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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor speaks at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, Illinois, October 28, 2011. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
Making people go hungry is a top priority for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
Hey, remember how House Republicans are looking to cut $40 billion in food stamps over the next 10 years, kicking millions out of the program and forcing hundreds of thousands into food insecurity? While the rest of the country is talking about Syria, House Republicans are planning to hold a vote on those cuts next week, without all the usual debate:
Next week the House will vote on legislation to cut SNAP by roughly 5 percent. The bill is bypassing the House Agriculture Committee, which oversees food stamps, because it is a priority of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).

"There's not been a single hearing on food stamps at all. Not one," said [Democratic Rep. Jim] McGovern, one of the panel's most outspoken opponents of cutting nutrition assistance. (The previous Congress, which wrapped up last year, held several hearings on nutrition legislation, though McGovern notes that the Agriculture Committee's membership has since changed.) "I hope through all this Syria stuff, that we're able to shed a bit of light on this, because I think most Americans, if they realize what's going on, would be outraged."

The House cuts won't become law, since the Senate won't pass them and President Obama won't sign them. But Republicans are sure to use them to try to get the Senate to pass deeper cuts than the $4 billion over 10 years it already voted on—an unnecessary cut to an effective, efficient program—making one thing absolutely clear: Republicans want poor Americans, including many who work, to go hungry.

Please sign our petition telling the House and Senate to put low-income families ahead of corporate welfare and to oppose all cuts to food stamps.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 01:43 PM PDT.

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  •  Names attached to the votes (22+ / 0-)

    that's all we need to remember and utilize in 2014.  

    Those who are political hounds are paying attention to Syria.  Those who are trying to feed their kids with nickles out of the cushion will know if someone is trying to starve them.  They don't give a shite about global politics.  They give a shite about empty stomachs.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 01:48:40 PM PDT

    •  too bad they are related (3+ / 0-)
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      Einsteinia, tb mare, gypsytoo

      the iron cross speech, wish people all over this country would read it every once in a while and see how they and their childern's futures are being robbed so we can feed the war machine.

      •  1,400 died in Syria -- many MORE will die if (2+ / 0-)
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        MufsMom, gypsytoo

        we cannot provide adequate food for our people, because:

        1. Do the MATH:  We do NOT have adequate jobs

        2. Do the MATH:  Many jobs--such was those provided for by McDonalds and Walmart--RELY ON food stamps to subsidize their workers paid inadequate wages.

        All of which is not to diminish what is going on that is incomprehensibly horrible in Syria.  I just want to re-focus the direction over here -- on what we can do -- when OUR HANDSOMELY PAID representatives ever decide to "go back to work."

        Separation of Church and State AND Corporation

        by Einsteinia on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 08:07:50 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Please recommend this. Triage, people! (8+ / 0-)

    In an ER the most pressing cases, life or death cases, are hold attention and concern and are cared for first.

    Before the food stamps program, up to the 1960s, Americans died from nutritional deficiencies and occasionally starvation, particularly in the rural South.  

    Americans WILL SUFFER immensely, and some will die. Disabled people, for example are on food stamps very often. They CANNOT usually, by definition, Work to make up the deficit.

    With these cuts thousands who depend on  food stamps to even get by (ie the extra money the would use on food can then go to rent, heat, or healthcare/medicine) will be in danger. And disabled people don't do well homeless. Neither do kids.

    Charity begins at home. take care of yourself so you can take care of others.

    We need to take care of our people here. Triage. Americans will suffer and die. Even the Dem Senate passed slashes to Food Stamps...it's just a matter of time and degree.

    Please, fellow Kossacks, feel and act like you care as much about this pressing issue as you do about the NSA and Snowden.

    Plenty of your fellow Kossacks are wondering how they will eat or feed their kids. It is immediate and tangible.

    •  Kids will suffer all their lives from insufficient (1+ / 0-)
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      worldlotus

      food in childhood.

      Anecdotal "evidence":

      During the depression, my dad and his mother had NO money and almost no food.  He died at 53.

      During the depression, my mom's family did fine (and always helped people who asked for food).  Mom died at 95.

      Kids who need food stamps and don't get them, will NOT do well at school, will suffer poor health in adulthood -- and will die young.

      Thanks for the diary.  I'm glad to sign the petition.  And am very glad to see that my representative, Jim McGovern, is on the right side here!

      The Republicans are defunding, not defending, America.

      by DSPS owl on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 09:39:59 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  These slashes in social programs are going (6+ / 0-)

    to bite the Republicans in the butt.  The glue that is holding all the factions of the GOP is racism.  After our current President has finished his term,  that glue is going to come unstuck.  The south is very dependent on these programs and has been from the beginning. The majority in this country does not want these programs slashed.  If they keep this up they will only loose more seats until they have no power.  

    •  They'll still justify it via racism (5+ / 0-)

      "Those people" are scamming the system, so we have to cut it. Too bad about Cousin Sally, but omelets require broken eggs.

      I'm on a mission! http://www.dailykos.com/comments/1233352/51142428#c520 Testing the new site rules.

      by blue aardvark on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 07:39:33 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Yup. The actual head of the Party (2+ / 0-)
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        means little/nothing to those voting against it based on racism. (Seriously.) I hope Obama supporters will learn to be fearful of that tendency and continue to work for all the other non-Obama Dems in the future!

        "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

        by bryduck on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 12:19:31 PM PDT

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    •  in my experience in the south (1+ / 0-)
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      JerryNA

      racists down here would gladly starve their children if they even thought it was a possibility that blacks would suffer.  like, they would do it with a smile on their faces and think it is the greatest thing ever.  even if the possibility is as remote as their magical belief that they will become rich someday if they vote republican enough, they'd want these programs cut.

      for redneck, white trash, trailor park, poor-as-shit republicans, race > everything.

  •  I hope that cantor is shooting himself in the foot (1+ / 0-)
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    shoeless

    are there that many fools in his district who will keep voting for him?

  •  While subsizing corporate owned farms (5+ / 0-)

    Because corporations are people who deserve our help, while poors are not people, or at least not people who deserve our help.

    I'm on a mission! http://www.dailykos.com/comments/1233352/51142428#c520 Testing the new site rules.

    by blue aardvark on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 07:38:02 AM PDT

  •  I can't believe these heartless hypocrites, cads, (1+ / 0-)
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    shoeless

    and soft-bellied Chambord-sippers get away with even holding a vote on this in the face of the deepest "Recession" in history. Where is our fucking fourth estate? (Besides you, Laura). HuffPo, I'm looking at you.

    "You are not even aware of what is possible. The extent of their capabilities is horrifying."Edward Snowden -6.62, -6.92

    by CanyonWren on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 07:40:12 AM PDT

  •  This congress is into punishing EVERYBODY! (2+ / 0-)
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    Lily O Lady, nathanfl
  •  This bullshit must end (1+ / 0-)
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    Pariah Dog

    Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. --Edward Abbey

    by greenbastard on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 07:47:49 AM PDT

  •  It's an outrage and we need to communicate (0+ / 0-)

    this to our base.  

    Global Shakedown - Alternative rock with something to say. Check out their latest release, "A Time to Recognize": Available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify and other major online music sites. Visit http://www.globalshakedown.com.

    by khyber900 on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 07:48:06 AM PDT

  •  Oxymoron: Christian Republican n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    nathanfl, CanyonWren

    "With all due respect, that's a bunch of malarky". - V.P. Joe Biden

    by Taxmancometh on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 07:50:07 AM PDT

  •  Why does My (USA) country hates its People. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    Nuclear Reactor = Dirty Bomb

    by olo on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 07:51:45 AM PDT

  •  Reflexive? (0+ / 0-)

    Hey, no one likes the idea of poor and indigent being underfed or malnourished. But, as someone who has been in government my entire adult life (in some for or another), I know how budgets have a tendency to grow to outlandish levels. Are we really that sure there isn't "fat" to be cut from SNAP?
     I live in IL, and it seems every other shopper pays with a LINK card (SNAP), they fill their carts with chips, candy, and crap. If in fact they can afford this crap, who is to say it isn't overfunded.
    I don't know, but we should keep an open mind.  

    •  Bull. People by crap cuz cuz stores sell crap. (3+ / 0-)
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      tb mare, tommyfocus2003, JerryNA

      Crap food is cheap to make & rakes in big $$$.
      Advertising shit food to kids is another crime that kicks down big $$$ gets the bad eating habits going.
      Every other shopper in IL has been fired from decent paying work & half of them are homeless.
      Reflexive? You betcha.
      When someone hits me, I reflexively hit back.

      Nuclear Reactor = Dirty Bomb

      by olo on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 07:59:12 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  So... (1+ / 0-)
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        JerryNA

        Why don't we limit what can be purchased with SNAP? We tried this once here in IL, but the crap food lobbyists got it overturned.
        Not supposed to emphasize the merits of a nutritional diet, the right quickly seaways this into=Communism. I know f*** them, but that's how it's always spun.
        And, why don't we take these SNAP cuts and divert them into job stimulus?
        To my larger point, it's not always a binary +/- sometimes, we have to dig a little deeper.

        •  Yes, jobs. And living wages!! (0+ / 0-)

          I signed the petition and added this comment:

          Many people who work for low wages really need food stamps.  Raising the minimum wage is the only acceptable way to reduce the use of food stamps.

          The Republicans are defunding, not defending, America.

          by DSPS owl on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 09:47:47 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  Oh come on (0+ / 0-)

      Isn't it Bon-Bons, prime lobsters and oil for their Cadillacs?

      Or was that yesterday?

    •  You're forgetting that "crap"... (0+ / 0-)

      ...is cheaper than healthy food.  Obesity in this nation isn't at odds with poverty, it's often a RESULT of poverty.
      It's also a mistake to judge people by what you THINK you see.  I've often gone to food banks driving a brand new Ford Escalade... because my daughter was kind enough to loan it to us.  I've then stopped to have a cigarette before driving away... yet I spend NO money on alcohol.  I take no guilt whatsoever for maintaining one small vice to keep up my sanity.
      Also, my wife is disabled (can barely walk and is in constant pain), and I'm a freelance artist (an unpredictable income, but my only option since we can't afford an in-home nurse), yet we only qualified for $40 a month in food stamps.
      Where you MAY be correct that the program might need some trimming of needless spending... I ASSURE you that those cuts are NOT needed in the actual aid amounts.
      When you say "Hey, no one likes the idea of poor and indigent being underfed or malnourished..." maybe you should consider that it isn't just an idea, it's a fact.
      Most poor people that I know are poor for merely being born into poor families.
      Also, if Cantor is really concerned about "cutting the fat" from something grossly overfunded that runs in amounts 1,000 times that of programs like SNAP... perhaps he should look at the military.

      "It is NOT weak to value LIFE!" -Raiden

      by jayfrenchstudios on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 06:47:22 AM PDT

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  •  Maybe Obama could do a prime time speech (0+ / 0-)

    about caring for the children and send out surrogates like Casey (Irish Catholic should know some famine history) to talk about hunger instead of Iran (and who did Casey think was his audience when he was talking about Iran?)

  •  For the war billions more, (3+ / 0-)
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    Kristina40, tb mare, JerryNA

    but none for the poor.

    I remember hearing that somewhere.  

    The tent got so big it now stands for nothing.

    by Beelzebud on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 07:54:50 AM PDT

  •  If a GOP congressman proposed... (2+ / 0-)
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    cosmicvoop, gigglebytes

    the Kill the Poor Act of 2013, how many votes do you think it would garner, and how long would it take for the Fox "News" mouth-breathers to trumpet its cause?

    How about I believe in the unlucky ones?

    by BenderRodriguez on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 08:00:20 AM PDT

    •  It would pass the House with no sweat. (0+ / 0-)

      The entire populations of Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia would be foaming at the mouths, screaming their heads off that anyone who doesn't vote for the "Kill The Poor Act" is a communist Muslim homosexual.

      FOX News would quickly spin the story with nonsense talk about how murdering the poor would "create jobs", and then have people come on various shows to claim that "Obama is trying to stop job creation!"

  •  This is the fight you want to have. (3+ / 0-)
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    skillet, tb mare, tommyfocus2003

    This is the response:

    He who would trade liberty for security deserves great customer service.

    by Publius2008 on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 08:02:07 AM PDT

  •  Cutline for picture: (2+ / 0-)
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    skillet, cosmicvoop

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor distributed boxes of piping-hot Air Pizzas at a homeless shelter yesterday.

    __

    And, of course, later in the day Paul Ryan stopped by to wash empty plates.

    How about I believe in the unlucky ones?

    by BenderRodriguez on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 08:03:18 AM PDT

  •  well with the recent USDA news .... (0+ / 0-)

    maybe its a good thing.  eating shit sandwiches can be bad for your health, yo.

    /snark

  •  Yeah, teach those people a lesson... (0+ / 0-)

    for having survived their fetus years to become the world's best known TAKERS, children.

    Meh. Rethuglicans. Meh. Libertarians. Meh. Bagghers.

    Ugh. --UB.

    "Daddy, every time a bell rings, a Randian Libertaria­n picks up his Pan Am tickets for the Libertaria­n Paradise of West Dakota!"

    by unclebucky on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 08:08:57 AM PDT

  •  This bullshit is really getting old (0+ / 0-)

    Americans need to vote these fools out of office ASAP.  It will be hard as Republican gerrymandering has taken hold across the country.  It is worth all effort to get these assholes out of our Congress and lower levels of government.  I cannot refrain from using strong language as this is beyond the pale.  

    I am a gay,  disabled Vietnam veteran who served honorably and who has been politically active as a Liberal/Progressive.  I have fought for equal rights for all for many years.  I have a right to use strong language.

    The Republicans have been disgraceful under their current leadership and with the Tea Party nutcases having so much power.

    god help us all.

  •  Much better to give money than food stamps. (0+ / 0-)

    Not that this is what anybody has in mind.

  •  Glenn Greenwald: NSA gives data to Israel. (1+ / 0-)
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    CanyonWren

    The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

    by lysias on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 08:17:32 AM PDT

    •  The shocking first paragraphs. (2+ / 0-)
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      The National Security Agency routinely shares raw intelligence data with Israel without first sifting it to remove information about US citizens, a top-secret document provided to the Guardian by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals.

      Details of the intelligence-sharing agreement are laid out in a memorandum of understanding between the NSA and its Israeli counterpart that shows the US government handed over intercepted communications likely to contain phone calls and emails of American citizens. The agreement places no legally binding limits on the use of the data by the Israelis.

      The disclosure that the NSA agreed to provide raw intelligence data to a foreign country contrasts with assurances from the Obama administration that there are rigorous safeguards to protect the privacy of US citizens caught in the dragnet. The intelligence community calls this process "minimization", but the memorandum makes clear that the information shared with the Israelis would be in its pre-minimized state.

      The deal was reached in principle in March 2009, according to the undated memorandum, which lays out the ground rules for the intelligence sharing.

      Hmmm, March 2009.  Did Obama meet with Netanyahu around that time?

      The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

      by lysias on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 08:19:27 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Sorry, I meant to put this in another thread. (1+ / 0-)
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      CanyonWren

      The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

      by lysias on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 08:20:12 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  if Kos Labor (0+ / 0-)

    would consider reading yesterday's diary

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    for possible campaign ideas to oppose the incumbents.... the FARM BILL FOURTEEN - premise - to reduce government CORRUPTION to start a nascent campaign to get them out of off in 2014... 2014 is right around the corner;

    It seems to be more weapons research than medical research. ~ Dr. John Hall, author 'A New Breed - Satellite Terrorism In America'

    by anyname on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 08:27:02 AM PDT

  •  Nothing like kicking the poor to vent a bit, huh? (0+ / 0-)
  •  This shows that Boehner and Cantor are (0+ / 0-)

    firmly and irrevocably attached to the foaming at the mouth tea party whackos who push the phony Glenn Beckian idea that food stamps are socialistic. In truth, the foaming at the mouth tea party whackos, if they ever gained power wouldn't just cut nutrition assistance, they would end it cold turkey so that the working poor would be forced to go to church soup kitchens where they could easily be indoctrinated into religious dogma.

    Knowledge is Power. Ignorance is not bliss, it is suffering. If you like hypocrite Obama, you'll love hypocrite Hillary.

    by harris stein on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 08:56:56 AM PDT

  •  Eric Cantor; starving Americans while wearing (1+ / 0-)
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    Pariah Dog

    A $3000 suit and a $5000 watch. Nothing says 'Republican' better than that.

    "Communism is mandate by Christian based humanity of the Western culture. Vive la revolution!"

    by Fordmandalay on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 09:02:23 AM PDT

  •  rice (3+ / 0-)
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    Much has been made about the GOP desire to make $40 billion in cuts to the federal food stamp program vital to millions of American children and families, as Congress negotiates over the latest version of the 2013 Farm bill. If preventing wasteful spending were actually a goal of the GOP, then they should be cutting from those programs that have actually been proven wasteful and inefficient.

    The USDA oversees various programs, and according to a report released on Wednesday, the food stamps program is the most efficient of these. In stark contrast, millions in overpayments were made to those programs which support farmers growing specialty crops like, among other things, sushi rice.

    According to the report, the USDA spent a sum of over $20 million dollars in "high dollar overpayments" to its various agencies over the 2012 fiscal year. While there is constant hawking by Republicans over the supposed fiscal irresponsibility and fraud in food assistance programs provided by the USDA, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the National School Lunch Program, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, none of these programs received high dollar overpayments.

    In fact, out of all of the USDA programs receiving aid, these four crucial assistance programs were the only four without any high dollar overpayments reported.

    Instead, the bulk of high dollar overpayments were made to the Farm Security and Rural Investment Programs, and the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Program Fund, which each received over $2.7 million and over $14.6 million in overpayments respectively.

    No surprise then that several GOP lawmakers have lined their pockets with about $6 million from the Federal Crop Insurance Program over the last 20 years, and have thus decided that $40 billion should be cut from vital nutritional programs (known as the "nutritional title") whereas the comparatively more wasteful Crop Insurance Programs have received preference by GOP lawmakers.

    The portion of the farm bill passed by the House moves $5 billion in subsidies to support farmers growing crops such as corn, cotton, rice, soybean, wheat, and peanuts, as well as specialty crops such as sushi rice, making it nearly impossible for farmers of these crops to experience any losses.

    So the price of sushi rice will fall far below 115% of the previous years rate, but $4.7 million Americans will struggle to feed themselves without SNAP assistance.

    http://www.policymic.com/...

    It seems to be more weapons research than medical research. ~ Dr. John Hall, author 'A New Breed - Satellite Terrorism In America'

    by anyname on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 09:04:32 AM PDT

  •  Case In Point (2+ / 0-)
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    DSPS owl, worldlotus

    My wife teaches a class of mainly under-privileged kids.  One of the kids is from a family of 7 children living in a Trailer where both parents work full time in low wage jobs.  They have food stamps, but everyday the kid comes in without having had breakfast and not much for dinner the night before.  My wife brings in food for her class everyday (out-of-pocket) to make sure this kid and others don't starve.

    Point being, the current level of SNAP isn't enough for large working families like this one.  If its cut at all, the parents will likely have to decide which one of their 7 children they can't feed today (each Kid will have to go hungry one day a week).

    PATHETIC!      

    "Some men see things as they are and ask, 'Why?' I dream of things that never were and ask, 'Why not?"

    by Doctor Who on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 09:09:07 AM PDT

  •  Does there come a point in time (1+ / 0-)
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    Where the teabagger (voter) idiots finally realize that no matter how much they kiss up to them, they're NEVER going to be let into the "Big Boy's Club"?

    •  Short answers to easy questions: (1+ / 0-)
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      DSPS owl

      "No." See: US History since its inception, antebellum South for starters, ad nausuem. As long as there are social issues to stir up, economic ones will continue to be obscured by them.

      "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

      by bryduck on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 12:23:15 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  one thing is definite (1+ / 0-)
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    Pariah Dog

    there are no underweight or hungry republicans in congress, rush bing bang is their poster boy and he is an accurate symbol of the fat lazy bigoted party of excess.

  •  Starve the kids (0+ / 0-)

    If you starve all the children, in the near future you won't have anyone left to feed your war machine.  It's a lose/lose situation for you, Eric.

  •  Photo Caption: PIECE OF SHIT (0+ / 0-)

    If I was a communist, rich men would fear me...And the opposite applies. The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.

    by stewarjt on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 12:47:43 PM PDT

  •  House Republicans are the worst part of the 47% (0+ / 0-)

    These folks need to do something other than posture.  They produce no work, just receive large paychecks at government expense - just sucking on the government tit.

  •  greedy and evil (0+ / 0-)

    the GOP are just greedy, have no compassion for the poor yet call themselves Christians. One day their base will come to know how the GOP has just used them for self promotion.

  •  I live in a predominately Republican neighborhood, (0+ / 0-)

    and also one with alot of poor, underemployed people.  Note I said UNDEREMPLOYED not unemployed.  Most people here have a job of some sort and most are struggling to get by.  I was in the local dollar store last night and overheard a woman talking to a man about her husband being laid off his job, and how she made him go apply for medicade and food stamps.  She said she wasn't going to let his pride and republican values keep her from feeding her children.  She talked about how the employer had laid him and many others off without any warning about what was coming.  How he had worked there for years, gave his all to the company, and now he was without work. I didn't hear what company it was, but she was very upset about it.  As I listened I thought, another republican that votes against himself.  There are so many here in my area.  I have tried to convince them that they are hurting themselves, that things aren't going to get better if they elect another, so called better republican. I remember when this state was mostly democrate.  It was a good place to live, people were doing well.  Now it just sucks and gets worse all the time.  

  •  priorities and consequences (0+ / 0-)

    Millions of people cut from food stamps... to be tempted by crimes to  compensate for that sudden lack of a lifeline... and people will not starve quietly, nor watch children and loved ones go hungry... hunger is a primal and compelling over ride to 'normal social standards'...  the question is not if we can afford food stamps (a pittance compared to 'foreign aid' and other bribes to governments, mostly on behalf of 'vested corporate interests')
    back on track... replace the few dollars a day for food stamps for a family with the more than one hundred dollars a day to pay a corporation owned prison to keep and house them... add to that the cost in  more cops, more police abuse (already scraping the bottom of that barrel according to news reports of abuses) and the anger generated by a government turning its back on its own people and still paying out billions to foreign countries while people her starve and go to prison ARE THE REPUBLICANS TRYING TO CREATE A VIOLENT REVOLUTION IN THE U.S.?

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