- Posted September 14, 2013 by
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GOP to America's Hungry- "You'll Work For Food Stamps or Else"
"Republicans believe and quote the phase ,"It's work that sets you free" — apparently unmindful that this was the phrase posted over the gates of Auschwitz."
"The GOP architects of welfare reform want millions of poor Americans to work for food -- or else. "
People are working. Most want to work. But the GOP want people to work but don't expect them to get paid...much.Now, they want to cut S.N.A.P. benefits deeper. More Americans now worry about having the money to buy food.
The GOP is OK with the 'pay hikes' for corporations but not for American workers.
Cantor and the GOP are 'OK' with 'welfare for corporate America' just not for people. So who is to blame when working people still have to rely on food stamps to feed their families? Republicans and greedy businesses.
Wal-Mart and companies like them, are the real beneficiaries of government subsidies for their under paid workers.
"This week, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is expected to introduce a food stamp bill that would require that many applicants seeking food stamps (through the newly renamed Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP) prove that they're either working 20 hours a week or are unable to work — or else be denied aid.
Eric Cantor's new food stamp bill could endanger benefits for as many as 4 million Americans."
Has Cantor looked around to see whether there are jobs that those on food stamps could take?
Many who receive food stamps are already working.
Is this genius of a representative so callous that he sees nothing?
Where are the good paying jobs that 'his job creator friends' are supposed to be creating?
Corporations have record profits and we have record food stamp eligibility in the U.S. today.
Of course, Eric Canto sees no correlation.
Corporations are not filling job openings with new hires because they can make more by making current employees do the job of two people.
No. This rich, spoiled brat, House Republican, Eric Cantor, doesn't give a damn about the working poor or solving the challenges this country faces.
He's got his and to hell with everyone else.
People like Cantor have no business representing our people.
Maybe Cantor should read what we once told people around the World about this great nation when they arrived in New York City at Ellis Island:
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free;
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless,
Tempest-tossed to me
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Maybe Cantor should read them.
"Cantor's bill is the first step in a push by House Republicans and conservative think tanks to complete the unfinished business of Newt Gingrich's 1994 Contract With America, the 10-point plan for conservative reform that envisioned "promoting individual responsibility" by attaching expanded work requirements, time limits and other restrictions not only to welfare — which Gingrich and others succeeded in passing in 1996 — but to food stamps, SSI and other government benefit programs.
"The work requirements piece is a constant drumbeat," says Rebecca Vallas, a longtime legal advocate for the poor in Philadelphia.
"It's not that different from the mid-'90s. We're really seeing a reemergence of the same strategies, of the same kind of messaging, even from the same players."