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    Senate Cuts Food Stamp Funds; Leaves Oil and Gas Subsidies Intact

    America's poor rarely catch a break these days. The Senate is expected to vote today for a bill that will cut food stamp benefits by $6.1 billion to help fund Medicaid and teachers' jobs, reasoning they were too high now that food costs are lower than predicted. Proponents essentially argued that poor people had too much money for food.
    As the Washington Post's Ezra Klein explains, last year's federal Recovery Act increased the amount of money for food stamps, or the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), to about $80 more per household each month. Amid the recession and high unemployment, about six million more people registered for the program in the past year alone, so program costs boomed from $20 billion to $65 billion. Meanwhile, food prices have deflated from last year's high rates. Now people are able to get more bang for their buck, hence the Senate's idea to cut payments. It's frustrating not only because America's poor, working, and middle class are suffering at record levels and could use this tiny leg up, but also because it's a really stupid cut for the overall economic picture: According to Klein, food stamps serve as one of the best forms of stimulus money, to the tune of $1.70 of activity for every dollar spent. In other words, our economy desperately needs this.
    "This is also a question of priorities," Klein writes, explaining that the Senate voted against proposed cuts to oil and gas subsidies, and may continue tax cuts for the wealthy. "But food assistance for poor families? You can get the votes to slash those."
    It's not like most food stamp recipients are young, jobless bums who spend the funds on lavish feasts, despite what a recent Salon.com story on "hipster" recipients suggests. About half of food stamp users are children and the elderly; about one-quarter are working-age women and 14 percent are working-age men. Most have jobs, but about 90 percent fall below the poverty line. An increasing number of recipients were considered middle class before falling on hard times, and many feel embarrassed to sign up because of the stigma that remains. One Idaho man explained,"I'm the type of person if I really don't need it, I got pride, I guess. I don't like asking for help unless I really need it. But I couldn't go without anymore."
    The sustainable food movement has been (and sometimes rightfully) accused of being entrenched in the realm of the wealthy Whole Foods shopper. When it's a question of eating or not eating, organic versus conventional or chips versus carrots seems pretty silly. But there's no question that a sustainable food system won't really work unless all people can afford sustainable food and understand how to prepare it. Policymakers must enact long-term changes to the system to make it more affordable, but in the meantime, they add insult to injury by cutting food stamp funds. Recipients could use the means to purchase items other than cheap junk. As Jennifer Bleyer writes in Salon, "Controversy about how [recipients] use food stamps marks an interesting shift from the classic critique that the program subsidizes diets laden with soda pop and junk food. But from that perspective, food stamp-using foodies might be applauded for demonstrating that one can, indeed, eat healthy and make delicious home-cooked meals on a tight budget." Thanks to Senate priorities, that budget just became unnecessarily tighter.

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    Re: Senate Cuts Food Stamp Funds; Leaves Oil and Gas Subsidies Intact

    and your point is?
    "America's poor rarely catch a break these days. The Senate is expected to vote today for a bill that will cut food stamp benefits by $6.1 billion to help fund Medicaid and teachers' jobs, reasoning they were too high now that food costs are lower than predicted."
    Seems they just moved money that was not needed for food stamps and spent it on teachers and medicaid. For once Congress didn't add to the debt. They just changed priorities.
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    Re: Senate Cuts Food Stamp Funds; Leaves Oil and Gas Subsidies Intact

    It says they are voting on it, I doubt such cuts would pass especially right now. Also are they high? Food prices definitely are going up. So I guess because they aren't going up as much as they thought though, kids should have to eat ramen noodles instead of brown rice until daddy gets a new job? I think if they want to save money in the long run, what they should do is be more careful about whom they give food stamps to, but punishing poor families because of a few bad seeds is a very greedy, and bad idea.

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    Re: Senate Cuts Food Stamp Funds; Leaves Oil and Gas Subsidies Intact

    I say get rid of food stamps entirely. Think of all the money we could save.
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    Re: Senate Cuts Food Stamp Funds; Leaves Oil and Gas Subsidies Intact

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    I say get rid of food stamps entirely. Think of all the money we could save.
    That's pretty hardcore.

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    Re: Senate Cuts Food Stamp Funds; Leaves Oil and Gas Subsidies Intact

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    I say get rid of food stamps entirely. Think of all the money we could save.
    I say get rid of Republicans entirely! Think of all the corruption that would prevented.

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    Re: Senate Cuts Food Stamp Funds; Leaves Oil and Gas Subsidies Intact

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnWOlin View Post
    It says they are voting on it, I doubt such cuts would pass especially right now. Also are they high? Food prices definitely are going up. So I guess because they aren't going up as much as they thought though, kids should have to eat ramen noodles instead of brown rice until daddy gets a new job? I think if they want to save money in the long run, what they should do is be more careful about whom they give food stamps to, but punishing poor families because of a few bad seeds is a very greedy, and bad idea.
    Republicans will lose this bid to stop welfare. They always do. Sooner or later the Republicanazis are going to learn to leave welfare alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    I say get rid of food stamps entirely. Think of all the money we could save.
    Think of all of the children that will starve.
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    Re: Senate Cuts Food Stamp Funds; Leaves Oil and Gas Subsidies Intact

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    Think of all of the children that will starve.
    @Your Star if not for the liberals taxing the **** out of corporations and CEOs they would have had PLENTY O cash to go around to the poor (you know like by donating to food pantries and stuff?) and then they would never of had to start this socialist program in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnWOlin View Post
    @Your Star if not for the liberals taxing the **** out of corporations and CEOs they would have had PLENTY O cash to go around to the poor (you know like by donating to food pantries and stuff?) and then they would never of had to start this socialist program in the first place.
    I don't trust CEO's to put their own money into charities, and give to the poor. What do businessmen care about? Their bottom line, and if they got tax cuts do you really believe they would give that money to the poor, or just stuff their pockets with it? I'm guessing the latter. I think the whole welfare system needs to be reformed, but I'll stick with welfare than having to rely on private charity.
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