- From Newt's epithets to the gutting of food stamps, Republicans try to unite white people to serve a hideous agenda.
- US Congress plan to slash food stamp funding for the poor
- Starve the Hungry
Brittney Cooper, Salon
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Ted Cruz, Newt Gingrich, Rand Paul (Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst/Tami Chappell/AP/Ed Reinke)
Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013 | The recent vote of House Republicans to cut $40 billion from the food stamp program reflects a deep-seated and insidious racial resentment toward Americans of color. This racial resentment rears its ugly head within the provisions for the bill that demand that non-employed participants in the program get a job, job training or do community service activities. Though the bill in its current form will most likely die in the Senate, the fact that Republicans would even pass it should concern us.
Conservatives continue to lead under the aegis of a deliberate and willful ignorance about the long-term existence of a group known as the working poor, people who work long hours in low-wage paying menial labor jobs, and therefore cannot make ends meet. Moreover, there is a refusal to accept that the economic downturn in 2008 created conditions of long-term unemployment, such that people simply cannot go out and “get a job” just because they will it to be so.
Brittney Cooper is a contributing writer at Salon.
US Congress plan to slash food stamp funding for the poor, Les Blough, Axis of Logic
- House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said the deep cuts enacted Thursday were necessary because while most SNAP recipients need the assistance, there are many people who abuse the system.
As expected, an obedient congress says nothing of the robbery of the national treasury in $trillions by the Fed, Wall Street, banks and big corporations that pay little to no taxes.
Starve the Hungry, Tim, Beau, Janelle, and the rest of the Sojourners team, Sojourners
Congress should be reducing hunger in America, not increasing it. Tell your representative that taking food away from hungry people contradicts your values -- before it is too late.