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I just read this article and I felt my blood begin to boil.
As Right Wing Watch notes, Blackwell went on to tell the Christian Post that there is “nothing more Christian” than massive cuts to food stamps, and called food aid programs the “plantation of big government.”
But as the Examiner noted, that's not really what the Bible says:
   "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35)
    "Give, and it will be given to you" (Luke 6:38)
    "Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have" (Hebrews 13:16)
    "Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord" (Proverbs 19:17)
    "Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered" (Proverbs 21:13)
Where, exactly, does this apparently well-fed and prosperous man GET OFF spouting this BULLSHIT? How can he possibly cloak the horror of hunger, of starvation in a pious statement that would probably make Jesus cry? What part of caring for "the least among us" does this nasty man not understand?

SNAP is a safety net. We are a SUPERPOWER. Income inequality has gotten ridiculous. I grew up in an era when it was possible for one income to support a family. That often is not the case any more. We're all aware of Walmart's horrible pay and the fact that our taxes support Walmart employees, while the Walton family (six heirs) is worth more than the bottom 40% (49 MILLION families) of all Americans.

While I am of course hoping that Karma will bite Blackwell on his no doubt rounded rump, I was delighted to find this sensible, well-written article.

This:

Targeting of the vulnerable betrays the GOP’s willingness to afflict the afflicted in the quest to “shrink” government. Or, perhaps, they aren’t aware that there is other bloat in our budget that can be cut without potentially starving our fellow citizens.

Here are five things the House GOP could cut before food stamps, if they actually cared about balancing the budget.

And some quite sensible suggestions follow. But one must ask: Does the GOP really care about balancing the budget? I don't think so, personally. I think they're being harangued by crazed ideologues, and I also think they're a bunch of idiots, wimps, and  wussies for not EVER saying, "What the hell is going on here?" I think that the GOP needs to distance itself from the Tea Party loons and clearly UN-CHRISTIAN religious whackjobs. But I don't think that they CAN. Cowards.

Originally posted to Something Fishy on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 07:10 PM PDT.

Also republished by Street Prophets and Hunger in America.

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