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Is Your Congressman One Of The 13 Who Get Federal Farm Subsidies But Voted To Cut Food Stamps?

So, meet all 13 Republican Congressmen who voted to fund their farms with millions of your tax dollars, and voted to cut $40 billion in food stamps and kick four million Americans off the SNAP program:

Rep. Robert Aderholt

Republican–Alabama 4th District

Total Farm Subsidies Received: $207,426

Net Worth: $506,019 to $5,815,999

Rep. Blake Farenthold

Republican–Texas 27th District

Total Farm Subsidies Received: $1,205

Net Worth: $9,659,099 to $38,785,999

Rep. Stephen Fincher

Republican–Tennessee 8th District

Total Farm Subsidies Received: $3,483,824

Net Worth: -$1,149,999 to $204,995

Rep. Vicky Hartzler

Republican–Missouri 4th District

Total Farm Subsidies Received: $516,000

Net Worth: $2,218,026 to $13,854,995

Rep. John Kline

Republican–Minnesota 2nd District

Total Farm Subsidies Received: $6,548

Net Worth: $248,009 to $645,000

Rep. Doug LaMalfa

Republican–California 1st District

Total Farm Subsidies Received: $1,710,385

Net Worth: $1,268,007 to $5,596,000

Rep. Tom Latham

Republican–Iowa 3rd District

Total Farm Subsidies Received: $313,776

Net Worth: $2,315,175 to $7,650,167

Rep. Frank Lucas

Republican-Oklahoma 3rd District

Total Farm Subsidies Received: $40,613

Net Worth: -$264,990 to $1,059,995

Rep. Cynthia Lummis

Republican–Wyoming At-Large

Total Farm Subsidies Received: $14,289

Net Worth: $7,252,036 to $30,584,999

Rep. Randy Neugebauer

Republican–Texas 18th District

Total Farm Subsidies Received: $4,321

Net Worth: $6,560,080 to $19,129,998

Rep. Kristi Noem

Republican–South Dakota At-Large

Total Farm Subsidies Received: $503,751

Net Worth: -$464,992 to $674,999

Rep. Marlin Stutzman

Republican–Indiana 3rd District

Total Farm Subsidies Received: $196,268

Net Worth: $14,019 to $1,082,995

Rep. Mac Thornberry

Republican–Texas 13th District

Total Farm Subsidies Received: $29,774

Net Worth: $241,007 to $580,000


There is more than one way to burn down the Reichstag

What if the debt crisis is not brinkmanship? What if the kleptocracy wants a default? Right wing economists actually testified before the Senate Banking Committee that it would be OK the US to default on the debt.
Clearly their paymasters want to put this idea into circulation. Why? Two years ago Eric Cantor http://www.salon.com/2011/06/28/eric_cantor_conflict_of_interest/ invested in puts against Treasury bills. Has he done so again? Who else is selling America short in the literal sense? The Koch brothers?

What would happen if the US defaulted on its debt? Well, the current political system would be completely discredited. How would the crisis be resolved? Would the Very Serious People call for a super commission like the thieves who are currently running Detroit? Would we have a national version of that? Would it be the crisis in which a US version of Galtieri would seize power? We need to at least start entertaining the possibility that this is not brinkmanship. We need to consider the possibility that the kleptocracy wants a default.


PELOSI:You just can't come to church & pray on Sunday & go out & prey on people the rest of the week

Nancy Pelosi Message To The Republicons:
"You just can't come to church and pray on Sunday & go out and prey on people the rest of the week"


Jesus slapped the fish out of your lazy mouth

SAT SEP 21, 2013 AT 09:32 AM PDT
Jesus slapped the fish out of your lazy mouth
by Ministry Of Truth

12:1 And lo, those who shall not work shall not eat, and Jesus multiplied the money changers wealth and kicked a beggar in the ribs on his way out of TempleMart, 12:2 and the holy ghost of the invisible hand was with him, and he did not stray to the left but teabagged a concealed carry shotgun, for the free market watches over us and keep us, in Ayn Rand's name we praise.

12:3 And Saint Reagan smiled down upon Jesus with laser beam eyes from atop his throne of skulls, and Jesus fired his holy shotgun in salute, 12:4 for guns are freedom and render unto Ceaser that which he can pry from our cold dead hands.

12:5 And the people cried, "WE NEED FOOD!", and Jesus answered them "GET A JOB!" before telling them to bathe.

12:6 Then Jesus mounted his fossil fuel powered Pterodactyl with Ted Nugent and flipped off all the socialists and liberals, 12: 7 and he went to house of his job creator father until he sobered up at the age of 40 and ran for Governor of Texas.

~Excerpted from The Book of Reagan


Republican Lawmakers Are Playing Politics With Human Lives, in Four Pictures

Republican Lawmakers Are Playing Politics With Human Lives, in Four Pictures
Lee Fang on September 20, 2013 - 5:14 PM ET

............Republicans, who have embraced and deceitfully promoted Obamacare discretionary spending programs—including the Obamacare-funded health centers and clinics that they are now attempting to shut down:

Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) co-sponsored Representative Tom Grave’s (R-GA) defunding bill, the Defund Obamacare Act of 2013. Although Cassidy has joined Boehner and the party’s far right in a push to shut down Affordable Care Act discretionary spending programs, he wrote a letter to the administration asking for more discretionary spending on federal health centers. In addition, he appeared at a ribbon-cutting event—where Cassidy held a ceremonial pair of scissors—for an Obamacare-funded school-based health clinic, where he made an emotional appeal about the importance of helping children stay healthy while earning an education. Despite his plea to help children, Cassidy’s attempt to defund the government over healthcare reform will cut off money to such programs: cassidy

(Cassidy cuts the ribbon for a new Obamacare-funded school health clinic. Photo credit: NBC33)

Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) helped sponsor Senator Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) bill to defund healthcare reform. While Moran has attacked the law and called it a failure, he proudly appeared at a publicity event to promote the groundbreaking of a $4.7 million expansion of the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas last August. At the event, where Moran held a ceremonial shovel, the senator heaped praise the community center for helping provide comprehensive care, noting “even the most conservative politician…ought to be in favor of community health centers.” Though he did not acknowledge the source of the construction money, the $4.7 million came completely from Affordable Care Act discretionary spending.

(Moran breaking ground at an Obamacare-funded clinic in Kansas. Photo credit: Moran’s Facebook page)

Congressman Michael Grimm (R-NY) is a co-sponsor of the Defund Obamacare Act. Despite his opposition to the law and repeated attempted to repeal it, Grimm posed with jumbo-sized Obamacare checks to recipients in his district. In this photo, Grimm is presenting a check for $487,500 from the Affordable Care Act to the Community Health Center of Richmond, which received a total of over $2.7 million from Obamacare. Even if Republicans fail in repealing the Affordable Care Act, a government shutdown would cut off funding to federal health clinics. congressman michael grimm

(Grimm posing with an Obamacare check. Photo credit: Flickr user Feanny)

Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS) signed onto the Defund Obamacare Act in July, and argued recently in a column that the entire law must be repealed because it “harms Americans.” What would be Pompeo’s alternative? At a town hall meeting, according to the Wichita Eagle, Pompeo said that instead of Obamacare, federally funded health clinics like the Hunter Health Clinic and GraceMed in Wichita provide great examples of how to care for people who can’t afford health insurance. Pompeo failed to note that both clinics are actually heavily funded by Obamacare: Hunter Health Clinic has received over $1.67 million and GraceMed $525,000 from the Affordable Care Act. Nor did he mention that his repeal effort would withdraw funds from health clinics like the ones he praised as examples of the right type of reforms.

(Pompeo speaking before the Hunter Health Clinic. Photo credit: CFAHC)


“Top-Down Class Warriors” Are ALWAYS Our Enemies

“Top-Down Class Warriors” Are Always Our Enemies

The “Grand Bargain” is always going to accelerate the destruction of the safety net.

1) Cut people's food supports
2) Don't give them jobs that pay enough for them to survive
3) ???
4) Die quickly?


Democrats push Reid to get more aggressive in shutdown battle ("as high a CR level as we can get")

Source: The Hill

Democrats push Reid to get more aggressive in shutdown battle
By Alexander Bolton - 09/21/13 06:00 AM ET

Senate Democrats are urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to be aggressive in the standoff over a government shutdown with House Republicans.

They say Reid should counter the House Republican government funding bill by not only stripping language defunding ObamaCare, but by increasing funding for the rest of the government.

“We’re going to try to get as high a CR level as we can get,” said Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the third-ranking member of the Democratic caucus, referring to the stop-gap spending measure. “We are not going to be held hostage.

“We think it should be higher than the $988 (billio)] level, absolutely. But we’re not going to have a negotiation that deals with extraneous issues,” he added. “We’re going to negotiate to get as a high a level as possible.”

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/323803-democrats-push-reid-to-get-aggressive-in-shutdown-fight-#ixzz2fXIjLLPV

Italian lawmakers hold same-sex ‘kiss-in’ to protest anti-LGBT discrimination

A group of Italian lawmakers interrupted a parliamentary debate on Friday to engage in a same-sex kissing demonstration in support of expanding the country’s anti-discrimination law to include the LGBT community.

According to The Local, the new measure, which expands a 1993 law to ban “crimes motivated by homophobia or transphobia,” passed in the Chamber of Deputies in a 354-79 vote, but is not expected to make it through the Senate of the Republic, generally considered the parliament’s “upper house.”

But dozens of members of the M5S party — short for MoVimento 5 Stelle, or Five Star MoVement — cut discussion short on Friday when they stood up and began kissing each other, while others held up signs calling for “more rights” for LGBT Italians. Some ministers also defended the protest online, with Federica Daga posting a picture of the protest on Twitter and writing, “Equal rights and dignity without gender. Because a kiss and a hug are not scary.”


Robert Reich asks Bill Moyers: ‘When do you reach a point where inequality is simply too much?’

Economist Robert Reich found himself slightly agreeing with former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum in an interview with Bill Moyers, arguing that while he doesn’t support “equality of results,” the problem with the U.S. financial system is a lack of equality when it comes to opportunity.

“The question is not inequality, per se,” Reich told Moyers on Friday. “The question is, at what point do you tip over, do you get to a tipping point where the degree of inequality actually is threatening your economy, your society, your democracy? When do you reach a point where inequality is simply too much? Where most of your people feel like the game is rigged.”

Reich told Moyers that when the country’s tax laws are weighed in favor of the wealthy, that creates an educational system that steers families in lower socio-economic tiers to schools that lack comparative resources.

“A lot of middle class and poor people actually are paying, particularly through social security taxes, which nobody talks about,” Reich explained. “They all want to talk about income taxes. They’re paying a much larger share of their income.”


Psst! GOP: Wanna get folks off food stamps?

A Census Bureau report released on Tuesday found that the program had kept about four million people above the poverty level and had prevented millions more from sinking further into poverty. The census data also showed nearly 47 million people living in poverty -- close to the highest level in two decades.


Here's my budget:
by Dave in AZ - for Living on less than a Living Wage

1,000.00 - take home pay
- 750.00 - 1 BR in city center (I need good access to public transportation, car died
- 150.00 - average monthly utility coast
- 30.00 - monthly Suntran bus pass
- 200.00 - monthly food cost (since that what I got on SNAP, I'll use that
- 130.00 - negative monthly cash flow, even before telephone, clothes, shoes, etc.

Sorry, Mr. Boehner, I'd go broke.

Dear Republican Congressmen Idiots: Getting food stamps isn't stopping able bodied adults from being productive, responsible adults and working full time. They are working full time, and they still need food stamps to make it because the minimum wage isn't a living wage! Wanna get folks off food stamps and reduce the size & cost of the program? Raise the minimum wage! If the federal minimum wage laws had kept up with inflation, the minimum wage would currently be $10.74. That would be somewhere to start. And, if you guys would throw in a jobs bill or two, that would be really swell.

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