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A MILLION Dollars, imagine that!

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April 30, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Republicans More Likely to Have Constituents Who Use Food Stamps

Via: Time

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When the House voted in September to cut $40 billion from the federal food-stamp program over 10 years, all but 15 Republicans supported the measure while not a single Democrat did so.

But according to a TIME analysis of county-by-county food-stamp-enrollment data compiled by the nonprofit Feeding America, it appears that House Republicans represent more districts with high levels of participation in the program than House Democrats.

Of the 350 congressional districts in which TIME was able to estimate the percentage of people enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), 76 had levels of 20% or higher.

Of those, 43 are held by Republicans while 33 are controlled by Democrats. (whoops!)

http://swampland.time.com/2013/12/04/interactive-republicans-more-likely-to-have-constituents-who-use-food-stamps/

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April 21, 2014 Posted by | GOP morons | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Quote of the Day”

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March 26, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Ayn Rand Paul (R-KY) – ‘GOP Moron of the Day’

Via: Huffington Post

The Senate has turned back an effort by Kentucky Republican Rand Paul to DRASTICALLY CUT food stamp spending and replace the food aid program with block grants to the states (Oh, I don’t know, lets say, Kentucky?).

The 65-33 vote to defeat the Paul amendment was part of debate on a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm and food bill.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, makes up about $80 billion of the $100 billion a year cost of the farm bill, providing aid to some 46 million people.

The farm bill would reduce food stamp spending by $4 billion over the next decade by eliminating abuses. Paul’s amendment would have saved $322 billion over the same period by capping spending at $45 billion a year and turning over funding decisions to the states.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/13/food-stamps-cuts-rand-paul-senate_n_1593896.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

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June 14, 2012 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, Rand Paul | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Froathy’ Santorum – ‘GOP Moron of the Day’

Via: Huffington Post

Speaking in Le Mars (in Mars?-  or ON Mars?), Iowa on Monday, Rick Santorum promised to significantly reduce federal funding for food stamps, arguing that the nation’s increasing obesity rates render the program unnecessary:

Santorum told the group he would cut the food stamp program, describing it as one of the fastest growing programs in Washington, D.C.

Forty-eight million people are on food stamps in a country with 300-million people, said Santorum.

If hunger is a problem in America, then why do we have an obesity problem among the people who we say have a hunger program?” Santorum asked.

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The cost of the food stamp program — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — has jumped because more Americans are out of work and wages are down, not because of obesity rates. Recent data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that nearly “70 percent households that relied on food stamps last year had no earned income,” although many households did benefit from Social Security benefits and other government programs. But a whopping 20 percent of households had no cash income at all last year.

Food prices have also gone up, adding additional costs.

In fact, the food stamp program has been critical for reducing poverty and pumping money into local economies during the down economy, so cutting it now would not only take food out of peoples’ mouths (regardless of whether they are obese or not) and could slow down the recovery.

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2011/12/07/383788/santorum-we-dont-need-food-stamps-because-obesity-rates-are-so-high/

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After Being Denied Food Stamps, Despairing Mother Shoots Her Two Children In Welfare Office”

Rachelle Grimmer and her two children were a struggling family living in a rundown trailer park. The Texas Department of Health and Human Services denied her application for food stamps, saying that she did not submit enough information. Grimmer went to a welfare office in Laredo to discuss her case.

What happened next was nothing short of horrific — after a seven-hour standoff with police, Grimmer shot her two children and then herself:

One of the children, 12-year-old Ramie Grimmer, died Wednesday night at a San Antonio hospital, Laredo police spokesman Joe Baeza said. The girl’s brother, 10, remained in critical condition.

Ramie appeared to post a chilling update on Facebook while her mother squared off with police Monday at a Laredo welfare office. Her profile was updated to read “may die 2day” just hours before authorities say her mother shot the girl and her brother, then killed herself to end the seven-hour standoff.

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/12/08/384922/food-stamps-mother-shoots-texas/

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December 9, 2011 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, Perry, Santorum | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Four Desperate Ways the Hardest Hit Are Coping with Economic Crisis

Via: Alternet

As the economy continues to tank in the wake of congressional budget showdowns and stock market crashes, stories of those hardest hit remain hidden from view. The unemployed and underemployed, the homeless and the hungry have all been relegated to the back pages of our local
newspapers; that is, if they are reported on at all.

As America’s economic disaster continues its destructive rampage throughout our communities, leaving behind record levels of unemployment, home foreclosures, mounting debt and unaffordable bills, how are those on the edge of the economy coping?

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Titles only, you can read the details on the attached Link.

1) Skipping Meals: Not Just for Adults Anymore

2) Doubling Up and Overcrowding

3) Postponing Retirement ’til Death? 

4) Suicide Amidst Financial Hopelessness and Desperation

 http://www.alternet.org/story/152099/4_desperate_ways_the_hardest_hit_are_coping_with_economic_crisis/?page=3

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5) Country wrestles with spike in food stamps

Via: Reuters

Genna Saucedo supervises cashiers at a Wal-Mart in Pico Rivera, Calif., but her wages aren’t enough to feed herself and her 12-year-old son.   

Saucedo, who earns $9.70 an hour for about 26 hours a week and lives with her mother, is one of the many Americans who survive because of government handouts in what has rapidly become a food stamp nation.

Altogether, there are now almost 46 million people in the United States on food stamps, roughly 15 percent of the population. That’s an increase of 74 percent since 2007, just before the financial crisis and a deep recession led to mass job losses.

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/44230330/ns/business-personal_finance/

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6) Social Security disability on verge of insolvency

Via: GazetteXtra.com

Laid-off workers and aging baby boomers are flooding Social Security’s disability program with benefit claims, pushing the financially strapped system toward the brink of insolvency.

Applications are up nearly 50 percent over a decade ago as people with disabilities lose their jobs and can’t find new ones in an economy that has shed nearly 7 million jobs.

The stampede for benefits is adding to a growing backlog of applicants — many wait two years or more before their cases are resolved — and worsening the financial problems of a program that’s been running in the red for years.

New congressional estimates say the trust fund that supports Social Security disability will run out of money by 2017, leaving the program unable to pay full benefits, unless Congress acts.

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“It’s primarily economic desperation,” Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue said in an interview. “People on the margins who get bad news in terms of a layoff and have no other place to go and they take a shot at disability.”

http://gazettextra.com/news/2011/aug/21/social-security-disability-verge-insolvency/

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August 23, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment