Republicans Held Farm Bill Hostage – Demanding Cuts to Food Stamps

Once again, Congress has passed a bill that rewards Big Corporations with free subsidies, while punishing the America’s needy and hungry.

Greedy by samgrittercomA key component of the Farm Bill was an $8.7 billion cut in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps)!  Americans for Prosperity spent massive amounts of money advertising and demanding cuts to SNAP because it was a “terrible waste of taxpayer dollars.” Republicans Pete “unemployment benefits are immoral” Sessions and Eric Cantor rose to the challenge and championed their cause.

Cantor and SessionsWho are Americans for Prosperity? They are one of the most powerful conservative organizations in electoral politics and a front group for Charles and David Koch of Koch Industries, the second-largest privately-owned company in America. Koch Industries is a $115 Billion conglomerate that used its political machine to pour over $400 million into the 2012 elections to unseat President Obama and Democrats at all levels of government.

Koch BrothersWhy are the Koch brothers so interested in the Farm Bill? Because the new Farm Bill contains over $880 million in mandatory subsidies on biomass subsidies (Koch Industries).

Republicans are just giddy over passing this wonderful bill…Garrett King, aide to U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., saw no need to contain his excitement as he discussed passage of the farm bill and echoing Chairman Lucas, calling passage of the bill “almost miraculous.” He also cited the bill as “monumental, a tremendous bi-partisan achievement,” and “the first farm bill that saves money.” King said savings in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or food stamps, “closed loopholes but still provides for the most vulnerable.  WHAT???

So once again, Republicans, those staunch supporters of America’s high morals and family values, held the Farm Bill hostage until Congress agreed to cut Food Stamps to America’s most needy and hungry citizens, just to benefit Big Corporations! 


Hungry for a living wage

Social Action 2014

Corporate America thinks low-wage workers need “advice” on how to manage their finances–but what they really need is a living wage, writes Nicole Colson.

A Walmart worker at the checkout line 

A Walmart worker at the checkout line

FEELING PINCHED for money with the holidays approaching? Never fear–Corporate America is here to help.

Consider the recent food drive at a Walmart store in Canton, Ohio, designed to collect items to help those struggling to put food on the table for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The only problem: Those struggling were workers at the very same Walmart. “Please donate food items here so that associates in need can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner,” read the sign attached to collection bins in the store.

Walmart is America’s largest private employer and ranked first on the Fortune 500 list of largest U.S. corporations for 2012. All told, company profits last year amounted to a fat $17 billion.

Every Walmart…

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