Once again, Congress has passed a bill that rewards Big Corporations with free subsidies, while punishing the America’s needy and hungry.
A 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.
Who 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.
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!
SHAMEFUL! APPALLING! INEXCUSABLE! ATROCIOUS!
Republicans continue to punish those that are suffering as a result of their economic stagnation efforts.
‘Who receives food stamps — what you need to know’.
‘According to the University of Kentucky study’,
- ’28 percent of food stamp households are headed by a person with at least some college education’.
‘In 1980 that number was eight percent’.
- ‘Households receiving food stamps are headed by someone with a four-year degree in seven percent of cases’,
‘up from three percent’.
- ‘Households headed by a high school graduate cover 37 percent of food stamp recipients’,
‘up from 28 percent’.
- ‘From 2000 to 2011, stagnant wages accounted for 13 percent of the increase in food stamp enrollment’.
‘Those employed either full or part-time, in year round jobs, saw the largest growth in food stamp recipients since 1980’.
- ‘Seventeen percent of full-time workers, and seven percent of part-time workers, now receive food stamps’.
- ‘The number of food stamp households headed by an unemployed person has remained fairly constant, at about…
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One of the big topics of conversation at the World Economic Forum last week was the same one that the President of the United States will talk about in his State of the Union tomorrow:
Specifically, the fact that the richest 10% of Americans — and especially the richest 1% of Americans — are now capturing all of the income growth in the country, while the rest of America, some 300 million people, are treading water or losing ground.
How bad has inequality gotten?
The richest 10% of Americans now take home a staggering 50% of all the income earned in the country, the highest level ever. This wealth gap exceeds the extremes reached in the brief “Gilded Age” portrayed in the The Great Gatsby that led to the Great Crash and Great Depression.
The rich can keep on getting richer, but until some more money gets into the hands of the people who actually drive most consumer spending, the economy will continue to struggle.
There is one easy way they can begin to fix the problem: Pay people more.
Yes, that’s right. Pay people more. Stop being so selfish and voluntarily share more of the value that successful companies create with the people who create it — the rank and file workers who dedicate their working lives to the company and its customers (and, in so doing, to increasing the wealth of the senior executives and investors who own the company).
[ Re-Posted from Business Insider | Henry Blodget ]
“Sometimes I would like to ask God why He allows poverty, suffering, and injustice when He could do something about it. But I’m afraid He would ask me the same question.” – Anonymous
[ Re-posted excerpts from TheChristianLeft.org ]
“Many on the Christian Right are fond of posing the question WWJD?– What would Jesus do? I’d like to remind them what Jesus DID do: He cared for the poor. He did not condemn the woman caught in adultery. He prayed alone. He commanded us to love our enemies. He preached peace. He ate, drank, and lived with ‘tax collectors and sinners’ — the lowlifes and outcasts of his day, while reserving his condemnation for the religious leaders who, from a place of privilege, imposed their legalism and literalism on the people they were responsible for leading. He told his disciples not to oppose the healing work of those outside the ranks of his followers. And again and again he reminded us to care for the poor. (That moral issue gets more air time than any other in the gospels: 1 verse in 9.) If Christians concerned about how to respond to the grave global issues facing us all were to reread the Gospels for guidance, I think we’d find some pretty clear indications there about what Jesus would do … and what he wouldn’t. (One of the few bumper stickers I’ve been tempted to affix to my still undecorated car in recent months reads ‘Who would Jesus bomb?’)
Whatever Jesus would do, given what he did do, and has promised he will do, I don’t think it looks much like what the insulated, self-congratulatory Fox News fans on the ‘Christian Right’ are doing.”
[ Quote from Marilyn Chandler McEntyre, Professor of English at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California, from her article “A Voice from the Christian Left.” ]
For more commentary on this subject please visit this earlier blog of mine:
If anyone wonders whether Pope Francis has irritated wealthy conservatives with his courage and idealism, the latest outburst from Kenneth Langone left little doubt. Sounding both aggressive and whiny, the billionaire investor warned that he and his overprivileged friends might withhold their millions from church and charity unless the pontiff stops preaching against the excesses and cruelty of unleashed capitalism.
According to Langone, such criticism from the Holy See could ultimately hurt the sensitive feelings of the rich so badly that they become “incapable of feeling compassion for the poor.”
[ Re-Posted from AlterNet.Org | By Joe Conason ]