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  •  Remind me again why I'm supposed to defend (28+ / 0-)

    The Democratic Party when it gets in hot water over the various scandals real or imagined?  

    If you want me to have your back you better start delivering for Democratic constituencies because as far as I can tell when it comes to economic justice the Democratic Party has gone out of business.

    •  They're going to try to fix it (8+ / 0-)

      when it gets to the floor of the senate, according to various news reports.

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      The committee rejected amendments by Johanns and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., to expand the cut, while New York Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, a Democrat, said she will offer amendments on the Senate floor to restore the food stamp dollars. She said the cuts are immoral.

      "If you can't take their money, eat their food, drink their booze and then vote against them, you have no business being up there."

      by Betty Pinson on Wed May 15, 2013 at 02:45:49 PM PDT

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      •  Gillibrand - 2016 POTUS. (4+ / 0-)

        I have said that for three years.

        "The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason." - Thomas Paine

        by shrike on Wed May 15, 2013 at 02:54:46 PM PDT

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        •  I'm with you on that. Hillary is too hawkish, I (1+ / 0-)
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          fear, and will try too hard to out-Thatcher Maggie.  Gillibrand knows who she is and isn't afraid of being an old school NY Dem.

          Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

          by judyms9 on Wed May 15, 2013 at 03:29:07 PM PDT

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        •  Not so fast, LOL! She's been in 'No Labels.' (0+ / 0-)

          Let's make sure that she renounces that organization  BEFORE throwing support in her direction.  ;-)

          TPMDC

          Political Insiders Launch ‘No Labels’ To Support Moderation In Washington

          Jillian Rayfield December 13, 2010, 1:34 PM

          A group of high-profile Democrats, Republicans, and Independents today launched No Labels, a non-profit that calls itself the “Woodstock of Democracy,” touts non-partisanship, and features a bipartisan bison as its official logo.

          The group kicked off at an event in New York today, with speakers like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) appealing to the “vital center of our still-great country.”

          and this excerpt from this piece 'Mayor Bloomberg Dons Bipartisan Purple Tie for 'No Labels' Kick-Off.'
          . . . More than 1,000 Republicans, Democrats and Independents were expected to join Bloomberg Monday at Columbia University for the "No Labels" event. Among the featured speakers in attendance were New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, and Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman, who earned the animosity of some Democrats by losing the primary as a Democrat and going on to win the seat by running as an Independent.

          Gillibrand described the event as a "call to action to demand bipartisanship."

          "People on both sides are measuring success by the amount of bills they block, not the number of solutions they find,” she told the revved-up crowd when she took to the podium.

          The group touts policies including reining in the deficit, securing Social Security and Medicaid, and "encouraging free and open markets, tempered by sensible regulation."

          I certainly have no personal animus against Senator Gillibrand.  But my understanding is that she hails from a very conservative upstate New York District.  And, that her politics are rather conservative, especially regarding fiscal matters.

          Certainly here participation with this organization raises a big 'red flag' for me.

          I hope that progressive activists in New York vet her very carefully, for all the rest of us!

          Mollie

          "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible."-- Frank L. Gaines


          hiddennplainsight

          by musiccitymollie on Wed May 15, 2013 at 04:14:05 PM PDT

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      •  You're right, Betty. But as I mentioned in the (0+ / 0-)

        quote from my comment:

        New York Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, a Democrat, has called both proposals, including Stabenow's, "callous" and bristled at her colleagues who call the heating assistance eligibility a "loophole." She says she will try to erase the cuts on the Senate floor, as she did unsuccessfully last year.
        Guess we all need to be calling our Senators.  ;-)

        Mollie

        "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible."-- Frank L. Gaines


        hiddennplainsight

        by musiccitymollie on Wed May 15, 2013 at 03:54:09 PM PDT

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    •  Not a matter of defending (2+ / 0-)
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      It is a matter of becoming dominant in the Democratic Party. You do not do that by threatening to walk out, to nowhere.
      There are no Libertarians or Greens in Congress. Not even Senators Sanders or King. These parties have not won a single electoral vote in the last 2 decades.
      There will be Democratic primaries next year. We must encourage good people to run.

      Censorship is rogue government.

      by scott5js on Wed May 15, 2013 at 02:56:34 PM PDT

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    •  You nailed it, gb. (2+ / 0-)
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      madronagal, socindemsclothing

      Both parties should be brought to task on this issue.

      Yes, the Repubs are even more egregious in their behavior.  And should be exposed.  Here's a recent article regarding the House bill.

      House panel set to OK cut in food stamp program

      The House bill would cut about $2.5 billion a year — or a little more than 3 percent — from the food stamp program, which is used by 1 in 7 Americans.

      The committee rejected an amendment by Democrats to strike the cuts 27-17, keeping them in the bill.

      The legislation would achieve the cuts partly by eliminating an eligibility category that mandates automatic food stamp benefits when people sign up for certain other programs.

      It would also save dollars by targeting states that give people who don't have heating bills very small amounts of heating assistance so they can automatically qualify for higher food stamp benefits.

      So, please folks, those of you in 'red states,' let's your Congresspersons hear from you on this matter.

      By the same token, some Dems need to be taken to task on this issue.  So please contact your Dem Senator or Representative if they support cuts to SNAP.

      Read this excerpt entitled 'Some cuts likely for food stamps.'

      Published: Wednesday, May. 08, 2013
      By MARY CLARE JALONICK - Associated Press

      WASHINGTON--The government's food stamp program, which helps feed 1 in every 7 America, was one of the few programs exempted from this year's automatic spending cuts. But now it is likely to get trimmed. . . .

      Stabenow's bill is expected to find the $400 million in annual cuts by targeting states that give people who don't have heating bills very small amounts of heating assistance so they can automatically qualify for higher food stamp benefits. That approach passed the Senate last year in a farm bill that died at the end of the congressional session when the House failed to move on the legislation.

      Lucas says the House bill will make those same changes but also end what is called "broad-based categorical eligibility," or granting automatic food stamp benefits when people are signed up for certain other programs. . . . .

      But 'cheers' to NY Dem Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who according to the same article:
      Stabenow, too, is caught in the middle of getting a farm bill passed and appeasing her caucus.

      New York Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, a Democrat, has called both proposals, including Stabenow's, "callous" and bristled at her colleagues who call the heating assistance eligibility a "loophole." She says she will try to erase the cuts on the Senate floor, as she did unsuccessfully last year.

      The debate over food stamps doesn't always fall along party lines - the top Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran, has said he won't support major cuts to food stamps because it is a popular program in his state. Food companies and states, both of which benefit from the program, are also expected to fight changes

      .

      Mollie

      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible."-- Frank L. Gaines


      hiddennplainsight

      by musiccitymollie on Wed May 15, 2013 at 02:57:11 PM PDT

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