i’m not going to cross-post this, so it’s just copy/paste; sorry. i’ve collected a lot on the new fbi docs that the aclu got from their foia request, but this is really bothering me. more nightmare by oligarchy.
andre damon at wsws.org writes about the committee to tweak cuts that were sequestered, and the different ‘sides’ and horror-stories for more SNAP cuts, pension cuts, pension payment increases v. the uber-horrors ahead for working people. And:
“In addition to the cuts in food stamps, on January 1, the federal program that provides extended unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless is slated to expire, throwing millions more into poverty.
In addition to the these cuts, both the Republicans and the White House have repeatedly made clear over the past month that they are still looking to make a deal in the longer term for a “grand bargain” that would lower corporate taxes and slash hundreds of millions of dollars from Social Security and Medicare.”
Reuters parses the SNAP cuts affecting the bottom lines for grocery stores, and this dreck just appalled me:
“Fruits and vegetables, grain products, meats, and dairy products comprise almost 90 percent of the food that SNAP households buy, according to the CBPP.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the discount giant that has the largest grocery sales in America, might fare better, U.S. Chief Executive Bill Simon said when analysts asked this month about the upcoming reduction.
“When the benefits expanded, our market share actually went down,” said Simon, referring to 2009. “And so, our view is when price becomes more important … we’re more relevant.”
Grrrr. and not just because some major percentage of Walmart employees don’t make anywhere near enough to *not* qualify for food stamps. In addition:
“The 2009 stimulus bill increased food stamps by an average of 18 percent, or around $24 a person, and it gave an immediate jolt to the economy. Benefits are spent quickly, and according to Moody’s Analytics, in a weak economy every dollar increase in SNAP benefits generates about $1.70 in economic activity.
Most people who receive SNAP benefits live in households with very low income – about $8,800 a year on average in 2010, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.
As of July, the most recent figures available, 47.6 million were receiving food stamps, up 1.7 percent on the year. Enrollment has been above 47 million for the past 12 months.
MORE CUTS EXPECTED IN NEW FARM BILL
More food stamp cuts – likely focused on reducing the number of beneficiaries – are expected to be included in the new U.S. farm bill, now in its final stage of preparation.”
a number of articles i dug up on the subject seemed to try to feel for the poor, but often the examples they brought in were the ‘single mother with four children’, (hint, hint, clue, clue…: Welfare Queens.) And yeah, i wish no one would have more than two children, but punishing the kids and babbies is just sick, again, given stuff like this: yeah, 17 democrats are co-sponsors. The New Democrat Party. when ya’ve got Jeffrey Sachs supporting it, oy.