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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:46 PM

Republicans want food stamps cut by $2 billion a year

http://newsok.com/republicans-want-food-stamps-cut-in-farm-bill/article/3685666

Republicans want food stamps cut in farm bill

By JIM ABRAMS | Published: June 19, 2012 Oklahoman

WASHINGTON — The 1,000-page “farm bill” being debated in the Senate is somewhat of a misnomer. Four of every five dollars in it — roughly $80 billion a year — goes for grocery bills for one of every seven Americans through food stamps.

Republicans say Congress could cut the cost $2 billion a year by just closing two loopholes that some states use to award benefits to people who otherwise might not qualify.

“This is more than just a financial issue. It is a moral issue,” says Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., one of several Republicans pushing for cuts in spending for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as SNAP.

The program has swelled from 28 million to 46 million participants, and its costs have doubled in the past four years. The recession and slow recovery have increased the number of people unemployed over the same period from 8 million to 12 million.

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Reply Republicans want food stamps cut by $2 billion a year (Original post)
NNN0LHI Jun 2012 OP
spanone Jun 2012 #1
The Velveteen Ocelot Jun 2012 #2
DearAbby Jun 2012 #3
TheMastersNemesis Jun 2012 #5
Ghost of Huey Long Jun 2012 #4
Ghost of Huey Long Jun 2012 #7
aquart Jun 2012 #12
coalition_unwilling Jun 2012 #6
ladjf Jun 2012 #8
limpyhobbler Jun 2012 #9
Tx4obama Jun 2012 #10
freshwest Jun 2012 #19
Zalatix Jun 2012 #25
Ghost of Huey Long Jun 2012 #11
ProSense Jun 2012 #13
Ghost of Huey Long Jun 2012 #15
proud2BlibKansan Jun 2012 #14
hrmjustin Jun 2012 #16
Ghost of Huey Long Jun 2012 #18
hrmjustin Jun 2012 #20
meow2u3 Jun 2012 #24
silverlib Jun 2012 #17
Tx4obama Jun 2012 #22
Woody Woodpecker Jun 2012 #21
randr Jun 2012 #23

Response to NNN0LHI (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:46 PM

1. of course they do, along with every other social program.

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Response to NNN0LHI (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:46 PM

2. Of course they do.

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Response to NNN0LHI (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:48 PM

3. this is so immoral

How do these people call themselves Christians. Protecting the wealthy by taking the food out of the mouths of those in need. When are people going to stand up for the poor? When you are Poor too? Then it will be too late.

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Response to DearAbby (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:52 PM

5. According To The GOP Cutting IS THE MORAL THING TO DO.

They understand their twisted logic. Suffering is good for the soul. Dependency is immoral so we must correct it.

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Response to NNN0LHI (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:50 PM

4. meanwhile...JPMorgan receives a government subsidy worth about $14 billion a year

 

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Response to Ghost of Huey Long (Reply #4)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:54 PM

7. always money for war: $12.3 Billion per aircraft carrier

 

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Response to Ghost of Huey Long (Reply #4)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 07:11 PM

12. So. Welfare queen Jamie Dimon...

Unless you just want to call him "riverboat gambler Jamie Dimon."

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Response to NNN0LHI (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:54 PM

6. This is an issue with which Obama and the Dems should

 

crucify Repigs and drive them into the political wilderness.

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Response to NNN0LHI (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 07:03 PM

8. The Republicans must be evolving into a new sub species. nt

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Response to NNN0LHI (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 07:05 PM

9. cruel bastards. nt

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Response to NNN0LHI (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 07:07 PM

10. Update: Senate defeats proposal to trim food stamp program

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #10)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 07:52 PM

19. Thanks for the good news.

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #10)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 10:40 PM

25. Another reason to vote DEM in 2012.

 

I don't give a shit what anyone has to say about Feinstein, she must win in 2012. They must all win.

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Response to NNN0LHI (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 07:08 PM

11. JPMorgan’s segment that makes food stamp debit cards made $5.47 billion in net revenue in 2010.

 

Maybe we could cut out the middleman (JP Morgan then outsourced the work to India!!- why does it cost 5 billion?),

... the government could probably administer food stamps cheaper than this and give the money to the people...to eat!!

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Response to NNN0LHI (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 07:13 PM

13. How else would

they be able to afford additional tax cuts for the rich: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002829300

Get with the GOP program: If you're not in the top one percent, you're a lazy freeloader! Government spending is OK only if it goes directly into the pockets of the rich!

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Response to ProSense (Reply #13)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 07:27 PM

15. oh my gawd, what an ass!

 


I think that most unemployed people on food stamps would be glad to pay their fair share of taxes if you and the other simple minded blowhards in Congress had not sent all our jobs overseas with 'free' trade agreements. We had tariffs since the American revolution for a reason Dipshits. Our founders intended on Corporations paying 97% of the cost to run government. You keep cutting taxes on Corporations and we have a huge debt. Put two and two together you morons, the millions of poor unemployed people you helped create have no income to tax! /ranttoMitchMcConnell

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Response to NNN0LHI (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 07:17 PM

14. Assholes

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Response to NNN0LHI (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 07:29 PM

16. satan has entered their hearts.

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Response to hrmjustin (Reply #16)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 07:37 PM

18. They seem blissfully unencumbered by their sadistic selfishness

 


How do we get rid of Satan in their hearts because they are causing enormous suffering and even deaths of millions of people.

This is unacceptable.

We are allowing people who are sociopaths ruin the lives of millions, ruin the earth for everyone.

They need to be diagnosed, treated and committed to psych wards, not allowed to run freely through the Halls of Congress, Wall Street and the Corporate media.

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Response to Ghost of Huey Long (Reply #18)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 08:01 PM

20. Agreed! n/t

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Response to Ghost of Huey Long (Reply #18)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 10:36 PM

24. I'd go one step further

Anyone identified as a sociopath should be punished with a lifetime of hardship, in addition to being forbidden from dating or otherwise entering a relationship. People need to be protected from these monsters at any cost and by any means necessary.

Sociopaths do not change and often become worse if in therapy.

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Response to NNN0LHI (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 07:36 PM

17. Food Stamp usage provides a "subsidy" to the State of Texas

Some years ago, Texas asked for a waiver on the amount of resources a person could have and be eligible for food stamps in Texas. Some would think this was to benefit more struggling families, but no - this was requested from the agricultural/cattle industry, which is the second largest industry in Texas. It turns out that for every five dollars used in food stamps, five or seven (can't remember which) is returned to the economy. So, the federal government raised the resource amount from $2000 to $5000. It will be interesting to see how Texas responds to this cut. Politics do make strange bed fellows.

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Response to silverlib (Reply #17)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 08:56 PM

22. See comment #10, there will be 'no' cut n/t

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Response to NNN0LHI (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 08:02 PM

21. First and foremost, let's start cutting the defense to the minimum

 

and remove "Department of Defense" from its cabinet position, replaced by Homeland Security.

We are not in the business of empire building.

End all oil subsidies as they are making excess profits, and we continue to "subsidize" them with free money to the Republican coffers.

End all coal subsidies.

That alone should save us nearly $1 trillion PER year if this was done properly.

But of course, the Republicans are in the fucking way and they need to sit in the fucking corner, permanently.

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Response to NNN0LHI (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 09:31 PM

23. Why do Republicans hate our troops?

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