Thursday, November 03, 2005

Food Stamp Cuts Are On Table

CLICK TO READ: Washington Post:Food Stamp Cuts Are On Table by Jonathan Weisman

The food stamp measure is just one of several provisions in an expansive Congressional budget-cutting package that critics say unfairly targets the poor and disadvantaged, especially poor children.

"House Republicans are pushing to cut tens of thousands of legal immigrants off food stamps, partially reversing President Bush's efforts to win Latino votes by restoring similar cuts made in the 1990s."

And that's just the beginning.

"The Senate is also set to vote on its version of the budget-cutting package, which would not cut food stamps. The smaller measure, with $39 billion in savings, has broad reach, affecting Medicare, Medicaid, agriculture programs, private pension plans and energy."

And there's more where that came from. It really all boils down to the fact that fiscal responsibility is once again falling on the shoulders of those least able to bear it. And the richest 1% of our citizens? They get more than a pass. They get another tax break. Wow, ain't Bush-onomics great?

"The problem is the interrelationship between cutting taxes, which no matter what you do will be viewed as cutting taxes for the rich, and reducing programs for the poor," said moderate Rep. Michael N. Castle (R-Del.). "It's that simple."

Sure is. Compassionate Conservativism strikes again.

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