Benson questions the GOP ‘s morality: “House Republicans are badly in need of a moral compass. Their hypocrisy is only surpassed by their cruelty. “The GOP says that the 4 million Americans who will be kicked off SNAP are capable of helping themselves. I hope that our very capable farmers aren’t being subsidized while this assistance to the poor is deemed too expensive.” Long Beach resident Matthew Black points out more pressing spending concerns: “The GOP has truly hit a new low. After increasing annual defense spending by more than $300 billion since 2001, spending $2 trillion on unnecessary wars and passing $1.7 trillion in tax cuts between 2001 and 2003 that primarily went to the wealthiest Americans, Republicans need to save $40 billion on food stamps. “Way to go. Why do I feel I’m reading a Charles Dickens novel? “And for those who might reply that Democrats should put their money where their mouths are, this week I donated another $250 to a local food bank. I contribute 5% of my disposable income to food banks.” Frances Terrell Lippman of Sherman Oaks picks up on the Dickens reference: “I guess those Scrooge-like, coldhearted House Republicans thought of an early holiday surprise. How generous of them to think it would be appropriate just to remind people who are hungry and struggling that it would get a little more impossible for them to feed their families. Their apathy is only exceeded by their cruelty. “Being hungry and homeless in America is this country’s greatest shame, and yet our so-called leaders in Washington couldn’t care less and only serve to exacerbate this terrible and fixable situation. Watch out for that karma.” Oxnard resident Steve Binder says The Times should give this issue more attention: “Friday morning, I couldn’t wait to read The Times’ article about the Republican-led House voting to cut off food stamps for children, senior citizens, the disabled and especially our veterans.
This conversation is alarmingly common. When it comes to eating healthy there are several strategies that are known not to work for many people. One is to trust will power that you will not to eat the junk food that is purchased every week and is conveniently available in the house. When a person is rushed and hungry , it is easy to justify grabbing a plastic wrapped snack instead of preparing a good quality meal. Another strategy is to stock the kitchen with healthy versions of the same junk food. This makes the rationalization easier when grabbing a snack instead of taking the time to make a good meal. An all natural organic soda and organic snack chips are really not better than a home cooked meal made of fresh ingredients. Some simple strategies and preparation can avoid the situation where poor food choices are made due to easy availability of poor food choices. Ban junk food from the house. If you really want junk food make it a difficult task to specifically go out and buy it. Buy fresh food often and have it available. Buy healthy snack foods like vegetables, fruit, dried fruit and nuts. Prepare in advance. After buying fresh foods, prepare the foods in advance of needing them. Cut up vegetables and meats and store them in quantities specific for your needs.
Mass starvation feared in Syria; ‘We have no food’
(These are the latest available figures). “The Fed (Federal Reserve) found that middle-class families had sustained the largest percentage losses in both wealth and income during the crisis, limiting their ability and willingness to spend,” according to The New York Times. For 30 years, wages have flat-lined or declined for most workers, particularly in the past 10 years, as low-paying jobs replace middle-income paying jobs. In 2009, only half of the country had any assets, and those numbers have gotten worse during the last three years. Speier slams GOP over food stamp cuts Booker: Living on food stamps hard Feds crack down on food stamp fraud And here’s the kicker. Today — based on wage levels — half of Americans live in poverty or near poverty. The gap between the well-to-do and everybody else is widening alarmingly. Probably everyone reading this knows someone who is striving mightily, working two jobs and cutting expenses to the bone while barely making ends meet. To be considered poor by federal standards, a family of four must make less than $23,550 a year. A person must make less than $11,490. For the unemployed and the millions who have been looking for work for six months or more, the struggle is many times harder and uglier.
Food Stamp Work Requirements Could Still Be Waived For Some Under GOP Bill
“We have no food, no milk and no medicine,” said a woman from Moadamiyeh, who identified herself by her nickname Um Lujain for fear of government reprisals. “We are surviving on one meal a day” Um Lujain said her 18-month-old daughter has lost half her weight and spends most of her days sleeping. The woman said her daughter’s diet is based on the liquid she makes by boiling lentils. “There has been no children formula or bread for about a year,” the woman said. She added that sometimes rebels find expired boxes of powdered milk in abandoned shops or pharmacies, and people still give it to their children for lack of food. According to the Moadamiyeh Media Center, six people have died of starvation over the past 20 days: two women and four children ages 18 months to 7 years. It added that 15 other children are in intensive care in clinics, suffering from malnutrition. On Monday, the opposition Syrian National Coalition accused government forces of tightening their months-long siege. “Assad’s forces are starving people to death in those areas,” the coalition claimed. “Famine looms in the horizon.” Rana Obeid, the 18-month-old girl, was the latest to die on Monday. An amateur video showed her lying on a bed, her ribs visible and her stomach bloated. The video appeared genuine and corresponded to other AP reporting on the events depicted. Mahmoud Abu Ali, an activist in Moadamiyeh, said the suburb has been under siege for 307 days. He added that most of the cows, sheep and goats died as a result of shelling or lack of feed, and people cannot plant their land because of daily bombardment. “People wake up in the morning and there is no food to have breakfast.
Food stamp cuts a cruel proposal
More than 36,000 households receive SNAP benefits in Hurt’s district alone . The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities , a progressive critic of the GOP bill, has said the exemptions approach is flawed. “Since the number of exemptions is very small compared to the number of people affected by the three-month cut-off provision and many of the affected individuals have similar circumstances they are unemployed in a weak economy, struggling to make ends meet, and often facing destitution it is difficult for states to determine which of those individuals should receive exemptions and which should not,” the Center’s Dottie Rosenbaum, Stacy Dean and Robert Greenstein wrote in a recent report. The House legislation is unlikely to become law in its entirety; it will have to be reconciled with a more moderate food stamps measure that passed the Senate earlier this year, and both chambers must approve a final compromise. This story has been updated to include analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Also on HuffPost: Alabama State Capitol (Montgomery, Ala.) Pictured on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) Alaska State Capitol (Juneau, Alaska) Pictured on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Miller) Arizona State Capitol (Phoenix) Pictured on Friday, April 23, 2010. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) Arkansas State Capitol (Little Rock, Ark.) Pictured on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston) California State Capitol (Sacramento, Calif.) Pictured on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images) Colorado State Capitol (Denver) Pictured on Thursday, Oct.