The Tea Party-controlled House of Representatives voted last night to cut $40 Billion in food stamp assistance over the next 10 years. The ability of about 4 million people to eat would be affected.
In England, the lower house is called the House of Commons. Here in America, the lower house could accurately be called the House of Lords. The minimum salary for a congressman is $174,000 a year. The average congressman has a net worth of almost $1 Million. They are fully vested in their pensions after only 5 years of service, the same for their health care plans and those of their employees.
Congressman can vote themselves pay raises, beef up their pensions and vote for a better health care plan. They recently voted to allow themselves to trade stocks on insider information. Sorry, Martha Stewart.
About 85% of congressmen ascribe to some form of Christianity. How then, you ask do these Christian folks, set for life, feeding at the public trough come to the determination that people making less than $14,000 don't need any help? Good question.
Another good question is why they feel that the wealthiest Americans need our help because they're paying too much in federal taxes, but we'll save that one for another day.
Eric Cantor (R-VA) says that eliminating food stamps is the first step toward making those unfortunate enough to need them more self-sufficient. Cantor blames Obama for a 70% increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP enrollment since the Recession of 2008. He acknowledges that job opportunites for those on food stamps are scarce, but maintains that not having food will lead to self-sufficiency.
We can't accuse Cantor of being "un-Christian" because he isn't one. He may, however make his fellow Jews wince at the mention of his name.
John Boehner, soon-to-be past Speaker of the House said that cuts in SNAP are a reflection of "the will of the American people." Don't you hate when they say that?
The American people elected Barack Obama, who ran on a platform of health care reform in 2008. In 2012 Mitt Romney ran on a platform of repealing Obamacare and lost. It seems the will of the American people is pretty clear, but that didn't stop the House of Representatives to focus almost exclusively on repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) with more than 40 votes.
What, exactly is it about Obamacare that Republicans hate. I understand why they hate the President, he's black. But Obamacare offers 30 million people without it a chance to get health insurance. It allows young people to stay on their parents' health plans until they're 26. It does away with pre-existing conditions and lifetime caps on benefits.
Are they worried that the American people are going to like Obamacare once it goes into effect and they start to understand its benefits?
Now the House of Representatives has promised to shut down the government over the debt ceiling if Obamacare isn't de-funded. Obamacare, that thing that the American people voted for in 2008 and again in 2012.
In case you didn't know, the debt ceiling doesn't incur any additional debt, it just allows the government to make good on the debt its already incurred. In other words, raising the debt ceiling, something done at least 80 times since it was first created in 1917 allows the government to pay its bills.
Polling about the recent vote for universal background checks for gun buyers was pretty consistent across party lines. Democrats and Republicans alike were about 80% in favor. That was the will of the American People, yet Republicans voted against background checks almost unanimously. In GOP-speak, the "will of the American people" apparently means the will of the Tea Party.
If you're starting to think that the picture is completely bleak, take hope. The Senate on Thursday voted 97-2 in favor of a measure that would prevent an abrupt shutdown of the Federal Helium Program, a reserve in Amarillo, Texas, which provides 42 percent of the gas to the United States and 35 percent worldwide. The measure now moves to the House.
Kill the food program, de-fund heath care, shut down the government, but keep the hot air. Welcome to Washington, D.C..
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