'What Oligarchy Looks Like': Sanders Leads 140 Lawmakers in Condemning Trump Plan to Rip Food Stamps From 3 Million Americans

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    sonofspy777
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    Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday led a coalition of nearly 140 House and Senate Democrats in calling on the Trump administration to rescind its proposed rule to slash food stamp eligibility, warning “millions of families will go hungry” if the policy takes effect.

    “In a nation where the three wealthiest people own more wealth than the bottom half, increasing the barriers for hungry families is unconscionable,” the members of Congress wrote in a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.

    “At a time when 40 percent of families can’t afford a $400 emergency and 13 million children live in poverty, this is an immoral and obscene decision.”
    —Sen. Bernie Sanders

    “If enacted, the Trump administration’s own analysis of this rule estimates that 3.1 million people—nearly nine percent of SNAP recipients—would lose their benefits,” the letter stated. “No one should go hungry in the United States of America.”

    Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, told The Guardian Thursday that President Donald Trump’s effort to slash nutrition assistance for millions of low-income Americans after cutting taxes for the rich shows the United States is rapidly “moving toward a system of oligarchy, where political decisions in Washington enrich the wealthy while devastating the poor.”

    “President Trump and the billionaires in his administration—after giving away over $1 trillion in tax cuts to mainly the rich and large corporations—are now trying to strip nutrition assistance from more than three million people,” Sanders said. “At a time when 40 percent of families can’t afford a $400 emergency and 13 million children live in poverty, this is an immoral and obscene decision.”

    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/08/what-oligarchy-looks-sanders-leads-140-lawmakers-condemning-trump-plan-rip-food

    ““The average American today is underpaid, overworked and stressed out as to what the future will bring for his or her children. For many, the American dream has become a nightmare.”." ~Bernie Sanders

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    Iwillnevergiveup
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    Color me naive, but isn’t anyone who applies for food stamps pretty much eligible for them?

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    peacecorps
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    Trump is doing the same with foreign aid. When you give massive tax cuts to the rich and huge spending for the MIC, conservatives must figure that they have to CUT somewhere that does not hurt the rich and MIC – food stamps and foreign aid accomplish that goal quite nicely.

    U.S. Orders Freeze of Foreign Aid, Bypassing Congress

    National problems (slavery/racism, income inequality, pathetic health care, weak unions) are not solved with more states' rights. Global problems (climate change, migration, trade, war) are not solved with more national sovereignty.

    A CEO, an American worker and an immigrant sit at a table with a dozen cookies in front of them. The CEO grabs 11 of them, then leans over and warns the worker, "Watch out for the immigrant. He is trying to get your cookie."

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      sonofspy777
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      OFFS What is it? About 1/10th of 1% of the federal budget?

      ““The average American today is underpaid, overworked and stressed out as to what the future will bring for his or her children. For many, the American dream has become a nightmare.”." ~Bernie Sanders

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