Skip to comments.Dems consider more food stamp cuts to fund child nutrition bill ("Let's Move!")
Posted on 08/14/2010 6:34:52 AM PDT by maggief
Democrats who reluctantly slashed a food stamp program to fund a state aid bill may have to do so again to pay for a top priority of first lady Michelle Obama.
The House will soon consider an $8 billion child nutrition bill thats at the center of the first ladys Lets Move initiative. Before leaving for the summer recess, the Senate passed a smaller version of the legislation that is paid for by trimming the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps.
The proposed cuts would come on top of a 13.6 percent food stamp reduction in the $26 billion Medicaid and education state funding bill that President Obama signed this week.
Democrats have turned to the food stamp program because funding increases enacted in the stimulus package last year were already scheduled to phase out over time. The changes proposed in the state aid and nutrition bills would simply cut off that increase early, in March 2014. Because the cuts would not take effect for more than three years, Democratic leaders have voiced the hope that they will be able to stop them in future legislation.
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8 Billion for a PR campaign? At a time when we are broke? This is literally insane.
Sheer brilliance! It appears that a lot of poor kids are fat. Eating too much makes you fat. Ergo...take food away from them. Brilliant. Will my dear leader, nobama, ever cease to amaze me?
Now THAT is a FLOTUS campaign I can really support...as long as it means they are moving back to Chicago.
“Dems consider more food stamp cuts to fund child nutrition bill”
CUT FOOD STAMPS to pay for child nutrition.
You can’t make this stuff up. When it comes from The Onion, or Iowahawk, it’s funny. When it comes from D.C., you wonder how these people can remember to breathe without instructions tattooed on the backs of their hands.
And these people have the gall to call rednecks “mouth breathers”.
Dems, look in a mirror. Pot, meet kettle.
Irony - It’s more than just letters of the alphabet sitting side by side.
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act closes the gap in childhood hunger. Children have access to breakfast and lunch programs at school. These are important but not enough. Children who are properly nourished are, simply put, better able to learn. This bill comes full-circle by providing children with access to three nutritious meals - including supper in their afterschool programs - so they do not have to go to bed hungry, said Courtney Chea Reeve, Executive Director, Greenbrier Learning Center.
The First Person has no “standing” to have Legislation for her whims to be even CONSIDERED by Congress, let alone passed (but then, these Marxist Elitists are not bound by the U.S. Constitution anyway, and their CONSTITUTIONALLY INELIGBLE USURPER “Leader” isn’t bound by it, either)
America on food stamps. The Obama’s are turning America into a ghetto.
How many people could 4.5 billion dollars feed? That should put this wasteful program into perspective.
Can you imagine the real good a charity could do with that money? Not only would they be able to supply food but with that money they could probably also teach classes on nutrition and healthful foods choices.
Instead of cutting food stamps they should first work harder at eliminating fraud and waste. One way for the government to encourage healthier eating is to tighten up the food allowed under food stamps. It would help to if nutrional information was in an easier to understand format. Maybe have an obesity index for certain foods. “If you eat 4 bowls (6 oz ea) of this marshmallow fluff cherry fudge pudding cake ice cream the expected weight gain is 4 lbs. Exercise activity needed to burn calories in serving 700 hours of walking or 6 hours of really hot sex.”
But why the heck should teachers get special treatment? Why should food stamps be cut to appease them? Considering the dismal results of many teachers’ (not all) efforts to pass on knowledge I think a lot of parents would be justified in demanding a refund on their school tax money. I also am sick of teaching being used as a mean to indoctrinate children into values not shared by their families or by their faith. Stop the propoganda in the classroom and parents would be more open to requests for school tax increases.
But not only does this action favor one occupation over others it goes behind the will of local governments and communities. Because if people honestly believed teachers were being shortchanged in view of the important function they provide they would explore funding mechanisms including tax increases and budget offsets. Or if the money is simply not there (as is often the case) then teachers as part of a community where everyone is struggling should be willing to share some of that fiscal pain.
To take food from the hungry to pay to tell them to exercise ... wouldn’t it be cheaper AND more moral to restrict food stamps to healthy foods and ban purchases of unhealthy foods like Little Debbie?
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