Isn’t it amazing when all Americans can come together as one to ax food stamps, child tax credits, and Medicaid? YES WE CAN’T! There is something nipping at our brainal lobes from the lost fogs of … last year maybe? So long ago. Who can remember! But it was something about one of those “bipartisan” things President Afrika Bambaataa is always trying to do, like, “okay, a Democrat is president so you are all big deficit hawks now, and naturally we will accept your framing of that and be deficit hawks too, so let us all cut all the muneez from things we care about and if we can’t agree we will have some Doomsday Button kick in automatically, so time to put on your compromising shoes!” The GOP, of course, compromised the way it always does: by lining up behind their charismatic leader, Paul Ryan, and marching on Poland.
Republicans in the House of Representatives on Monday will fire their first shots of the next deficit-reduction battle, advancing legislation to cut nearly $380 billion largely from social programs while protecting defense spending.
The cuts to food stamps, child tax credits and Medicaid healthcare for the poor, among others, are certain to stall in the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate. But they stake out Republicans’ negotiating stance on replacing $1.2 trillion in automatic, across-the-board spending cuts that are due to take effect in January. [...]
Already, House Democrats are pouncing on the effort as hurting the poor, claiming that $35.8 billion in food stamp reductions over 10 years will cut off 1.8 million people from the nutrition assistance program.
Haha, fuck you “food stamps”! 99 percent of people own refrigerators, so shut up with your “hunger”!
Here, would you care for some context?
The automatic spending cuts, of which $600 billion would come from defense through 2022 – were part of last summer’s eleventh-hour deal to avert an historic debt default and raise the federal borrowing cap. Congress agreed to $900 billion in immediate cuts, but a bipartisan “supercommittee” failed in its task to find $1.5 trillion in additional cuts over a decade.
Under the Republican plan, defense spending would actually be $8 billion higher than levels agreed last August, rising to $554 billion in 2013.