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Once again, the Ronald Reagan disciples trek back on a long arduous journey to the crypt of their polytheistic deity, or where ever worm-infested hole they have him hidden in, to worship him and to promise keeping his racial stereotype assault on poor welfare recipients just as he would have wanted.
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You`ve probably heard or read something about today`s SNAP`s poster child named Jason Greenslate. Snap as we know it is the federal nutrition program known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Benefits. I just ran into the Fox News crazies food stamps war on the poor and note that we have another FOOD STAMPS poster child. This one is not a Black person food stamp recipient. He is a young white man.

You might have already written a diary on Jason, but I insist on writing another. And I hope you do as well.

I cannot help but sneer reading about the new face that is a piña-colada-sipping, lobster-loving lothario named Jason Greenslate. Ah hum, on food stamps.

Sounds familiar to you? I know it does to me. I can clearly recall and understand the Republican strategy here. To demonize an entire group of needy poor citizens and seeking to starve children by using the failings of one single person. Because of this one lobster-loving lothario named Jason Greenslate Fox News video, whether you believe it or not, is the new Republican strategy to demonize all poor food stamps recipients, including hungry children.

This is not a new Republican strategy using a white lobster loving white man. It is the legacy of their fallen deity Ronald Reagan. These mean spirited Republicans are united, as always and they will succeed in cutting the food for the poor to feed themselves, regardless if its only one person who Fox News flashes on its screen.

I remember clearly, Ronald Reagan, the deity to all Republicans say exactly the same during his 1976 presidential campaign. He would tell the story of one single woman from Chicago's South Side who was arrested for welfare fraud:  

"She has eighty names, thirty addresses, twelve Social Security cards and is collecting veteran's benefits on four non-existing deceased husbands. And she is collecting Social Security on her cards. She's got Medicaid, getting food stamps, and she is collecting welfare under each of her names. Her tax-free cash income is over $150,000."[4]
Reagan was indeed the great communicator as his disciples still love to remember him, I admit that much. But he specialized in the exaggerated, outrageous tales that were almost always unsubstantiated, usually false, yet so sensational that it merited repeated recounting… And because his ‘examples` of welfare queens drew on existing stereotypes of welfare cheats and resonated with news stories about welfare fraud, they did indeed gain real traction.

I take note of today`s Jason Greenslate. I take note also, that it is not too cool to go after the African American Snap beneficiary. It might not sound right. So here, they choose a young hippy looking surfer with no one to come fight this battle for him. One white young man on food stamps. And using one person`s failings on all food stamps recipients. The Reagan racist tone is turned down here and instead one white youth is trotted out in Reagan mode. But the attack is aimed at all SNAP recipients, which charge is targeted mostly on feeble hungry old folks, the disabled and children in general,

Reagan’s bogus tales of food stamps chiselers and welfare queens tended to employ racial imagery and often outright racist references to blacks (e.g., in telling a tale about food stamp fraud to a Southern audience, Reagan referred to a “young buck” (“buck” is a derogatory term used in the South to denote an African-American man) using his food stamps to buy T-bone steaks and to northern audiences he spoke of the apocryphal story of the “Cadillac-driving” Chicago welfare queen.

Here, in Jason`s sinful story, the crime is buying Lobster with food stamps. Same reference to fraud.

Reagan's anecdotes were a wild distortion of the welfare fraud case involving one Chicago woman named Linda Taylor. These bogus stories were a double whammy:

1. They worked to break off a significant chunk of the white working class (the “Reagan Democrats”) by appealing to their worst instincts and fears; and

2. They served as a justification for Reagan’s economically regressive policies.

Not surprisingly, Fox News broke the fair and balanced story News highlighting “the new face of food stamps" - when it has denigrated SNAP recipients for years. Its campaign came to a head in August when the network aired a misleading special titled,"The Great Food Stamps Binge" Their shoddy report focused on a clownish man named Jason Greenslate, "a blissfully jobless California surfer" who has taken advantage of SNAP benefits.

The surfer, unnamed in a memo Cantor circulated to GOP lawmakers earlier this month, is Jason Greenslate, 29. A Fox News report in August highlighted Greenslate, an unemployed musician perpetually in a cap and sunglasses, buying lobster rolls with $200-a-month benefits and laughing at the idea of a 9-to-5 job.

Conservative bloggers quickly cited Greenslate as a prime example of a flawed government program. But Democrats will counter that Greenslate is atypical of SNAP recipients, and they are expected to highlight more sympathetic beneficiaries.

Fox's effort may well have influenced the House Republicans' vote to cut $40 billion from the SNAP program. As USA Today reported:The bill would cause 3 million people to lose benefits while another 850,000 would see their benefits cut, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.

Ahhh, the Great Communicator would`ve been proud of his disciples.

Following a months-long campaign from Fox News to demonize food stamp recipients, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to cut $39 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The cuts would result in nearly 4 million Americans -- mostly elderly, children, and the disabled -- losing or seeing a reduction in their benefits.

It has sounded to me recently that Democrats believe the cuts will go forth.

Where is the rage from those we choose to represent us, and the poor, the children and the hungry?

I yield the floor.

Originally posted to Ole Texan on Fri Sep 27, 2013 at 10:18 AM PDT.

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  •  People keep saying he wouldn't be elected as an (9+ / 0-)

    R today. They keep bringing him back like a zombie.

    His evil puppet masters created this evil. We are stuck with it until his voters die off.

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Fri Sep 27, 2013 at 10:37:51 AM PDT

  •  Morning in America (1+ / 0-)
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  •  I always find it interesting (9+ / 0-)

    that the republicans can always come up with the "welfare Cadillac" tales, yet if they know of this fraud, why isn't it ever reported and the fraudsters caught and prosecuted? Could it be it never happened?

    •  When I worked at the welfare office, my office (8+ / 0-)

      was very close to a door that led to the front parking lot. The guy in the office next to mine and I used to go out to smoke. I can't tell you how many times we saw people having trouble starting their old clunkers. Once we saw a guy jump start his car. And we'd laugh about the stories of welfare Cadillacs. People believe those stories because they want to believe them.

    •  S'what I thought too (6+ / 0-)

      So here we have this kid: Here is his picture. Here is his NAME. Here's the town where he lives (just the town mind you, because he doesn't have an actual address). We aired this weeks ago.

      And I'm supposed to believe this (probably fictitious) slack-ass is still getting SNAP benefits? I mean if in fact he ever did to begin with.

      First of all, you don't get SNAP if you don't have an address. Even though they no longer send actual books of stamps to you through the mail, they're still a little persnickety about certain things. Like say - if you don't have an address, that means you don't have a home. And if you don't have a home, then you'd have nowhere to store and prepare all this food we're giving you... now would you?

      At least that's the way it is here in Ohio. You not only need an address, you sign a statement saying you have facilities to store and prepare food. If you live in a multi-person household, you state that you... yourself, have a separate place for food storage and preparation... for yourself.

      Secondly, okay, obviously this kid is no rocket scientist (although he may be a fair to middlin' actor), but going on national TV to flaunt your free ride on the taxpayer's dime isn't the brightest thing one could do... is it?

      Thirdly, if approximately fifteen minutes after the airing of this episode, this kid was still getting SNAP, then hell yeah, there's a problem - in this one case.

      There's another underlying message in this whole brouhaha too. The never stated suggestion that Food Stamps is a gummint bureaucracy staffed by a bunch of lazy DFHs on a free ride of their own. And their goal is to support a horde of like-minded "free spirits" while we all laugh ourselves silly over the rich dupes we're feeding off of.

      It's bullshit, and anyone who has ever tried to get on cash assistance, medicaid, and/or food stamps knows it.

      What a pity the rethugs and Faux News continue thinking everyone is as stupid as they are.

      Meddle not in the affairs of dragons... for thou art crunchy and good with ketchup.

      by Pariah Dog on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 04:55:53 AM PDT

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      •  totally fake (3+ / 0-)
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        you called it Pariah Dog.
        bullshit to play to the rubes.

        I'm a lifetime California surfer. lived and surfed in Santa Barbara for 22 years. lived the hand to mouth existence most of that time. usually had 2-3 low-paying jobs and still barely squeak by. rents and living costs just insane. but you did because you loved it, you were dedicated. the quality this kid obviously lacks.

        this kid is a Fox producer's idea of what a surf bum looks like and acts like. the clothes, attitude, style all of it, not even close.
        You could also tell from his hair and build that he didn't surf.

        they got some kid actor, picked his clothes, wrote him a script, the whole deal.

        fyi the surf culture of southern California, and of the world too, but particularly So. Cal. is a proud and noble tribe. You earn your spot in the lineup and on the beach. Surfers are rugged individuals who are proud of living a low impact lifestyle in tune with nature, yet would give the shirt off their back literally to any brother or sister in need.

        Assholes like this guy would be shunned, if not chased off the beach.
        You may have noticed he didn't dare paddle out to that break they showed him posing on the beach in front of. I seriously doubt if he even know how to paddle a board.
        That was WindandSea. he would've had his ass kicked. its one of the worst places for hostile locals in California. made famous in The Pump House Gang.

        no man is completely worthless, he can always be used as a bad example.

        by srfRantz on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 05:03:18 PM PDT

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  •  Reagan was one of the most evil (21+ / 0-)

    Americans of the 20th Century. Not only politically but also personally. His programs did among other things; almost single-handedly destroyed US industry, destroyed the safety net, and sent many into poverty. There was so much else that he did as the governor of CA to destroy the CA educational system and to slow the advancement of racial freedom.

    There is just so much more that I cannot even begin to name them. He was the leading edge in the John Bircherization of the US.

    “Never argue with someone whose livelihood depends on not being convinced.” ~ H.L. MENCKEN

    by shigeru on Fri Sep 27, 2013 at 05:41:05 PM PDT

  •  Don't know about CA (11+ / 0-)

    but in ME this year lobstah was cheaper than beef.

    Democrats give you the Bill of Rights; Republicans sell you a bill of goods!

    by barbwires on Fri Sep 27, 2013 at 06:27:24 PM PDT

  •  Indeed: (5+ / 0-)
    Where is the rage from those we choose to represent us, and the poor, the children and the hungry?
    Looking around in 2013, the fabric of society has changed; red tape & regulations make getting assistance near Herculean and even local faith based cooperatives have demands in place just to obtain minimal assistance or food or clothing.

    Many churches (in my area) practice faith based outreach outside of the USA.  Many food pantries have empty shelves & little to no funds to operate on the scale currently needed.  

    There are over 1.5 million people in the state of Georgia alone without healthcare coverage or the means of obtaining healthcare. As of June 2013, there were 1,950,819 participating in the SNAP program in Georgia.

    There are 47,669,430 individuals & 23,051,295 households participating in SNAP (food stamps) nationwide as of 9/6/2013.  

    Of the 47,669,430 participants, there are 22 million children (10 million of whom live in “deep poverty,” with family incomes below half of the poverty line) and 9 million people who are elderly or have a serious disability.

    The 2009 Recovery Act’s temporary boost to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits is scheduled to end on November 1, 2013, resulting in a benefit cut for every SNAP household in the USA.  The cut will be about $10 per person per month.  

    For example, the benefit cut to monthly benefits for a household of three will be $29.  For households that receive the $16 minimum benefit, the new minimum benefit level will be $15 per month.

    In light of the very low amount of basic SNAP benefits, without the Recovery Act’s boost, SNAP benefits will average less than $1.40 per person per meal in fiscal year 2014 (November 1 2013 through September 2014).


    Center on Budget & Policy Priorities

    I'm beyond enraged by the rhetoric, the obstruction, the frakking hunger & lack of access to healthcare.

    But then I actually care about my fellow beings.

    Thank you for this diary.  Well done.  Hopefully, I'll live long enough to never see the need for one with this subject again.

    Sadly, I'm thinking probably not.

    •  PS: Why should anyone care what type of food (1+ / 0-)
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      people on SNAP obtain?  Grr.

      •  exactly (4+ / 0-)

        And then, the next question: how the hell someone can be so completely lacking in self awareness that they don't see how hating on someone poor who gets something that isn't cat food or ramen says far more about the hater.  I mean, I sort of get how ideology blinds people, but the masturbatory cruelty of the stance, and the eagerness with which my fellow citizens take it up,  is just endlessly stunning.

        ...j'ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre.

        by jessical on Fri Sep 27, 2013 at 09:26:42 PM PDT

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  •  Maybe he's been reborn (2+ / 0-)
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    What if Ronald Reagan is in his next life--and this time he's poor? And black? And Spanish speaking? And female?

  •  I doubt the reduction in SNAP will go (3+ / 0-)
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    anywhere. I don't remember the last time Congress passed an appropriations bill. The Repukes are so ridiculous in what they pass, it's DOA before it even reaches the Senate. Barbara Boxer said she offered a bill to stop salaries for Congress if they shut down the government. Not too many Repukes signed on as co-sponsors. Especially the likes of Cruz.

    •  And so many forget one thing (5+ / 0-)

      The rethugs screech and moan about the amount gummint spends on food stamps, but they don't mention where that money winds up.

      Imagine for a moment that you are the CEO of a huge grocery store corporation. Congress pulls millions of people off food stamps. That would mean millions of people who would ordinarily be shopping at your store... won't be.

      Food stamps aren't a hand out to the poor. Ultimately they're a hand out to food producers and retailers.

      I mean, there's not much else you can do with an EBT card except buy food, is there?

      Meddle not in the affairs of dragons... for thou art crunchy and good with ketchup.

      by Pariah Dog on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 05:23:36 AM PDT

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      •  It goes further than you describe. (3+ / 0-)
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        In order for people to buy food, the grocers have to hire other people to work in those stores. Those people get paid and spend their income on other things---clothing, cars, etc. Then the people working in those stores get paid and spend their income elsewhere. I think I've heard that the worth of $1 in food stamps equals almost $2 in the economy because of that snowball effect.

        However, the most important thing food stamps do is feed people who wouldn't otherwise eat. Repukes don't care.

        To respond to your last question: Newt Gingrich said you could use an EBT card to take a trip to Hawaii. When Repukes say stupid shit like that, ignorant people begin to resent those who receive food stamps.

  •  I don't know if Jason Greenslate is real (5+ / 0-)

    I do know that if he didn't exist they would have invented him.

    It just fits so perfectly into their narrative.

    Young, able-bodied (obviously he surfs), doesn't want to work, just wants to frolic in the California sun (and we know how much they love California).

    Compare that to their self image of hard-working people of the land in the Midwest and South.

    In fact, it's too damn perfect. I'd wager he doesn't really exist.

    If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

    by Major Kong on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 05:33:23 AM PDT

  •  Worse than Nixon (4+ / 0-)
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    I believe that when historians have a long enough view back to the latter half of the 20th century, Ronald Reagan will be seen as the U.S. president who most distorted and retarded  the healthy growth of this country. Fiscally, politically, and socially. Worse than Nixon, because Nixon didn't have the benefit of the 'Trojan Horse' that was Reagan's charisma.

  •  I have a FB friend...... (0+ / 0-)

      ...forever carrying on about "Food Stamps." Lately, to no avail, I've been suggesting that, if it's fraud you're looking for, take a look at the DOD and MIC. The DOD budget is what, 90 times bigger than SNAP?

       These poor Republican pinheads are watching the shiny object and having their houses stolen out from underneath them. Sheesh!

    Compost for a greener piles?

    by Hoghead99 on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 05:08:41 PM PDT

  •  Some nuance/subtlety is a good thing. (0+ / 0-)

    Obama isn't the Savior, and Reagan wasn't Satan.

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