Those who need federal assistance in order to be able to put food in their stomachs depend on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (aka SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp Program). Recipients are trying to stay alive, doing what they can to avoid starvation, but Republicans portray them as lazy, fraudulent moochers who hang out at their luxurious swimming pools nibbling on gourmet cans of Spaghetti-Os, laughing all the way to the grocery store on their extravagant $6.00 a day allowance.
The Los Angeles Times letters to the editor this week largely opposed the Republican-controlled House's vote to cut 4 million Americans from SNAP. A few of those letters are below.
And just to keep the Republicans Are Self-Serving, Hypocritical Douchebags theme going, there's this via TPM:
Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) on Friday responded to a constituent opposed to drastically cutting food stamps for the young, elderly and poor by citing a Biblical quote: "If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat."
Once again, we have a religious "pro-lifer" (please follow that link) hypocritically denying a life-saving program that would keep children, the elderly, entire families, and the working poor, you know, alive. What would Jesus say?
Altadena, CA resident J.H. Benson:
"House Republicans are badly in need of a moral compass. Their hypocrisy is only surpassed by their cruelty.
"The GOP says that the 4 million Americans who will be kicked off SNAP are capable of helping themselves. I hope that our very capable farmers aren't being subsidized while this assistance to the poor is deemed too expensive."
Long Beach, CA resident Matthew Black:
"The GOP has truly hit a new low. After increasing annual defense spending by more than $300 billion since 2001, spending $2 trillion on unnecessary wars and passing $1.7 trillion in tax cuts between 2001 and 2003 that primarily went to the wealthiest Americans, Republicans need to save $40 billion on food stamps.
"Way to go. Why do I feel I'm reading a Charles Dickens novel?
"And for those who might reply that Democrats should put their money where their mouths are, this week I donated another $250 to a local food bank. I contribute 5% of my disposable income to food banks."
Frances Terrell Lippman of Sherman Oaks, CA:
"I guess those Scrooge-like, coldhearted House Republicans thought of an early holiday surprise. How generous of them to think it would be appropriate just to remind people who are hungry and struggling that it would get a little more impossible for them to feed their families. Their apathy is only exceeded by their cruelty.
"Being hungry and homeless in America is this country's greatest shame, and yet our so-called leaders in Washington couldn't care less and only serve to exacerbate this terrible and fixable situation. Watch out for that karma."