Republicans Starving the Poor

With all the attention that media outlets have been giving to the IRS scandal and the subpoenaing of the Associated Press phone records one appalling move has gone unnoticed. That is Republicans have passed legislation that will starve the poor.

According to MSNBC, with the media distracted, the Republican controlled House Agriculture Committee approved a 2013 farm bill that cuts $20.5 billion to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. To Massachusetts Democratic Representative Jim McGovern it’s a poison pill.

“The $20.5 billion cut in SNAP is a poison pill,” McGovern said last Thursday during a press conference. “It means that we shouldn’t be supporting the farm bill.”

National Football League fans are well aware of what the term poison pill is. The reason is that in 2006 the Minnesota Vikings inserted a poison pill to pry away guard Steve Hutchinson from the Seattle Seahawks.

To put it simply, the term is a phrase for a provision within a legal document that forces the other party to pass on the deal.

What people don’t realize is that SNAP recipients already don’t get enough. The average benefit for a recipient is $133.42 per a month. Poverty experts and recipients say that barely covers even two weeks of food on the tightest budgets.

Being a recipient myself I can testify that is very real. At first we went to a local grocery store for our food and typically our benefits ran out in about two to three weeks since we were also receiving Women Infant and Children benefits.

Since then we have learned that shopping at a place like Sam’s Club or BJ’s Wholesale makes benefits last even longer. Even though the cost of membership is like $80 per a year, the investment is worthwhile as you save more per an item buying in bulk. However, we still typically run out of benefits in three weeks and typically run out of things like milk and eggs that have a short shelf life.

So, what does this all mean?

What it means is that the whole thing is nothing more than for show. Republicans know that the Senate, where you need a two-thirds majority to pass a bill, is controlled by Democrats. That means the bill is nothing more than Republicans trying to appease the people who elected them and a tactic to further discredit Democrats further during election time.

2 Responses to "Republicans Starving the Poor"

  1. jpo   June 13, 2013 at 7:11 am

    My family is on SNAP and quite frankly I think that there should be cuts to this system; when we receive our benefits we use them all at the first; we buy dry goods and seeds during the summer and spring I then can and preserve food in other ways. I do not buy sodas, and candy and I become very annoyed every time I see people in a convenience store buying 20 oz. sodas and candy on EBT— however the system does not encourage people to learn to be self-reliant as it should.

  2. iSocialTiger (@iSocialTiger)   May 20, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    So… Which is it? Are we trying to “starve the poor,” as your sensationalist headline seems to indicate, or are we simply tring to pare back a bloated Government program? You seem to be comletely unaware that ever expanding Government programs do nothing but create more and more poor people.

    Democrats just LOVE the poor. Which explains why they work so hard to nake as many people poor as they can.


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