ass clown of the month … the real hunger games come to a home near you

ass clown of the month by hip is everything

ladies and gentlemen …
the envelope please …
the latest winner …
of the sometimes coveted, always deserved
ass clown of the month award
goes to …
drum roll please …
those men and women with no sense of reality …
those emotionally empty emperors of empathy evacuated ethics …
the harbingers of hooey …
the captains of the goptanic …
those mendacious masters and maestros of misdirection and made up mutterings …
the deacons of dementia and the darlings of dickville …
the sirens of the senseless, shit spewing shameless …
the admirals of artifice and their ass-licking assistants …
the double-dealing, duplicitous and deceitful deans of drivel and drama…
the republican party …
for their refusal to do anything about the fact that 47 million americans will lose part of their SNAP (food stamps) benefits today …
47M Americans hit by food stamp cuts starting today
the cutbacks amount to a loss of 21 meals per month for a family of four …


Millions of Americans will plunge over the “Hunger Cliff” today, when $5 billion in cut to food stamps go into effect  tomorrow. While Congress negotiates even more cuts, millions of Americans will face negotiating where their next meal will come from.
It wasn’t supposed to be this way. In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, the number of Americans who relied on food stamps skyrocketed from 26 million in 2007 to nearly 47 million in 2012. The 2009 stimulus raised the cap on food stamp benefits, and poured $45.2 billion into the program. But now the stimulus provisions are expiring, and the food stamp program is scheduled for $5 billion in cuts over the next year.
The cuts weren’t supposed to be catastrophic, but to return spending on food stamps to normal levels once the crisis passed. The problem is that the crisis didn’t pass. The economic recovery skipped most Americans, for whom the Great Recession has continued unabated.

According to Feeding America, in 2012:
49 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 33.1 million adults and 15.9 million children;
14.5 percent of American households (17.6 million) were food insecure;

5.7 percent of American households (7.0 million) reported very low food insecurity

  • households with children had higher rates of food insecurity than those without
    children, 20.9 percent compared to 11.9 percent; especially households with children headed by single women (35.4 percent) or single men (23.6 percent), Black non-Hispanic households (24.6 percent) and Hispanic households (23.3 percent);
    5.1 percent of all U.S. households (6.2 million households) accessed emergency food from a food pantry or soup kitchen one or more times;
    59.4 percent of food-insecure households participated in at least one of the three major Federal food assistance programs – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamp Program), The National School Lunch Program, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.
    According to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA), “food insecurity” occurs when “consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year.”
    Statistics and definitions, however, don’t tell you who the Americans who struggle with hunger on a daily basis are. Conservatives like to say “Those who do not work shall not eat, misquoting and misusing the Bible to justify cutting food stamps, and implying that Americans who rely on food stamps are so lazy they’d rather rely on the government to feed them.
    The truth is that sometimes those who work still can’t eat. Many food stamp recipients have jobs. They are the working poor, whose wages are not enough to lift them out of poverty. They are low-wage workers for highly profitable companies that refuse to pay living wages. They rely on food stamps to stave off hunger. Some employers,
    like McDonald’s tell workers to apply for food stamps if their wages aren’t enough to put food on the table.

    These are the people who will be going over the “Hunger Cliff” while members of Congress negotiate even more cuts to food stamps.
    The program is back on the chopping block this week as Congress begins negotiations over the Farm Bill. Last month, House Republicans passed a bill that could cut nearly $40 billion from the food stamp program over the next decade. (Not to mention eliminating free school meals for over 200,000 children.) The Senate bill cuts just a tenth of that amount. It’s likely that final farm include cuts to food stamp benefits that fall somewhere between the House and Senate bills.

Instead of literally taking food off the tables of American families, here’s what Congress should put on the table during farm bill negotiations:
the sugar subsidies that prop up 85 percent of the U.S. sugar market, at an $80 million loss to taxpayers;
the 75 percent of subsidies that go to biggest 10 percent of farming businesses;
the $4 to $5 billion in direct payments to owners of traditional farmland, even if those “farmers” (including one Rockefeller heir who pocketed $400,000) aren’t growing anything;
the farm subsidies that go to members of Congress (ten times as much to Republicans as to Democrats), including $7.2 million in farm subsidies  to fourteen congressional Republicans with a combined net worth of $124.5 million.
Congress shouldn’t be taking food off the tables of millions of American families while lining the pockets of major corporations, big farming businesses and wealthy so-called “farmers — not to mention lining their own pockets — with tax dollars that could and should be used to feed the hungry.
When millions of Americans are teetering on the edge of the “Hunger Cliff” Congress shouldn’t be negotiating how hard to push.
READ MORE HERE …      reposted from: bilerico.com


House Republicans Vote To Drop Millions From Food Stamps

By Alan Pyke on September 20, 2013

hungrychildHouse Republicans approved nearly $40 billion in cuts to the food stamps program Thursday evening in a tight 217-210 vote. Fifteen Republicans defected to vote “no” on the measure, which is projected to kick millions of people off of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates Thursday’s cuts will bump at least 4 million and up to 6 million people out of the program, and even the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates 3.8 million would lose benefits next year with an additional 2.8 million losing them each year on average over the decade.
The bill passed Thursday seeks to pare back food stamp participation by changing eligibility requirements in a few different ways. In addition to adding work requirements modeled on the reforms that helped cripple the efficacy of welfare, the Republican bill ends something called “categorical eligibility” whereby people enrolled in other low-income safety net benefits can skip much of the bureaucracy and paperwork involved in applying for food stamps. While categorical eligibility reduces administrative costs in the program, Republicans argue that it makes federal anti-hunger spending too generous. The program provides $133 per month on average and is already scheduled for a significant cut in November as a stimulus provision expires. Furthermore, constraining eligibility for SNAP will mean some hungry people get hungrier: Nearly half of the country’s 50 million hungry people have pre-tax incomes high enough to make them ineligible for SNAP without categorical eligibility, according to Feeding America, and nearly a third earn more than 185 percent of the federal poverty level income.
The House cuts amount to about 5 percent of the projected ten-year cost of SNAP, which currently serves one in seven Americans as the jobs crisis brought on by the financial crisis continues. Enrollment in SNAP tracks with the health of the economy, as safety net programs are designed to do, but Republicans have repeatedly insisted that there is something untoward about the rapid expansion of the food stamp rolls in the worst economy the country has seen in about eight decades.
SNAP is one of the three most effective anti-poverty programs the government has, keeping 4 million people out of poverty last year alone. The cuts Republicans propose are likely to create greater costs down the road than what they save the government in the near term.
The House and Senate must now reconcile their positions on SNAP, which the top agricultural policymaker in the Senate has warned will be very difficult on the shortened timeline House leaders have created by waiting until mid-September to act on food assistance. The Senate’s farm bill included a $4 billion cut to SNAP, meaning that cuts in some amount are likely should the two chambers manage to strike a deal.
reposted from:  think progress

the republican party …
our ass clowns of the month for october

we salute you …
hip is everything salute

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