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“They only start calling it class warfare when we fight back” November 20, 2013

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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“During the farm bill debate, when the the first bill with $20 billion in SNAP cuts went down, I assumed that the tea partyers voting no opposed the corporate welfare, but when they had a standalone farm bill, which was just an orgy of corporate welfare, they voted for that. Only eight House Republicans voted against it. It stripped away any fig leaf that they’re anti-government intervention.”

“Another member [of Congress] was given $3,588 for food and lodging during a six-day trip to Russia. He probably drank a fair amount of vodka and probably even had some caviar. That particular member has 21,000 food stamp recipients in his district. One of those people who is on food stamps could live a year on what this congressman spent on food and lodging for six days.

More than half of fast-food workers’ families nationwide rely on public assistance to get by — double the rate of the overall workforce — at a cost of nearly $7 billion a year to US taxpayers.”

Almost 15 percent of those aged 16 to 24 have neither a job nor are in school…about 19 percent of all Americans say they have more education than they need to qualify for their job…40 percent of Americans now make less than minimum wage workers did in 1968, based on numbers adjusted for inflation. ”

“Florida resident and Vietnam veteran Charles Boykin says, in the clip above, that he can’t understand why legislators would do anything to reduce his SNAP allotment. ‘Why take it away from us?’ he asks of Congress. ‘We were there for them, why can’t they be there for us?’

We bet the state will just recover oodles of money. (Pity that the dollar-to-oodle exchange rate is so lousy these days.)”

“But the free clinic is also where some people learn that there is no hope for the chemotherapy or surgery that they need but can’t afford. When UTMB refuses to treat them, it falls to us to tell them that they will die of diseases that are, in fact, treatable.” A medical student talks about the systemic failures of the health insurance system, from a perspective that’s personal and systemic all at once.

The politicians who are eager to have SNAP recipients go through drug testing never seem interested in going through it themselves…and Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) provides a shining example of why.


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