(VIA Truth-Out)Republicans are outraged for all the wrong reasons.This past Friday, $5 billion was automatically slashed from the federal food stamps program, affecting the lives of 47 million Americans.The USDA estimates that because of these cuts, a family of four who receives food stamps benefits will lose about 20 meals per month.But these enormous cuts to food stamps aren't enough for Republicans.They still want to slash an additional $40 billion from the program in the name of reducing spending and federal debt.
The current Farm bill represents a new low in US politics. What used to be a fairly shared value - feeding the hungry - is now out the window. Previous arguments for cutting food programs focused on fraud and waste. Now, proponents of cuts do not deny that there is need or hunger. They are asserting, successfully, that there are people who don't deserve food even if they are hungry.
By Makani Themba
Executive Director of The Praxis Project
“They call it due process and some people are overdue… Somebody said ‘brother-man gonna break a window, gonna steal a hubcap, gonna smoke a joint, brother man gonna go to jail.’ The man who tried to steal America is not in jail… And America was ‘shocked.’ America leads the world in shocks. Unfortunately, America does not lead the world in deciphering the cause of shock…”
- We Beg Your Pardon (Pardon Our Analysis) by Gil Scott-Heron