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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has not been a great friend to poor people, to say the least, so this comes as quite a surprise: Corbett is following the lead of Gov. Dannel Malloy in Connecticut and Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York, both Democrats, to avoid cuts in food stamps. Corbett will increase the amount of Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program benefits to $20 for households that would otherwise lose Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits:
The governor's decision will preserve benefits for 400,000 Pennsylvania households slated to lose a monthly average of $60 to $65 each in benefits, amounting to $300 million a year, said Kait Gillis, spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Welfare.
Corbett faces a tough re-election campaign this year, but whatever his motivation, this will prevent real suffering in his state, and he's the first Republican governor to take this action, so kudos. For this and this only.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 07:30 PM PST.

Also republished by Pittsburgh Area Kossacks, Philly Kos, and DKos Pennsylvania.

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  •  Fear is a powerful motivator (11+ / 0-)

    and I, for one, and glad he's scared shitless going into an election.

    I doubt he does this if he is confident about his chances.

    “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.” — Auric Goldfinger

    by LeftHandedMan on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 07:34:21 PM PST

    •  I now anxiously await (3+ / 0-)
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      the Ron Fournier column, to be cited by David Gregory to David Brooks soon afterwards, essentially saying that, because he did this, it is now totally unfair for liberals and moderates to hold him accountable for his overall record as governor on the subject of dealing with the poor and low-income residents of his state.

      “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.” — Auric Goldfinger

      by LeftHandedMan on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 07:37:03 PM PST

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    •  Too bad the GOP only cares about the poor (5+ / 0-)

      during election season.  If Corbett wins in November, this "giveaway" will be rolled back, either directly or in some other way, and he will make sure the Teabaggers know it.

      “When it comes to this, I shall prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty—to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.” —Abraham Lincoln

      by Pragmatus on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 07:40:03 PM PST

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    •  Going into the election maybe ... (1+ / 0-)
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      We will be seeing lots of this "compassionate conservative" BS in the coming months.

      But they will grind their teeth till they can get back in - just to be the same old asshats they always were.

      “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.” ... Voltaire

      by RUNDOWN on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 11:41:06 PM PST

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  •  Rejoicing for the Pennsylvania poor (4+ / 0-)

    This only proves that he at least has a speck of decency in him.

    But remember, Corbett and his fellow Repugnantcans in his state are blocking Medicaid expansion to at least another hundred thousand people in his state. He's going to meet his maker someday.

    And judging by all that gray hair, maybe it is not going to be too far in the future. Let's hope he has a good explanation ready to give the Almighty when asked about why he blocked Medicaid help to so many people, particularly the poor.

    "Love Is Why We're Here"

    by Paniolo Joe on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 07:43:38 PM PST

  •  When the Farm bill was passed with cuts in (0+ / 0-)

    Food Stamps, I had argued here that many of these cuts will be made up and I was not mad at Dem Senators who voted for the cuts because they were "show cuts" only.

    Now the states are making up for these "show cuts". The cuts were made knowing fully well that they can be made up.

    I had listened to Senator Klobuchar last week (3+ / 0-)
    explaining why she would be voting for this bill. And she convinced me that this is not as bad as it looks and is a decent outcome given the political realities right now.

    I also  trust some one like Bernie Sanders. So if he has voted for something like this, I am not inclined to call that vote 'a tragedy' as some here have.

    by Zeta Retuculi on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 12:52:19 PM PST

    I don't remember the 'All In' date but (1+ / 0-)
    you can also check out Amy Klobuchar interview on Rachel Maddow last week. If you go to maddowblog.msnbc.com and look for last week's clips.

    Senator Klobuchar had explained to Rachel why she is voting for this and how some of the cuts can be made up in other ways.

    by Zeta Retuculi on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 12:44:05 PM PST

    http://www.dailykos.com/...
  •  It's nice that the pressure is pushing this way... (3+ / 0-)
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    ...instead of the other way.

    it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses

    by Addison on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 07:45:57 PM PST

  •  Yeah, I think occasionally you can welcome a (3+ / 0-)
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    correct decision from people whom most of the time you thoroughly despise and who occasion the most shouting at the television set.

    Like Cantor and Boehner supporting Obama in his stance of the Ukraine. Enjoy the brief, evanescent, ephemeral agreement; it's over in a nanosecond.

    "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

    by Wildthumb on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 07:52:02 PM PST

  •  He supports ENDA too. (1+ / 0-)
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    At least at the state level. His explanation was that he didn't know that discriminating against LGBT employees was legal.

  •  That's my governor! (0+ / 0-)

    Sniff... I'm so proud of him.

    Actually, he's the world's biggest tool (well, Scott Walker and Chris Christie give him a run for that title). Here's to running him out in November!

  •  I would applaud Corbett for this but his pile of (2+ / 0-)
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    awfulness outweighs this.  PA voters are still angry at him, especially Sandusky. Him, LePage and Scott are still the three most vulnerable governors in the country.

    Funny Stuff at http://www.funnyordie.com/oresmas

    by poopdogcomedy on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 08:08:30 PM PST

    •  Exactly. No forgiveness or forgetting he left (0+ / 0-)

      Sandusky out to continue offending during and after the grand jury hearing regarding victim #1.

      He will not be reelected no matter what he does. The man is a dunce. Bad bad governor.

      Wake Up Everybody!

      by slc215 on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 05:01:49 AM PST

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  •  Wow. Credit where credit is due, I guess. (0+ / 0-)

    Sure once I was young and impulsive, I wore every conceivable pin. Even went to socialist meetings, learned all the old union hymns. Ah, but I've grown older and wiser. And that's why I'm turning you in. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u52Oz-54VYw

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 08:10:22 PM PST

  •  Andrew Cuomo? That surprises me (0+ / 0-)

    He's no big friend to the poor either, from what I've heard.

    Sure once I was young and impulsive, I wore every conceivable pin. Even went to socialist meetings, learned all the old union hymns. Ah, but I've grown older and wiser. And that's why I'm turning you in. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u52Oz-54VYw

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 08:11:20 PM PST

    •  He's better than most (1+ / 0-)
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      As long as he stalls on allowing fracking in NYS, there are many reasons why things are better here.  

      Recently the adult son of a friend was killed in a very negligent construction accident.  The workman's comp laws and courts did not white-wash the issue.  The rulings enabled his family to sue the large Republican construction co sucessfully.

      Other friends in FL, TN and SC said their states would have given the widow & 2 college age daughters zip.  

      •  Good to know. (0+ / 0-)

        Sure once I was young and impulsive, I wore every conceivable pin. Even went to socialist meetings, learned all the old union hymns. Ah, but I've grown older and wiser. And that's why I'm turning you in. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u52Oz-54VYw

        by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 07:31:23 AM PST

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  •  Gov. Corbett Isn't Doing This to Help the Poor! (2+ / 0-)
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    He's doing it solely for the purpose of helping himself.

    (Rethugs think Obama won re-election in 2012 because he gave the poor free cell phones.)

  •  Reason? (1+ / 0-)
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    Orakio

    Could it be the grocery lobby?

    They lose too.

  •  IMO Corbett can care less about SNAP recipients (0+ / 0-)

    He's doing this position himself against one of the favorites, 3rd Way-er Allyson Schwartz, who voted for the Farm Bill, which had the 8.7 billion cuts in the SNAP program.  

  •  He's a looser (0+ / 0-)

    He thinks he will win in nov.  Wouldn't vote for him for local dog catcher.

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