The GOP War on Food Stamps

As the GOP continues the war on the middle class and poor, they have found a new target to focus their greed and venom.

We don’t want to turn the safety net into a hammock that lulls people to lives of complacencies and dependencies, into a permanent condition where they never get on their feet.” -Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin)

I get home and realize I’m hungry. No need to ask myself what I feel like eating. It will be oatmeal for breakfast – all week long. Don’t get me wrong, I am thankful for the assistance but $39 a week is hardly motivation to stay on food stamps long-term. I really wonder is the GOP stupid or is the war on food stamps just more GOP bashing of the middle class to free up more taxpayer money for tax breaks for the top 1%. “–Northeast Tennessee citizen attempting to survive on food stamps for a week.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps, is one of the most efficient, effective, cost effective programs in America today. For many Americans, food stamps have softened the recession’s harsh crunch; this is true for more than 45 million Americans that depend on them for daily meals and the numbers are growing at an alarming rate. The actual benefit is minimal: on average, food stamp recipients can expect an allotment of approximately $30 per week.

However, as the race to 2012 builds and the crazies get crazier, the top GOP presidential hopefuls have turned on this life saving program with a vengeance. The immoral colors of the GOP are shinning through clearly.

In September, Rick Perry proclaimed a “Hunger Action Month,” expressing “deep concern” for his state’s hungry families. Just week’s later, Perry trash-talked food stamps to a South Carolina luncheon audience. Despite overwhelming evidence, (the census showed that in 2010, 3.9 million Americans – almost half of them children – were boosted out of poverty by food stamps), Perry denied food stamp’s role as an economic stimulus and an excuse to foster laziness.

When asked what he thought of the food-stamps-as-stimulus question, Romney opined, “I think that there’s some folks like President Obama himself that imagine that if you just throw money (food stamps) at people, that somehow that will make the economy better.”

Not to be outdone, Rick Santorum has been quick to remind voters that he was the first candidate to endorse Paul Ryan’s plan to transform food stamps into block grants, which will put a cap on aid and leaving millions of hungry Americans without assistance. Earlier in the summer, he charged Obama is “pushing more people on food stamps,” presumably by providing food stamps to people in need.

According to Santorum’s (lack of) logic, by granting aid to the poorest of the poor, the food stamps program is making poverty practically irresistible. (Who wouldn’t want their family to live on $30 per week of groceries, given the chance?) This ignorant logic is a heart felt belief among the Republican base.

The food-stamp hypocrisy rises even higher in (psycho) Michele Bachmann’s corner. Financial disclosures revealed that Bachmann has benefited heavily from federal aid over the years; her family farm, for example, received $260,000 in subsidies between 1995 and 2008. [Another example of conservative hypocrisy] But this hasn’t stopped her from bashing subsidies for low-income Americans.

What’s most terrifying about these attacks on the poor is not the denial of facts (food stamps work – people must eat to survive). It’s the fact that these self proclaimed moral hypocrites are moral(less) when it comes to helping those in need.

Here is where a clear divide of the parties can be seen. Republicans simply deny the notion that government has a responsibility to support Americans’ well-being and security, if someone is hungry – the hell with them!

This same attitude has been observed during the Republican presidential debates with those in attendance (GOP drones in the crowd). From booing a gay service man to applauding the high execution rate in Texas, from believing a young man with serious health issues should simply die, Republican’s show their disdain for compassion and the lust for everything unethical and immoral. They simlply don’t care about the plight of others, as long as they get theirs!

It’s a revival of the Reagan-era “welfare queen” fiction of lies, and the latest field of GOP false prophets is telling the tale with relish. They point at the masses of poor and hungry and accuse them of mooching on tax payers; even as they heap massive tax breaks (corporate welfare) on the rich (top 1%).

It’s easy for greedy folks like Paul Ryan to charge the poor with “fraud” [a catchy theme] as he stuffs his pockets full of money paid by the rich, loot from the GOP tax breaks for the top 1%, a small price for the rich in exchange for his whorish favors (tax breaks) lavished on his rich friends, especially when poor folks are the alleged culprits, and the facts haven’t stopped Ryan, conservatives and other Republican’s from spreading the lies.

Unless you’re an ignorant conservative, it’s hard to imagine being lulled into complacency by $30 a week.

“Sadly, more than 75 percent of households receiving food stamps currently include children. Almost a third contains disabled people or senior citizens. Americans in their 50s are 80 percent more likely to be food-insecure than they were ten years ago – and 17 million children are now in the same boat,” according to government statistics. No wonder the GOP hates the government, all these facts that expose their lies and greed.

The sad fact is food stamps is not even a safety net, it barely keeps people alive.




One Response to “The GOP War on Food Stamps”

  1. Leave it Says:

    People on food stamps live on $4.62 a day. What food can you purchase for that amount? How many millions & billions are spend on corporate welfare?

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