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The Senate is scheduled to vote to end debate on the farm bill conference report late Monday afternoon, with a final vote expected Tuesday if it gets the votes needed Monday. The House passed the bill last week.

While this farm bill includes only about 20 percent of the cuts to food stamps House Republicans had been pushing, it does include cuts of more than $8 billion over the next 10 years. That means benefit cuts for nearly 2 million people at a time when emergency food providers are still recovering from a November benefits cut that left many running low on food. All to save 0.04 percent of the federal budget.

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  •  Yeah, you *ought* to look guilty! (19+ / 0-)

    I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 07:36:10 AM PST

  •  *This* is what Obama should be (15+ / 0-)

    threatening to veto. But austerity is just the responsible thing to do, dontcha know.

    I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 07:38:48 AM PST

  •  It's a weird cut, too (6+ / 0-)

    From what I understand it only cuts SNAP benefits to people who don't get at least $20 in HEAP (heating) benefits from their states (funded by federal block grants), even if they don't pay for their own heating and thus technically don't need it (although everyone pays for their heating one way or another, be it directly or as part of their rent). Prior to this bill, the threshold could be as low as $1 a year in HEAP benefits, allowing states to let people get the maximum allowable SNAP benefits at minimal cost to states. Now that it's going up to $20, the assumption is that many states will refuse to meet it, costing millions partial SNAP benefits. However, an extra $19 a year per SNAP recipient doesn't seem like that much, especially with many states experiencing surpluses.

    Why do they have to make things so complicated and weird?

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 07:40:53 AM PST

    •  Maybe an attempt at a back-door, like you said? (4+ / 0-)
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      FloridaSNMOM, salmo, myboo, Patango

      Seeing as how this is mostly targeting blue states.

      I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 08:53:58 AM PST

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    •  It began with a good idea: a single application (2+ / 0-)
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      Patango, QuelleC

      to approve benefits across the full range of federal government programs that offer assistance to poor people.
      Eligibility in another program was used to confer eligibility in
      SNAP. And guess who wanted the details to be left to the individual states to decide.

      Now that I fully understand what's going on I can see that this heating assistance cluster is just a beta test for much bigger assaults on the program.

      It's disgraceful, especially since the Democrats have no answer, or even a clue. I hope to get a diary on this out today and I hope you will support it if you care about this program.

      There is no existence without doubt.

      by Mark Lippman on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 09:18:32 AM PST

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      •  It may be a beta test--or not (1+ / 0-)
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        But given these specifics, doesn't it potentially make these cuts less severe than they might seem to be, since it's really up to the states? If anything, recipients end up getting slightly more in benefits (albeit only $20 or so a year). But I do see the point about this potentially and perhaps intentionally being a trojan horse. It might be an ok "cut" this time, but it establishes a precedent for tying different programs together in ways that could be used to cut one or both in the future. Seems too clever by half.

        "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

        by kovie on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 10:02:34 AM PST

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        •  This may be more info than you needed but I want (2+ / 0-)
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          to be clear about the situation and it's a bit complicated.

          Most renters pay a monthly lease amount to a landlord and they also pay for utilities that are billed by a provider that determines the amount based on usage.

          Some renters aren't billed by utility companies for their usage because of the type of dwelling where they live. For example, in a single-family home where a basement apartment is rented out, and there is one electric/gas/water meter for the entire structure, the owner is billed for utilities. It's also customary for him/her to advertise and rent the apartment for an amount with "utilities included." The lease amount may be more than it would be for a comparable apartment in a multi-unit building where every tenant is metered separately, because the owner is charging the tenant for an anticipated amount of utilities usage.

          For SNAP, benefit amounts are determined by deducting the cost of shelter + utilities from gross income.  For the renter who isn't metered separately, the lease amount would be deducted from gross income. For the renter who is metered separately, the lease amount + utilities paid would be deducted.

          In recent years, various federal agencies began to cooperate on streamlining the application and approval process for efficiency. LIHEAP contributed to the effort by issuing a nominal benefit, example $1, to all existing SNAP beneficiaries so that SNAP could use LIHEAP's data to automate its process for determining benefit amounts. LIHEAP had gathered financial information from its beneficiaries and it was clear that they were financially eligible for a SNAP benefit.

          However, the allegation is that it wasn't clear if any of LIHEAP's 'nominal' beneficiaries were renters without separate meters as I described above. There was no distinction made and SNAP applied a standard utilities deduction even for those people who didn't pay for usage directly to a utility company. In other words, the allegation is that they got a break they didn't deserve.

          This is what our society comes to. Only the rich deserve a break.

          Whether someone got $1, or $19, or $20 in heating assistance isn't the issue. SNAP used the LIHEAP receipt to grant a standard utilities deduction against gross income and may have paid out a few pennies too much to
          some recipients.  Now they're on a witch hunt to check everyone's utilities bills to make sure they really paid enough to get the deduction. So much for paperless automation.

          This all came about because the GOP wanted the states to determine how benefits were paid.  They already passed an earlier version of this bill that targets "non-cash forms of assistance" given to millions of people which they believe conferred SNAP eligibility on people who don't qualify.

          It's hard to absorb all of this but it isn't too hard for the GOP to scour through our social safety net looking for ways to rip it. So it shouldn't be too hard for us to know what they're up to and cut them off at the knees.

          There is no existence without doubt.

          by Mark Lippman on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 10:53:16 AM PST

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          •  But isn't it fair to assume (0+ / 0-)

            that everyone pays for their heat, whether directly or not, and therefore has a right to be awarded some amount, however nominal, to cover the cost of their heat? And if this qualifies them for the max SNAP benefits, so much the better?

            I can see the desire to de-link heat and food benefits so that they can be paid out based on actual need, but this shouldn't be exploited to reduce either of these benefits to people who need them. The base formula for each should stay the same, based on need, and not on bureaucratic BS.

            "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

            by kovie on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 01:08:36 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  What they're saying is (0+ / 0-)

              that everyone did get a deduction from income for the cost of utilities, but some people got a double deduction for heat. It's pretty obscure.

              There is no existence without doubt.

              by Mark Lippman on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 01:17:21 PM PST

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              •  No, I get that (0+ / 0-)

                Some people got a token benefit for heat that everyone got in addition to the more substantive one they got because they paid for heat themselves. So take away that token benefit, keep the one for everyone who doesn't pay for their heat directly, increase it to $20, and keep everyone's SNAP benefits. A bureaucratic chore, of course, but only fair. Would it be that hard to track this?

                "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

                by kovie on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 01:24:57 PM PST

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                •  I'm not sure I follow but the heating assistance (0+ / 0-)

                  program is small and it doesn't even have enough money to cover everyone who's eligible for it.  So it wouldn't be able to increase the nominal $1 token benefit to $20 because there just isn't enough money, though it would get around this law.  However, there are  members of Congress, even some Democrats like Debbie Stabenow, who are saying that linking the heating assistance to SNAP isn't what they ever intended.

                  My frustration with the Democrats is their inability to deal. If the Republicans wanted to make this cut, the Democrats should have asked for an extension in unemployment benefits in exchange.

                  There is no existence without doubt.

                  by Mark Lippman on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 03:11:50 PM PST

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                  •  I didn't realize that HEAP funds were limited (0+ / 0-)

                    AND states aren't allowed to make up for that with funds from elsewhere. So basically to reduce SNAP benefits they raised the HEAP threshold to a point where they knew most states couldn't meet it? Diabolical verging on evil.

                    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

                    by kovie on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 05:59:26 PM PST

                    [ Parent ]

  •  we'll be... (5+ / 0-)

    living with the specters of 2010 for the rest of the decade.

    "It's almost as if we're watching Mitt Romney on Safari in his own country." -- Jonathan Capeheart

    by JackND on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 07:41:13 AM PST

  •  Bipartisanship makes government work! (3+ / 0-)
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    There you have it.

  •  Considering how much...... (14+ / 0-)

    ....we spend to kill and spy this cut is sinful in my opinion.

    We Glory in war, in the shedding of human blood. What fools we are.

    by delver rootnose on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 07:41:45 AM PST

  •  97% of the cuts target 15 blue states (9+ / 0-)

    These cuts will primarily target blue states, apparently:

    "Almost all of the food stamp cuts come from 16 states and the District of Columbia--the rest of the nation is left virtually untouched.

    Further, 15 of these 16 states voted for President Obama twice, and 28 of its 32 senators are Democrats. In other words, these cuts are targeted overwhelmingly at poor folks in blue states."

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/...

    •  Given that blue states tend to be the most (1+ / 0-)
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      prosperous ones, many of which are experiencing surprise surpluses, due to the structure of these cuts it's possible that many if not most SNAP recipients won't actually get their benefits cut. As I wrote above, it's a weirdly structured cut. They just need to lay out up to $20 a recipient to avoid the cuts.

      "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

      by kovie on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 07:48:02 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  There was lots of discussion about this here (4+ / 0-)
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      PhilJD, flumptytail, FloridaSNMOM, QuelleC

      over the weekend.  Mark Lippman emailed the requesite information to Rachel Maddow.  I hope she'll run with it tonight before the vote.  She is capable of making the issue comprehensible to the audience.

      Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

      by judyms9 on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 07:48:19 AM PST

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  •  Food?? Who needs food? More corporate welfare (6+ / 0-)

    for the chosen ones are what is needed now, and forever.  Austerity coupled with human misery makes for building "character".

    Bastards.

    "It's only the giving, that makes what you are." - Ian Anderson

    by LamontCranston on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 07:47:02 AM PST

    •  Mr. Obama has waved his famous wand... (0+ / 0-)

      and eliminated forever the need to eat.  

      Food?? Who needs food?

      When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill...

      by PhilJD on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 07:50:51 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Nah, that would be extremist. (0+ / 0-)

        He's just figured out a way for hungry kids to experience hunger incrementally. See my comment below.

        I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

        by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 08:51:28 AM PST

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  •  This is targeted to the Urban (Black) Poor (2+ / 0-)
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    They reside overwhelmingly in blue states.  That is part of the reason they are blue states.  Surprised?

    •  Quote: "Nobody cares if you suffered (0+ / 0-)

      some discrimination."

      Well, that's bloody fucking obvious.

      I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 08:52:36 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I'm a political novice. (0+ / 0-)

    What does farming have to do with food stamps?

    "Onward through the fog!" - Oat Willie

    by rocksout on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 07:55:50 AM PST

  •  that means no Farm Bill will be passed. period. (1+ / 0-)
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    bananapouch1

    A Senate Farm Bill with zero cuts to food stamps will never pass the House.

    Period.

    That is why most of our Dem allies in Congress, both Houses, support passage of this compromise bill.

    That is why Obama has not threatened a veto.

    •  Exactly. This is my point. (0+ / 0-)

      To all the people here who would want Obama to veto a bill that contains food stamp cuts, that would mean no farm bill. Like it or not, if you don't control all branches of government, you aren't going to get all what you would like. It is still a success for me that a farm bill was presented in the first place, given how difficult the negotiating process has proven over the past two years.

    •  There's a clever back-door way of (0+ / 0-)

      avoiding most cuts. It's up to states to implement it, at a cost of no more than $20 per household. Not sure if it was designed with this in mind.

      "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

      by kovie on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 08:28:24 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  like the payroll tax cut (0+ / 0-)

      That never passed the House either

      Warren lost the rank of progressive when she voted for the farm bill in 2013

      by GideonAB on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 08:34:32 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  So don't fight. (4+ / 0-)
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      Explain to the 1 million hungry kids that now don't have food to eat about political pragmatism and insider strategy.

      I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 08:48:49 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  what is the point (2+ / 0-)

        of having a white flag, if you never wave it?

        Warren lost the rank of progressive when she voted for the farm bill in 2013

        by GideonAB on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 08:55:05 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Yeah. Gotta keep that powder dry. (2+ / 0-)
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          GideonAB, allergywoman

          I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

          by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 08:56:45 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  having a public row (1+ / 0-)
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            allergywoman

            about this would only end up offending the Republicans.

            That is why we put Warren there to keep Cantor happy

            Warren lost the rank of progressive when she voted for the farm bill in 2013

            by GideonAB on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 09:01:52 AM PST

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            •  I mean, what's the point of having a fight (1+ / 0-)
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              when you know the Republicans have a majority in the House and will kill whatever you're trying to do? What's the point of having a fight about anything? Come to that, what's the point of having a political party?

              Oh, the point is to elect more Democrats to the House, because only when we control every branch of government can we do anything at all. Oh, except for the filibuster. Well, so we have to have a supermajority in the Senate, a majority in the House, and the Presidency to be able to do anything at all. Oh, wait, except for people like Mary Landrieu, Joe Lieberman, and Ben Nelson. So we have a supermajority, but we don't really have a supermajority, so we can't do anything.

              And we give these people money.

              I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

              by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 09:05:36 AM PST

              [ Parent ]

    •  Maybe they can figure out a way to (1+ / 0-)
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      incrementally experience their hunger.

      I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 08:50:13 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Debbie Wasserman-Schultz voted against sugar (2+ / 0-)
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    program reform.  She herded her group of Florida newbies, Lois Frankel, Joe Garcia and Patrick Murphy to do the same.

    They all voted for the Farm Bill that still has the fat, expensive welfare for Big Sugar.

    And now in the Senate, Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson will undoubtedly follow suit.

    Bipartisanship lives on in Florida, though only when it helps big corporations and special interests.

    Debbie Wasserman-Schultz sure knows how to alienate voters and create Nader moments.

    •  DWS is bipartisan even though her other job is (2+ / 0-)
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      sweeper, QuelleC

      supposed to BE partisan (she's head of the DNC, IIRC, where her job is supposed to be getting Democrats elected and getting Democratic programs passed).

      She's a real step down from Howard Dean, though that's what TPTB want.

      •  Especially appalling is her big effort to protect (2+ / 0-)
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        Ileana Ros-Lehtinen-R(that's REPUBLICAN)'s seat from any Dem who runs against her.

        Unbelievable.  Wasserman-Schultz is unfaithful to Democrats.  She better not expect Democrats to be faithful to her.  

  •  Whether (4+ / 0-)

      one accepts it or not Fukushima blew up. There is added radiation worldwide. The counter to radiation is nutrition. People who have compromised health problems, HIV + for example need to maintain a balanced diet. ALL of the West Coast states face Japan, a crisis still unresolved with an element of uncertainty. The states they want to cut.
    It's not hard to understand, whether one accepts it or not, to err on the side of caution is more humane.
    Food stamps at this TIME should be increased!
    It's not that much money to start with especially compared to how much effing moneys been wasted in the god damned longwar.
    Poor people get tired of being punished for wars. Whose fault it is, is the god damned MIC!

    March AGAINST monsatanOHagentorange 3/25/13 a time warp

    by 3rock on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 08:15:05 AM PST

  •  Unfortunately, the vote total will be over 70. (1+ / 0-)
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    "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 Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 08:15:35 AM PST

  •  Broken government achieves brokenness yet (2+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, freesia

    again.  Color me not surprised.

    Hard to have a government when one-third of your representatives are insane and the other two-thirds have been sold to the highest bidder.

    by Rikon Snow on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 08:22:24 AM PST

  •  Will they back peddle and pass a farm bill (0+ / 0-)

    Without cuts to SNAP, because now it's hurting Walmart's profits, and we can't have that?

  •  And not a peep of attaching EUC... (2+ / 0-)
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    Maverick80229, Patango

    ...to the Farm Bill like was trumpeted by Reid back in December, after it was stricken from the budget deal.

    Democratic Fail all around.  They threw everyone - the unemployed, food stamp recipients, all of 'em - under the bus.

    •  Good catch. I'd missed that. (0+ / 0-)

      More reason for the hangdog expressions.

      I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 08:49:36 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Even Durbin is looking a little (0+ / 0-)

    sick at heart.

    Hard to read Schumer's expression, though. Can't tell if he's looking downwards in shame or to hide a smile.

    I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 08:47:11 AM PST

  •  Let it "Die a Death", send the House a message. (4+ / 0-)

    Otherwise, if they do pass it, Obama needs to Veto any cuts in Food Stamps, and REQUIRE re-instating the unemployment benefits.

  •  All together now: (4+ / 0-)

    But it's the Tea Party's fault!

    Continual abdication of responsibility is a great electoral strategy.

    I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 08:59:06 AM PST

  •  This is a hard slap in the face from big brother (0+ / 0-)

    Not one of them will be affected, except karmically,  by these food stamp cuts.  

    Their souls are deaf to the cries of hunger pains all around them. They have no clue, or perhaps worse they do not give a rats behind what misery they have caused.  They are insulated from all economic and social grief. They are all powerful members of the ruling class.

    They are simply constipated and have been for a long long time. The people that voted for them should be really upset.

    They have done us more harm than good.  Imagine if they had simply put the crooked banks into receivership, declared them an ongoing criminal enterprise and chosen a new set of managers to run them.  The economy would not have skipped a beat.

    We would not be having this conversation if Congress was the legitimate voice of the people.

    "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness," Allen Ginsberg

    by Hermenutic on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 10:39:58 AM PST

  •  After we vote them all out, (0+ / 0-)

    we can repeal all the damage they have done, bye bye GOP!

  •  Not enough attention paid to subsidies v food (0+ / 0-)

    In the (very small) rural county I live in, these are the numbers for the year 2010.

    Food Stamps:
    1014 people (15% of the county) are recipients
    $1,812,900 paid out in 2010
    $1,587/year; $132/month

    Farm Subsidies:
    168 recipients
    $3,516,934 paid out in 2010
    $20,934/year (average per recipient)

    I am disgusted that this Congress can't find it in their hearts to increase (yes increase!!) the amount of food assistance to the hungry, which includes many poor children and elderly in my county, and won't touch a dime going to landowners who wouldn't even miss their subsidy if it went away.

  •  No cash for those four pigs. (0+ / 0-)

    They are disgusting excuses for human beings, and traitors to their Party.  I can't wait for the next fundraising email from each of them and the DSCC.  

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