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Only 1085 Days Left Until The Next Presidential Election, Let’s All Go Die

OhEmmGee, you guys! Remember how a year ago we were all Hopey and Changey Part II and still drunkenly reveling in the streets because Blablack Blackbama was returning triumphantly to the White House and we were finally done with Richie Rich and his TigerBeat sidekick? Well strap on your campaign buttons because while there are only 36 shopping days until the pagan celebration of mid-winter, there are ONLY 1,085 DAYS UNTIL THE NEXT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION! Don’t care about it yet? No one else does either. But since there are only so many shit-sandwiches we can write about, let’s sexplore what completely irrelevant things politicians are doing three years out in order to get their names in the newspapers!  Read more on Only 1085 Days Left Until The Next Presidential Election, Let’s All Go Die…
  Oh! Sweet Nuthin'

GOP Way Too Busy To Fix $5 Billion Food-Stamp Cut

The House is calling it a session today and won’t resume tormenting us until November 12, praise The Great Pumpkin. In the meantime, an automatic, across-the-board $5 billion reduction in the SNAP food assistance program will take effect November 1, when a provision of the 2009 stimulus expires. Obviously it makes zero sense to let this happen — unemployment is still high, wages are still low, the economy is still barely growing, and SNAP is an “effective and efficient” palliative for all these problems, so naturally “GOP leaders are struggling to come up with an agenda to fill the 19 legislative days that are left in 2013.” (It turns out blocking all NOBAMA’S appointments doesn’t take up too much time!) We could hem and haw about this per usual, but instead let’s imagine what we’d say if we actually believed all the GOP’s intellectually and morally bankrupt arguments against helping poor people buy small amounts of food. We already feel dirty! Alright, ready? Deep breath, clear your mind, you are now… a wingnut. Read more on GOP Way Too Busy To Fix $5 Billion Food-Stamp Cut…
  glass half full of nice time

Oregon Obamacare Communists Cut Number Of Uninsured By 10% In Two Weeks, Probably With Death Panels

The hippies running the Oregon Health Plan have enrolled 56,000 new people under the state’s expansion of Medicaid, even before the state’s insurance exchange — which has been delayed by technical glitches – is up and running. Is it a much-sought-after Obamacare success story? The low-income program has cut the number of uninsured Oregon residents by 10% in its first two weeks, using a fast-track enrollment system that the state designed, or by murdering them, one or the other, there is simply no way to ever know. Read more on Oregon Obamacare Communists Cut Number Of Uninsured By 10% In Two Weeks, Probably With Death Panels…
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Deleted Comments of The Day: How Many Stereotypes Can You Fit Into One Paragraph?

Sometimes when we open up the ol’ comment queue, that limbo where new would-be Wonketteers must first prove they are neither spam nor complete teabagging idiots, we feel like the Medieval Marxist’s wife: “Oooh, Dennis! There’s some lovely filth down ‘ere!” And so it was with two messages from “JustinHuman,” who just wanted us to know that he shares Elizabeth Hasselbeck’s disgust at all these poor people with fancy air conditioning: Sorry, but I agree with Elizabeth on this one. I work in healthcare, and it does get rather upsetting seeing all of the perfectly able-bodied young men and women who come in on disability benefits and Social Security in their 20s and 30s carrying the newest iPad while I work 6 days a week and can’t afford one. It’s infuriating to see people buying lobster and shrimp with their food stamps while I’m struggling working 2 jobs to feed my kids store brand basics. Then, I get to see them walk outside and get into their new luxury car while I hope my 96 Celica starts as it approaches the 200,000 mile mark on the odometer. “JustinHuman” has seen this, people, seen it with his own eyes, and he thinks it’s time for some class warfare on the undeserving poors. Ah, yes, we thought as we read on: there’s some lovely filth down ‘ere. Read more on Deleted Comments of The Day: How Many Stereotypes Can You Fit Into One Paragraph?…
  the anger games

Food Stamp Recipients Worried About Government Shutdown, Wingnuts Outraged

Aww, Twitchy: It’s so nice to know that you guys care! Under the headline “Looming government shutdown elicits concern among food stamp recipients” yesterday, the rightwing twitter aggregator noted that according to a USA Today explainer on the shutdown: the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has enough money to last one more year. That means the food stamp spigot will keep flowing for a long time regardless of what happens in Washington DC tonight. This, of course, was an excuse to present a number of tweets from greedy food stamp recipients who “have not gotten the message:” I better Still get my food stamps this month #shutdown Read more on Food Stamp Recipients Worried About Government Shutdown, Wingnuts Outraged…
  we are all steak holders

California Rep. Jackie Speier Waves Steak And Vodka To Make Totally Clear Point About Cutting Food Stamps

California Rep. Jackie Speier waved around a couple of food props yesterday “in an effort to shame Republicans who want to slash $40 billion from the food stamp budget, while they continue to go on ‘lavish’ trips financed by taxpayers and other groups.” Her intended point may have been lost on people who see the words “food stamps” and “steak and vodka” and assume that she was saying that people getting food stamps are gorging on expensive food and liquor — which was, frankly, our first reaction when we saw that combination in RawStory’s headline. Or maybe that’s just us. Read more on California Rep. Jackie Speier Waves Steak And Vodka To Make Totally Clear Point About Cutting Food Stamps…
  a wingnut meme is born

Usual Sleazy Liars Would Love You To Believe That ‘More Than Half Of All SNAP Benefits Are Used to Buy Sugary Drinks’

The Hill is usually pretty good, but it’s been over 24 hours since they published this untrue thing, which is still there at the time of this writing: A 2012 study found that food stamps enable about $2 billion worth of junk food purchases each year, and that more than half of all SNAP benefits are used to buy sugary drinks. [emphasis ours] Naturally, this is already spreading like hot butter among the wingers. The straight dope (pdf link), of course, is that: Researchers found that 58 percent of all refreshment beverages purchased by SNAP participants were for sugar-sweetened beverages such as regular soda, fruit drinks, and sports drinks. According to the researchers, SNAP benefits paid for 72 percent of these purchases. [again, emphasis ours] These words do not say that “more than half” of all SNAP benefits are spent on trash drinks, but “more than half” of all drinks bought with SNAP are trash. OK, Still pretty bad, maybe? Read more on Usual Sleazy Liars Would Love You To Believe That ‘More Than Half Of All SNAP Benefits Are Used to Buy Sugary Drinks’…
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USDA Finds Farm Subsidy Waste, So GOP Will Cut Food Stamps

So our little mommyblog has been harping on the Republicans in Congress because of their strong desire to ensure that poor people don’t eat, because poor people are just wasting taxpayer monies by being frauds. Luckily, the USDA (which administers food stamps) just came out with a big honking report on overpayments, and this is surely gonna be red meat for the Republicans: $20 million in overpayments by the USDA! Hoo boy, libruls are gonna have a tough time with this one… hold on… what’s that, Washington Post: In a report released this week, the USDA inspector general said the agency spent nearly $15 million on undue payouts through the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation while issuing no major overpayments for nutrition assistance, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — formerly known as food stamps. Yeah, we bolded that last part because… well, because it’s important, that’s why.  Read more on USDA Finds Farm Subsidy Waste, So GOP Will Cut Food Stamps…
  eating was fun while it lasted

Kansas GOP Jealous Of Congress Hogging All The Ways To Shame Poor Hungry People

You know what’s bringing this country down? Not big money in politics, not gerrymandering Congressional districts to create 832 safe seats, and not even bakeries shutting down because they can’t be bigots. No, those are all peripheral issues — the real problem in America is the poors. Seriously, it’s sickening how poor people are just so… poor. They live in ramshackle houses, drive old cars, and don’t even have the decency to wear tailored suits! Seriously, just get some money and stop whining about being poor already, k? Such downers. If there is anything the GOP has taught us, its that the best way to deal with poors is the same way you deal with uppity womyn who want nonsense like equality and non-rapey militaries: shame the lot of them until they go away or die. Well, Kansas is stepping up to the (empty) plate, per HuffPo: Thousands of Kansans could lose food stamps under a new state policy that congressional Republicans hope to implement nationwide. Oh,  joy. A pilot project! Read more on Kansas GOP Jealous Of Congress Hogging All The Ways To Shame Poor Hungry People…
  the hunger gains

Republicans Vow To Cut Food Stamps In Areas Full Of Lazy Republicans

As the GOP War On Food Stamps rolls on this summer, Bloomberg.com has released a report looking at the political makeup of areas where food stamp rolls have expanded. Here’s a bit of a “surprise”: Among the 254 counties where food stamp recipients doubled between 2007 and 2011, Republican Mitt Romney won 213 of them in last year’s presidential election, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data compiled by Bloomberg. Kentucky’s Owsley County, which backed Romney with 81 percent of its vote, has the largest proportion of food stamp recipients among those that he carried. This is excellent news for Mitt Romney, because it proves he was able to get the moocher vote after all. Read more on Republicans Vow To Cut Food Stamps In Areas Full Of Lazy Republicans…
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Up-And-Coming Oklahoma Rep. Markwayne Mullin Vs. The Birther Princess & The Physically Fit Poors

On the one hand, Oklahoma congresscritter Markwayne “Not a typo” Mullin doesn’t have a lot of patience for this self-described “Birther Princess” who keeps trying to hand him Joe Arpaio’s absolutely conclusive Birther Holy Grail. In fact, at one point (1:08), he even says, “Honestly, I don’t even give a shit.” We’d really like to applaud him for that. On the other hand, he doesn’t think the Birther Princess is wrong, just that continuing to talk about the birth certificate is bad tactics: “…we lost that argument November 6. We had 4 years to get that proven and we didn’t, we reelected him, so that’s a dead issue.” Mullin even takes the opportunity to announce that he’s a birther too — “I believe what you’re saying,” he adds (2:55). But by then, it’s too late for solidarity, and the poor spurned dissident stomps out of the meeting, muttering, “But he’s not a real President!” A sympathetic member of the audience posted the video to YouTube, complete with a Fox-News-inspired identification of Mullin’s party as “D” (there are no “D’s” in the Oklahoma delegation). Read more on Up-And-Coming Oklahoma Rep. Markwayne Mullin Vs. The Birther Princess & The Physically Fit Poors…
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Friday Nice Time: In Brazil, New Pope Calls For Rich To Stop Being Dicks To Poors

New Pope is making us happy again, Wonkeroos. He’s on a trip to Brazil where he is doing awesome New Popey things like riding in an open-air vehicle to be closer to the people, and actually walking into people’s homes to give them high-fives and stuff. The guy is goddam fucking just plain awesome.* And what makes our librul bleeding hearts become moar bleedier is when he says stuff like this, from WaPo: In his remarks in Varginha [Brazil], the pope criticized the “culture of selfishness and individualism,” spoke of how the wealthy need to do more to end social injustice and told residents to “never yield to discouragement” because of corruption. Ah, yes – calling on the wealthy to do more to end social injustice. As citizens of the wealthiest country on earth, we are super-excited to see what U.S. politicians and Catholic Churches do in the wake of this kind of conversation!  Read more on Friday Nice Time: In Brazil, New Pope Calls For Rich To Stop Being Dicks To Poors…
  oh snap

These Millionaire Republican Congressmen Who Took Farm Aid Probably Really Needed The Money

Well, Wonkeroos, we have a new, strong contender for the coveted Legislative Badass of the Year award. This nominee enters the competition by calling out hypocrisy from his House GOP colleagues in an awesome new report titled “Pork Barrel Politics.” Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Rep. George Miller (D-CA): A new analysis by the Office of Congresssman George Miller finds that 14 members of Congress voted to continue farm subsidies from which they personally benefit while failing to continue nutrition aid for 47 million Americans. Yep. His office released a report detailing how these 14 GOP Congresscritters have raked in more than $7.2 MILLION in farm subsidies (aka welfare, also aka YOUR tax dollars) while they voted to completely gut food stamps for hungry kids. Hahahahaha, sucks to be poor and not a Member of Congress. Not only did Rep. Miller (D-Honey Badgerville) release this report, and not only did he call his colleagues out by name, but he straight up put photos of each of the offending members on his website, in case anyone was interested, because George Miller DOESN’T GIVE A FUCK. Come after the jump and learn more about these foul, soulless human beings.  Read more on These Millionaire Republican Congressmen Who Took Farm Aid Probably Really Needed The Money…
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Wonkette’s Pet College Newspaper Asks: If You’re On Food Stamps, Why Are You Even In College?

It’s been a while since we’ve checked in with the student journamalists of the Iowa State Daily, that fine press organ (*snckkk, “organ!”*) which gave us an inspired anti-chalk editorial and some very earnest tsk-tsking about Bruce Springsteen using the rock and the roll to campaign for that Obama fellow. This week, the young fogeys of the ISD editorial board turn their attention to the timely issue of food stamps, and they manage a pretty neat trick: In an editorial titled “Food stamp abuse necessitates restriction,” they transform “qualifying for food stamps” into “abusing food stamps.” And to their shock and horror, the editorial board discovers that there are a lot of scummy people out there abusing food stamps through the sneaky tactic of being poor enough to get food stamps. Read more on Wonkette’s Pet College Newspaper Asks: If You’re On Food Stamps, Why Are You Even In College?…
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Welfare for Farmers Bill Passes House; Food Stamps Not Included Because Poors Can Suck It

So remember when World’s Orangest Speaker John Boehner brought up the Farm Bill for a vote and it failed miserably because the GOP is terrible at governing? Ahhh, good times. Well, as Alex noted a few days ago, the House divided the farm bill up into two parts, so that Republicans could vote just on handouts to Big Farm (who just happen by pure coincidence to mostly live in red states) and put off worrying about food stamps until “later.” Because with unemployment still high, why focus on poor people when instead you can focus on an industry, where according to the crazy liberals at The Heritage Foundation, “Commercial farmers, who receive the majority of subsidies, report an average net income of $170,000, and a net worth close to $1 million.”  The poors can stick to their soup kitchens. In a rare instance of being able to get more yea votes than nay votes, the Big Farm-only bill passed the House of Representatives by a whopping 216-208 vote. All Democrats voted against the bill, because it contained no monies for people who are on food stamps, and Democrats care about the 47% and the 53% and the 99% and all the other percents, whereas the GOP cares only about people with lots of ca$h. So what’s all this mean?  Read more on Welfare for Farmers Bill Passes House; Food Stamps Not Included Because Poors Can Suck It…
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House GOP Drunk Again, Spending All Your Food Stamps On Lottery Tickets, Corporate Farms

We had a good laugh when House GOP leadership put the 2013 Farm Bill up for a vote, certain it would pass, but whoops, it failed instead! In the very embarrassing aftermath, Eric Cantor was like, “It’s the Democrats’ fault that we can’t govern!” because they “promised” 40 votes they didn’t deliver, and Nancy Pelosi was like, “I didn’t know leaking nutsacks could talk, beeteedubs do you miss me yet, Amerika?” And Amerika said “I don’t know who you are, did you hear about Paula Deen? Love her.” So the House GOP’s next bright idea is to go King Solomon on the Farm Bill, splitting off the part that’s full of awesome, market-distorting socialist bailouts and goodies for Farmer-Americans and passing that (because Republicans think socialism is bad unless it’s the kind that helps them win elections), then maybe they’ll get around to gutting food stamps. So what’s gonna happen? Let’s Game It Out! Read more on House GOP Drunk Again, Spending All Your Food Stamps On Lottery Tickets, Corporate Farms…
  Let them eat nothing and like it

Paul Ryan Still Focused On Hating The Poors, But In A New Special Way

Rep. Paul “P90X” Ryan, the Great Policy-Doin’ Hope of the Republican Party until he helped assure that Queen Ann Romney would never install a car elevator in the White House (and a grateful nation thanks him!), has been “focused on poverty these days.” Oh, don’t worry. He’s still focused on how much he hates the poors. He just has a new reason now: “Look, I’m a conservative who believes that our constitutional principles, founding principles are the key principles for the day and they’re the best if applied to our problems to solve problems,” Ryan said during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “And we need to have that kind of temperament. This is why I’m focused on poverty these days, this is why I’m focused on — we’ve got the 50th anniversary of the war on poverty coming up next year. We don’t have much to show for it.” He used to hate the poors because his “Catholic faith” and “the social magisterium” and “fucking poors should stop being taker moocher scum and GET OFF HIS LAWN BECAUSE JESUS!” But then all the Jesus experts — like the Catholic bishops and a cadre of nerdy Catholic scholars who have actually read the Bible, not just the abridged version as imagined by Ayn Rand — were all, like, “Shut the fuck up, you big-eared prick, that’s not what Jesus said AT ALL. Stop making him cry.” Read more on Paul Ryan Still Focused On Hating The Poors, But In A New Special Way…
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Louie Gohmert Has Had Just About Enough Of These Poors Buying King Crab Legs With Food Stamps

Let it never be said that Louie Gohmert is insensitive! He is very, very concerned about the downtrodden, especially the suffering House Republicans who are being unfairly criticized for their desire to cut nutrition assistance to nearly 2 million poor people. NOT COOL, that is REALLY MEAN. Not the cutting of food assistance — that’s necessary. But suggesting that Republicans are mean-spirited is the true evil, because all they are trying to do is to stop all these “poor” people from living it up on the taxpayer’s dime. Rep. Gohmert was so exercised over this injustice that he took to the House floor to let America know about this injustice. He told a tale of “broken-hearted” constituents sharing with him just how terrible they feel when they see — apparently every time they go to the store — somebody buying luxury foods with their EBT cards. Congratulations, Rep. Gohmert! You have resurrected Ronald Reagan’s “strapping young buck” buying T-bone steaks with food stamps! Some lines never get old, do they? Read more on Louie Gohmert Has Had Just About Enough Of These Poors Buying King Crab Legs With Food Stamps…
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Farm Bill Fail: House GOP Leadership Sucks At Their Job

So the House of Representatives has been compared to a bunch of spoiled whiny babies plenty of times, because Tea Party. And there have been a zillion stories written in newspapers, the web logs (“blogs”), and in the lamestream media about how no one can control them, except that Speaker Boehner is doing kinda an ok job because he lets them rant and rail and repeal Obamacare like 429 times rather than passing anything of substance. All that came to a screeching halt on Thursday afternoon, when the House had to take a break from its primary Constitutional duties — investigating Benghazi and defunding ACORN — and actually vote on a bill of actual substance. Take it away, The Hill: In a blow to House GOP leaders, the House on Thursday rejected a five-year farm bill. Members voted down the $940 billion bill in a 195-234 vote that only won 24 Democratic votes. HAHAHAHA, John Boehner sucks at his job. No seriously, like really really sucks. Not just that his policies suck, but he is actually a giant pile of fail, encapsulated in a thin orange crust of suckitude. Let’s wonksplain!  Read more on Farm Bill Fail: House GOP Leadership Sucks At Their Job…
  oh snap

Legislative Badass: Rep. Jim McGovern Stands Up For Poor, Hungry; GOP Says STFU

Remember how much Republicans want people to go hungry? And how much they don’t care about the poors and kids (except for the unborn masturbating kind?) But amongst the fecal-dwelling goblin-cave that is Capitol Hill, a hero stands ready to fight. A man who will not force the poors to eat their bootstaps. A man who will fight to make sure kids are lavished like princes and princesses with at least the daily minimum caloric intake. Who is this god-among-goblins? None other than the next in our recurring series of Legislative Badasses, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA)!  What did our hero do? Rep. McGovern introduced an amendment to the farm bill that would have restored $20.5 billion to food stamps, or what is now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Read more on Legislative Badass: Rep. Jim McGovern Stands Up For Poor, Hungry; GOP Says STFU…
  let them eat bootstraps

With Nothing Else to Worry About, Congress Cuts Food Stamp Budget

Hey, remember when the economy went to hell and one in ten workers were out of a job  and millions of Americans lost their homes? That was awful, but LUCKILY rich people have completely recovered from the Great Recession (and then some!), so Congress is now finally able to tackle the very pressing matter of cutting the food stamp budget against the wishes of the American people. This is Econ 101: in the event of a prolonged economic downturn, 1. fire as many government workers as possible, and then 2. make sure Poors cannot get enough to eat so they will be forced to start a bootstrap business and become makers instead of takers. We’ve already accomplished number 1, so now it’s time to get cracking on the poors: Monday night, the Senate passed a five-year farm bill that contained $4.1 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) over ten years. This ensures that the only debate now will be about how much to cut—and it’s likely to result in cuts much deeper than $4.1 billion. Read more on With Nothing Else to Worry About, Congress Cuts Food Stamp Budget…
  You'll have nothing and like it

New Poll Shows Americans Like Eating, Republicans Do Not

Don’t you just hate how some Americans are, like, so high-maintenance and needy and addicted to indulgences like eating? Well, if you do, you’re in the minority and probably a Republican and/or member of Congress, according to a new poll from HuffPost/YouGov: According to the new survey, the 40 percent of Americans who want the food stamps budget decreased were outnumbered by the combined 48 percent who said spending on food stamps should either be increased (24 percent) or kept the same (24 percent). […] Republicans in the poll were the most likely to say they thought spending on each program should be decreased. Forty-four percent of Republicans said they wanted to decrease spending on farm subsidies (30 percent want them increased or kept the same), while 73 percent said spending for food stamps should be cut (21 percent would increase it or keep it the same). Well, isn’t that nice? Sorry, low-income Americans who like to eat, but ever since Republicans bankrupted America by warring all over the planet and giving tax cuts to the rich and letting corporations do whatever the hell they please, we don’t have any more monies for your petty little luxuries like food. That is why Congress wants those greedy bastards getting a maximum of $200 a month to cut back and pull themselves up by their bootstraps. Or eat their bootstraps. Whatever. Read more on New Poll Shows Americans Like Eating, Republicans Do Not…