Sunday, May 19, 2013

Why Congress is Wacky, Log Jammed, Out of Touch



The photo snatched from The AP at this NBC Story. It shows stacks of paperwork for members of the House Agriculture Committee as they consider the 2013 Farm Bill, which includes $80 billion cut in food stamps.

Look at that paperwork - no need to see how "busy" the committees are, right? I mean, just move along quickly as possible with bullet talking points in hand to introduce your little political speech and opinion - while dismissing the facts. 

Just keep gas, oil, and energy subsidies firmly in tow -- we have a midterm election next year and their money is far more valuable than anyone on food stamps, right?

Two points:

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) estimates that the House version of the farm bill making would throw nearly 2 million people off food stamps, most of whom are working families with children or senior citizens. More than 200,000 kids would lose access to free school lunches, according to the CBPP numbers.

The more modest Senate proposal would cost half a million SNAP recipients $90 each month, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (Dept of AG stats).

A short message for all those in Congress about your priorities and such, and how can I say this as delicately as possible: Are totally out of whack.  The truth hurts, doesn't it? Yes, but for whom?

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