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It’s Ugly (by Bernie Sanders) — Paul Ryan QUIVERS As Bernie Sanders Outs the DIRTY SECRET Behind His Poverty Propaganda - Democratic Underground - Sen. Sanders said, “You have folks out there now who have virtually no income coming in. They have families. They have kids. How are they going to eat? We have veterans out there trying to get into the food stamp program. To me, what you’re looking at is an ugly kind of class warfare where the people on top want more and more and more, and they’re pushing down in an incredibly terrible way the most vulnerable people in our country.” Rev. Al showed this graphic that illustrates who food stamp recipients really are:

Dear GOP:

If you think crime is high now, just wait until you cut food stamps and parents become desperate to feed their children!





Members of Congress are living off food stamps for a week to protest Republican cuts. It’s a challenge for them, but GOP cuts would hurt millions of everyday Americans

Why does this not have more publicity. This needs it!

Signal boosting this A) because it deserves to be seen by more people, and b) because I appreciate some members of Congress are actually willing to see what it’s like living on food stamps in order to make their point about how horrifying cutting food stamps would be.

News flash, regressives: people on food stamps do not load up on Snickers bars and filet mignon. They’re limited in what they can buy, and oftentimes, it’s not enough to get by on. Go on thinking these are entitlements that let minorities live lives of luxury, comfortable in the knowledge that you’ll never go hungry.

You privileged, elitist pricks.

Also - remember the kids! These programs help children be fed, and until there is something else in place to do so, cutting them hurts the children involved, who had no choice in the matter. I know not everyone on P.A. has children, but I’m surprised by the fact that most people don’t even put children into the equation in these conversations. 

We have to fix the cycle; a societal problem…not simply punish those who are stuck in a cycle we’ve created and then turn the other way.

& yes I know some people abuse programs, but some people also use them appropriately too.

The MAJORITY of folks who depend on Food Stamps are living on the edge of homelessness. To cut their benefits simply because there are a few who abuse the system is criminal.

Entitlements are not handouts. Entitlements are not charity. Entitlements did not tank our economy. Corporate greed did. So why do you want to punish the least of us just so the wealthiest can have tax breaks?




There is a petition on Whitehouse.gov that will restrict congressmen and senators salaries to $75,000 a year for the next THREE YEARS to pay off the deficit! It needs 20,919 signatures, And it’s still under 5,000



This might seem like a long shot, but it’s a step in the right direction. Maybe if enough of us make noise, someone will take notice.

If they were serious about reducing the deficit, they won’t mind taking a pay cut.

A Lack of Consistency and Logic

Conservatives say they don’t want Tax Dollars to pay for Safety Nets for the poor; Specifically, Food Stamps, Child Care, WIC, and Welfare

Conservatives also don’t want Tax Dollar funded Contraception; Specifically, Women’s Contraception.

Using the Conservative model of thinking, where everything is reduced to Dollars and Cents, their logic is flawed. Doesn’t it make fiscal sense to pay for contraception? Contraception is cheap, compared to eighteen plus years of food, clothing, housing and healthcare for mother and child.

Education would be cheaper still, but conservatives don’t like to admit that sex exists. For centuries there has been this failed battle to force morality on the populace.    Even at the height of the AIDS crisis, when people were dying at an alarming rate, conservatives pushed ‘Abstinence-Only’ education. In the face of a deadly disease, Conservatives refuse to consider Sex Education and the proper use of Condoms.

Here’s the thing…

  • If you’re not going to pay for contraception, you’ll have to pay for child care.
  • If you refuse to teach reality, you will have to pay for healthcare.

It’s a matter of National Security. When poverty and disease spread, the economy and health of the country fails.