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The Teabag Taliban Fail to Kill Food Stamps: Class War on the Poor
But not for lack of trying!
The rabid Teabag Taliban ~ who invaded Congress in 2010 because newbie Dems were too busy having a temper tantrum to VOTE ~ are still doing their best to kill, destroy or block safety nets, social programs, and any signs of a modern progressive society while bending over backwards for the so-called "Job Creators."
Listen to the unbelievable arguments RepubliCons use to redistribute funds from the needy to the GREEDY!!
Friday, June 21, 2013 : Randi Rhodes: Get informed!
John Boehner’s Republican-controlled House has failed to pass a farm bill. This gives John Boehner a black eye to go with his mahogany face. The thing about a farm bill with a food stamp program included is that it has something for everybody. But House Republicans only want things for somebodies. Traditionally in a farm bill, the farm subsidies help rich agribusiness, and the food stamp program helps poor people. Democrats are willing to let Republicans give money to those who don’t need it, in exchange for getting food to poor children. But now Republicans won’t even do that.
The Republicans added an amendment to the bill that would have let states require that food stamp recipients work for their food. Amazing! The Republicans seem to have adopted a carrot and stick approach to food stamps—and they want people to have to work for the carrot. There was also an amendment that would have allowed states to drug-test people to qualify for food stamps. Interestingly, there was no similar requirement to drug-test people applying for farm subsidies. They could pee in a silver cup.
GOP’s Food Stamp Amendment Sinks Farm Bill
By Alan Pyke on Jun 20, 2013 at 4:04 pm
Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL) The House killed a five-year farm bill on Thursday afternoon after Republicans passed an amendment that would have replicated the failures of Clinton-era welfare reform in the food stamps program. The bill was already facing steep odds after the White House issued a veto threat and conservative groups like Americans for Prosperity began whipping GOP votes against the measure, and the final amendment Republicans tacked onto the bill chased away the Democratic votes needed for passage.
How Food Stamps Killed the Farm Bill
Florida Rep. Steve Southerland's amendment made the bill unpalatable to most Democrats.
Stockman staff beating ‘SNAP Challenge’
Jun 18, 2013 | Press Release
Liberal stunt backfires, proves food stamp cuts can go even further WASHINGTON – The “SNAP Challenge,” a left-wing publicity stunt intended to make it appear proposed cuts to food stamps would leave families unable to feed themselves, has been debunked this week by the office of Congressman Steve Stockman.
About 30 House Democrats are participating in the “SNAP Challenge” in which someone must feed themselves on $31.50 a week, which Democrats claim is the level of benefits available to a person under the Farm Bill. Democrats have been intentionally buying overpriced food and shopping at high-priced chains to make it appear the cuts go too far.
Donny Ferguson, who serves as Stockman’s communications director and agriculture policy advisor, was able to buy enough food to eat well for a week on just $27.58, almost four dollars less than the $31.50 “SNAP Challenge” figure.
“I wanted to personally experience the effects of the proposed cuts to food stamps. I didn’t plan ahead or buy strategically, I just saw the publicity stunt and made a snap decision to drive down the street and try it myself. I put my money where my mouth is, and the proposed food stamp cuts are still quite filling,” said Ferguson.
“We can cut the proposed benefits by an additional 12.4 percent and still be able to eat for a week,” said Ferguson. “Not only am I feeding myself for less than the SNAP Challenge, I will probably have food left over.”
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