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Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)
Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace asks Rep. Steve King about last week's vote by House Republicans to pass a farm bill without including support for food stamps:
CHRIS WALLACE: Don't House Republicans run the risk of once again being seen as being insensitive to the needs of the poor?
And here's how King began his answer:
REP. STEVE KING: Well, I think that that was characterized by the Congressional Black Caucus and the Hispanic Caucus on Thursday in the wrong fashion.
So, asked whether Republicans were insensitive to the poor, Steve King couldn't even get through a full sentence without injecting race and ethnicity into the question, as if poverty were only an issue for African-Americans and Latinos. But what King either doesn't know or willfully ignored is that there are more non-Hispanic white people receiving food stamps than African-American and Latino people combined. In fact, in his congressional district (now Iowa's 4th, but it was Iowa's 5th when these statistics were published), 85 percent of food stamp recipients were non-Hispanic whites.

There's no question that African-Americans and Latinos face higher poverty rates than white Americans, but even if Republicans don't care about that (clearly, King does not), you'd think they'd at least be able to care about poor whites. But not King, because even though he voted for the farm bill, he says he was against it—because it didn't cut enough from food stamps:

I opposed splitting them because it takes out of our hands the ability to reform the SNAP program, the food stamp program, and it goes into perpetual motion mandatory spending type of a situation.

So, I think they characterized it wrong. I am opposed to doing this because I want to reform it. They want unlimited food stamps.

So, if you're being completely fair to Steve King, you'll admit he's not just singling out African-Americans and Latinos. He's against all poor people.

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  •  Paul Krugman this morning wrote (29+ / 0-)

    about this:Hunger Games, U.S.A.

    Something terrible has happened to the soul of the Republican Party. We’ve gone beyond bad economic doctrine. We’ve even gone beyond selfishness and special interests. At this point we’re talking about a state of mind that takes positive glee in inflicting further suffering on the already miserable.

    Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

    by TomP on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 07:37:50 AM PDT

    •  Shared that article (11+ / 0-)

      Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

      by blue aardvark on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 08:10:39 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Krugman is wrong. 'Twas ever thus. (8+ / 0-)

      Slavery, including actuarial calculations on the value of working people to death vs the cost of feeding them adequately. Jim Crow, aka "Slavery by another name". And Lee Atwater on the Southern Strategy.

      You start out in 1954 by saying, "N*****, n*****, n*****." By 1968 you can't say "n*****"—that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states' rights and all that stuff. You're getting so abstract now [that] you're talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you're talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites.
      See also The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander, which reveals a willingness to destroy society in order to maintain a culture of entitlement. And Thorstein Veblen, The Theory of the Leisure Class, which explains the origins of the culture of entitlement, particularly the notion that all honor should go to those who prosper with the spoils of force or fraud. In modern terms, those who, like Romney, pretend that financial profiteers are the Makers while those who actually make stuff are the Takers.

      The difference now is that the pretense is falling away, and the overt hatred and malice is re-emerging, as the shrinking minorities of the Religious Right and other "angry White guys" devolve into ever louder and more vicious shrieking denial.

      Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

      by Mokurai on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 08:30:48 AM PDT

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  •  steve king (19+ / 0-)

    is simply a piece of shit (and I am being kind)

    it is hard to find any other words for this embarrassment to humanity

    i wonder how he would feel if one day he had to do dumpster dives for food.

    He may talk like an idiot, and look like an idiot, but don't let that fool you: he really is an idiot...Groucho Marx

    by distributorcap on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 07:41:16 AM PDT

    •  "They want unlimited food stamps." (18+ / 0-)

      Twenty years ago if you'd asked me if we'd see this direct level of racism from elected politicians, I would have laughed in your face.  Mid-1990s me would have read a quote like this and assumed any politician who uttered it would immediately be forced to resign in disgrace.

      I had no idea back then that we could step so far backwards into our racist past, all while assisted by a racist gang of five on the Supreme Court.

      So shameful.  And we have only ourselves to blame for letting right wing media take hold in the 90s, and letting Bush steal the election.

      •  It is mind-boggling (7+ / 0-)

        Even leaving aside the racism, it is nonsensical economically when you consider the poor social safety net we have, compared to most other developed countries. This stuff goes back to Reagan: the idea that government aid of any kind removes incentives to work and paradoxically hurts its recipients and the economy. It goes along with magical thinking about tax cuts bringing prosperity and growth.

        •  Libertarian/Calvinist cartoon fantasies (4+ / 0-)
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          It's some horrible fantasy that white people, with their Calvinist work ethnic, earned everything on the merits of hard work and generational sacrifice (yeah right).

          Then the 1960s happened, and bleeding heart liberals tried to right historical wrongs by using government power to redistribute wealth to poor people (the libertarian side).

          This redistribution is then the "Nanny State," a feminized (aka weak) government that nurtures rather than teaches the hard lessons of the Calvinist work ethic that the Puritans had.

          At its core is the rage and impotency of white power, and that's why we're seeing this subtextual racism come to the surface as these people become more and more irrelevant, older and older, and less politically powerful.

          •  It's a deeply ingrained strain of thought (4+ / 0-)
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            in America. And Democrats are not immune to it, either. There was welfare reform in the 90's, signed into law by a Democratic president. And even Obama spends a lot more time talking about the middle class than he does talking about the poor, for whom a middle-class existence is only something to dream about.

          •  It's the rage and impotency of white MALE (3+ / 0-)
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            Power. We need to remember it's all about the men getting control over everyone else, especially the women who they want to be able to use and abuse any way they want.

            In their minds the poor girls/women should become prostitutes/mistresses/domestic workers to support their children, so the men with money can use them in any way they want.

            Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

            by splashy on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 10:58:20 AM PDT

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        •  Yes, please leave the raism aside for now. (1+ / 0-)
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          Consider....they want to terminate SNAP and maintain farm subsidies.  Where is the food the farmers produced for 40 million Americans who no longer have $ to buy their food go?  Is the GOP turning our farm subsidy program into food aid for China?  No wonder they are so eager to sell Smithfield to the Chinese.

      •  Isn't this is also pay-back to our entire nation (5+ / 0-)

        for having the audacity to elect a black man to the white house, not once mind you, but twice?

        "A pint of blood from all of you." (even from those pitiful souls who actually voted for mccain and romney)

        Wake up America!

        "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

        by Sybil Liberty on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 08:07:26 AM PDT

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      •  Not ONLY ourselves (2+ / 0-)
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        Blaming us for not fighting their evil hard enough gives them a free pass on being evil.

        Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

        by blue aardvark on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 08:11:27 AM PDT

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    •  What an embarrassment to my home state. (3+ / 0-)
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      Steve is a serious contender for the new Michele Bachmann. Dear God, the man is nearly robotic in his fixation on ensuring that those who are already struggling will struggle even more, and get by (or not) on even less. And let us not miss a chance to take a cheap shot at scary, undeserving not white like me people, cuz Gawd knows they aren't real Americans. Western Iowa, sadly, treats him like a new Messiah. Good reason to stay out of that neighborhood - kinda inbred, if you know what I mean.

      Your black cards can make you money, so you hide them when you're able; in the land of milk and honey, you must put them on the table - Steely Dan

      by OrdinaryIowan on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 08:06:47 AM PDT

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      •  Charles Pierce has an ongoing series (5+ / 0-)

        regard the Bachmann successor. He considers Louie Gohmert to have a lifetime position as the Emperor of Derp, but someone has to be Deputy Derp.

        Meet Your Wingnut

        With the imminent departure of Michele Bachmann from the World's Greatest Legislative Body, we have inaugurated a new semi-regular quasi-weekly feature in which we study the possible successor to la Bachmann as Royal Regent of the Crazy People. (Louie Gohmert is, of course, emperor for life.).

        Read more: Daily Politics Blog - Charles P. Pierce - Political Blogging - Esquire
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        Visit us at Esquire.com

        Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

        by blue aardvark on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 08:14:51 AM PDT

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    •  Make no mistake (0+ / 0-)

      he'd send his children out to do it for him.

      There is nothing more exciting than the truth. - Richard P. Feynman

      by pastol on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 08:10:18 AM PDT

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  •  To be completely fair to steve king, we should (9+ / 0-)

    evaluate him next to a feces-throwing babboon.

    Ayn is the bane! Take the Antidote To Ayn Rand and call your doctor in the morning: You have health insurance now! @floydbluealdus1

    by Floyd Blue on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 07:41:38 AM PDT

  •  Now THAT guy is dim, Jed..... (4+ / 0-)
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    and he's got Boehner in his back pocket.....Doesn't say much for Boehner.

  •  I live in Texas and I don't even know what (5+ / 0-)

    my congressman looks like. I know He's been in his comfortable seat for multiple terms and he older than dirt and served in WWII and he's republican. Yet I can off the top of my head describe to you these reps from other states, like King. My rep NEVER goes on TV or out in public. I only see his campaign signs at election time. Even then he never gets face time on TV, because he does not need it.

    Just an observation.

    I support the two-state solution: for the USA.

    by plok on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 07:48:39 AM PDT

  •  Between saving us from Light bulbs and this . . . (6+ / 0-)

    he is awfully busy man.

  •  The whole GOP in a nutshell here: (7+ / 0-)
    They want unlimited food stamps.
    Sowing resentment and the fear that "they" will take the money, food, healthcare, safety, employment, votes, freedom that are the exclusive province of the AngryWhiteStraightChristianMales who by rights should own, and rule, America.

    Pathetic.

    "It ain't right, Atticus," said Jem. "No, son, it ain't right." --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

    by SottoVoce on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 07:52:17 AM PDT

    •  "They" also means girls/women (1+ / 0-)
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      Who they think should be going to men with money to survive, not the government.

      That way the men with money who can't get any women to want to be around them because they are such creeps can run the lives of girls/women, and can get away with abusing and killing them.

      Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

      by splashy on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 11:02:49 AM PDT

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  •  I know people who are or have been on public aid (4+ / 0-)

    and benefits programs, e.g. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, unemployment, etc., who nevertheless believe that people who get these benefits have it too good and that they need to be cut back, both because of the deficit and because the people who get these benefits are (as they see it) mostly lazy and undeserving if not committed outright fraud--as opposed to them, who clearly need, deserve and have earned them.

    The factual AND moral disconnect is simply stunning, and almost hard-wired into many people, to the point where there's probably little we can do about it no matter how many facts we throw at them. The basis for these inherently hypocritical beliefs is, obviously, racism, and there are fewer more hard-wired beliefs than racist beliefs. People are more willing to forgive someone for being poor, out of work and even lazy than they are for being black or Latino, which to many people is a moral failing verging on being a crime.

    Which, incidentally, is why a lot of people are ok with the Zimmerman verdict, having decided long ago that Martin had it coming for literally no other reason than because he was black. The underlying hatred for people of color and people unlike oneself (which includes gays, socialists, atheists, etc.) in this country continues to be vast and deep, and basically the ONLY thing keeping the GOP alive, and thus one of the two main things keeping us from moving the country forward (the other one being greed, which is not necessarily racist in itself, although it effectively often is, but uses racism to benefit itself).

    I don't know how we can get past this other than through continued political pressure, via the various means available to us in a still relatively (but less and less every day) free society. We may not change most peoples' minds, but we can change some minds, especially younger generations, and we can make the racism of the people whose minds we can't change less politically potent.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 07:57:44 AM PDT

    •  Stigmatizing the "Other" ... (5+ / 0-)

      is part and parcel of the GOP approach to governance.  It was responsible for the idea of the "welfare Cadillac" and has not changed since those days. The tragedy is that the poor fools who buy into the rants about "those people" believe that somehow they are above the fray, when in fact they are being victimized as well. This applies to almost any GOP talking point, e.g. about how "those people (the poor) do not pay taxes, so it burdens us all, me especially."

      BTW, I think we should just let Steve King say his piece because he is certainly doing yeoman duty in decoding all the GOP BS and telling us what Boehner and the House really have in mind.

      "Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything even remotely true." -- H. Simpson

      by midnight lurker on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 08:15:00 AM PDT

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      •  Which always makes me wonder (3+ / 0-)
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        Are the poor white folks who continue to buy all this crap and vote GOP more stupid or racist when they do this? How does one even measure this?

        Personally, I think it's racism more than stupidity, although the two are certainly not incompatible or unlinked.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 08:39:21 AM PDT

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        •  Trying to untangle (3+ / 0-)
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          racism, fear and stupidity is difficult because they all intersect. Everyone is afraid of something (even if they won't admit it out loud). Ignorance is always ascribed to someone else (never met a person who admitted to being in that group). And racism is a cockroach. You can subdue it, but it can't be killed.

          Hope is the only way to move ahead. Unfortunately, giving hope is much harder than fanning the flames of already burning fears. Religions always claim to be offering hope, but the main selling point is always based on fear.

          Eradicating ignorance takes generations and the right wing push to make public education worse is a tool to make it take even longer or even reverse it.

          The American brand of racism has been under attack for 150 years (with some pretty powerful weapons) and, although it cowers in the corners, it is still very much alive.

          Everyone on the planet thinks they are doing the best they can and, grimly, I think they might be.

          Republicans want smaller gov't for the same reason crooks want fewer cops. - James Carville

          by wyckoff on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 09:06:50 AM PDT

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          •  I view racism as a special and vile subcategory (4+ / 0-)

            of functionally stupid, ignorant and usually self-defeating rote "thinking", akin to (but obviously much viler than) believing that bad things only happen to other people, that it's ok to text or drink and drive because unlike other people you do it properly, or (just as vile as) that god has blessed your country more than other countries. All people engage in such thinking the time, in one form or another, be they smart or dumb, educated or ignorant.

            This is a sort of "thinking" that drives me bonkers, especially when I see smart and educated people engage in it. Being kind of a logical, methodical person myself, it's hard for me to understand why people do this so often. Sometimes it's just "magical thinking" (e.g. I'm special so I can get away with this). Other times it's just lazy and stupid thinking (e.g. why could politicians/the media lie to us?). But it never makes sense to me, not only in itself, but in terms of why anyone would want to engage in it since it's so fallacious and self-defeating.

            Racism, I think, is a special and particularly vile and noxious version of such thinking. Brought up to have racist views, most people simply carry them with them for life, unquestioned, unchallenged and unreconstructed. The smart ones are just better at hiding it (which means that they're aware of it, and yet STILL will not abandon them, making it all the more infuriating).

            To me, if you're not able and willing to question your assumptions and beliefs, to the extent that your intelligence and education allow it, and change them when they're found wanting, you're an incomplete human being. The vile ones certainly, but also the more "benign" ones (like believing in god, the idea that the US is the greatest country ever, that smoking won't kill YOU, etc.).

            "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

            by kovie on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 09:43:15 AM PDT

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        •  The key thing is lower cognitive ability (0+ / 0-)

          Leads to only doing what you are taught as a child, which leads to things like racism continuing.

          So, in the cases of the lower classes thinking like this, I think that is the problem.

          The wealthy right wingers, of course, just want to keep everyone else fighting each other so they don't band together to fight the wealthy that want to enslave everyone.

          Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

          by splashy on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 11:11:34 AM PDT

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    •  If you recall the career of David Duke (4+ / 0-)

      I remember them interviewing a young white mother who was on welfare, and was going to vote for Duke.

      "He'll cut your benefits!"

      "Yeah, but blacks get more".

      Of course, they didn't. But she was OK with being hurt so long as THEY got hurt worse.

      Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

      by blue aardvark on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 08:17:54 AM PDT

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    •  It wasn't just because he was black (0+ / 0-)

      He was a young black male in a nicer neighborhood, where blacks are "not supposed to be."

      To these people blacks should "stay in their place" no matter how much money they have. Whites shouldn't see them in their "white neighborhoods" unless they are a servant of some kind, and certainly a young male is not a servant so they should never be seen in the "white neighborhoods."

      After all, their white girls/women might meet them and like them, and they can't have that!

      Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

      by splashy on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 11:06:50 AM PDT

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  •  the poors in king's district... (2+ / 0-)
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    ... aren't his voters, and the people who do vote for him got what they wanted: welfare for their corporate farms.

    United we bargain. Divided we beg.

    by mellowjohn on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 07:59:07 AM PDT

  •  I can't even (0+ / 0-)

    find the will to be stunned by this utter callousness any more.

    The GOP knows its only future is in keeping the underprivileged from being politically involved, and they will therefore defend privilege with all the tenacity of a bear protecting her cubs.

    The problem is the bear and her cubs are all rabid and need to be put down, metaphorically speaking. The GOP needs to be consigned to the dustbin of history.

    We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. -- Jonathan Swift

    by raptavio on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 08:03:44 AM PDT

  •  Let's give my Congresswoman some love, too (1+ / 0-)
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    Cheri Bustos, a Democrat from IL-17 voted to cut SNAP and she voted against capping subsidies to wealthy farmers and crop insurance companies.   She also voted against the amendment to restore funding to SNAP until crop insurance fraud rates dropped to the level of SNAP fraud.

    Good thing Dick Durbin cleared the field for his former babysitter Cheri Bustos.   But he never mentioned her once while on Face the Nation this weekend.  Go take a look at http://www.youtube.com/...

    "The working class mind is strange and unpredictable" -- Ty Lookwell

    by Illinibeatle on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 08:03:51 AM PDT

  •  Just Part of the GOP Plan (2+ / 0-)
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    This is just an extension of the GOP policies with regard to health care that Alan Grayson aptly noted when he said that the essence of the GOP health plan is for people to "die and die quickly".  King figures that if you starve people to death, you don't have to worry about them voting against you.

    Voter suppression through starvation.  Failing that, just get them to move out of your congressional district by forcing them to look for food elsewhere.

    King is just lucky that his carcass is inedible.

  •  It's THOSE people. Those people get dependent (1+ / 0-)
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    on government, not like Real Americans.

    Krugthulu provides this interesting graphic.

    Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

    by blue aardvark on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 08:09:36 AM PDT

  •  Republican mantra: I got mine, screw you (2+ / 0-)
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    There are two categories of republicans: the rich and the ignorant.

    If we lie to the government, it's a felony...but if they lie to us it's politics.

    by rmb on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 08:12:45 AM PDT

    •  And the GOP's 2 main goals (0+ / 0-)

      are to keep the rich rich and the ignorant ignorant. So far, they are doing a fine job of both. Recently talked with an ignorant Republican (who, incredibly is a Union tradesman) and I could not convince him that he was being fooled. It was hopeless.

      Republicans want smaller gov't for the same reason crooks want fewer cops. - James Carville

      by wyckoff on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 08:47:54 AM PDT

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  •  SNAP in Iowa (3+ / 0-)
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    http://www.idph.state.ia.us/...

    In Iowa, SNAP is called Food Assistance. In August 2012, 195,154 households and 415,718 individuals participated in Iowa’s Food Assistance Program. This represents a 5.6% increase in individual participation since August 2011. The average benefit per individual is $120.84 per month. Food Assistance helps low-income Iowans buy nutritious food for a healthy diet.
    Iowa has a population of about 3,074,000.

    So about 13.5% of the Iowa population receives benefits.

  •  So no living wage (2+ / 0-)
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    and no food stamp! Next they will close soup kitchens! Congratulations on his efforts to get rid of poor people.

    Un pour tous et tous pour un aka United we stand

    by livebyChocolate on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 08:14:59 AM PDT

    •  Actually, it's a promotion of prostitution (0+ / 0-)

      And other debasing things people would be forced to do for men with money to survive.

      They especially want girls/women to have to do horrible things to survive.

      Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

      by splashy on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 11:16:17 AM PDT

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  •  "Class baiting" (0+ / 0-)

    Proudly announce your government subsidy when you distribute dividends and claim, "This is hard work," but when someone suffers a medical problem, or is downsized, chastise them for utilizing a program they own and pay for.

    I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

    by CFAmick on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 08:31:26 AM PDT

  •  i think the second part says (0+ / 0-)

    he thinks African-Americans and Latinos want unlimited food stamps, so I'm not sure he's completely against all poor people on that evidence alone.  I mean he is, but there are degrees . . .

    Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

    by Loge on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 08:33:06 AM PDT

  •  as long as we tolerate Limbaugh and Beck (2+ / 0-)
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    polluting our radio waves and Hannity, O'Lielly and the like on the "news" on TV, we'll reap what we sow: idjits in Congress like King and Gohmert et al.
    Now Harry Reid wants to have a vote on banning abortion after 20 weeks, and he's supposed to be the Democratic standard-bearer.

    We truly do get the government we deserve.

    Throw all the bums out. Start over.

    LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

    by BlackSheep1 on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 08:35:25 AM PDT

  •  Why (0+ / 0-)

    Why do we have to keep talking about Steve King, or Sarah Palin for that matter?  Who cares what recent insanity they are proposing.  Maybe the Kos family can just limit themselves to reporting on something Steve King said that makes sense.

    Most diaries are instructive and informative based on research or personal experience.  We don't need to know any more about Steve King!  We got it. Let's move away from this.

    •  except Steve King isn't alone in his thinking (2+ / 0-)
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      That's the part that makes me disgusted beyond disgusted. He represents any entire political party. It is the elephant in the living room. We must expose this heinous line of thinking if we have any hope of eliminating it.

      "If men were angels, no government would be necessary." James Madison, Federalist #51

      by history first on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 09:33:03 AM PDT

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  •  The nation is finished. (0+ / 0-)

    Maybe it was never the nation  that we were taught in first grade, but it was functional. Today, it's all come apart. ALL of our national institutions are corrupt or dysfunctional.

    The election of President Obama brought it all to the surface. Fear, lies, and superstition rule the day.

    The only fix, if there is a fix, is our own American Spring. With an attitude. Our enemies are parasites. Primal. They will never stop. We must stop them. Nothing else can or will stop them.  The sooner we realize this, the sooner we can fix this mess.

    What is so unnerving about the candidacy of Sarah Palin is the degree to which she represents—and her supporters celebrate—the joyful marriage of confidence and ignorance. SAM HARRIS

    by Cpqemp on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 09:46:39 AM PDT

  •  The Repugs (0+ / 0-)

    are willfully ignorant.

    We can have democracy in this country, or we can have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. Louis Brandeis

    by Ohkwai on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 09:49:09 AM PDT

  •  Here is the average benefit per household (1+ / 0-)
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    PSzymeczek

    on SNAP.  

    http://www.fns.usda.gov/...

    I would love to see every Congressperson and Senator live on it for 6 months.  It is a sad day when our Congress determines it is more important to subsidize wealthy farmers than feed hungry people.  (Yes, I realize that corporate farmers grow food)  

    How do you get to the point in a political party where every election your candidates go on an on about the sanctity of life and then deny food to hungry families.  Sick, very sick.

    And just for more information - here is the number of households participating by state
    http://www.fns.usda.gov/...

    “Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.” -Voltaire

    by Coast2Coast on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 09:51:14 AM PDT

  •  Playing poor against poor (1+ / 0-)
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    splashy

    It is the same old game.  King interjects race into the discussion to play poor whites against poor minorities.  If they ever got together it would be the end of the right in this country, but the GOP and the right has been really good at using social issues and race to get people to vote against their economic interests.  

    The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones! - John Maynard Keynes

    by Do Something on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 10:14:32 AM PDT

  •  Farm Bill SNAP part is one of the best parts (0+ / 0-)

    of the farm bill; the other is the conservation and extension information and the work on sustainable agriculture.

    The huge subsidies for the grain and other supported crops are market distorters with some terrible consequences (think mexican out-migration due to collapsing much of their corn-based economy due in part to the subsidized corn and NAFTA flooding the small farmers) including degradation of our wonderful great  plains soil due to chemicals and the considerable use of energy.  "Small" farmers receiving grain and other crop subsidies are pretty scarce.  Most benefits go to multi-million operations and the fertilizer, seed, chemical and equipment makers.  Apoligies for not sourcing, but there is abundant information out there, but not covered well in MSM.

    I grew up on a ranch, and am raising grass-based cattle now.  Most of the world would be better off without these subsidies for the wealthy.

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