Monday, October 21, 2013

GOP Wars: ACA, Women, Students, Voters, the Poor

By an Act of Congress: yada, yada, yap, yap, etc., etc. 
 All Cake Must Be from GOP-Friendly Bakeries

Not Only SNAP, but WIC cuts, too (we  hate wicker baskets) 

We've read all the stories and headlines: The GOP War on women is real (especially health care decisions being made by Pols not M.D.s). But, let’s forget their War on voting rights, now sliding downhill to who knows where. War on college students struggling to find money for higher education. War on public employees and their Unions – always under constant attack (e.g., check Ohio and Wisconsin for example). And, now a biggie for the GOP (as we saw recently): the War on Obama-care (health care for those without any). That ranks right along side another biggie: War on Food Stamps (the SNAP program) and the WIC program (Women, Infants and Children). Let’s face, you have to love to hate the GOP as they seek more targets for their “social change” agenda. My advice to them:

“Ready on the right, ready on the left, ready on the firing line, watch your targets, targets!!!” (Marine Corps rifle range command in my day). They love to play Rambo with people’s lives and then plead no contest when cornered with the facts.

This is the story that caught my eye today (from NBC News), and with my take:

America: bastion of democracy, protector of minority rights, who governs from the majority, peddler of liberty around the globe, one who sets the example, wave the red, white, and well ... certainly not the blue. Remember this story the next time you wave the flag, kiss Mom on the 4th of July, and eat all the apple pie.

The story: Millions of American families could face a sparse holiday table when food stamps benefits get reduced in November, and that could be just the start of deeper cuts to the program to feed poor families. The modern-day food stamp plan, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is scheduled to scale back benefits for all recipients on Nov. 1 because a recession-era boost in benefits is expiring.

The cut comes as lawmakers also are considering billions of dollars of reductions to the overall SNAP program, which has grown substantially in recent years amid the weak economy and high unemployment.

The program is now serving more than 23 million households, or nearly 48 million people, according to the most recent government data through June. 
The USDA says the e average monthly benefit is about $275 per household. The exact reduction depends on the recipients’ situation, but a family of four with no other changes in circumstances will receive $36 less per month, according to the USDA. 

So, Yeah, Go, 
America!! We are number, um number what, I wonder??? Here Mr. and Mrs. GOP, enjoy another cup to TEA. Let's hope it's not laced with “As” (that is arsenic for the We-hate-science GOP crowd).  I wonder though, no Republican base voters ever used SNAP, WIC, or any government assistance program at all, right? Well, okay, alrighty, then. Time to change the subject.

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