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It all looks so easy, doesn't it?
The Farm Bill passed House and Senate and will be signed into law today by a Republicrat President who not that long ago said he'd veto a Farm Bill which cut food stamps. Are you still wanting me to vote for any Democrat going?

I live in a low income building whose neighbors, NONE of whom make more than $15,000 a year, and all but two much, much less, are getting their stamps cut to generous amounts like $16 a month (in one case of a fully-disabled man who must take wheelchair accessible transit and requires an assistant to get out of his chair and go to bed, $8 a month). This was BEFORE the current Farm Bill cuts billions off the food stamp budget.

Both of my Senators voted for the bill. They probably felt obligated to by the nature of the beast; I live in a farm-bill beneficiary state. I would probably forgive that, even, if I thought that every time the Farm Bill came up, the senators would chip away at its credibility by pointing out the incredible immorality of a bill which steals from the poor to give to the rich.and the middle class... but mostly the already-rich. However, I've seen the Al Franken pr already. As far as any reader of his newsletter might think, the Farm Bill was an undiluted blessing.

As any of my readers know, I'm not exactly wealthy. My donations tend to be local, not national politics. The exception is/will be Elizabeth Warren, and possibly one or two others.

But were I to win the lottery or a MacArthur Grant or other random financial blessing tomorrow, I wouldn't give a penny to the people who take food out of my neighbors' mouths and don't even have the grace to publicly concede that's a bad thing.

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    chimene, RiveroftheWest


    A beggar on horseback lashes a beggar on foot. The beggars change places, but the lash goes on. --WB Yeats

    by kestrel sparhawk on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 10:24:17 AM PST

  •  Excuse me, but the link does (0+ / 0-)

    not say that the White House will, as you say, "veto any Farm Bill which cut Food Stamps".  It says that the White House will veto a bill with "unacceptable cuts".   I am NOT going to argue that the cuts in the bill are "acceptable", but let's report accurately.

    With the Decision Points Theater, the George W. Bush Presidential Library becomes the very first Presidential Library to feature a Fiction Section.

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 11:10:18 AM PST

    •  Okay expanded links to direct from WH (1+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest

      Because I agree -- accuracy is important.
      This source contains the line ""The bill would reduce access to food assistance for struggling families and their children."

      a more recent Reuters report quotes the WH as saying: "... cut farm and crop insurance subsidies rather than separate millions of people from "one of our nation's strongest defenses against hunger and poverty."

      The word "any" is of course up for interpretation (I was taking it from that earlier set of quotes) so will delete it from the body of the story. I stand by my claim that the Obama White House said they'd veto a bill which cut food stamps because they took food out of the mouths of needy citizens. What constitutes "Reducing" food availability is no doubt what Republocrat apologists are going to argue about for days elsewhere, but as the old joke about whether someone would sell their body for sex for a dollar or a million, after that, we're dickering over price.


      A beggar on horseback lashes a beggar on foot. The beggars change places, but the lash goes on. --WB Yeats

      by kestrel sparhawk on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 11:50:10 AM PST

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