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  •  When I was a kid, we survived on the ... (8+ / 0-)

    ...few jobs my grandfather could wrangle after losing his union-organizing post, on hunting and on federally supplied, county-distributed surplus commodities, which ran very low around the middle of the third week of every month. By the time the food stamp pilot programs started in 1961, my family was doing somewhat better, and better still when the program became permanent 50 years ago this spring.

    Some of the program's backers may well have had suppression of people of color and women in mind. But, for most people, even though it was (and is) a partial measure, it was an improvement over the old system and partial measures were all that could be passed—even those encountering significant opposition.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 02:52:41 PM PST

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    •  I agree better than nothing... (5+ / 0-)

      I agree better than nothing, but we could have done better. I'm going to do a vlog on our problematic safety net instead of social support. Our support should be universal not means based.

      This is the problem with Corp flavored USA. We're so thankful to be treated kind of like people. They've broke us down to the point where we think they are doing us a favor by giving us food stamps, but why should anyone need food stamps in the US?

      It's kind of like we have Stockholm Syndrome, we think absence of obvious evil and a few crumbs is something we should be grateful for.

      Our society demonizes poverty and degrades people in the situation and then after breaking those people down ask them to smile for a piece of bread.

      We can do better. We the people are the government.

      “Go to where the silence is and say something.” ― Amy Goodman

      Speakeasy at The Black & Tan Show

      by theblackandtanshow on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 03:05:47 PM PST

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      •  Certainly, the concepts for doing better... (3+ / 0-)

        ...are there. But the political will and clout to make it happen is what are required. Putting that together has not yet, since the Robber Barons turned the pseudo-aristocratic agricultural base of the nation into an industrial powerhouse, been a project more than a century of progressive activism has been able to generate.

        Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

        by Meteor Blades on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 04:22:30 PM PST

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