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There's even more to be infuriated over regarding the House Republicans' efforts to decimate food aid in order to give defense contractors even more money. As Think Progress's Pat Garofalo writes, the cuts to food aid for hundreds of thousands of amount to one day of Bush tax cuts for millionaires.

The CSFP provides food assistance to 600,000 low-income families every month, 96 percent of whom are seniors, while the TEFAP [Emergency Food Assistance Program] “provides our nation’s emergency food bank network with food commodities and storage and distribution support.” We previously noted that the cuts to WIC [Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children] are roughly equivalent to the cost of extending the Bush tax cuts for millionaires alone for just one week.

As it turns out, the cuts to CSIP and TEFAB, according to Half in Ten’s Melissa Boteach, are equivalent to the cost of extending the Bush tax cuts for millionaires alone for just one day.

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These aren't the "hard choices" of "shared sacrifice" the deficit peacocks love to harp on about. It's about people, maybe as many as 1.1 million people, going hungry so the millionaires can keep their tax breaks.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 02:40 PM PDT.

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  •  How come our so-called leaders (27+ / 0-)

    on all sides of the spectrum love to call for "shared sacrifice" but never shared wealth? Wouldn't you think the two are by nature inextricably connected? Funny how sharing "sacrifice" is good-ol' Americanism at work, while its conjoined twin is "socialism" to be despised and destroyed -- by the vast majority of Reps and Dems alike.

    Conservatism explained: Carrots for the rich and the corporate. Sticks for the workers and the poor. It really is that simple.

    by DaveW on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 02:45:02 PM PDT

  •  The whole idea is not to save (a million) pennies, (12+ / 0-)

    the purpose is to punish those bad, nasty people who have the nerve to spoil our image of being the wealthiest nation in the world. How dare they be non-prosperous? And to ask for help?!? Do I look like Jesus? You'll get no loaves nor fishes from this Christian!

    Don't let millionaires steal Social Security.

    by Leo in NJ on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 02:46:21 PM PDT

  •  Could these guys REALLY (9+ / 0-)

    stand there and calmly listen to a hungry child cry, and feel no shame?  Or is it just because it's in the abstract..they never see it, never hear it, so it's somehow not real to them?
    Tired of Repubs telling me these cuts will only affect those darned "welfare cheaters".  They seem shocked to the core when it appears someone they actually know might be affected by their choices in the voting booth.  

    •  It is abstract and when they do hear or (8+ / 0-)

      see it first hand..they tell the people to get help from the churches and charities in their town. They are cold as ice about it.

    •  Not as long as there's, well... (2+ / 0-)
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      sherlyle, ferg

      First Collector: At this festive time of year, Mr. Scrooge, it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute.
      Ebenezer: Are there no prisons?
      First Collector: Plenty of prisons.
      Ebenezer: And the union workhouses - are they still in operation?
      First Collector: They are. I wish I could say they were not.
      Ebenezer: Oh, from what you said at first I was afraid that something had happened to stop them in their useful course. I'm very glad to hear it.

      "Somehow our slogan 'We’ll protect YOUR Medicare, but your kids are screwed' never really caught on."

      by BobSmith415 on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 03:04:33 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Shame? What's that? (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      sherlyle

      Don't you know that we're "exceptional?"

    •  It's just not on the Republicans' radar screen. (1+ / 0-)
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      sherlyle

      They vigorously favor starving the welfare state. They have a filter that screens out any notion that their philosophy means they starve those who cannot pay for food, shelter, clothing and basic medical care.

      If they do think about people, they talk about people on welfare and other kinds of dependencies on the state and solemnly tell us those good folks can do for themselves because, after all, there are plenty of low-paying, low-skilled jobs that single mothers can get.

      Consideration for the consequences - the truth of the impact of what they're doing - is simply not in them.

      Come November 2012, we'll have to show them.  

      Jesus was a Community Activist.

      by TRPChicago on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 03:14:30 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I hope we can show them in '12. (2+ / 0-)
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        nchristine, msdrown

        I hope we don't have to go through the last couple of centuries all over again.  Striking mine workers being fired on by troops ordered up by a governor.  Child labor, starvation, tent cities.  Poison food, dangerous workplaces.  Do we really have to do it all over again?  Watch desperate workers forming unions as though it was a new idea?  Demand clean water, safe food, regulations on greedy bankers?  

  •  Perhaps this and medicare and (6+ / 0-)

    other cuts can be used to support the end of the tax cuts for the rich as a campaign issue for all Dems, including the Pres. in 2012.

    CitizenX: "If the republicans were in charge GM & Chrysler would be dead and Osama bin Laden would be alive."

    by TomP on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 02:48:10 PM PDT

    •  Will this information be on any Red blog? (6+ / 0-)

      How many Republicans will have their peace of mind roiled by the thought that hundreds of thousands of children could be fed with what they think of as "Bush's little bonus" for one day?
      Heard Neal Boortz radio show the other day explaining how those filthy liberals made up all those "hungry children in the U.S." stories and poll numbers to support them.
      According to Boortz, Liberals called mommies and daddies at home and asked, "Does your child ever say he/she is hungry"?  And when of course that child wandered in and said "Hey Mom, what's for dinner"?  that's what Liberals called a "hungry child".
      It's all a plot, see.  There are no hungry children in America.  Because we're the Land of the Free.  Or something.  

      •  Neal Boortz (1+ / 0-)
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        sherlyle

        Is Rush Limbaugh lite.

        Same shit, different twist.  

        Whatcha doin' listening to him anyway? :-)

        -- **Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.**

        by r2did2 on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 03:04:52 PM PDT

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        •  Don't get ANY radio talk (1+ / 0-)
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          brook

          that is not full-bore Repub.  Not a single one.  Oh, and MSNBC will cost you extra..Fox comes standard with a minimum cable/satellite package, but if you want to hear what Rachel Maddow or Ed Schultz or Larry O'Donnell think about something, you're gonna have to pay for it.
          The Republicans control the media.  And then we wonder why voters are so misinformed.  

        •  IIRC, Boortz was a douchbag *before* Rush (1+ / 0-)
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          made it popular.  That's my late-Eighties recollection of Atlanta radio anyway.  WSB and WGST were fighting it out back then... and Limbaugh was actually almost tolerable (in very small doses).

          At least he pissed me off a lot less than the Braves did at the time :/

          Gingrich, I've thought long and hard about this. Your Delta Tau Chi name is... "Flounder."

          by here4tehbeer on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 03:24:39 PM PDT

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      •  Bunch of my high-school friends from south Texas (1+ / 0-)
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        Are going to see it.

        :)

    •  FDR had the right idea on taxes. (3+ / 0-)
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      sherlyle, OpherGopher, BobSmith415

      Unfortunately, our politial "leaders" of today are as greedy as any Wall St. crook.  They all "need" to be millionaires or better, and they're never going to get there unless they coddle their rich "friends."  I'd really like to see some of these rich friends they work so hard to please do some campaign volunteering.  Do you think they would ever be willing to give up some of their "free" time to make phone calls or stuff envelopes, or is this only for the "little folk?"

  •  How very Christian of them. eom (3+ / 0-)
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    [F]undamentalists pretty much fall under the same banner ie. "we cant control our junk" - LaFeminista

    by RichM on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 02:53:32 PM PDT

    •  I've known a couple of real Christians (2+ / 0-)
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      in my life, and whatever these people call themselves, it shouldn't be that.  
      The real Christians I knew were at peace with themselves and with life.  They were kind.  Endlessly kind and patient with the foibles and failings of others.  Quietly generous, needing no recognition for their good deeds.  

      •  right wing christians ... ughhh (1+ / 0-)
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        sherlyle

        They do NOT have the same philosophy as what you expect from Christians.  The best I can figure they are a notion of "personal redemption".  Exactly how they earn redemption  is a bit of a mystery.  Clearly, it's not through charity.  Maybe it's just through thumping on their bibles real hard.  Might as thump on rocks ... like the ones in their hearts.

        "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

        by noofsh on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 06:36:15 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  You know (15+ / 0-)

    if President Obama would stand up and read this to the public, I'd feel much better. And frankly, I can't see a downside. Let the Truth out of the political cage. No need to wrap it up in fancy diplomatic language.

    Yes, I'm very much in a "chips fall where they may" mood.

    Mitt Romney strapped the family dog to the roof of his car. Where's he gonna put grandma?

    by brook on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 02:55:20 PM PDT

    •  Well said. (10+ / 0-)

      If the president got on TV tonight and ripped the faces off Republicans for asking starving American children to starve a little more, I'd run through brick walls to get Obama re-elected in 2012.  He's a master orator, except for orating how and why Republicans are heartless SOBs.  Apparently the president has a re-election strategy that doesn't involve the brick walls of America having to withstand severe punishment.

      Barack Obama in the Oval Office: There's a black man who knows his place.

      by Greasy Grant on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 03:04:45 PM PDT

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      •  It does look like that. (0+ / 0-)
        Apparently the president has a re-election strategy that doesn't involve the brick walls of America having to withstand severe punishment.

        Part of me understands how suddenly comfortable people become risk-a-phobics. The other part of me says: "Et tu, Brutus"?

        Mitt Romney strapped the family dog to the roof of his car. Where's he gonna put grandma?

        by brook on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 03:09:06 PM PDT

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      •  What if every cut was in shown (0+ / 0-)

        in the equivalent days of millionaire's tax cuts???

        One day gets one year of food assistance. What would two weeks buy? Or a month??

        It's an analogy that everyone can get, regardless of ideology and it could decimate the republican arguments about who is "sharing" in this sacrifice for the next generation crap. If only Obama would actually use the bully pulpit . . .

        It's only water. What could go wrong???

        by MrSandman on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 04:19:46 PM PDT

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    •  He's busy kissing up to Wall St. for campaign (2+ / 0-)
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      Lucy2009, TimmyB

      donations. Maybe next week.

      "Somehow our slogan 'We’ll protect YOUR Medicare, but your kids are screwed' never really caught on."

      by BobSmith415 on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 03:09:45 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  This presupposes (0+ / 0-)

      that Obama doesn't see this as a desirable outcome. Why did he deem it necessary to fight to extend Bush's tax rates?

      We already have death panels. They're called insurance companies.

      by aztecraingod on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 03:15:30 PM PDT

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  •  Gee, what we need is a President who: (12+ / 0-)

    Is smart.
    Is personable.
    Is personally liked by most Americans.
    Is articulate.
    Is willing to point a finger of shame at these people instead of always trying to join hands and sing Kumbaya with them.
    Damn.  Had it until that last one.

    Republicans are like the Weeping Angels: Take your eyes off of them and they'll send you back in time.

    by jazzmaniac on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 02:55:37 PM PDT

  •  So, hopefully Obama now sees this (0+ / 0-)

    And, he doesn't continue the tax cuts next time it's on the table.

    -- **Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.**

    by r2did2 on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 02:59:15 PM PDT

  •  This needs to (2+ / 0-)
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    MrSandman, Gram E

    have the GOP's Nose rubbed in it until they smell like Dead Rats....

    The man who knows and knows he knows not is a wise man

    by OpherGopher on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 03:04:15 PM PDT

  •  Time (1+ / 0-)
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    BobSmith415

    to EAT THE CRIMINAL RICH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  •  And the people who benefited the most (5+ / 0-)

    from this country wouldn't even notice the difference if they actually paid their fair share.

    They wouldn't have less cars, less houses, less trips, less parties, less anything.

    . . . from Julie, Julia. "Oh, well. Boo-hoo. Now what?"

    by 88kathy on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 03:07:30 PM PDT

    •  but...but... (1+ / 0-)
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      88kathy

      they might need more Viagra. 'Cause that's what the 'toys' contest is really about, you know.

      Mitt Romney strapped the family dog to the roof of his car. Where's he gonna put grandma?

      by brook on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 03:12:49 PM PDT

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    •  That's true. Their lives would continue (2+ / 0-)
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      88kathy, MrSandman

      exactly as planned.  Not a hair on their golden heads would ever be disturbed.  So what is it really?  Is it just good old-fashioned greed?  They don't want enough.  They don't even want most.  They want it all, or somehow they don't win.  

      •  My take on the rich, fwiw (3+ / 0-)
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        sherlyle, hester, 88kathy

        It's not about money as you and I see it, after a certain point. It's a number on a sheet--it's a score, and when they have a larger number than the guy (and it's almost all guys, other than Oprah and a couple more women, I believe) sitting next to them in first class on their way to St. Bart's, they win.
        Everything else is rationalization or worse.

        •  That's such a sad and empty life. (2+ / 0-)
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          hester, 88kathy

          I wouldn't think it was worth all the effort, myself.  

          •  Oh, but don't you get it? It's a thrill (2+ / 0-)
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            88kathy, sherlyle

            to gamble, whether you win or lose. The problem is that when you or I gamble, we do it with our own money, and when we lose, we can get into a world of hurt. With the wealthy, a lot of times they are gambling with other people's money, and even if they lose their own money, they have plenty left over for their next bet.
            Daily expenses? Who cares about those?

            •  I'm not so sure you're right about the thrill of (1+ / 0-)
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              sherlyle

              gambling, bryduck. I've known a real gambler (now deceased) quite well. For him, the thrill came from gambling MORE than he could afford to lose. I knew him when that amount was $200, when it was $2,000 and when it was $20,000. In every situation, a bet he could afford to lose wouldn't have turned him on much, if at all. Gambling with other people's money would have followed the same rule. If there'd be no severe consequences for gambling and losing money that belonged to, for example, his employer, then there'd be no excitement, no adrenalin rush or whatever it was. Maybe there are some gamblers  who don't have such a bad case, but he sure did, and I suspect that most people who gamble a lot are the same.

              Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction. -- Blaise Pascal

              by RJDixon74135 on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 05:35:11 PM PDT

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              •  You seem to prove my point (0+ / 0-)

                despite yourself. You say the thrill for your gambler had to do with the stakes. The fact that there was a thrill to betting at all was what I pointed to, regardless of the stakes. For your gambler, s/he had to make it interesting for him to get juiced, but it was still a bet.

                •  Oops, I hit "Enter" too soon! (0+ / 0-)

                  Think about it this way, if you will: Would your gambler have been as thrilled (or at all) to simply give away his stake? Or write a bad check, if it had to be something s/he didn't actually have on hand?

  •  Bring 'em home, Barack (0+ / 0-)

    We're spending an enormous amount of taxpayer dollars overseas...Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Egypt...the list goes on and on.

    And, even though we should definately be getting more from our wealthy right here at home, how can we justify taking from our own when we spend just SO much on other nations and involvements and so forth?

    Our people are starving and our people's homes are being lost and our people are continuously losing their pride and self-worth.  

    C'mon, people.  Just because our president is a democrat, it doesn't justify spending a kazillion dollars on needless efforts overseas when we need those dollars at home.

    We can say Obama is better than Bush on a number of issues..and we'd be right.  But, when it comes to our military involvement and needless spending in that regard, we're wrong.

    -- **Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.**

    by r2did2 on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 03:13:48 PM PDT

    •  Did you see the front page of the NYT (2+ / 0-)
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      r2did2, MrSandman

      this morning.  How the Republicans are all upset about the costs of the wars . . . NOW!  They know that the people aren't behind those engagements anymore.

      Those Rethugs never ONCE in the last few years before OBL was killed would have even mentioned getting the hell out.

      But now . . . it's their idea.  I have been calling the WH for weeks on end saying the time is NOW!  Get out NOW!  Before the Republicans steal that meme from us too.

    •  amen to that (0+ / 0-)

      It's criminal to continue these occupations on many levels - moral (we don' belong in these countries) and economic (we just can't afford it).  Enough already of Afghanistan and Iraq (yes Iraq where we still spend billions on contractors and military bases).

      "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

      by noofsh on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 07:59:08 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Let's propose an annual tax-cut holiday (0+ / 0-)

    For one day/year tax cuts are suspended.
    Do it on Reagan's goddamned birthday. Or Cheney's.
    Call it "Let Them Eat Cake Day."

    Some Dem should sponsor this.

  •  I wonder how many Legislators it would pay for? (0+ / 0-)

    Think about that.

    "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upwardly mobile." Hunter S. Thompson

    by Keith930 on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 03:17:39 PM PDT

  •  Shared Wealth (1+ / 0-)
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    vzfk3s

    is access to a quality education.

    I was on welfare, I was also a 20 year old wandering around NYU campus with a baby on my hip. I was these things simultaneously.

    People on the 'top' don't have time to think about what happens beneath. Real people, not statistics, not stereotypes, doing whatever it takes to 'make it'.

    Their children often don't see much past labeling the working classes and poor, as lazy, dumb, ignorant, etc. while becoming stereotypes themselves

    Slow and steady still works.

    Peace Shopper- Saving more than pennies :-)

    by Maori on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 03:18:33 PM PDT

  •  Here's an idea for the next State of Union address (5+ / 0-)

    Invite some people who really reflect the new reality to the address, and line the gallery with them.  Instead of the teacher of the year, invite and introduce the laid off teacher...mention what state they are from and how their job was cut by GOP legislators there.

    Introduce an elderly lady whose meal assistance was cut, and who sponsored the legislation that cut it.  Introduce a person who lost a parent because they had no insurance and couldn't afford medical care, or were denied that care.

    Introduce a 53 year old unemployed man who has been looking for work without success for 2 years, has run out of unemployment, and remark wryly that if he can hang on for another 12 or 15 years he can at least look forward to a voucher from Paul Ryan to shop for a health plan.

    Introduce someone who has developed cancer or some other chronic disease due to exposure to environmental pollutants, and who comes from a community that has a cluster of such cases, and ask their opinion of "the job killing EPA," as the TV cameras zoom in on Michele Bachmann's face.

    Introduce an elderly Black lady who experienced voter disenfranchment during the Civil Rights era, and who now finds herself challenged once again to cast her vote because she lacks a driver's license, a car, lives on a tight budget, and the nearest state office that issues ID's is 45 miles away.

    Put a face on these problems, and then put a face on those who are making them worse with their policies.

    "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upwardly mobile." Hunter S. Thompson

    by Keith930 on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 03:39:37 PM PDT

  •  I saw a bit of the house debate. (0+ / 0-)

    The bill includes helping to feed 5 million kids world wide.

    Rep. Jim McGoven(sp?)(D) MA, made the point that not only is Our moral duty, it is in Our National Security to feed those less well off. Rep. Jim also made the point that DOD needs kids who are fit to serve the nation if called on.

    Rep. Broun (R) from GA., said we can't afford it, so STFU. I guess that Rep. Broun has his money on XE being able to handle all the future problems.

    The bills name is McGoven/Dole, as in Bob. Tells how far the GOP has fallen when even Bob Dole is to far to the left.

  •  They are Obama's tax cuts. (1+ / 0-)
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    In case you have been paying attention, Bush isn't the president anymore and his tax cuts expired or would have had Obama not signed a bill extending them. Mr. Obama owns them now. Period.

    "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

    by MargaretPOA on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 04:08:19 PM PDT

  •  the case has been made *very* clearly (0+ / 0-)

    that food-assistance program must be slashed.

    Darn - this is good reporting. Presented as the classic "problem" : "solution" duo

    problem : must have money for tax cuts for the wealthy!!

    solution : slash a year's food-assistance

    Now that's what I'm talkin' about - crystal-clear reporting about our brave elected representatives making tough decisions for the good of (some of) the country

  •  Where's the Dem leader.....what's his name? (0+ / 0-)

    Oh yeah, Barack Obama.  What a freakin' joke.

    Remember the Pelicans

    by Irons33 on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 04:17:37 PM PDT

  •  The cruelty and heartlessness of the actions..... (1+ / 0-)
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    Gram E

    of pols on both sides of the aisle is vicious.

    WTF are old people, sick people and single mothers supposed to do if they are hungry???

    What about "killing grandma", or the "precious lambs" we must not abort???

    Hypocritical bastards most of them.

    I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Thomas Jefferson

    by Lucy2009 on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 04:28:14 PM PDT

  •  most of Congress are millionaires (0+ / 0-)

    shouldn't they not be allowed to vote in a repeal of the bush tax cuts for conflict of interest?

  •  food vs. tax cuts for millionaires (0+ / 0-)

    The section of hell reserved for republicans must be a very large place.  Family values my ass!

  •  Absolutely disgraceful (1+ / 0-)
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    Gram E

    One day of occupation in Iraq / Afghanistan would also more than pay for this.  Get the hell out of the those countries and bring all the troops home now.

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

    by noofsh on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 06:29:53 PM PDT

  •  Where is the press coverage (0+ / 0-)

    about this disaster.  Democrats with public access need to call attention to things like this every time they get close to a microphone. Not every uninformed person who votes Republican can think this is good.  Could we somehow link it to sexy pictures to get  it noticed?

    Do not intrude in the affairs of dragons, For you are crunchy, and good with ketchup.-Anonymous

    by Gram E on Thu Jun 16, 2011 at 03:05:52 AM PDT

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