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GOP turn their back on Veterans once again!
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On Friday over 170,000 veterans will end up on the streets of America Hungry. Over 900,000 veterans will be affected by this. The GOP hat as once again turned their backs on the veterans who served this country and fought for our freedom!


Benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps, will automatically drop come Friday thanks to the loss of additional funds from the 2009 stimulus bill. That cut will hit about 900,000 of the country’s veterans, according to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

The House vote to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by $40 billion over 10 years proved, once again, that when the Republican drive to demonize poor people comes into conflict with the supposed Republican reverence for veterans, demonizing poor people wins. The bill would kick 170,000 veterans off of food stamps, out of around 900,000 veterans in the program.

Republican rhetoric was that the food stamp-slashing bill would continue food assistance for the virtuous poor—children, seniors, disabled people, employed people—and only cut assistance for able-bodied adults who don't want to work, preferring to live high on the hog off of their average benefit of around $4 a day. That's false in ways almost too numerous to count:

The bill contains no provisions for people who can't find work in an economy where there are three jobseekers for every available job.
Republicans claimed unemployed people could fulfill the bill's work requirements by turning to job training programs, yet many people don't have access to job training programs and the bill did not fund them.
The bill would kick 2.1 million mostly working or elderly people out of SNAP by eliminating expanded categorical eligibility. On paper, these people's income or assets are above the SNAP threshold even though, in reality, they face significant expenses like child care in order to keep working, bringing them below the threshold:

A typical working family that qualifies for SNAP due to categorical eligibility consists of a mother with two young children who has monthly earnings just above the program’s monthly gross income limit ($2,069 for a family of three in 2013). On average, the families above that limit who qualify for SNAP as a result of categorical eligibility have combined child care and rent costs thatexceed half of their wages. The approximately $100 per month in SNAP benefits they receive covers about one-fourth to one-fifth of their monthly food budget.

That provision would also cause 210,000 children to lose free school meals.

Oh, right, and then there are those 170,000 veterans. Funny how once they're no longer fighting in wars Republicans started and no longer useful for fending off criticism of said wars, once they're struggling in a difficult economy and needing government assistance to get by, Republicans stop spending so much time talking about how much we owe those people.

Really, of course, no one should go hungry, veteran, child, or able-bodied unemployed adult.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/09/20/1240183/-Republican-bill-would-kick-170-000-veterans-off-of-food-stamps



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Sheran commented on Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 20:08 PM

Show links to back up your blog! I'll be waiting...

Sheran commented on Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 20:16 PM

Sorry forgot to put you on hold!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6g4dkB...

PoliticsNation commented on Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 20:22 PM
PoliticsNation commented on Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 20:24 PM

@Sheran-I enjoyed the hold music~ laugh of the day..

Sheran commented on Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 21:17 PM

PN it says could loose benefits!

Veterans could lose food stamps because of cuts

We the people, want let that happen. People spitting out a baby a year, "get off your a$$ and get a job... Our Veterans have earned their entitlements. Not "LAZY" people.

PoliticsNation commented on Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 21:27 PM

If nothing happens by Friday they will lose their benefits! That's the problem it's more than lazy people that receive entitlements. I'm not fighting for people who sit on their behind and draw a check. Im fighting for veterans, disabled and the single parent that's working 2 jobs or the soilder that's a private with a family in need of limited assitance. I don't support people that can work but want.

Sheran commented on Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 21:31 PM

Let us sit back on hold and pray for the best!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6g4dkB...

Sheran commented on Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 21:36 PM
sebekm commented on Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 11:49 AM

The 2009 stimulus bill has stimulated little except an increase in the food stamp rolls. More people on food stamps is not the answer - whether the people are veterans or not.

Veterans know which party looks out for their interests - overwhelmingly - in war and peace. And it ain't the Democrats - who should have been fixing a broken economy since 2009 instead of foisting a broken health care program on 85% of the American people.

timeontarget commented on Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 07:52 AM

Amen


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