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Posted - 11/1/2013 10:15:51 AM | show profile | flag this post
Mpdodgson, bless your heart
You really care and I will give you that. But here are a few facts, this is an "assistance" program intended to help people with jobs that are below the poverty level. The idea is not to feed a family on $1.40 per person per meal but to use the additional funds to ensure a good meal. And the "drastic reduction" is from $1.50 to $1.40. Not a drastic reduction by any account nor are they being kicked off.
Posted - 11/1/2013 11:51:36 AM | show profile | flag this post
By the way, etaoin, there was another lie
In your original post, one I forgot to call you out on. "This is the direct result of GOP efforts to cut the food stamp program." No it is not, it is the result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 coming to an end.
Posted - 11/1/2013 2:28:14 PM | show profile | flag this post
Why, yes it is...
blacked. Due to the Obama Economic Stimulus plan coming to an end.
And the GOP was sooooo anxious to extend the Obama stimulus, weren't they, weren't they, blacked?
Now, on top of that, the Republican Party -- in separating Food Stamps from the Farm Bill -- are looking at much deeper cuts to the food stamp program.
Helluva way to support the troops, don't you agree, blackedtape?
Posted - 11/1/2013 2:33:11 PM | show profile | flag this post
When W took office, the U.S. had six years of balanced budgets, a plan to pay off the national debt by 2010, and an unemployment rate of 4.2%.
When he left, he'd sent the national debt skyrocketing from massive tax cuts and two unfunded wars, unemployment was at 7.7% and rising uncontrollably (with the U.S. losing 500,000 jobs per MONTH), and steadily increasing deficits.
Bush blew out the engine.
Quit blaming the people fixing the problems he created.
But then you believe these veterans relying on the safety net are "gaming the system."
Posted - 11/1/2013 3:23:32 PM | show profile | flag this post
So tell me please etaoin...
How many times did democrats bring extending those benefits up for a vote? How many times did the President say this was something important that needed immediate attention? Please tell me who it was only republicans that ended this, especially since it was passed with the termination date by the democratically controlled House and Senate and signed into law by the President. You know that means it is absolute law that cannot be reviewed or discussed, correct? I mean just like Obamacare once these things are signed into law they cannot be discussed any further, that would constitute a waste of time.
The discussion and recommendations regarding future cuts in the SNAP program are just that and have nothing whatsoever to do with the $.10 a day cut that occurred today. But then you know that, or at least I think you do.
Posted - 11/1/2013 3:54:33 PM | show profile | flag this post
maybe you slept through the efforts to extend the Obama stimulus after the GOP took over the House.
It was a major TEA Party platform plank in the 2010 elections. Maybe you missed their February 27, 2009 protest at the Capitol to protest the Obama stimulus. I was there, were you?
Maybe you'll remember that extension of Obama's stimulus programs was a key part of the TEA Party's first attempt to push us off the fiscal cliff.
Benefits like this can be extended. Remember the extension of the Bush tax cuts back in 2010? Attempts to extend these benefits would have logically been placed in the new Farm Bill -- as all food stamp provisions have for more than 40 years.
But the TEA Party, and the GOP moved to strip Food Stamps from the Farm Bill and slash benefits by $40 billion.
So, on top of this cut in immediate benefits, veterans get to look forward to deeper cuts thanks to the TEA Party. Read on down in the report I cited, blacked"
"This benefit cut, which will reduce benefits to each of the veterans who rely on SNAP, takes effect the same week that the House and Senate Agriculture Committees begin their conference committee negotiations on the Farm Bill, which includes a reauthorization of and additional proposed cuts to SNAP. The House version of the bill would cut SNAP by nearly $40 billion over the next 10 years, denying benefits to about 3.8 million people in 2014 and an average of 3 million people each year over the coming decade."
Posted - 11/1/2013 4:44:46 PM | show profile | flag this post
Just a couple of clarifications, etaoin
You original statements were wrong, 100%. Now you are confusing ongoing efforts to reduce the food stamps program as a part of the farm bill currently being debated.
What is even more baffling to me is why you don't care at all about the other 47.1 million people affected by this reduction. I guess since they are not veterans they don't matter to you.
As usual, you just want to distort and sensationalize news to fit your "republicans are the cause of all evil" mantra. But please do continue, it offers some kind of balance for those on the other side who blame democrats for everything.