When ever I post about safety net programs in general and SNAP particular, I always get someone replying that the abuse in SNAP is horrific.
People actually able to walk using food stamps. (GASP!)
This is a perfect example of teabagger absolutism.
‘I saw a person using food stamps and they looked alright so everyone on food stamps must be alright and abusing them’.
‘SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: NUMBER OF PERSONS PARTICIPATING’
( ‘Data as of August 9, 2013’)
Oklahoma residents using SNAP – 618,624
‘At a town hall in Welch, OK on Thursday, Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) called for the outright elimination of aid programs for low-income Americans, claiming that he has witnessed food stamp fraud firsthand’.
‘Mullin said he would like to “do away with a lot of these programs” because they allow people to slack off’.
“The food programs are designed to take care of people who can’t work, not won’t work. And we all know those people that won’t work, right?” he asked the audience’.
“They’re abusing the program, and we’ve got to get them off of it.”
‘Mullin knows for a fact that food stamps are abused, because he saw them being used by people who did not fit his idea of what poor people are supposed to look like’:
“So I’m in Crystal City and I’m buying my groceries…and I noticed everybody was giving that card. They had these huge baskets, and I realized it was the first of the month”.
“But then I’m looking over, and there’s a couple beside me”.
“This guy was built like a brick house”.
“I mean he had muscles all over him. He was in a little tank top and pair of shorts and really nice Nike shoes”.
“And she was standing there, and she was all in shape and she looked like she had just come from a fitness program”.
“She was in the spandex, and you know, they were both physically fit”.
“And they go up in front of me and they pay with that card”.
“Absolute 100% all it is is fraud…it’s all over the place. And there you go, to the fact that we shouldn’t be supporting those who won’t work. They’re spending their money someplace”.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/08/09/2442191/congressman-claims-widespread-fraud-because-he-saw-a-physically-fit-couple-use-food-stamps-to-buy-groceries/
You don’t boycott your 24 hour a day free advertising for Republicans network television.
And just because a FOX company will produce the docudrama – you still have FOX do all of your debates and trash Hillary at the same time.
You boycott CNN and NBC because they will actually show it.
Americans will understand the difference.
And FOX viewers won’t know the difference.
‘Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus repeatedly warned this week that if networks show proposed biographies of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (D), the party would not let them or their affiliates host any 2016 GOP primary debates’.
‘But Priebus said Sunday that despite reports that a Fox company might be brought in to actually produce the Clinton mini-series, the his boycott would not extend to Fox News Channel’.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/media/2013/08/11/2448451/rnc-priebus-boycott-fox-news/
Please, Please, Pretty Please run Donald.
I want you to spend millions of your dollars and I really, Really, Really want hundreds of rich people and hundreds of thousands of middle class Republicans spend their actual hard earned money on your campaign.
All so that millions and millions of intelligent Americans can shake their heads and say “This is what the Republicans have become…..”
A political Party with no agenda except to chase scandals and conspiracy’s while threatening to shut down the Government.
‘Donald Trump, in the early presidential caucus state of Iowa this weekend for an event featuring many potential 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls, defended his questioning of President Barack Obama’s place of birth in an interview aired Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”
‘Correspondent Jonathan Karl asked the former presidential candidate about his pursuit of Obama’s birth certificate, suggesting it made him look not serious’.
“Why does that make me not serious? I think that resonated with a lot of people,” Trump said’.
‘Karl pressed if Trump still believes Obama was not born in the United States’.
“I have no idea,” Trump said. “I don’t know, was there a birth certificate? You tell me. You know, some people say that was not his birth certificate. I’m saying I don’t know. Nobody knows. And you don’t know either.”
From : http://www.politico.com/blogs/politico-live/2013/08/trump-spars-with-reporter-over-obamas-birth-certificate-170348.html
The ‘new’ Republican Party.
Hate…..Fear…..Loathing as the only policy they offer.
‘As Congress slips into recess and retreats to their home districts, the president is also preparing to depart for the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard with the first family for a ten day vacation’.
‘Before President Obama left for a separate family vacation back in 2010, FoxNews host Bill O’Reilly invited Washington Times columnist and FoxNews contributor Monica Crowley on the show to give her input. “He’s actually shoehorning the job of the presidency into his busy schedule of going on vacation.” Crowley continued, “Is he ever working?”
‘O’Reilly actually called out Crowley for not criticizing President George W. Bush on the same issue’.
‘Crowley admitted that we all want a president to have down time to “clear his mind,” yet she came back and charged, “However, Obama is taking a vacation every five minutes. He’s blowing off steam almost every day.”
‘Crowley later claimed, “Bush took two vacations a year, in August and at Christmas time. That was it.”
‘According to Mark Knoller of CBS News, who has been tracking presidents’ vacation time for two decades now, at a similar point in his presidency, George W. Bush had taken 399 days off compared to Obama’s 87’.
From : http://www.nationalmemo.com/republicans-blast-president-obama-for-taking-a-vacation/