As I said in my previous post, Michael Hiltzik is on a roll these days, so much so that I'm sharing two of his L.A. Times columns in one day.
The first one involved debunking the Republican lies about the Affordable Care Act transforming America's workforce into part-timers. GOP: Wrong and wronger.
You know what else is wrong and wronger? The GOP depriving their fellow Americans of food. And by fellow Americans, I mean the ones who look and/or sound different from them.
Hiltzik starts his column by reminding us that Congress is debating whether the food stamp program will be cut by $4 billion a year (the House proposal) or only $400 million a year (the Senate plan). That's some choice, huh? Starved and starved-er. However....
Here's what you may not know: By its pure inaction, Congress is about to impose a cut in food stamp benefits that beats both. Next week, on Nov. 1, benefits will be cut by $5 billion for this fiscal year alone.
That number may be hard to grasp, but here's what it means on the ground. It means a loss of 21 meals a month for a family of four on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP (the formal name for food stamps). About 47 million Americans will be affected by the coming 15% reduction in benefits across the board. [...]
It bears repeating that the food stamp program provides the No. 1 opportunity for members of Congress to display their hypocritical side. We've documented... the spectacle of conservative lawmakers voting to slash benefits... while collecting millions of dollars in farm subsidies for themselves.
And those frauds don't care a bit about disadvantaged Americans-- many of the recipients are working families or individuals-- who can't make ends meet due to the inaction of guess who... wealthy, white Republican Congress members. How about creating jobs instead of more poverty and starvation, hmm GOP?
How about doing something constructive and caring for a freakin' change?