These people that we continue to send to Washington year after year are so vile and evil and greedy they no longer even care how they look to the rest of us. One piece of legislation after the next is nothing but another big “F you” to the American people–especially to those who can least afford it. When are the American people going to wake up?
A proposal yesterday to restore the $2 billion to food stamp spending failed 234-188, with nearly all Democrats in support and most Republicans in opposition. The U.S. government spends $2 billion a week on aid to a “corrupt” government in Afghanistan and the majority of those in our House of Representatives would end nutrition assistance to 2 million people and 200,000 children who get subsidized meals at their schools. That is nothing short of disgusting–particularly when one considers that many of the people voting to take food out of the mouths of need American children personally benefit with hundreds of thousands of dollars from this same farm bill. Utterly disgusting!
Reid Ribble*, R-Wis., said food stamp enrollment has continued to grow even though the economy has been recovering for the past few years. In Oklahoma, there were about 613,000 recipients in March — 16 percent of the population.
First of all every statistic out there is telling us that the economy is recovering at a snail’s pace AND furthermore, the majority of the jobs are low-wage jobs such as those offered by Walmart, other retail and fast-food chains . Walmart does not pay its employees a living wage and thus taxpayers must supplement the wages chains like Walmart don’t pay with food stamps so that working people are able to put food on the table for their families. Less needs to be going to the shareholder/investors/owners and more to the people who produce the goods and deliver the services.
These people that we send to Washington DC are, by an overwhelming majority, members of the investor class. They don’t earn their bulk of their annual income with money paid to them by their salary as do the majority of Americans. Instead, these people, the majority of whom are millionaires, earn their income through their investments, much of which was made possible by inherited wealth.Thus they do not represent the majority of Americans.
*Iflizwerequeen comments on Reid Ribble
To become self-sufficient, Ribble also wants to expand the usage of both renewable and fossil fuels, so that the U.S. will not rely too much on any single source or foreign region. In June 2012, he voted for the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act, which would increase oil and gas drilling in the U.S., and decrease environmental restrictions:
Representative Ribble and people like him are either dumber than a rock, or they think the majority of Americans are dumber than a rock. Increased drilling in the USA will not increase the “self-sufficiency” of the USA and make our national energy secure. It would make the Koch brothers and the Exxon-Mobil and BP investors more “self-sufficient”; however, as for securing our nation’s energy–that’s just another myth, another bill of goods sold to the American people by jackasses like Ribble who are either stupid or outright liars. Oil and gas are sold on the international market to the highest bidder. Just because these oil companies take the oil from our land, a natural resource that should belong to all the people of the USA, it does not follow that this oil will be used by the citizens of the USA. In fact, most of this oil would be shipped overseas to China.
As for removing environmental laws regarding drilling for fossil fuels. Every member of Congress should be required at their own expense to travel up to the tar sands site in Canada and look at that devastation. Thousands and thousands of ruined acreage. Holding ponds of polluted water, some as large as nine thousands acres. This water is no longer fit for human or animal use–nor will it be for generations to come. It is incredible the amount of water that the oil and gas industry have ruined and continue to ruin at an alarming rate. The fact that we have even one person like Ribble who want to speed up this ruination is bad enough, but we have several hundred of them in Washington. If you count the oil and gas lobbyists, then the number rises even higher to over a thousand such jerks who don’t give a damn about much more than their own personal worth.
Another Congressional Skunk – Stephen Fincher
Representative Stephen Fincher (R-TN) over the past 10 years has taken almost $4 million in Farm subsidies. And do you believe it! This lowdown skunk has the nerve to talk about “taking other people’s money.” Think Progress reported that Rep. Stephen Fincher ranted against food aid for poor Americans included in the Farm Bill during last week’s House Agricultural Committee debate. Specifically, Fincher accused the government of stealing “other people’s money.
While Fincher interprets food assistance for the needy as “stealing,” he has supported a proposal to expand crop insurance by $9 billion over the next 10 years.
You see, Rep. Fincher is the second most heavily subsidized farmer in Congress and one of the largest subsidy recipients in Tennessee history. USDA data collected in the EWG’s 2013 farm subsidy database shows that Fincher collected a staggering $3.48 million in “our” money from 1999 to 2012.
Rep Fincher even thumped the Bible to make his points as to why the poor deserve nothing. READ MORE
The ONLY way that elections of people like Ribble and Fincher can be explained is ignorant Party Brand voter willful blindness combined with a total unwillingness to look at the facts, the history, the records of these men, because neither of them represent the best interests of the majority of Americans.
NOTE: Democrats in the House do tend to be more progressive and representative of the majority. However, in the Senate, there is little difference between the Democrats or Republicans.
In the Senate the Democrats are in the majority and yet no less than 28 of them voted on May 21 to reject an amendment by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N,Y., that would block a 10-year, $4.1 billion cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (also known as SNAP or the food stamp program) that was included in the farm bill that is now up for reauthorization. Twenty-eight Democrats sided with all 42 Senate Republicans in opposing this amendment, which if passed would have prevented thousands of low-incomehouseholds from losing as much as $75 a month in benefits.
Judging from some of the comments regarding these votes against the poor, it looks like at least some voters are waking up.
“I have a neighbor whose only income is Social Security, less than $5000 a year. He lives alone, and now receives food stamps after much encouragement by his friends. The neighbor I mention is not even the only one I know nor even the neediest. I live in a poor rural county. Every one of those 28 Democrats NEEDS to leave Washington, and get out here and find out what is going on in this country. Then they need to vote to cut their own office budgets in order to contribute to those that need help in this country. I’m sick and tired of the privileged going about their business without any sacrifice on their own part, who create sacrifices for us to manage. Let them manage.”
“Disgusting! 28 Dem Senators vote to CUT Food Stamps (aka SNAP)… Any voter who still equates the Democrats with liberalism needs to pay a lot more attention… Nowadays the two parties can best be described as reactionary (GOP) and callously conservative (Dem).”