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The GOP would like to eliminate food stamps entirely.  The primary reason we need them is because of the pro-corporatist policies of the GOP  - which lead to bottom-line thinking, profits over all, a minimum wage that is not enough to live on, and poverty for the labor force.

Continue after the froofry orange French thing...

So what's happening now is more and more and more people actually need food stamps literally, just to survive, and take care of their families.  The same could be said for medical care. For most people, this is through no fault of their own.

The end result of this is... there will be a breaking point, where so many people are in so much need, that they will vote out the Republicans, and we can get back to helping people in need, and "welfare" will no longer be a dirty word.

OR... those same people in need will simply die of starvation and disease before they can vote.  In which case the GOP and their corporate masters will have won the battle and the war.

That's what they are hoping for, and gambling on.  It could go either way.  That's why they have become unhinged, trying to make sure they win. At all costs.

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  •  that's assuming low info voters make a connection (3+ / 0-)
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    LeftHandedMan, Puddytat, Buckeye54

    between their votes and the consequences of those votes.

    Righteousness is a wide path. Self-righteousness is a bullhorn and a blindfold.

    by Murphoney on Sat Sep 21, 2013 at 02:07:08 PM PDT

  •  Where the GOP is wrong (6+ / 0-)

    is that people will not simply lay down and die.

    They will, at some point, choose civil disorder over starvation, disease, and death.

    It's not just that, one day, when the pain threshold gets high enough, people will stop voting against their best interests. That is the ideal outcome.

    The less-than-ideal outcome is... order breaks down in the face of mass human suffering endured for too long.

    Liberalism and a robust Social Safety Net are about more than cliched pop culture stereotypes of hippies and naive nice people just doing things purely out of the goodness of their hearts.

    A Social Safety Net is a national security issue.

    Every single architect of good public policy has understood that the social contract goes two ways for very, very noble reasons, and for very, very practical reasons.

    Food riots. Fighting in the streets. Civil unrest.

    Human history is riddled with examples that prove that human beings do not go quietly and meekly to their deaths with a shrug of their collective shoulders and mass signs of resignation.


    I am a Loco-Foco. I am from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party.

    by LeftHandedMan on Sat Sep 21, 2013 at 02:20:09 PM PDT

  •  This is the Alan Grayson take (1+ / 0-)
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    on Republican philosophy.
    I doubt that they have thought through to that point.
    I don't think they've figured out that they are cutting a big chunk out of Agribusiness's bottom lines here.
    They only figure that someone they don't like is getting something and that's bad.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Sat Sep 21, 2013 at 04:13:13 PM PDT

  •  The Republicans will blame the upcoming riots (0+ / 0-)

    on Democrats and their media lackeys will obey and do the same thing.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sat Sep 21, 2013 at 07:19:39 PM PDT

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