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  •  The Food Stamp Program Was Originally (21+ / 0-)

    drafted as a farm support program designed to insure profits for agricultural production. Feeding the poor, while an important component of the program, was secondary. Repubs have historically supported food stamps to curry favor with agribusiness. Today, however, their hatred of poor people is so fierce that they are stiffing their own allies to administer yet another kick in the teeth to the poor and their children.

    “I’m able to fly, do what I want, essentially. I guess that’s what freedom is — no limits.” Marybeth Onyeukwu -- Brooklyn DREAMer.

    by chuco35 on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 11:44:34 AM PDT

    •  Maybe this is why (2+ / 0-)
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      the King amendment was inserted -- to placate Big Ag.

      According to the Humane Society, "... The language in the King amendment is so broad that it could repeal state laws on farm animal confinement, horse slaughter, puppy mills, shark finning, and a wide range of other concerns from food safety to child labor to the environment."

      Big Ag hates California's law governing the humane treatment of chickens.  

      •  So what if they hate it. (0+ / 0-)

        they are using our land, water, air roads and electric power to make money.  They know legislators are supposed to keep them on a tight lead.
        So they buy sock puppets who do everything except their job.

        Joy shared is doubled. Pain shared is halved. Spider Robinson

        by nolagrl on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 12:18:36 PM PDT

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      •  Do you have a link handy? (0+ / 0-)

        Thanks, if you do.

        "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

        by LilithGardener on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 08:30:40 AM PDT

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      •  Do you have any sense which of the (0+ / 0-)

        amendments were meant to be poison pills?

        The King Amendment could have been a poison pill. If they could get the Amendment passed, they could blame failure of the bill on the Dems?

        "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

        by LilithGardener on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 08:32:12 AM PDT

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