Green Party to Congress: Don’t cut food stamps!

GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
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For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-904-7614, mclarty@greens.org
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, starlene@gp.org

Greens call poverty a national crisis that needs solutions like the Green New Deal instead of Republican punishment of the poor and Democratic compromises

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WASHINGTON, DC — The plan passed by House Republicans on Sept. 19 to cut $40 billion from food aid would, if enacted, result in deepening poverty and hunger, said Green Party leaders.

“The GOP proposal for the Farm Bill comes five years after an economic meltdown that widened the gap between the nation’s rich and poor. Instead of measures designed to punish the poor for being poor, we need solutions to end poverty, unemployment, and homelessness, with special attention to child poverty and hunger,” said Cheri Honkala, the Green Party’s 2012 vice-presidential nominee and co-founder of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (http://greenshadowcabinet.us/member-profile/8581).

Greens said that, while the budget reduction in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) was unlikely to survive the Senate and a White House veto, the demand for food stamp cuts may result in bipartisan compromises between Congress and the Obama Administration that reduce assistance for America’s neediest.

“The vote by the House to cut $40 billion in SNAP funding is a sad day for America. While we can be heartened by the fact that such cuts will never be approved by the Senate or the President, it is still immoral that in a country as rich as the U.S. so many elected officials are willing to take food away from vulnerable citizens at a time of high unemployment and poverty, especially among children and senior citizens,” said Mark Dunlea of the Hunger Action Network of New York State and a member of the Executive Committee of the Green Party of New York.

“Over the last 30 years we have witnessed a radical transfer of wealth and income from average Americans to the very rich. The needs of the many should not be sacrificed to the greed of the few,” added Mr. Dunlea. (See Mark Dunlea’s article “House Republicans Using the Farm Bill to Attack Hungry Americans,” Aug. 28, http://www.opednews.com/articles/House-Republicans-Using-th-by-Mark-Dunlea-Farm-Bill_Farm-Subsidies_Food-For-The-Poor_Food-Policy-130828-342.html)

Greens said that current poverty rates and the sustained assault on the social safety net are part of larger trend that includes opposition to living-wage legislation at a time when new jobs are paying poverty-level wages, skyrocketing medical costs and lack of health coverage (for which Obamacare provides inadequate remedies), support for slashing Social Security, and erosion of the middle class. Bipartisan austerity measures and sequestration have shifted the burden for economic recovery onto working people and the poor, and away from the financial sector, whose criminal recklessness triggered the 2008 meltdown.

Green candidates have promoted the Green New Deal, a plan to put Americans back to work through programs that create millions of jobs in new technologies, conservation, and other efforts to solve the global climate crisis (http://www.jillstein.org/green_new_deal). The Green New Deal would strengthen the social safety net and expand Medicare to cover all Americans.

“We call it a crisis when 16% of Americans, most of them children, depend on public assistance to survive, even when family members work at full-time or multiple jobs. The Green New Deal is the only plan that addresses this crisis. The obstacle to ideas like the Green New Deal is a political establishment dominated by Democrats and Republicans who act as a front for powerful corporations and the wealthy who don’t want to pay their fair share to maintain a country that’s prosperous for everyone,” saidDrew Langdon, Green candidate for City Council in Rochester, New York (http://www.greenrochester.org/drewlangdon).

During the 2012 presidential race, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney avoided discussion of poverty. In contrast, Green presidential candidate Jill Stein and running mate Cheri Honkala were arrested at a Philadelphia bank for protesting home foreclosures.

See also:

“New Census Figures on Poverty Show ‘Crisis of Democracy’: Report shows 46.5 million people lived at or near poverty level while 48 million people had no healthcare coverage in 2012”
By Andrea Germanos, September 17, 2013
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/09/17-9

“Life on $2 a Day: US Extreme Poverty on the Rise”
By Gilbert Mercier, News Junkie Post, August 21, 2013
http://newsjunkiepost.com/2013/08/21/life-on-2-a-day-us-extreme-poverty-on-the-rise

“Rising Extreme Poverty in the United States and the Response of Federal Means-Tested Transfer Programs”
By H. Luke Shaefer, University of Michigan, and Kathryn Edin, Harvard University, National Poverty Center Working Paper Series #13 – 06, May 2013
http://npc.umich.edu/publications/u/2013-06-npc-working-paper.pdf

“Republicans: We Were Too Nice to the Hungry, But We’ve Fixed That”
By Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/09/republicans-we-were-too-nice-to-the-hungry.html

“RIP, the Middle Class: 1946-2013: The 1 percent hollowed out the middle class and our industrial base. And Washington just let it happen”
By Edward McClelland, Salon.com, September 20, 2013
http://www.salon.com/2013/09/20/rip_the_middle_class_1946_2013/

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One thought on “Green Party to Congress: Don’t cut food stamps!

  1. Steve Scheetz

    Actually, food stamps SHOULD be cut. So should corporate welfare, and all anti competition laws and regulations should be eliminated as well.

    This will result in a free market solution to food stamps. It will allow for free competition against the corporate giants who have been financing the various politicians’ campaigns and Lobby organizations’ expense accounts.

    Maintaining this forced system of servitude is impossible, and we see the strain ripping the US economy down. It could be stated that our current group of “representatives” bought an election by offering more free stuff than those who lost, OR it could be stated that those who lost thought they could win by offering less free stuff than the winners.

    Unfortunately for those who lost, they have deluded themselves into believing that they did not offer enough to purchase their shiny badges. I would suggest that based on voter turnout, those who received free stuff turned out. those who have been sick of paying for the free stuff, for entirely too long, sat home and drank as they watched a scumbag politician who state that he would steal fewer dollars from his constituents’ wallets. This ultimately lead to his political destruction, and enabled the current corruption to continue.

    To every thinking taxpayer. You are a SLAVE to everyone who does not produce in this nation. Whether that be banks that are too big to fail, large corporations who are too big to fail and write anti competition laws /regulations for politicians to sign, or people living on food stamps because they refuse to go out and work a second job.

    Those of us who work 60+ hours a week in order to make enough of a living to pay our own way are footing the bill for the too big to fail and those who “slipped through the cracks”

    In my line of work, I have been looking for quality people, People who are willing to work long hours, and accomplish a lot of quality work. What I have been seeing? Warm bodies who wish to come in, hang out, and collect a pay check.

    If anyone in the Philly area needs a job earning 40-60K (or more) Is willing to work long hours, produce a large amount of quality work, and is willing to learn, contact me off list, I will get you a job.

    However, I will NOT give you money I earned because you fell through the cracks. I know entirely too many people who fell through the cracks who decided to work more than one job, who decided to work and go to school to get a credential in order to start making more money… I know more people who live in a garage, because they cannot afford an apartment, yet they come to work each day and get closer to having enough money to get a place.

    How sad indeed is the population of the United States when we are OK with rewarding behavior that requires people working to pay for people who are not or corporations who have made poor decisions? How sad is it that our politicians send the IRS to collect from those who produce and give to those who do not?

    Do the people of the United States really want to force the US economy to collapse, because that is exactly what is being demonstrated every time the government rewards poor behavior and punishes those who produce.

    Sincerely,

    Steve Scheetz

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