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The House passed the food stamp-slashing farm bill easily Wednesday morning, by a 251 to 166 vote. That means nearly 2 million people will see their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits cut, for a whopping 0.04 percent savings on the federal budget.

Food stamp benefit cuts back in November led to many food pantries and soup kitchens running out of food, they were so overwhelmed by increased need. Clearly, the only response—if you're a Republican—was to double down and cut more. The bill now goes to the Senate for a vote.

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  •  Who are the 89 idiot Democrats who voted (31+ / 0-)

    in favor of this?

    My idea of the ideal GOP speech invariably involves negligent intoxication together with breathing helium for that special vocal nuance.

    by Superskepticalman on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:12:17 AM PST

  •  There's nearly as many Dem 'yeas' as 'nays' (7+ / 0-)

    You've 'explained' the Republicans response, but what accounts for the Dems? The vote fails if not for them. Almost as many Repubs voted 'nay' as Dems voting 'yea.'

    Partisan explanations don't fit the numbers, do they?


    Actual Democrats: the surest, quickest, route to More Democrats. And actually addressing our various emergencies.

    by Jim P on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:15:40 AM PST

    •  "Not a dime's worth of difference" they say (3+ / 0-)
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      NoMoreLies, CenPhx, The Dead Man

      Here's proof.

      Legal means "good".
      [41984 | Feb 4, 2005]

      by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:35:10 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  This is the 'compromise' ... (0+ / 0-)

      ... the Republicans wanted more cuts and the Democrats wanted fewer, but with a Democratic Senate (at present), the Republicans could not get as deep cuts as they wished to make.

      And without some cuts a majority of the Republican in the House would have been unwilling to pass the bill, which then goes into "the leader will not bring the bill to the floor" territory.

      Support Lesbian Creative Works with Yuri anime and manga from ALC Publishing

      by BruceMcF on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 06:06:13 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  So, vote 'no' and make the Republicans (0+ / 0-)

        either fail at governance or get rid of the shit. We're talking about the well-being of literally millions of people.


        Actual Democrats: the surest, quickest, route to More Democrats. And actually addressing our various emergencies.

        by Jim P on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 10:57:39 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  But as long as the Senate Democrats ... (0+ / 0-)

          ... surrender, you are not going to get a latge majority of House Democrats vote to eliminate all food stamp funding entirely ... without a superior Democratic alternative on offer, they are backed into a corner and have to take the crappy deal that Democratic Senator greed for individual power leaves as the best deal available.

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          by BruceMcF on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 08:04:04 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  NPR's farm bill reporting did not mention SNAP. (10+ / 0-)

    I listened to NPR's farm bill reporting this morning. Endless discussions of impact on farmers. No mention of food stamps. Maybe they slipped 3 words in sideways? Did I miss something?  I know their acronym might as well be changed to Now Pandering to Republicans, but I thought hungry people might deserve a passing mention.

  •  veto (5+ / 0-)

    Obama should veto this if it gets through the Senate and should threaten to veto now

    My litmus test. If you voted for the farm bill, you are not a progressive.

    by GideonAB on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:19:47 AM PST

  •  Names, please! I need 40 Sens to filibuster..n/t (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Because they don't care about these people. (5+ / 0-)

    The deal made was 2 million had to lose the food stamps and go hungry or the republicans would demand millions more people go hungry. Senator Amy Klobuchar was asked about this last night and said something to the effect that this change would affect anyone in her state so it was OK. She tried very to minimize these cuts implying that they would not have any real impact. In that moment I lost all respect I used to have for her.

    •  "would NOT affect" (1+ / 0-)
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      RUNDOWN

      Correction, Klobuchar said the change would NOT affect anyone in Minnesota...and indicated that as such it is no big deal.

      •  I'm flabbergasted by Klobuchar's callous reply ! (2+ / 0-)
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        Stude Dude, Ninepatch

        That's Republican hard ass talk I never expected hear dribble from the mouth of a Democratic Senator ... a woman .. and a mother.

        Humanity is one family ... with one heart.

        by abarefootboy on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:35:23 AM PST

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        •  Well you haven't paid enough attention to Amy (2+ / 0-)
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          abarefootboy, RUNDOWN

          Amy positions herself to appeal to suburban women most of the time.  On this issue, it's a no brainer because you cannot vote against the Farm Bill in an agricultural state like Minnesota.  When she talks about urban voters she usually reminds you she was a tough prosecutor and sent them to prison.  She graduated from an affluent suburban high school, Yale, U of Chicago Law.  There you go.

    •  You can count on Amy to understand the politics (2+ / 0-)
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      abarefootboy, Ninepatch

      of the bill in Minnesota.  I don't like her either because she is Senator Weathervane for sure, but she's also not stupid.

      I mean just how many congressional seats do you want to lose in Minnesota by refusing to pass the Farm Bill?  

      You aren't going to get many more votes out of MN-04 and MN-05 in the urban Twin Cities where they vote 70-80% Democratic no matter what, but you sure could lose MN-01, MN-07, MN-08 and lose any chance at all of picking up MN-06 or MN-02.  

      We have farmers out here folks and if there is one bill they are familiar with and discuss over coffee at the local café it is the FARM Bill.

  •  Can we finally just cut to the chase and call it, (5+ / 0-)

    "War On America?"
    How many attacks in myriad forms does it take before we stop thinking of this as governance, and call it what is?

    After 65 years, the ONLY thing I know absolutely and positively about life is that the check is SUPPOSED to be in the mail. That's it. Nothing else. PERIOD.

    by franklyn on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:24:00 AM PST

    •  You can.... but once one realizes war has been (3+ / 0-)
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      lostinamerica, CenPhx, franklyn

      declared on you, you sorta need to fight back and here at Daily Kos we want to hug people and sing Kumbayah and celebrate the human spirit of the worst humanity has to offer.

      And it is this weenie approach that has helped us get as fucked as we are, because people don't want to acknowledge the best way to deal with bullying.

      We have to fight back and writing petitions AIN'T fighting back.

      Disruption of cities and business is the very least that needs to occur.

      The rest just gets you HR'd here.

      Legal means "good".
      [41984 | Feb 4, 2005]

      by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:39:03 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Bi-Partisan, at that as well........... Just who (2+ / 0-)
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      Mike RinRI, Capt Crunch

      The late brother George Carlin had it right:

      "Now, there's one thing you might have noticed I don't complain about: politicians. Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don't fall out of the sky. They don't pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from American parents and American families, American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses and American universities, and they are elected by American citizens. This is the best we can do folks. This is what we have to offer. It's what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you're going to get selfish, ignorant leaders. Term limits ain't going to do any good; you're just going to end up with a brand new bunch of selfish, ignorant Americans. So, maybe, maybe, maybe, it's not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here... like, the public."

      "It's only the giving, that makes what you are." - Ian Anderson

      by LamontCranston on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:47:57 AM PST

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  •  Instead of going on a witch hunt (2+ / 0-)
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    katesmom, wishingwell

    let's put the gavel back in Pelosi's hand so we don't have to play defense and pay the piper?

    Funny how things go when we have a majority caucus...

    We effed up and didn't get the job done in 2010; this is the price we pay.

    Get busy!

    Sign up some voters.
    Canvass the 'hood.
    Get two feet standing in the voting booth pulling a blue lever!

    I am a Progressive. I believe in one simple phrase: "... with liberty, and justice for all."

    by Nebraska68847Dem on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:25:21 AM PST

  •  the bread in "bread and circuses" isn't optional (2+ / 0-)
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    limpidglass, CenPhx

    It's been a staple of politics for thousands of years for a reason.  The NSA and the Superbowl aren't going to keep hungry people mollified.

    Obama: self-described Republican; backed up by right-wing policies

    by The Dead Man on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:27:01 AM PST

  •  if they pared correctly/cut unneeded (0+ / 0-)

    honor the treaties. honor the honorable. and, leave us not forget Jotter; one of the great dkos recconteurs..

    by renzo capetti on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:29:21 AM PST

  •  austerity politics is the order of the day (7+ / 0-)

    for both parties. Has been since Obama started playing footsie with the Republicans in '10.

    We are getting smaller cuts because the big cuts were too unpopular to ram through Congress for the time being. But smaller cuts add up.

    I mean, where do people think this is headed? The people defending this deal as a reasonable compromise--what do they think will happen during the next deal? Will it restore or increase funding? Or will it simply pile another small cut on top of the existing one?

    You can bleed a person to death by inflicting one paper cut at a time, if you keep it up for long enough.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:29:49 AM PST

    •  Story from the Old Soviet Union (4+ / 0-)

      went something like this:

      It is like you have a sausage: they come and cut a little piece off, too small to really fight over.

      Then another piece.

      Then another piece.

      Then another piece.

      Finally, all that is left is the string and that's not worth fighting for, either.

      Smart people need to see the pattern and understand "please and thank you and voting' will NOT fix it. That shit got us where we are and is a failure of a policy.

      That is our sausage and we should fight to keep the whole goddammned thing.

      Legal means "good".
      [41984 | Feb 4, 2005]

      by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:43:32 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Yes, in which case ... (0+ / 0-)

        ... focus your attention on the Senate. Its not like the so-called Democratic Senate passed a Farm bill with SNAP increases. When the Senate passes a bill with smaller cuts and the House a bill with larger cuts, cuts of some size have already been baked into the "compromise" position, and the argument is over how large the cuts should be.

        Without the filibuster, which the Senate Democrats tolerate because of the benefit to their own personal individual power, the Senate could have passed a bill with SNAP increases, making the argument increases versus cuts, and making it quite possible that we could have gained the same funding plus some reforms to direct the funding more effectively to those who need it most.

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        by BruceMcF on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 06:19:22 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  IF that person just sits there and lets you do it. (1+ / 0-)
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      CenPhx

      which is pretty much what Americans ARE doing.....

      You can bleed a person to death by inflicting one paper cut at a time, if you keep it up for long enough.

      Legal means "good".
      [41984 | Feb 4, 2005]

      by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:45:21 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Unintended consequences (2+ / 0-)
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    xxdr zombiexx, Lost and Found

    Cutting food stamps = more desperation = more abortions.

    •  More gun crime and robberies and home invasions (2+ / 0-)
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      Anakai, Lost and Found

      Legal means "good".
      [41984 | Feb 4, 2005]

      by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:40:09 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Once again, and to think we call (0+ / 0-)

        the GOP extreme. Calm down.

        New Republic: So are the left-wing blogs as bad as the Tea Party ones in this case? -------------------------Chuck Schumer: Left-wing blogs are the mirror image. They just have less credibility and less clout.

        by AlexDrew on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 10:37:26 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  So what do you think will happen when tens of (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Lost and Found

          thousands of people are cut off food stamps and thus end up starving?  Do you think they will just go off quietly to starve to death?  No, they will do whatever they have to in order to survive and that includes home invasions and armed robberies.

          You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

          by Throw The Bums Out on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 01:39:45 PM PST

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          •  I don't think tens of thousands (0+ / 0-)

            will starve. Not in the US. They have strongly hinted that cuts will not affect services, if they even take effect.

            Don't be so dramatic. We still have the Senate and White House remember.

            New Republic: So are the left-wing blogs as bad as the Tea Party ones in this case? -------------------------Chuck Schumer: Left-wing blogs are the mirror image. They just have less credibility and less clout.

            by AlexDrew on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 04:11:41 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  And just how do you think that will happen, (1+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:
              Lost and Found

              by magic?  Of course they are going to have to cut a shit ton of people who are currently on food stamps off to save 8 billion so where do you think all those people are going to get their food from without food stamps?  Food banks are already stretched to the limit if not beyond so unless you think there are some magic food fairies that will be coming around to deliver food to them of course they are going to starve.

              You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

              by Throw The Bums Out on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 05:54:38 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

              •  Read the bill. Avg of $90 a month cut for (0+ / 0-)

                850,000 people out 45+ million. Maybe these 850,000 can join with those who want permanent unemployment benefits and take over the government.

                Stop with the drama. There will not be an increase in murders, bank robberies and home invasions.

                We should encourage work, entitlement. Leave that for the 1%. Good night.

                New Republic: So are the left-wing blogs as bad as the Tea Party ones in this case? -------------------------Chuck Schumer: Left-wing blogs are the mirror image. They just have less credibility and less clout.

                by AlexDrew on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 07:29:36 PM PST

                [ Parent ]

                •  When's the last time you starved? (0+ / 0-)

                  Because you sure don't sound like someone who has had experience with it or even knows anyone who goes hungry. Or perhaps you just don't give a shit about the tens of thousands of Americans who are already hungry.

                  Time is of no account with great thoughts, which are as fresh to-day as when they first passed through their authors' minds ages ago. - Samuel Smiles

                  by moviemeister76 on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:59:27 PM PST

                  [ Parent ]

  •  If they actually feared us, which they don't (1+ / 0-)
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    CenPhx

    they might not feel so empowered to pull these motherfucker stunts.

    Bullies do what they get away with, people suffer with what they accept.

    Fight back or live in oppression. <~~~you are already oppressed btw.

    Enjoy.

    Legal means "good".
    [41984 | Feb 4, 2005]

    by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:34:29 AM PST

  •  wake up america (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    xxdr zombiexx

    if you want to have an involved compassionate congress.

    defeat all republicans and conservatives

    •  They don't want a compassionate society (1+ / 0-)
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      xxdr zombiexx

      That's why they run around repeating the talking points that the heartless jerks on TV train them to repeat.

      You know, "The deficit is going to kill our children", (never mind starvation, morons).

      Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

      by yet another liberal on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:46:15 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Look at reality TV, talk shows and Court TV (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        yet another liberal

        The TV is about driving wedges between people, getting them to work against each other.

        Survivor is a great example: we're supposed to be stuck on an island: we can work together for mutual survival OR we can play sociopathic games and create shifting alliances, knocking people off until we turn on each other in order to 'win'.

        Legal means "good".
        [41984 | Feb 4, 2005]

        by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:51:16 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  yeah, woo hoo america, we are #1..........n/t (0+ / 0-)

    '' one day the poor will have nothing left to eat but the rich''

    by lostinamerica on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:40:21 AM PST

  •  I know (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    AoT

    Those hungry people can have a bake sale and raise money to buy food.

    Isn't that the standard Republican moron response?

    They just need some charity, and if it doesn't arrive in time, it's ok, they can die.  Long live "pro-life".

    Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

    by yet another liberal on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:42:19 AM PST

  •  Obviously (0+ / 0-)

    we now know they didn't hear a word of either the President or the American People

    Why do Republicans Hate Americans?

    by Caniac41 on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:48:02 AM PST

  •  It was interesting to hear Senator Klobuchar's (2+ / 0-)
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    PorridgeGun, CenPhx

    Answer when Rachel asked her about the food stamp cuts. She said the cuts wouldn't affect benefits "in her state"

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:48:03 AM PST

  •  So, how much did they cut Agro Subsibies? (4+ / 0-)
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    limpidglass, CenPhx, jobobo, The Dead Man

    Is Monsanto going to go hungry?

    If knowledge is power and power corrupts, does that mean that knowledge corrupts?

    by AoT on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:48:18 AM PST

  •  Evil greedy bastards... (0+ / 0-)

    ... acting like evil greedy bastards. Color me shocked.

    I ride the wild horse .

    by BelgianBastard on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:52:52 AM PST

  •  A Republican, or 72% of them, (1+ / 0-)
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    CenPhx

    and 46% of the Democrats.  Hardly a rousing show of unified humanitarianism on the D-side.  (I know, I know, only an evil naive purist would even hope for such a thing.  "Pragmatism" has reduced the difference to 26%.)

    "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." ~Frederick Douglass

    by ActivistGuy on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:53:13 AM PST

  •  Politics is the art of the possible (2+ / 0-)
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    greenbell, Zwenkau

    The bill is a compromise. The House Republicans wanted to cut a lot more from food stamps. It includes some good things like ending direct support payments and tying crop insurance subsidies to mandatory conservation practices. It also stripped out the odious Steve King's odious amendment that would have overturned state animal protection rules.

    Then there is the political consideration. Members from farm districts have to support the farm bill if they expect to be re-elected. That includes both Iowa Dems, all those from MN except Keith Ellison (who represents the urban Twin Cities area), most of the IL Dems, CA central valley Dems, and more from around the country.

    •  Pelosi (0+ / 0-)

      Is Pelosi from such a district?

      My litmus test. If you voted for the farm bill, you are not a progressive.

      by GideonAB on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:59:46 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Pragmatism (0+ / 0-)

      What that really means is voting in favor of cutting benefits to hungry people. There are some things you just do not vote for, some principles you don't sacrifice. You don't drive the goddamn train, no matter how "pragmatic" it is. And you don't vote in favor of cutting minimal food benefits to hungry people, the poor, the elderly, and children.

      There are some basic minimum values I am not willing to sacrifice on your altar of pragmatism.

      You see things; and you say “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?” --George Bernard Shaw, JFK, RFK

      by CenPhx on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 09:02:38 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Steve King's odious amendment (1+ / 0-)
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      cocinero

      Is there someone here who has followed this, and who would be willing to do a diary to recap where we are?  Cocinero?  Anyone?  

      My understanding is that Iowa is the chief egg producer, and that King's interest was in promoting his state's farmers (read: major agribusiness) over states such as California, which I believe has some kind of regulations that limit the Iowans to some extent in selling into California.  Is that correct?  I don't know the particulars….

      "There is no way to give to honest toil its just reward--its full share of all wealth produced--but by the full application of the single tax. And righteousness and justice require it to be done." --A. Moll, 1897

      by Zwenkau on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 10:14:23 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  California (1+ / 0-)
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        cocinero

        Passed several laws about farm animal welfare recently.  I believe chickens need a certain amount of room to turn around, and California will not accept for import any eggs from chickens who don't have living conditions analogous to what California requires in-state.

        This was an attempt to circumvent California, a state which has used the size of its market to affect change, starting with requirements related to auto emissions and now continuing into the realm of factory farming.

        I am 100% for not importing eggs from Iowa.  There are many local farmers here who are interested in giving their animals some quality of life, and understand that the health of people is directly related to the health of the farm animals and their milk/eggs/etc.

        King screamed when California passed the law, and I guess he tried to end run around California.  Good luck with that, jerk.  

      •  Your understanding is correct. (0+ / 0-)

        From a Humane Society web page:

        The King Amendment endangers state animal welfare laws
        The King amendment could undo animal welfare laws in many states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, the Northern Mariana Island, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Rhode Island.
        But it's worse than that:
        The King Amendment could ax state laws on health and safety
        Beside animal welfare laws, the King amendment could nullify a wide range of state and local measures regarding food safety, labeling, environmental requirements, labor standards, and other important issues.
  •  How wonderful Congress can muster (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    The Dead Man

    all this bipartisan kumbaya for bills that fuck the poor and subsidize wealthy farmers.

    I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. - Susan B. Anthony

    by pajoly on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 09:10:02 AM PST

  •  No SNAP + no LT unemployment = homelessness (0+ / 0-)

    I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. - Susan B. Anthony

    by pajoly on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 10:15:26 AM PST

  •  The problem I see (0+ / 0-)

    Is that the compromise won't help Central Valley farmers.  We are in a drought and Brown has already anticipated that farmers will need food stamps and other services.  The drought is so severe that I would expect to see impacts on food supply soon.

    So I guess this is good for wealthy farm owners but the less wealthy will be suffering out here soon - unless the state steps up to make up the difference.

  •  Yea for CT (0+ / 0-)

    All CT were no, I am a bit surprised at Esty and Himes but I guess we do not have big ag subsidies here.
    Pelosi, shameful (or shameless maybe).  Hoyer hardly a surprise.  Still desipicable
    Do you realize if 89 voted no the bill would have failed?

  •  So most Democrats are bought off (0+ / 0-)

    Amy Klobuchar is more of a moderate republicaN than a more progressive democrat.   She caters to the wealthy any chance she gets, but bravely stands against things like children drowning in swimming pools(pushing for safer swimming pool drains).  But austerity for the poor and working people is fine in her book.  
         Shame on Amy and shame on the democrats.   We really need to support third party and socialist candidates if we want to see any real change.

  •  our representatives should vote for what is right, (0+ / 0-)

    care for the hungry, the homeless, the unemployed, the powerless.  that being said:
    The House of Reps is like a carousel.  No matter what pony you choose, you're still just going in circles.  The Republicans can speed up, slow down, or bring the ride to a dead halt.
    Obama's saying, get off That ride, hop on the train, let's really go somewhere and get things done.  
    Which ticket are Americans going to punch come this fall.  
    Republicans will continue to sugar us up on cotton candy and junk food, hoping for more of the same.  All it's doing is making the country sicker and weaker, which is just fine by the circus owners and the ticket takers.
    Are the conscientously malnourished beyond redemption or will we see a coming to their senses moment in the months leading up to the fall elections?
    I wish all Dems would have voted no on this pathetic legislation.  
    Dems in swing districts in rural America are faced with voting for what's right in the short term and feeding the Republican hate machine, or voting strategically and going out and explaining tirelessly to their constituents why they voted the way they did and what can be done, in the next year, given a change in the House, to change things around to where they need to be headed.

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