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    Activate the Mechanism!: Walmart is ‘the largest recipient of public aid in the country’ →

    abaldwin360:

    Representative-elect Alan Grayson (D-FL) said Monday that he will put mega-retailer Walmart squarely in his sights during the next Congress for the company’s liberal use of public assistance programs to supplement their workers’ wages.

    Speaking to Current TV host Cenk Uygur on Monday’s episode of “The Young Turks,” Grayson called Walmart “the largest recipient of public aid in the country,” saying their low wages force workers to take food stamps, housing assistance and Medicaid just to get by.

    “The taxpayer pays for the earned income credit,” he said. “The taxpayer pays for Medicaid. The taxpayer pays for unemployment insurance when they cut hours down. And the taxpayer pays for other forms of public assistance like food stamps. I think the taxpayer is getting fed up of paying these things when, in fact, Walmart could give every employee its got, even the CEO, a 30 percent raise and still be profitable.”

    He added that while the health care mandate in the Affordable Care Act will help, “that’s just the start.”

    “In state after state after state, Walmart employees represent the largest group of Medicaid recipients, the largest group of food stamp recipients, and taxpayers shouldn’t have to bear that burden,” Grayson said. “It should be Walmart. So, we’re going to take that burden and put it where it belongs: on Walmart.”

    read more and watch the video at The Raw Story

    It goes even further than this, those Walmart employees who make so little that they need to be on foodstamps more than likely spend their foodstamps at Walmart.

    In fact, Walmart and other retailers make a killing off of food stamps.

    Folks want to complain about people on foodstamps and where their tax money is being spent should take a good hard look at corporations like Walmart who directly benefit from keeping their workers’ wages so low that they need to be on foodstamps to get by. 

    We are basically subsidizing Walmart’s profits and in more way than one - first by paying their employees shit so their employees have to use public assistance, then by the profits they make on customers shopping with foodstamps.

    Why do we villainize people on public assistance without looking at who is actually benefiting from the fact that people have to be on assistance?  

    GREAT point!

    (via abaldwin360-deactivated20130708)

    — 1 year ago with 215 notes
    #politics  #Wal-Mart  #walmart  #food stamps  #SNAP 
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REP. PAUL RYAN dismisses Catholic bishops criticism of budget plan – “These are not all the Catholic bishops, and we just respectfully disagree,” he said on Fox News after being questioned about the bishops criticism of his budget plan. The USCCB later responded to Ryan’s comment, informing The Hill that they represented “all of the U.S. bishops on key issues at the national level.” Ryan has said that his Catholic faith helped shape his budget plan. But Catholics have questioned his admiration for the libertarian novelist Ayn Rand, who advocated the “virtue of selfishness” and called Christianity the “the best kindergarten of communism possible.” Ryan’s House-approved budget for 2013-2022 would cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which provides food stamps, by $133.5 billion over the next decade. Approximately 2 million individuals would be cut off from the program entirely, according to the Center of Budget and Policy Priorities. Another 44 million would see their benefits cut. 
JOHN BOEHNER, a Catholic, said at a press conference Wednesday the cuts were necessary, despite the impact they may have on the poor.

    REP. PAUL RYAN dismisses Catholic bishops criticism of budget plan – “These are not all the Catholic bishops, and we just respectfully disagree,” he said on Fox News after being questioned about the bishops criticism of his budget plan. The USCCB later responded to Ryan’s comment, informing The Hill that they represented “all of the U.S. bishops on key issues at the national level.” Ryan has said that his Catholic faith helped shape his budget plan. But Catholics have questioned his admiration for the libertarian novelist Ayn Rand, who advocated the “virtue of selfishness” and called Christianity the “the best kindergarten of communism possible.” Ryan’s House-approved budget for 2013-2022 would cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which provides food stamps, by $133.5 billion over the next decade. Approximately 2 million individuals would be cut off from the program entirely, according to the Center of Budget and Policy Priorities. Another 44 million would see their benefits cut. 

    • JOHN BOEHNER, a Catholic, said at a press conference Wednesday the cuts were necessary, despite the impact they may have on the poor.
    — 2 years ago with 4 notes
    #news  #politics  #paul ryan  #catholic bishops  #food stamps  #class war  #income redistribution  #tax cuts for the wealthy  #austerity for the rest of us 
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Republicans to slash food stamps – The White House deliberately increased monthly benefits in 2009 by about $20 per person as a way to pump stimulus dollars into the economy. And in this post welfare-reform crisis, hard-strapped governors have sought to maximize food stamp dollars as a cheap way to help families without tapping state funds. The higher costs and visibility—especially as more businesses advertise that they will honor the electronic benefit cards introduced in the 1980’s—are what’s driving the Republican push. The Recovery Act boost in benefits is already phasing out and will be gone entirely by November 2013. But the package now, to be taken up by the House Agriculture Committee Wednesday, would end this abruptly summer, impacting families Sept. 1, and saving about $5.9 billion in 2012 and 2013. […] the severity of the proposed House cuts could be an over reach for two reasons. First they are all coming from the Agriculture panel in a context where rich farm subsidies continue to be protected at a time of record income for producers. Even in the commodity lobby, there is broad consensus that the current system of cash payments to growers at a time of high farm profits can no longer be politically defended. And by not striking more of a balance, the committee risks real damage to the coalition that has supported farm and food programs together for decades. 

    Republicans to slash food stamps – The White House deliberately increased monthly benefits in 2009 by about $20 per person as a way to pump stimulus dollars into the economy. And in this post welfare-reform crisis, hard-strapped governors have sought to maximize food stamp dollars as a cheap way to help families without tapping state funds. The higher costs and visibility—especially as more businesses advertise that they will honor the electronic benefit cards introduced in the 1980’s—are what’s driving the Republican push. The Recovery Act boost in benefits is already phasing out and will be gone entirely by November 2013. But the package now, to be taken up by the House Agriculture Committee Wednesday, would end this abruptly summer, impacting families Sept. 1, and saving about $5.9 billion in 2012 and 2013. […] the severity of the proposed House cuts could be an over reach for two reasons. First they are all coming from the Agriculture panel in a context where rich farm subsidies continue to be protected at a time of record income for producers. Even in the commodity lobby, there is broad consensus that the current system of cash payments to growers at a time of high farm profits can no longer be politically defended. And by not striking more of a balance, the committee risks real damage to the coalition that has supported farm and food programs together for decades. 

    — 2 years ago with 5 notes
    #news  #politics  #the poor  #needy families  #food stamps  #republicans  #gop  #cutting food stamp program  #usda  #rich farm subsidies continue  #farm lobby  #big ag welfare continues  #cash payments to growers  #tax cuts for the wealthy  #austerity for the rest of us  #class war  #income redistribution 
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Food Stamp Program Helping Reduce Poverty – A new study by the Agriculture Department has found that food stamps, one of the country’s largest social safety net programs, reduced the poverty rate substantially during the recent recession. The food stamp program, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, reduced the poverty rate by nearly 8 percent in 2009, the most recent year included in the study, a significant impact for a social program whose effects often go unnoticed by policy makers. The food stamp program is one of the largest antipoverty efforts in the country, serving more than 46 million people.

    Food Stamp Program Helping Reduce Poverty – A new study by the Agriculture Department has found that food stamps, one of the country’s largest social safety net programs, reduced the poverty rate substantially during the recent recession. The food stamp program, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, reduced the poverty rate by nearly 8 percent in 2009, the most recent year included in the study, a significant impact for a social program whose effects often go unnoticed by policy makers. The food stamp program is one of the largest antipoverty efforts in the country, serving more than 46 million people.

    — 2 years ago with 11 notes
    #news  #politics  #the poor  #food stamps  #snap  #reduced poverty 
    Dog whistling past the facts (of food stamps) →

    From Five Things You Probably Don’t Know About Food Stamps | Off The Charts Blog from CBPP.org:

    1. A large and growing share of SNAP households are working households (see chart). In 2010, more than three times as many SNAP households worked as relied solely on welfare benefits for their income.The share of SNAP households with earnings has continued growing in the past few years — albeit at a slower pace — despite the large increase in unemployment.One reason why SNAP is serving more working families is that, for a growing share of the nation’s workers, having a job has not been enough to keep them out of poverty.

    SNAP Working Households Have Risen

    Read all…

    Recall that Rick Santorum said this on Jan. 2:

    “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money. I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money and provide for themselves and their families.”

    Before he, very bravely, claimed to have said ‘blah’ people instead of ‘black’ people. THEN! came this gem from Professor Gingrich on Jan. 5:

    Newt Gingrich said at a Plymouth, NH town hall that he plans to “go to the NAACP convention and tell the African-American community why they should demand paychecks instead of food stamps.”

    Turns out, according to reality, more people are choosing BOTH to survive.  But facts and reality don’t play well in places like South Carolina.

    And as far as telling blah people or the NAACP, specifically, that they should choose a paycheck over foods stamps? See the demographics of ‘food stamps’ after the cut:  Continue reading 

    — 2 years ago with 31 notes
    #news  #politics  #dog whistling  #food stamps  #GOP  #NAACP  #Newt Gingrich  #paycheck OR food stamps  #racist  #red meat  #repubicans  #rick santorum  #welfare  #working families receiving food stamps 
    politicalprof:

Calling Newt Gingrich:
Who uses food stamps and other welfare programs. And no, Newt, it turns out they’re not all African American. 
From Charles Blow.

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TABLE SOURCE: USDA (PDF Report) Table A.23
Hey, Newt — be sure you have all the facts when you “go to the NAACP convention and tell them they should demand paychecks instead of food stamps.”
And Rick Santorum has a lot to learn about blah people.
Idiots.

    politicalprof:

    Calling Newt Gingrich:

    Who uses food stamps and other welfare programs. And no, Newt, it turns out they’re not all African American. 

    From Charles Blow.

    TABLE SOURCE: USDA (PDF Report) Table A.23

    Hey, Newt — be sure you have all the facts when you “go to the NAACP convention and tell them they should demand paychecks instead of food stamps.”

    And Rick Santorum has a lot to learn about blah people.

    Idiots.

    — 2 years ago with 2151 notes
    #news  #politics  #food stamps  #newt gingrich  #rick santorum  #naacp  #blah people  #usda 
    Gingrich and Santorum might be trying to steal all the racist voters from Ron Paul →

    Can Newt and Santorum just get their facts straight and quit dog-whistling to the most racist, disgusting segments of their unsavory voting base?

    Today in New Hampshire:

    [According to a tweet from Slate writer Dave Weigel, Newt Gingrich said at a Plymouth, NH town hall] that he plans to “go to the NAACP convention and tell the African-American community why they should demand paychecks instead of food stamps.”

    Yeah, okay. Go for it, tough guy.

    The old ‘black people are takin’ all the hard werkin’ peeples monies!’ argument. Except that if you’re going to go by facts, such as those provided by the socialist US Census Bureau, over 15% of the U.S. population is currently living in poverty — AND HALF OF THOSE IN POVERTY ARE WHITE. From Wikipedia:

    Poverty and race — The US Census declared that in 2010 15.1% of the general population lived in poverty:[29]

    • 9.9% of all non-Hispanic white persons
    • 12.1% of all Asian persons
    • 26.6% of all Hispanic persons (of any nationality)
    • 27.4% of all black persons.

    About half of those living in poverty are non-Hispanic white (19.6 million in 2010),[29] but poverty rates are much higher for blacks and Hispanics. Non-Hispanic white children comprised 57% of all poor rural children.[30]

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    Here’s something else completely weird that happened today: Santorum says that on Monday, when he said this:

    “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money. I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money and provide for themselves and their families.”

    …he claims he didn’t say “black people.” He said “BLAH people.” Blah people. He doesn’t want to give blah people other people’s money.

    I. Shit. You. Not.

    I’m sure Santorum doesn’t include the wealthy and corporations in those blah people taking other people’s money though — more tax cuts for them.

    — 2 years ago
    #news  #politics  #unemployment  #war on the middle class  #class war  #income redistribution  #black people  #BLAH people  #dog whistling  #food stamps  #GOP  #newt gignrich  #other people's money  #poverty  #presidential candidates  #racist  #Republicans  #rich santorum  #Ron Paul  #welfare