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On the statue of Liberty, poetess Emma Lazarus' words are engraved:
“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
These are the words that greeted immigrants since it was officially dedicated October 28, 1886. Just look at those words. Republicans, how can you forget the meaning? And it's not just immigrants who are the tired, poor, huddled masses. They're not the only ones who are homeless and tempest-tossed. Did you ever hear of U.S. MILITARY VETERANS?
For years, if you played a game of word association, when you heard the word Republican, the first word to come to mind -- military. Republicans never saw a war they didn't like, or prosper from. Yet to fight a war it takes soldiers. The GOP adores them while they're serving in uniform, but turn their backs when they've finish their tours of duty. They're discarded like a used, snot-filled tissue.
Nearly each and every day we hear about scores of them who end their own lives due to their inability to bear the pressures of daily living when once they endured the unspeakable horrors of war. Aged, infirm, homeless, mentally unbalanced, tired, poor, and hungry, these wounded warriors –these veterans of our armed forces– have more than earned each and every citizen’s unconditional love and support. But from their fellow citizens who make up the Republican Party, they have received nothing but empty platitudes, the back of a hand, and disdainful looks of contempt.
The Republicans are working fast and furiously, not for anything important, but for destruction of our fabric, the poor and middle class. The SNAP food stamp program is under attack, with the GOP trying to cut more and more money from this "assistance" program. Well, guess who's among those "freebie grabbers?" There's over 900,000 veterans who risk going hungry if the GOP’s draconian cuts to the SNAP (food stamp) program are allowed to go into effect.
For a party that should stand for something more than a void of ideas and hypocrisy, they should be ashamed of themselves. They hate immigrants for the harm they claim they're doing this country and the economy. GOP, you don't deserve to call yourselves Americans if that's how you feel.
The American way is to provide opportunities for individuals to earn and achieve while living in peace and free from undue oppression. We have a heart. We care for our neighbor. We believe in raising ourselves up with the carrot of hard work will pay off with success motivating us. But we also know that when our country calls upon us, we serve. We do our best. Some even make the greatest sacrifice, our lives.
You've made it so dying for your country is kinder than coming home and facing the shelter-less, un-cared for, invisible, starving life. The rich Republicans that run and dictate policy in Washington might be well served if they went along with the Tin Man to Oz and found a heart. There's a huge void where that ticker belongs.
Let's give a helping hand to those less fortunate. Those Iraq and Afghanistan returning veteran's who along with the others sadly qualify for help. They deserve and have earned better than an crumbling bridge to live under after giving their all for the war effort.
You caused these wars. Now you have to live up to your responsibilities to care for those who fought them -- the wounded, ill, or mentally challenged. Not everyone comes home a healthy hero, but all of them are heroes. They need to be treated that way.
So let's take a look at who's holding back their aid-- highest ranking House Republicans:
House Speaker Boehner, you served all of 8 WEEKS in the military
House Majority Leader Cantor, you served 0 WEEKS in the military
House Whip Kevin McCarthy you served 0 WEEKS in the military
Chairman of the House Republican Caucus, Cathy Rodgers, you served 0 WEEKS in the military
Republican Policy Committee Chairman James Lankford, you served 0 WEEKS in the military
So there you have the Republican House leadership. These are the people who need to understand military needs. From looking at their service records, they don't have the qualifications. And to see them pushing cuts to SNAP and the 900,000+ military men and women is shameful.
It's about time someone on the GOP side in the House, someone with experience, shakes things up and starts leading, not just flapping their gums for a hopeful re-election. Time to support all our destitute. Provide medical care, food and rehabilitation. Not taking42 votes on repealing the ACA and zero for helping our veterans.
The Statue of Liberty, when closed under the Republican government shutdown, wept. Lady Liberty was brought to tears, not over lack of funding for parks, but for all of her subjects which have served her so well. Boehner and Cantor, time to raise a large hanky, let Ms. Liberty blow her nose, dry her tears, and regain her pride once again. Stop your obstructionism.
Veterans: you made them. You broke the. Now fix them.
The latest farm bill which is headed to a vote includes a $40 Billion dollar cut to SNAP. the supplemental nutrition assistance program. This will directly effect 1 in 7 Americans -- men, women, children, seniors, military. No one who receives this food subsidy will be spared part or even all of their benefits.
Who's pushing for this? Guess!
To be fair there are some in the GOP party who want to vote down this bill. But their reason is frightening. They don't think that the cutting of $40 billion goes deep enough. They literally want to starve children and seniors to death. The less of them collecting, the better. They're just moochers gaming the system. They don't add anything to the GOP way of life, so get rid of them any way you can. After all, their crime is they're too young or too old to work. That's their fault.
The real ironic part of this farm bill are those who are pushing the hardest for it. It's not to help farmers. It's to help them, farm owners. Here's the rub, passing this bill puts money in their pockets while the needy starve.
Let me name a few congressmen(women) who are fighting tooth and nail for this bill to pass. And you want to know why? Check this out, courtesy of Buzz Feed:
During the food stamp debate, GOP Rep. Stephen Fincher, who received thousands in farm subsidies, responded to a Democratic Congressman during the debate over the cuts by quoting the bible, saying “the one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”
Fincher himself has received his own large share of government money. From 1999 to 2012, Stephen & Lynn Fincher Farms received $3,483,824 in agriculture subsidies. Last year he took in $70,574 alone.
Seems Fincher's up on his bible babble, but what about people who live in glass houses should not throw stones? Not the bible, a Spanish proverb, but perhaps a bit more appropriate. Then there's:
Another Republican congresswoman who voted to make cuts to the food stamp program was Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri. Her farm received more than $800,000 in Department of Agriculture subsidies from 1995-2012.
Rep. Kristi Noem of South Dakota, whos farm received $3.4 million in subsidies from 1995-2012.
Rep. Marlin Stutzman, a Republican Rep. from Indiana also received his fair share of government subsidies. He personally took in nearly $200,000 for the farm he co-owns with his father.
This is not a full list, but just a sampling.
Now I said there's a way for Democrats to stop the cuts all together. From Mother Jones:
And as Boehner saw in June, winning House Democrats' votes for a bill that slashes food stamps by billions of dollars is a heavy lift—after all, if no farm bill passes, food stamps spending would remain at current levels. Why compromise when you can win by doing nothing at all? "It would make sense," emails a House Democratic aide, "for progressives to vote against [the farm bill].
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