Wednesday, May 25, 2016


# 1 TERRORISTS IN AMERICA
DONALD TRUMP,
WAYNE LAPIERRE, JIM PORTER,
 CHRIS W. COX,
NRA, GOP, THE TEA PARTY &

NATIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS FOUNDATION
 ARE KILLING AMERICANS






We are going down a path of doom for all Americans.
I am not a writer but I can express the reality of the here and now through images and words.
The second amendment was created on December 15, 1791 and became part of the United States Constitution. Little did our forefathers know that in 2013 this would be the biggest mistake they ever made. Why? Back in 1791, there were no assault rifles. Unless you want to call the Gatling gun an assault rifle. It actually was the first machine gun (or assault rifle) used in America to fight wars. If assault rifles and semi-automatic guns were banned I would have no problem bringing back the 125 lb Gatling machine gun rolling around on wheels.
Here is where we have lost all commonsense. The propaganda killing Czars, Wayne Lapierre, Jim Porter & Chris W. Cox
are trying to put the fear of God in you. Explaining that if each American carried a gun, which includes all guns,
this country would be a safer place to live. THAT IS THE BIGGEST LIE AND IS TRUTHFULLY THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE.


Many times this monster of death, National Rifle Association leader, Wayne LaPierre, argued on NBC’s Meet the Press that “there weren’t enough good guys with guns" to confront the shooter responsible for last week's Washington Navy Yard rampage and he insisted that "when the good guys with guns got there, it stopped.” The problem is that not one person in America, except for Law Enforcement and the military, can be trusted. WHY? We are living in an age where the economy is in the toilet, people are out of work, poor, frustrated, mad, fearful of the future for America and the future of their family, children, fear mongering from the NRA Chris W. Cox, the GOP and The Tea Party. Everyone has a breaking point no matter who they are and that's just a plain and simple fact. Commonsense goes out the window and irrational behavior takes over. The fact is many people lose hope and some decide to end it by suicide. Sadly, many want to make a statement by KILLING others whether it's co-workers, family, friends and the worst of all CHILDREN.


Lapierre says that everyone should have a gun to protect themselves from what? Wayne Lapierre, who I believe is using the Second Amendment dating back in 1791, as an excuse to extort MONEY from gun manufactures and NRA members. Lapierre & Cox could care less who lives or who dies just that they win. I call them mentally unbalanced with the commonsense of a dead chicken.
Just think about it. If you have problems you can't get a handle on anything.  You look to release the stress, pain, anger on something or someone. Thus, the more guns available the more they will be used to destroy what they think will set them free. Most times, a person that is mentally disturbed will go on a shooting rampage.  You will never know before it happens. How many times have you heard from family, friends, co-workers that the perpetrator was such a nice human being. They were always courteous, friendly, a nice and quiet neighbor but suddenly he goes off the deep end and KILLS twenty innocent people.  Who knew this person was hiding a monster ready to come out anytime and anywhere?


Lapierre is a politician saying whatever you want him to say. Example:  Lapierre and the NRA say they must have very strong and detailed background checks which sounds like commonsense but they are blatantly lying right to the camera.
Two Colorado state senators that faced a historic recall election were also going against a ramped up financial contribution from the National Rifle Association. The NRA donated more than $350,000 to the Colorado Recall Effort of the two Democrats who supported new gun laws.
A campaign finance report released recently shows the NRA has increased their support of the recall efforts of Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and state Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo by an additional $250,000. The Fairfax, Va. based gun rights group had already spent more than $100,000 in an effort to defeat the lawmakers bringing the NRA's total contribution to over $361,700.
"It was a grassroots effort for a little while, but when that didn't take at all, it was clear they were getting money from outside. And I wasn't the least bit surprised the NRA was behind it," Senate President Morse told CNN shortly after the legislative session ended.
The increased contribution came on the heels of a $350,000 donation from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to the two democrats facing recall last Wednesday.
Morse and Giron faced Colorado's first recall at the state level on Sept. 10 in response to their support of a package of new gun control measures that were signed into state law earlier this year including LIMITING THE SIZE OF AMMUNITION MAGAZINES and universal background checks for all firearm sales and transfers.



ASSAULT RIFLES. WHO THE HELL NEEDS THEM EXCEPT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE MILITARY? As Charlton Heston said when he was president of the NRA and I quote "You can take my rifle ... when you pry it from my cold dead hands!" we'll he's gone and so is his gun, so be it, THANK GOD.  Do the hunters need them to make "swiss cheese" out of a deer using an assault rifle? Are you going to use the Second Amendment as an excuse to own them or do you really believe that the government is coming after you? Do you really think that if the government can use a drone an assault rifle with protect you? If that's the case, you need serious mental help. Are you a child that if your toys are taken away, you'll  have a TEMPER TANTRUM? That's what commonsense tells us is exactly what's happening. Bring back the Gatling gun and only the Gatling gun to play with and maybe that will satisfy your hunger for a big a gun.



If you think more guns will protect you, you're very wrong. Criminals will always find a way to acquire a weapon. I'm more concerned about the "normal, everyday citizen," the crazies, the bigoted, the self named vigilante, the ones with anger management issues. The math is quite simple...the more guns in the hands of your "average citizen" equals more killings.  And, if you think that you need one to protect yourself, please check the stats and you'll realize IT DOES NOT SAVE YOU IT PUTS YOU IN MORE DANGER. If a gun totting criminal breaks into your house, and, you also have a gun someone will die and it could be YOU. Lately, there have been more home invasions and the one thing they take is your gun which means more guns for criminals.  Do you understand now?  WE NEED MORE COMMONSENSE NOT MORE GUNS.
Gun control laws, WHERE ARE THEY ? The NRA is like the mafia who own the GOP (PIMPS) controlling the Republican politicians who become their PROSTITUTES. Wayne Lapierre, The NRA, GOP and The Tea Party are our biggest "Terror Threats", bigger than terrorists abroad that want to kill us. All they have to do is sit back and watch Americans Killing Americans. Many countries around the world have taken the road of COMMONSENSE such as Australia, England, Sweden, New Zealand, South Korea. 

THE UNITED STATES IS NUMBER ONE IN THE NUMBER OF GUN DEATHS A YEAR

International Gun Law Comparisons
Are there fewer gun deaths in countries that ban guns?
The United States is so much higher than other countries, it's amazing. In 2004, there were 5 gun deaths in New Zealand; 37 in Sweden; 56 in Australia; 73 in England; 184 in Canada and 11, 344 murders in the United States. It's more than any other industrialized country. In this country, we have thirty-two murders everyday. Many countries do not get that in a year.


The United States is the world's biggest exporter of guns as well as the world's biggest importer of guns.

When we focus on the dangers to our children because of the easy accessibility of guns in the United States, that is the most shocking thing, I think, that we can look at. The number of homicides of children in the United States is five times higher than the next twenty-five industrialized countries in the world - combined. To have a child dying every four hours in this country, to have the number of murders, to have the number of suicides, to have the number of accidents, speaks to the fact that we are not treating our children well. We are not setting an example for the rest of the country. We make it too easy for children to be the victims, for for children to die, for children to be injured by guns in this country.


One of the challenges with guns is that in the United States, we don't have good statistics on who has guns and where those guns are. So a lot of things are based on surveys. In other countries, they've got better records on the guns, so those numbers are a little more definite and clearly defined. But, a lot of the studies in the United States are based on samples of a couple of hundred people responding to questions. Those surveys and the resulting statistics can be manipulated, or twisted, or misunderstood pretty easily. But, I can guarantee that whatever comes out of the mouths from Wayne Lapierre, The GOP or The Tea Party is DEADLY.

WHAT WILL IT TAKE?
We are not flesh and blood to these heinous people; the NRA, The GOP, The Tea Party we are simply part of a faceless crowd and they really don't care about us. They care about power, money and more power and more money.  MAYBE, GOD FORBID, IF ONE OF THEIR  CHILDREN OR FAMILY MEMBERS WERE KILLED
BY SOME DISTURBED PERSON THE LAWS WOULD CHANGE QUICKLY. 

IS THAT WHAT IT WILL TAKE?

Our government is supposed to protect us and keep us safe.
Human life is short enough...don't help them make it any shorter.



THE NRA, LAPIERRE, PORTER, COX, GOP, THE TEA PARTY & NATIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS FOUNDATION HAVE BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS BUT THEY ARE REFUSE TO SEE THAT. THE GOP ARE COWARDS. THEY REFUSE TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT AND SAVE LIVES BECAUSE THE NRA CONTROLS THEM. THE MONEY FLOWS IN AND THE BLOOD FLOWS OUT.







"GUNS ARE NOT THE SOLUTION....IT IS THE EXTINCTION OF
AMERICA"





THE GOP, NRA & TEA PARTY KILLERS

 THE KOCH BROS, THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION, STANLEY HUBBARD, TOM ROSEN, FREEDOM CLUB, AMERICAN CROSSROADS. These are the People who have given $100,000 or more TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. These contributors, and thousands more, listed below by the Republican Party have helped to create a
 BLOOD BATH
that will fill a graveyard the size of Texas.
George Abbott of Palm Beach, Fla. Sam Joseph Bamieh of San Mateo, Calif., a businessman. J. Patrick Barrett of Fayetteville, N.C., former Avis chairman. Patricia D. Beck of Dallas. Fred B. Bullard Jr. of Clearwater, Fla., a developer and owner of the Jacksonville Bulls. Bill Daniels of Denver, a cable television executive. Edward J. Debartolo Jr. of Youngstown, Ohio, a developer and owner of the San Francisco 49ers. Asher B. Edelman of New York, an arbitrageur. Nicholas C. Forstmann of New York, partner in a buyout concern. Theodore J. Forstmann of New York, partner in a buyout concern. Bob L. Gaddy of Fayetteville, Ark., president, Pace Industries Inc. Alan Gerry of Liberty, N.Y., chairman of the Cablevision Industries Corporation. George N. Gillett Jr., of Nashville, chairman of Gillett Holdings. Joseph B. Gildenhorn of Washington, D.C., a real estate executive. Seymour C. Graham of Hazelton, Pa. Rudi H. Gresham of Orange City, Fla., owner of a chain of radio stations. Leon Hess of New York, owner of the New York jets. Patricia Wiman Hewitt of Chadds Ford, Pa. Henry L. Hillman of Pittsburgh, industrialist and venture capitalist. James F. Keenan of Fayetteville, Ark. Susan G. Keenan of Washington, D.C. Donald P. Kelly of Burr Ridge, Ill., a former chairman of the Beatrice Companies. Diana Dollar Knowles of San Francisco. Henry R. Kravis of New York, a senior partner in Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Company, a buyout concern. Ronald S. Lauder of New York, a former Ambassador to Austria. Myron Kent Martin of Dallas. M. J. Moroun of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, heir to a trucking empire. Henry M. O'Neill Jr. of Columbus, Ohio, former chairman of Beverage Management Inc. Santo P. Panzarella of Manhattan Beach, Calif. Milton J. Petrie of Secaucus, N.J., chairman of the Petrie Stores Corporation. Meshulam Riklis of Las Vegas, a business tycoon and husband of entertainer Pia Zadora. George R. Roberts of San Francisco, a founding partner of Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Company. Stephen M. Ross of New York, president of the Related Companies. Stanley S. Tollman of New York, chairman of a hotel group. John W. Waller 3d of New York, a cable television industry broker. Whitney Wheelock of Minneapolis, president of the Minnesota Vikings. Joseph Zappala of St. Petersburg, Fla., investor and land developer.



 

“Governments can err, Presidents do make mistakes, but the immortal Dante tells us that ~Divine Justice~ weighs the sins of the cold-blooded and the sins of the warm-hearted on a different scale. Better the occasional faults of a government living in the spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.”
— Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1936


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My fellow Americans,  we heard a call throughout this land 238 years ago from Paul Revere and William Dawes of impending danger. Today, we again are being "WARNED" of at least an equal impending danger or even worse.
Harvey Edwards is calling out "DANGER" from the highest peak to all able bodied,  clear thinking citizens of this great nation! It is our responsibility to "PROTECT" everyone and all the children of The United States of America of a "GRAVE DANGER"!
As with the British and the Terrorists who have made strikes against this nation over many decades and centuries,  this is a declaration of impending "DANGER" coming from within our own ranks! The NRA and the Gun Manufacturers are looking to fill their own pockets, inject massive amounts of money into their "Profit" column by manufacturing an aura of "FEAR TACTICS" into our society. This "Hidden Agenda" manipulation is a tool of "Marketeers" always taking the side of for "Profits".
Do we as Americans want to be known as "Easy Targets" for an organization such as The NRA and their Gun Manufacturers simply for their GREED?
I believe that we can stand up to the NRA and their Gun Manufacturers because this is a country that places "Freedom and the Pursuit of Happiness" for each individual as the most valuable "TREASURE" for each citizen.
We cannot accept being rated so poorly throughout the world because of our "Gun Violence"! This nation is an experiment in action and should continue to grow and be in flux evermore inching toward "Perfection" of a "Democracy" for "We The People" not for any private 1%,  corporation,  group or organization. 
I have lived in other nations where there were "No Guns Allowed" or a strict "Gun Law". It was totally safe and comfortable to be out and about 24/7 in vast cities or small villages. The citizenry of those places as well as myself felt always at ease and had no stress. That is exactly what I want for my fellow countrymen!
I have been in countries where there is violence with "Storm Trooper" type guards at the rail & subway stations as well as throughout the land. I had a new perspective of those citizens being more subdued, highly stressed and not in very happy moods.
If we let the NRA run rampant,  we too will have a very unpleasant society in our nation! Why is it that so many people feel they must have an arsenal of weaponry with many different guns that deliver high volumes of rapid fire? It isn't because they feel more safe. It is a feeling of "POWER" that is truly a rampant trumped up "Fake Facade" incurred to our citizens on a "Subliminal Level" to evoke a fear response that "We are NOT SAFE without Guns"! This is a tactic for "Total Control" over all of us that is intrusive and should NOT be ALLOWED!
The NRA and The Gun Manufacturers are actually "Belittling" all of us as they are literally laughing behind our backs! We should NOT ALLOW any corporations or organizations influencing our representatives and our country to "HIJACK" our nation and hold it in "RANSOM"!
These people who are so vocal in wanting a free gun society need to view patients in emergency wards with gun shot wounds. They should see the corpses in autopsy rooms or morgues and the site from where the body was removed. Another unpleasant sight are the bodies in an Anthropology suite determining  who the corpse is and trying to identify it as a real person with a viable history. These suggestions might be an unpleasant recommendation, but, I assure you that it would make a huge difference for the viewer. It made a huge impact on my life and why I'm outspoken against The NRA and The Gun Manufacturers!
We all need to "HEED" the "ALARM ALERT" so well explained by Harvey Edwards.  We should appreciate the effort of his explanation both written and visual. This is a "CRITICAL ISSUE" that needs to be "ADDRESSED" and "RESOLVED" for the "SECURITY" of this "NATION" and its "ENTIRE CITIZENRY"! Not one us should remain "SILENT"! It is the "SILENCE" that The NRA and The Gun Manufacturers are counting on!
"STAND UP AMERICA"! Take action to have a "SAFE COUNTRY" by defeating The NRA and The Gun Manufacturers with a "STRONG CLEAR VOICE" by defeating their "AGENDA"!
Marlene' Nadeau
Art Historian & Anthropologist  
 
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 MORE ARTICLES

WE MUST NOT FORGET TED CRUZ  KILLER AT LARGE
ON SO MANY LEVELS ! 


    http://m.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/09/the-gun-lobbying-group-you-dont-hear-about/279616/

 
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/09/gun-control-advocates-democratic-lawmakers-make-case-for-gun-control/


http://thehill.com/blogs/regwatch/court-battles/315989-nra-asks-supreme-court-to-lift-ban-on-handgun-sales-to-teens


http://news.yahoo.com/school-gunman-wanted-filmed-killing-cops-witness-says-201506326--abc-news-topstories.html


http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/guns/new-jersey-gov-chris-christie-vetoes-proposed-assault-gun-ban#


 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/17/assault-weapons-ban_n_3103120.html


http://news.yahoo.com/20-old-charged-ga-school-shooting-002111900.html


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/17/us/shooting-reported-at-washington-navy-yard.html?_r=0


REMEMBER EVER DAY IN AMERICA HUNDREDS OF INNOCENT AMERICAN'S ARE SHOT DEAD
FOR
FOR NO REASON !

 











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" F*#KING AMERICAN POLITICAL DISGRACE "
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SOME WORDS GO HERE





LETTER FROM A MOTHER:

To the GOP,
Here I am a woman. I have only been pregnant once and delivered a healthy child.
Remembering those times. We didn't have anything; but, we had more than what the poor have today!

I can't imagine to be pregnant, hungry and knowing you are not feeding the baby growing in your belly. The baby takes away all your strenght and uses up your calories.
If you are homeless, you are sleeping in a car or outside. That environment uses up the calories! The baby begins to struggle along with the mother.

If you live in a tiny God forsaken place, you the mother probably don't have money enough to pay rent, utilities,  eat and seek proper medical treatment for you and the baby!
If you are working in a low paying job, your wages can't cover it all. Speaking of coverage, you the mother don't have any money to buy clothing for your expanding belly! Plus, there's no money to cover the newborn in clothes, medical services and formula when the baby arrives!

I cannot understand why the Republican Party protects a zygote & unborn on PAPER! However, they DON'T GIVE A DAMN about the nutrients a pregnant mother must have for her and her baby! You have cut #SNAP and each dollar helps so very much to buy beans and rice! Plus, a mother and child need fruits and vegetables too for a balanced dietary plan!
After birth, the Republican Party doesn't care how hungry the child is each day and night! It's a fact that a hungry child can not sleep well. The growth plates are not developing properly and pains the child as well as pain in the stomach region!  How can a child develop properly without the correct nutritional value intake? 

By school age, these little wonderful human beings are familiar with the pangs of hunger and dismiss the "WANT of FOOD".  Then how can they retain their lessons?
In summation,  I feel that the Republican Party is NO BETTER THAN HITLER'S NAZI PARTY! The GOP has cut #SNAP, won't push through jobs bills and fight minimum wage increase!

The Grand Old Republican Party is a KILLING MACHINE like GENOCIDE promoters! YOU DO NOT DESERVE TO BE IN A PLACE THAT SPEAKS FOR "WE THE PEOPLE" BECAUSE YOU  HAVE NO EMPATHY OR COMPASSION FOR US!
Marlene' O'Neill-Nadeau
Anthropologist



                                                                                                                                      Harvey Edwards

EVERY CONCEIVABLE FOUL MOUTH WORD THAT WOULD EXPLODE FROM MY MOUTH COULD NOT EVEN COME CLOSE TO THE BRUTALITY IN CUTTING FOOD STAMPS FROM AMERICANS ESPECIALLY FROM THE HELPLESS VOICELESS CHILDREN.... AS WE GIVE MONEY AWAY TO OTHER COUNTRIES WE DON'T HAVE PUTTING US IN FURTHER DEBT. HOW CAN ANYONE EITHER PARTY ESP THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OR THE SO-CALLED MORON REDNECK TEAPARTY EVEN LET THAT CROSS THEIR MIND IF THEY EVEN HAVE ONE, LET THIS HAPPEN. DO NOT TRY TO RETORT THIS WITH ANY RATIONAL ANSWER, THERE IN NOT ONE, NOT ONE. WHY CUTTING EITHER FOOD STAMPS OR HEATING FOR A WARM PLACE TO LIVE IS IN ANYWAY, SHAPE OR FORM CORRECT. THAT WOULD ONLY SOLIDIFIES THE FACT THAT YOU ARE A F*#KING IDIOT, REPEAT A F*#KING IDIOT. THOSE WHO WANT TO CUT ANY OF THESE PROGRAMS FOR THE NEEDY HAVE NEVER EVER BEEN IN THAT POSITION IN THEIR ENTIRE LIFE. THE FACT OF EVEN THINKING ABOUT DOING THIS WE NEED TO SEVERELY PUNISH THEM AS THEY DID IN MEDIEVAL TIMES.




                                                                                                       Dorothea Lange


                                                             

There are currently 47 million Americans who turn to food stamps to help make ends meet. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, nearly 72 percent are in families with children; and one-quarter of SNAP participants are in households with seniors or people with disabilities. Further, 91 percent of SNAP benefits go to households with incomes below the poverty line, and 55 percent to households below half of the poverty line (about $9,500 annually for a family of three).

Despite the fact that the Institute of Medicine demonstrated the inadequacy of the SNAP benefit allotment, and that a child’s access to food stamps has a positive impact on adult outcomes, the program was just cut by $5 billion on November 1. The average benefit dropped from $1.50 to $1.40 per meal. The Senate Agriculture Committee’s previous proposal to cut yet another $4 billion from SNAP would have led to 500,000 losing $90 per month in benefits, the equivalent of one week’s worth of meals.

“That was the first time in history that a Democratic-controlled Senate had even proposed cutting the SNAP program,” said Joel Berg, executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. “The willingness of some Senate Democrats to double new cuts to the program…is unthinkable.”

The president recognized in a very personal way the need for a SNAP program that protects families from severe hardship.

“When my father left and my mom hit hard times trying to raise my sister and me while she was going to school, this country helped make sure we didn’t go hungry,” he said.

In contrast, Berg tells of a mother he recently met who now sees this country turning away from her and her children.

“I recently met a mother of two, trying to advance herself and her family, by working her way through college,” said Berg. “After November 1st, she lost $46 worth of groceries a month, which equals at least thirty fewer meals for her family.”

It seems she and her kids are about to absorb another hit.

“These SNAP cuts will be devastating to families across the nation,” said Dr. Mariana Chilton, co-principal investigator of Children’s HealthWatch, a research organization analyzing the effects of economic conditions and public policy on children in emergency rooms and clinics around the country. “Not only will families lose significant SNAP dollars—which will make it harder for them to feed their kids and also reduce their children’s nutrient intakes—but it will also cause major health problems for children, increased hospitalizations for very young kids, and greater need for psychosocial and mental health services for school aged kids.”

President Obama perfectly captured what it means for this country to turn its back on children.

“The idea that a child may never be able to escape poverty because she lacks a decent education or healthcare, or a community that views her future as their own, that should offend all of us and it should compel us to action,” said President Obama.

We are the community, and it is offensive. Now is the time to tell the president: if these cuts land on his desk, he must veto the bill.

Update, December 7, 3:39pm: Senator Stabenow's office did not initially respond to a request for comment, but have replied to this post. Their statement:

Senator Stabenow strongly opposes any changes to food assistance that make cuts in benefits for people who need help putting food on the table for their families. She has been the number one defender against the House Republicans proposal to cut food assistance by $40 billion, including rule changes that would throw four million people off of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) altogether.

Unlike the House proposal, the Senate Farm Bill protects critical food assistance for the over 47 million Americans who need help. The Senate bill saves $4 billion solely through ending program misuse—like stopping lottery winners from continuing to receive assistance, cracking down on retailer benefit trafficking, and curbing the misuse of a LIHEAP paper work policy by a small number of states. It is very important that we continue to maintain the integrity of these critical food assistance programs so that opponents cannot use rare examples of misuse as arguments for gutting assistance to children, families, seniors and disabled Americans.

While no final agreement has been reached, Senator Stabenow will not support any policies that arbitrarily remove people in need from SNAP or make across-the-board cuts to benefits. She will only support savings focused on program misuse.



Update, December 9, 11:31am: Response from Greg Kaufmann:

I think many anti-hunger advocates would disagree with the notion that the Chairwoman has been “the number one defender” against the draconian SNAP cuts proposed by House Republicans.  Representatives Jim McGovern, Barbara Lee, John Conyers, and Marcia Fudge come to mind, as does Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.  They not only defend against Republican cuts, but also try to strengthen benefits at a time when nearly 50 million Americans aren’t necessarily sure where their next meal is coming from. 

It is true that Senator Stabenow has spoken clearly in her opposition to the extreme cuts and rule changes in the House Republican proposal.  But that’s hardly a reason to claim bragging rights—it would be like a WNBA player boasting that she can whup any Junior High School player in a game of one-on-one.

The statement that $4 billion (of the more than $8 billion in SNAP cuts agreed to in current negotiations) is found through cracking down on lottery winners, retailer benefit trafficking, and addressing “misuse” of the Low Income Housing Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) seems misleading.  The amount of SNAP benefits misspent due to fraud by lottery winners and retailers is negligible, and of course everyone supports vigilance to protect the integrity of the program.

But the bulk of the $4 billion in cuts alluded to here—and the other $4 billion-plus agreed to in negotiations—is found through a change to the rule that currently allows families receiving SNAP assistance to qualify for additional benefits if they receive LIHEAP assistance to help with their utility bills.  (If a state’s governor opts in to what is called the “heat and eat” program.)  The heat and eat program—which boosts SNAP benefits for families receiving utility assistance—is based on the recognition that too many Americans are choosing between paying for food or paying for energy.  Some states sign families up for $1 in heating assistance so that they then qualify for the additional food stamp benefits, decreasing the likelihood that they will face the “heat or eat” dilemma.  According to Politico, the agreement between Senator Stabenow and Republican leaders would require $20 in LIHEAP assistance in order to receive additional SNAP benefits.  That change would result in up to $8 billion in SNAP cuts.  Currently, roughly 20 percent of eligible households receive LIHEAP, so there is little reason to believe that most states would step up to meet the $20 threshold for people who need it.

While Senator Stabenow might not be in a position to defend the $1 work around that helps get families the assistance they need, she surely is in a position to explain why both Democratic and Republican Governors alike are looking to obtain additional benefits for families that qualify for food stamps, and why we need to be increasing, not decreasing, those benefits.

The Chairwoman might remind the country that the average benefit is $1.40 per meal for an individual.  She might point to the report by the Institute of Medicine that clearly describes the inadequacy of food stamp benefits: from the way a family’s net monthly income is calculated by using a standard shelter deduction capped at $478; to the assumption that low-wage workers with erratic schedules will have time to cook unprocessed ingredients from scratch, as well as access supermarkets that offer a variety of healthy foods at lower costs in urban and rural areas.  The Chairwoman might tell America that the SNAP program assumes food prices are consistent no matter where one lives in the nation.  She might point to the millions of families that include children with special health care needs—families not permitted to deduct their out-of-pocket health care costs to calculate their net income. She might draw attention to USDA testimony—all the way back in 1933—that the theoretical “Thrifty Food Plan” currently used in the SNAP program to determine a nutritious diet at minimal cost is for “restricted diets for emergency use,” and that “a reasonable measure of basic needs for a good diet… should be as high as the cost of the low-cost food plan” which would result in more generous food stamp benefit levels.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the staff asserts that the Senator “strongly opposes any changes to food assistance that make cuts in benefits for people who need help putting food on the table for their families.”  But the fact is that the proposed changes would indeed cut benefits for people who need help putting food on the table.  As the Food Research and Action Center writes, “Bottom line, elimination of ‘Heat and Eat’ means lost meals for elderly and disabled households.”

The Chairwoman is in a position to educate the country about how the SNAP program really works, and how it could and should be made better.  If raising benefits through LIHEAP isn’t the right avenue, then she and her fellow-Democrats should suggest the myriad of reforms that would more accurately measure the existing need of hungry families in this country and would consequently raise their benefit levels.

The point isn’t that Republicans would never go for those reforms.  The point is to speak the truth to the American people, shatter the myths and end the misinformation, and make the Republicans defend policies that are indefensible.

Update, December 9, 11:31am:  Response from Joel Berg, executive director, New York City Coalition Against Hunger:

In the year 2000, as a private citizen on vacation time, I volunteered for a week in Grand Rapids, Michigan to help elect Debbie Stabenow to the United States Senate. That is why it is particularly painful to me that not only is she playing a key role in cutting nutrition assistance for struggling families, but she also is not being straightforward with the public about the impact of the policies she is promoting.

Virtually all advocates—myself included—agree with her efforts to stop lottery winners from continuing to receive assistance and to crack down on retailer benefit trafficking.  But given how rare lottery winners and retailer fraud are, those changes are mostly cosmetic and have nothing to do with the more than $8 billion in nutrition cuts that she is proposing.

The third provision she is proposing—the one that would cut all the money—would eliminate a current feature of the SNAP program that now allows governors in 14 different states, of both political parties, to better combine home energy assistance with SNAP benefits in order to boost food aid to some of the hardest-hit families. Every single penny Senator Stabenow is proposing to take out of SNAP would come directly out of the grocery baskets of families that are very low-income and are currently eligible for the benefits.

It is important to again note that the $5 billion in SNAP cuts which went into effect on November 1 were also enabled by Senate Democrats. Senator Stabenow’s contention that she must advance massive additional cuts of more than $8 billion—as the only possible way to forestall even more massive cuts proposed by the GOP—is misleading as well. As Chair of the Agriculture Committee, she has it well within her power to propose a Farm Bill with no additional SNAP cuts whatsoever.  The House Republicans have no legal ability to pass additional cuts unless the Senate Democrats and President Obama consent to such cuts.  The Democrats should join together in scrapping this horrible bill that slashes food for struggling families while boosting corporate welfare, and instead start from scratch with a brand new farm bill that aids small to mid-sized family farmers, slashes hunger, and boosts rural economic development.

Update, December 9, 11:31am: Response from Dr. Mariana Chilton, PhD, MPH, Director, Center for Hunger-Free Communities, Drexel University School of Public Health:

When Senate Ag leadership likens the cuts to SNAP as “savings” that curb “misuse of a LIHEAP paperwork policy,” we can see that they do not fully grasp the way that American families experience hunger and food insecurity.

Families don’t go hungry in a vacuum.  Families make terrible tradeoffs- between paying for heat or paying to eat.  The women of Witnesses to Hunger—who use their photography and stories to describe their experiences with hunger and poverty—can tell you that first hand.  Jill Shaw, a Member of Witnesses to Hunger from Central Pennsylvania shows a picture of her stove, and writes:  “I am a witnesses to hunger everyday.  I am a witness to the disappointment in my children’s eyes when they tell me they are hungry and I tell them there’s no food.  My stove is a source of heat more than it is a source for cooking food.” To learn more about housing and utilities and how they relate to hunger, just take a brief tour here of America’s reality in Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, and Camden NJ. If you want this in cold hard numbers instead of pictures and experiences, see our Children’s HealthWatch research.

Those of us on the ground: pediatricians, public health researchers, social services providers, and the true experts—those who know hunger and poverty first hand—recognize that the forward thinking states have attempted to prevent the worst of hunger and the worst of frigid mornings.  The states that utilize the heat and eat provision, are actually improving our current income support systems, because they are calculating the amount of SNAP benefits needed when one considers the true cost of shelter. To learn more about this, check out the Congressional Research Service explanation.

This LIHEAP provision is a protection for families based in a cold hard reality: food insecurity is a form of hardship based on trading off costs of basic needs. It’s a smart work around that ought to be scaled up across the country, not slashed as a technical expediency.  If there were really forward thinking change coming out of the Senate and House, the SNAP benefit calculation would be based on the true cost of shelter regardless of whether or not a family receives LIHEAP.  It’s a frigid wake-up indeed, to see these proposed cuts.  Some have said that the House GOP is out of touch with low-income America, but sometimes it seems as if all of our leaders are out of touch.
Their is NO other politically correct word expressing the politicians in AMERICA concerning POVERTY in our country right here right NOW.




WHY

Be honest with yourself, when George W. Bush and Dick Cheney brought our COUNTRY and the WORLD into a downward spiral, were you better off both FINANCIALLY and EMOTIONALLY and why are these HITLER'S IN DISGUISE NOT IN JAIL ? THEY ARE THE COLBERT'S THAT LITE THE FIRE THAT'S BURNING AMERICA DOWN.   I REST MY CASE !


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A TWEET FROM AN AMERICAN


IF ABOUT HALF OF THE GOP IN CONGRESS GOT SHOT AND KILLED THAT WILL B THE GAME CHANGER 4 GUN LAWS CHANGE AND TEAFUCKERS TOO.

I PERSONALLY TOTALLY AGREE WITH THIS TWEET






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Friday, April 8, 2016


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FYI .....This was an ad in my local paper. It says everything about our country, funny, real and pathetic.
THIS AD SAYS IT ALL ABOUT AMERICA !

"TRUMP AND CRUZ WANTS TO OPEN A CHAIN OF BEER, BULLETS AND BULLIES!"

I'm confused I thought religion was about being against violence and loving mankind. What does bullets and beer have to do with that.
THIS COUNTRY AND THE CRAZIES ARE TO BE BANISHED FROM AMERICA
ESPECIALLY TRUMP, CRUZ, AND THE GOP.


I'm done with all the lies and deception
our politicians have forced upon us.
THEY CAN ALL GO TO HELL.

I have decided to make my own world and ignore the
all the negativity and only create a world that is devoid of
man made suffering for most. I will try to help those in need but the rest can fuck off.
I suggest you do the same as life is too short to waste away.





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Monday, March 21, 2016

Whomever DESTROYS Donald Trump a TWENTY FOOT HIGH BRONZE statue will be erected in their HONOR of them as saving America and the world.


TRUMP USES FOUL LANGUAGE IN FRONT OF MY GRANDCHILDREN
AND I PROTECT MY FAMILY
SO IT'S TIME HE MUST GO ! AND GO QUICKLY !
HE NEEDS TO BE DESTROYED !

 
Donald Trump 

THE DICTATOR
THE KILLER
THE FEARMONGER
A HUGE BIGOT
LIAR LIAR
AND
HIS KILLER SONS
DON'T FORGET HIS WIFE

MELANIA TRUMP AS OUR FIRST LADY REPRESENTING AMERICA! NEVER...
A FIRST LADY MUST HAVE CLASS AND MELANIA TRUMP HAS NONE....
ZERO !
JUST AN EMBARRASSMENT

Melania Trump a person you would never bring home to meet your family ! Got a quarter for a GOOD TIME ?

As First Lady Melinda Trump
would take underprivileged CHILDREN
and teach them how to shop. 

If a Nuclear bomb went off next to Trump his hairpiece would stay intact and be seen for miles around GLOWING.  

The SAD part this is no joke.

Trump KILLER Sons

Do you really need to KILL for food on your table ?
Do you really need to KILL beautiful animals that never harmed you ?
Are you poor and need all the animal MEAT to survive ?
Why do you shoot guns that cost thousands of dollars ?
Are you having FUN KILLING ?
Did enjoy KILLING the ELEPHANT ?
Why are you not in JAIL for KILLING ENDANGERED SPECIES ?
DID DADDY GET YOU OUT ?
DONALD TRUMP & SONS
WE KILL FOR THE FUN OF IT !
DADDY'S SO PROUD !








LIKE FATHER LIKE SONS
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DONALD TRUMP WILL DO MORE HARM TO AMERICA AND THE WORLD THAN ANY TERRORISTS.

TRUMP SUPPORTS THE NRA



Those that will suffer are

WOMEN GOING TO JAIL FOR AN ABORTION, THE POOR, MILITARY, VETERANS, OUTRIGHT VULGARITY IN FRONT OF CHILDREN, ESCALATING RACISM, WOMEN'S RIGHTS, IMMIGRATION, CUTTING AMERICAN JOBS BY SENDING PRODUCTS TO BE MADE OVERSEAS AS HE DID IN THE PAST, HIRING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AS HE DID IN THE PAST, DESTROYING OTHER COMPANIES AS HE DID WITH HIS OWN IN THE PAST, STARTING WARS, DIPLOMACY, EQUAL RIGHTS, BLACKS, MUSLIMS
 DESTROYING ALL DIPLOMATIC TIES, 
DIVIDING THE COUNTRY EVEN MORE,
TRUMP WILL IN-PRISON YOU BOTH MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY ALL THOSE WHO DISAGREE WITH HIM AND
MOST IMPORTANTLY HE CARES NOTHING ABOUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXCEPT HIMSELF ! ! ! !

HE AND HIS SONS HAVE  KILLED IN THE PAST AND MARK MY WORDS THEY WILL KILL AGAIN BUT THIS TIME MILLIONS WILL DIE.
                                                                                                      by Harvey Edwards
Donald Trump is a dictator and dictators lock up MUSLIMS and deport them anywhere but America.


OBLITERATE

DONALD TRUMP


Tear off the TAPE and let your voice be heard!
STOP TRUMP!


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