUS promised. Then we would have a better grasp on what is going on.
  • shalom2t Michaelene 2012/05/15 19:24:57
    You need to realize the limits were raised because people need food! Not all people on welfare are bums or on drugs. People on SSI because they are depressed is one that needs elimination. There are doctors that are well known for getting people on SSI and I had one tell me if I gave him $500. CASH, he would see that i would be on SSI in 6 months - he does it too. No, I'm not on SSI - I'm not depressed but was checking to see if what I was told was true.... As to cutting expenses - let's let the whole hill stop getting "free" perks! Let them pay for their own gas and cars. Even postage for the mailings - taxpayers pay for - paper, printing, delivery to office then postage, let's let them pay for it themselves. I haven't seen one post worth paying for. As to federal workers benefits - it may be true but you aren't a federal worker - so I'd like to hear from them. Oh yes, let's stop helping other countries, call in the loans owed to us, and bring our jobs BACK here.
  • shalom2t shalom2t 2012/05/15 22:26:11
    Plus lets close the loopholes that allow millionaires to get food stamps and free weatherization by putting their monies in trust funds!!
  • irish shalom2t 2012/05/16 10:29:34
    again,well said!
  • Michaelene shalom2t 2012/05/16 15:29:39
    The weatherization program was a bust in Philly. Only ex cons were trained and well they did what they do best, rob old people.
  • irish shalom2t 2012/05/16 10:29:20
    well said!
  • Michaelene shalom2t 2012/05/16 15:27:30
    I'm well aware of how many people are abusing the system. In Philadelphia there are only 5 investigators for the huge city of millions. Stores sell ciggarettes and cheesteaks using the EBT system. Nothing EVER happens when they get reported.
    All the mob wives go to the welfare office in their friends beat up cars after they take off their diamonds and furs, they need to show legal income! SSi is being decimated, I'm disabled and don't get a check because I believe it is for those who have nothing, yet people complain here about being cut off because they have $5000 in their savings!

    I'm with you on all the cuts, one of my old polls was about the waste of the 535 leaders and their staff. $1.6 million in Congress alone on bottled water in one year!

    I'd rather cut foreign aid than domestic anyday, but unfortunately we have NO BUDGET to see what is really going on and Harry Reid refuses to bring one up for a vote. I believe Reid should be fired for not doing the most important task he has, a budget for America to see!
  • Lefty 2012/05/15 11:42:50
  • irish Lefty 2012/05/16 10:29:42
  • Atmara 2012/05/14 22:25:14
    I bet Congress will soon be as popular as an STD!
  • ConLibF... Atmara 2012/05/14 22:34:22
    Careful ... millions share STDs like candy. :)
  • Atmara ConLibF... 2012/05/15 00:24:20
  • ConLibF... Atmara 2012/05/15 00:30:17
    But I get your point. For the life of me, I don't get the sheeple! What is keeping them from barnstorming the doors of every elected official?
  • irish ConLibF... 2012/05/15 10:55:14
    we keep asking but get no answer.
  • ConLibF... irish 2012/05/15 15:31:46
  • rustyshackelford 2012/05/14 21:13:10
  • irish rustysh... 2012/05/15 10:55:37
    starting with salaries for the govt .
  • Rebel Yell 2012/05/14 18:55:46
    Rebel Yell
    The Pentagon's ability to waste money is off the charts. It really exploded during the Reagan era. A typical example... and there are HUNDREDS.. is the the B-2 bomber. Originally projected to cost $550 million each, B-2's ended up costing $2.2 billion each-literally more than their weight in gold. In addition to mass weapons waste, tens of thousands of dollars an hour are used to to fly politicians, lobbyists and weapons contractors on pleasure trips. We have more Trident missiles than we could ever use, and nobody to aim them at. It should be obvious that the "defense" budget isn't based on any rational calculation of what the defense of this country actually requires-it's based on what US arms manufacturers can get away with (almost anything, it turns out).

    Why does Congress allow this to happen? Why do our legislators put up with military waste and fraud? For the same reason they do anything. Defense PACs give members of Congress many millions. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) was one of the one of the top ten recipients of PAC contributions.
  • irish Rebel Yell 2012/05/15 10:55:58
    well said!
  • dasimon1 Rebel Yell 2012/05/15 13:02:13
    Internationally, while President Obama is decidedly allowing America's nuclear program to decay into obsolescence, Russia and China are racing ahead with nuclear modernization. The emerging nuclear Iran will spawn a nuclear arms race spreading to Saudi Arabia and Turkey, if not elsewhere in the Islamic world. China is developing and even testing the technology for a first strike to take out America's military satellites, central to modern American military technology, and for a Cyberspace attack disabling America's military computers, while the Obama Administration does nothing effective. Instead, it increasingly disables the missile defense programs that could take out a rogue missile launch, and leaves America vulnerable to an EMP attack that would take America's standard of living back to the 18th century.
  • Idiot r... dasimon1 2012/05/15 15:52:35
    Idiot repubs
  • dasimon1 Idiot r... 2012/05/15 16:13:32
    You think it's bull.We aren't safe from attack.your buddy has plans for us that aren';t kosher. Bull Pippy.
  • DDogbreath dasimon1 2012/05/16 11:37:47
    You fell for the "scare tactics" hook line and sinker...
  • Michaelene dasimon1 2012/05/16 15:33:16
    I just read how thier advanced new laser weapons are being mass produced in both China and Russia, but in America the program was cut. Laser weapons are both lethal and cheap. http://online.wsj.com/article...
  • shalom2t Rebel Yell 2012/05/15 19:26:24
    The whole hill needs a committee of normal folks from middle class and poor to go over their spending habits. We would save billions!
  • irish shalom2t 2012/05/16 10:30:41
    i agree!
  • Michaelene shalom2t 2012/05/16 15:33:49
    I agree !
  • Joe Shwingding BN-ZERO 2012/05/14 18:41:22
    Joe Shwingding BN-ZERO
    no secret who is benefitting from waging war then is there?
  • Cliff 2012/05/14 18:38:37
  • chgo Cliff 2012/05/14 21:22:10
    How does this help the economy? most military families qualify for food stamps!!!
  • Cliff chgo 2012/05/14 21:24:28
  • chgo Cliff 2012/05/14 21:29:04 (edited)
    useless Defense contracts is not the number 1 priority. Reality and facts escape conservatives with their heads in the clouds.
  • Cliff chgo 2012/05/14 23:05:12
  • chgo Cliff 2012/05/14 23:11:35
    Iran has no nukes nor are they preparing to make some either.
  • Cliff chgo 2012/05/14 23:16:08
  • irish Cliff 2012/05/15 10:57:44
    what fear mongering you fall for.
  • dasimon1 chgo 2012/05/15 13:46:54
    Iran's threat is very REAL. And their nukes are very REAL.I don't know where you get your info from. The biggest problem with them is that they have a loose cannon for a leader. ya can';t truyst him not to use them !~
  • chgo dasimon1 2012/05/16 00:21:53
    VIDEO: Panetta Admits Iran Has No Immediate Plan for Nuclear ...

    U.S. Agencies See No Move by Iran to Build a Bomb - NYTimes.com
    Special Report: Intel shows Iran nuclear threat not imminent

    whatever, goofy-looking nutjob. youre probably so irrationally paranoid you're scared of your own shadow.
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