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Wed Apr 18, 2012, 03:00 PM

House Panel Okays $33 Billion in Food Stamp Cuts

Source: Reuters

House panel okays $33 billion in food stamp cuts

By Emily Stephenson
Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:39pm EDT

(Reuters) - A congressional panel approved about $33 billion in cuts over 10 years from food assistance programs in a partisan vote that signaled Republican members' preference to trim social programs instead of farm programs or defense spending this year.

The cuts advanced by the House of Representatives Agriculture Committee on Wednesday are expected to die in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

But the vote done by voice, in which several Democrats uttered irritable 'nays', showed that Republicans will push domestic spending cuts over defense cuts or tax hikes as they try to replace automatic cuts that take effect in January.

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"I would contend this entire process is a waste of time," Representative Collin Peterson, the committee's top Democrat, said in opening remarks. "Taking a meat ax to nutrition programs that feed millions of hard-working families in an effort to avoid defense cuts is not a serious way to achieve deficit reduction," he said.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE83H16320120418?irpc=932

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Reply House Panel Okays $33 Billion in Food Stamp Cuts (Original post)
Hissyspit Apr 2012 OP
anti-alec Apr 2012 #1
JustAnotherGen Apr 2012 #2
DJ13 Apr 2012 #3
TheWraith Apr 2012 #6
Systematic Chaos Apr 2012 #4
DaveJ Apr 2012 #5
Auntie Bush Apr 2012 #7
DaveJ Apr 2012 #10
pscot Apr 2012 #12
PA Democrat Apr 2012 #8
RussBLib Apr 2012 #9
jtuck004 Apr 2012 #14
JDPriestly Apr 2012 #16
jtuck004 Apr 2012 #19
HiPointDem Apr 2012 #18
Rain Mcloud Apr 2012 #11
Iliyah Apr 2012 #13
KamaAina Apr 2012 #15
jwirr Apr 2012 #17
Auntie Bush Apr 2012 #23
DonCoquixote Apr 2012 #20
Smilo Apr 2012 #21
flamingdem Apr 2012 #22
Daniel537 Apr 2012 #24

Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 03:02 PM

1. Too bad that Boner is not focusing on the jobs

 

It just spells doom for Republicans every time they pull this shit.

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Response to anti-alec (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 03:03 PM

2. I wish

But there are too many idiots running around this country that will vote for them anyways this November. Big old siiiiiiiiiiiiiigggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhh from me.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 03:05 PM

3. Now would be a good time for the House Dems to emulate the GOP

When the GOP were in the minority they were capable of halting most everything the Democrats wanted, its time to make our minority that powerful.

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Response to DJ13 (Reply #3)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 03:08 PM

6. Most of those tricks are in the Senate, not the House.

And in any event it doesn't matter, since this would never make it past the Senate anyway.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 03:05 PM

4. So is it time to start organizing Occupy-esque "starve-ins" and "die-ins" yet?

You know, where all these people with no food, shelter or insurance make it highly inconvenient for the 1% to have to step over them by the millions to get anywhere? Maybe even scuff their shoes in the process?

I mean, that would totally suck for those rich people, wouldn't it?

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 03:05 PM

5. They think $1.87 per meal for a family of 4 is way too much nt

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Response to DaveJ (Reply #5)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 03:11 PM

7. Did you forget the sarcasm thingie?

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Response to Auntie Bush (Reply #7)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 03:19 PM

10. Actually it's true, that's what Republican Congress thinks

Sad, but true.

I can't believe the people charged with protecting our safety and security are doing everything they can to make life harder.

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Response to DaveJ (Reply #5)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 03:33 PM

12. That won't even buy a box of Kraft dinner

and a can of chili.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 03:14 PM

8. Half of food stamp recipients are CHILDREN

15% are elderly, 20% are disabled.

The same people who would take food out of the mouths of children, the elderly and the disabled throw a hissy fit if you ask the richest Americans to pay their share of taxes.

Unbelievable.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 03:19 PM

9. Why do Republicans hate the poor so much?

And why can't Democrats embarrass the shit out of them?

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Response to RussBLib (Reply #9)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 03:46 PM

14. What makes you think Democrats really respect those with low income?

I mean, throw 'em a few scraps, keep 'em from publicly eating out of dumpsters, sure. That would be embarrassing, look too much like republicans.

But where is a jobs and training program for 10 million people who need work? The pres talks at a junior college with a 54% retention rate about how they are churning out grads getting jobs, yet the unemployment rate in that county is higher than was at the end of last year. Talks about a 90% placement rate, but they don't tell you that most of that is in their restaurant and hospitality program, not the CNC machine operators that were introduced. Espresso machines and cash registers require Comp 101? Maybe training is necessary for putting those umbrellas in the little drinks can be dangerous - sharp sticks, don't ya' know. Yes there are hundreds of thousands of people going back to school -the fastest growing segment of student loans is going to people in their late 40's, average debt now $12,000 in student loans alone for them, yet student loans are falling behind. Maybe $10/hr jobs don't leave enough to pay them. Or maybe the bank demands more than happy words.

It's fluff and window dressing, hope without substance. Or perhaps there are programs that address the 20 million people saying they need more work just to live, 50 million without health insurance, 12 million underwater on their home loans, 2 million or so in foreclosure that haven't paid a payment on their homes in 2 years, $270 billion in student loans that are over 30 days past due.

One may not like it, but feel free to look up the data. It's all around you.

I see the diff between the repubs and demos here - the repubs want a cut, the demos don't. But it can't stop there. Just because they don't get a cut doesn't mean the people served will be able to do anything but wait on that next EBT card.

If they really wanted to embarrass them they would start fighting got REAL opportunity.

It's the absence of that, I am quite sure, that is the reason they can't "embarrass the shit out of them".

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Response to jtuck004 (Reply #14)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 04:19 PM

16. Are you a member of your local Democratic Club, jtuck004?

You should be talking to the people in the Democratic Party about your complaints and ideas. Attend meetings and work to change what is going on.

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #16)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 08:33 PM

19. There are other ways. Like when we organize


a couple hundred people into a spay/neuter clinic that the neighbors run under vet and tech supervision, at no cost to pet owners. They learn co-operation, self-sufficiency, generate community, come out with more respect for each other. And their pets. I have been working on how to do that in other areas.

It's been my experience that one can't generate that in most meetings, and I only have so much time

I did go a few years ago. Nice folks, and I suspect we agree on some things, but they seemed a bit entrenched, holding on to some past they think is coming back. Seems when people get like that it takes a big world or political disaster, but I have things to do until then.

Like figure out another income




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Response to jtuck004 (Reply #14)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 04:55 PM

18. "It's fluff and window dressing, hope without substance." +1

 

Job training programs, by in large, = useless.

Locally we have a displaced homemakers program that puts women into low-wage jobs that they could get without experience anyway and calls it "training", and subsidizes their pay.

Just cheap-labor crap.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 03:25 PM

11. Everything they do

 

has one goal,Tax cuts for the 1%.
An old friend of mine from the Reagan years is disgusted with the Republicans and is leaning toward becoming a Democrat.
We hardly ever talk politics,i decline because he is really a good guy,however misguided.
I have never before met another republican that saves money all year from his custodian job so that he may donate it to a needy Child at Christmas.
It is the Fuck 'em let 'em eat fish heads attitude on the right that is turning off those who care about their fellow human beings.
Someday they will have to make a choice of just who they actually represent,Fascist's or People.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 03:40 PM

13. goppers got to feed the 1%

cause they really do need it.

Majority are "children" that food stamps help feed. How "Christian" of them.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 03:47 PM

15. Let 'em eat cake!

Of course, they probably can't afford that, either.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 04:51 PM

17. Okay the House controls the money but can this be stopped by either the Senate or a veto?

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Response to jwirr (Reply #17)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 12:58 PM

23. Probably the only way to stop it is get a good majority in both houses.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 10:56 PM

20. Hey house

I hope you like dealing with the Supermarket chains that will not see revenue thanks to your cutting Food stamps. Consider that Wal-Mart and Walgreens do a LOT of it's buisness from the Poorer people. I say this as one that had to use Food stamps and often had to shop at those places.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 11:57 PM

21. I think the GOPT are basing their ideas on

Scrooge - the trouble is they stopped reading after the first chapter.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 01:36 AM

22. Great. That should send the crime rate

soaring. People need to feed their families, morans

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 01:41 PM

24. Scumbags. Pure scumbags.

Dems need to run ads touting this crap in every district in the nation, see if people in even the darkest of red states are happy getting their food stamps cut in the name of "defense", aka indefinite war.

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