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skippy the bush kangaroo

Saturday, October 29, 2005

complicit in the starving of hundreds of thousands of americans

that's the republican party for you...
on a party-line vote, a republican-run u.s. house of representatives committee voted to cut food stamps by $844 million on friday, just hours after a new government report showed more americans are struggling to put food on the table.

about 300,000 americans would lose benefits due to tighter eligibility rules for food stamps, the major u.s. antihunger program, under the house plan. the cuts would be part of $3.7 billion pared from agriculture department programs over five years as part of government-wide spending reductions.

..."it is hard to imagine any congressional action that is more detached from reality," said james weill of the food research and action center.

..."cutting food stamps now is a scandal," said david beckman of bread for the world, pointing to losses from hurricanes.

...a new agriculture department report found 38.2 million americans "were food insecure" in 2004, an increase of nearly 2 million from the previous year. tufts university food economist parke wilde food insecurity "now equals the worst levels" since recordkeeping began a decade ago.- reuters
and isn't this ironic....

16% of state households have struggled to eat -
a higher percentage of texas households was at risk of going hungry than in any other state
, according to data released in austin by the u.s. agriculture department. - latimes

but this is just another way the republican party is proving it's "support for american troops"
military families on food stamps? it's not an urban myth. about 25,000 families of servicemen and women are eligible, and this may be an underestimate, since the most recent defense department report on the financial condition of the armed forces--from 1999--found that 40 percent of lower-ranking soldiers face "substantial financial difficulties." senator harry reid, democrat of nevada, reports hearing from constituents that the army now includes applications for food stamps in its orientation packet for new recruits. - the progressive via common dreams
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