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Giving People Food Stamps Makes Them Dependent on Food
As Republicans have proven by saying it time and time again, people on government assistance become dependent on it. Freely giving away food stamps just makes people dependent on food. How dare they be poor and hurt the job creators by taking food stamp handouts!
People are choosing to be dependent on the government by remaining poor. Being poor just fits their life-style, and we shouldn’t let them do it. If we keep giving assistance, they will stop looking for jobs that don’t exist! And don’t you liberals dare mention jobs programs and a higher minimum wage to help people off of food stamps, damn socialists!
The Senate version of the United States farm bill has a minuscule $4.5 billion in cuts to food stamp programs. Thankfully, the Republican controlled House saw the error of Senate's ways and passed a bill with $16.5 billion in cuts to food stamps. Why don’t we cut out the whole food stamp program; otherwise, we’re just encouraging poor people to eat.
In 2011, per person food stamp payouts averaged $133.85 per month. We will have 3 million fewer people dependent on the government if we pass our food stamp cuts. 40% of the lazy Americans who receive food stamps are working. I guess they will just have to work harder once we eliminate the program. Besides, people can go to churches for food if they get hungry. It will do their soul some good to suffer like Jesus and then take the communion wafer to avoid starvation.
Besides cutting from the program that feeds the unworthy masses, the House farm bill does many things to protect the big agribusiness job creators. First, it guarantees higher crop prices for their crops. The House farm bill gives the most prosperous 10% of growers about 75% of the subsidies. Another great part of the bill is the expanded crop insurance for big farmers. 26 farmers received more than $1 million and 10,000 farmers received more than $100,000 in insurance payouts. With the new farm bill, the insurance payments will increase by $9.5 billion. (ibid)
The increased insurance payouts are needed for big farmers to stay in the 1%. Otherwise, they would be just like the rest of America and have to live on less than $250,000 a year. Thankfully, “the farm households who receive about 80 percent of the subsidies are typically multimillionaires with annual taxable incomes in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.” Millionaires need more money, and this farm bill provides that.
More than that, the new House proposed Price Loss Program would guarantee an additional $16.5 billion to growers of mainly corn, soybeans, peanuts, rice and wheat. See, we match the $16.5 billion cost of the Price Loss Program to big farmers with $16.5 billion in cuts to the food stamp program. Another upside of this bill is that the Price Loss Program will personally help Frank Lucas, House Republican from Oklahoma, who needed something in the bill to protect his family farm’s profits. You know he supports the bill that supports him. (ibid)
The House and John Boehner should rename this bill “The Freedom to Grow What Farmers Want Act” because the House version allows farmers grow genetically modified crops before they get FDA approval. Why should we have to wait to learn if something is safe to eat before we grow it?
Thankfully, Republicans see the waste and fraud in the food stamp program but not the farm subsidies, price supports, or other aid to agribusiness.
Other good news is that 280,000 children would no longer get a free lunch when the House farm bill passes. Why should we pay for their school food when they could be working in factories making money to feed themselves and thus not be dependent on the government?
And take that you tree huggers! The House farm bill cuts into your precious conservation programs, cutting $6 billion over ten years. Conservation programs are not needed, it’s a waste of money and only helps crazy people who want to preserve lands for future generations. Farmers don’t need money for land conservation anyway. Land conservation IS a handout farmers don't need, unlike crop insurance and price supports.
With all this cutting from food assistance and aid to the job creators, we need to support this bill. As I always say, shut up you liberals!
Call Congress to tell them how brilliant they are to cut food programs for the poor during a recession and to support rich farmers who don’t need the help. http://frac.org/leg-act-center/farm-bill-2012/