Friday, November 04, 2005

No Child Left Hungry

I was being snarky, or trying to be, in my last post. The cuts coming down the pipe are going to be disastrous for the low and middle class in this country. I'm talking about the people that have a job (or two or three) and are still just one or two missed paychecks from ruin.
A quick look at the "opportunities" for the working poor that are coming up courtesy of our Rethuglican lovers is a clear demonstration that these folks don't give a damn about the poor children in this country and by all evidence would just as soon see them dead.

Congressional Budget Office says:
The upcoming food stamp cuts in the House measure would cut almost 300,000 people off nutritional assistance, including 70,000 legal immigrants.

About 40,000 children are going to lose eligibility for free or reduced-price school lunches.

Another $5 billion would be saved by a scale back of federal administrative aid to state child-support enforcement programs. Translation: Less child support for those that need it most.

Another House provision rolls back a court-ordered expansion of foster care support and denies foster care payments to relatives who take in children removed from their parents' homes by court order. This provision reduces the foster care coverage for to about 4,000 children a month.

While I have been lucky to always have food on the table I have experienced personally the reality that I am one of the lucky ones. I dare say a million children in this country go to bed hungry at least one night a week and these new measures passed by the Republicans are going to insure that this number goes up dramatically.

These assholes are passing "broad brush" laws to try and trim a few dollars here or there so that they can kill more Iraqis or other brown skinned people to be named later. Hello folks but the public defense budget for the coming year is 500 billion dollars. They are so concerned that some poor mother is getting an extra few dollars of milk money that they are ready to kill the whole system.

Yeah, I know there is a war on blah, blah, blah. but defense spending now repents over 50% of the government's discretionary spending. This is not chump change.

Update: 11/5 at 0830: Fixed typos.

Update II 11/5 at 0900 : Firedoglake is on this as well and there are some excellent comments.

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