Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Hungry veterans

The gleefully nihilistic House of Representatives, or at least the Tea Party members in the driver's seat,will bang their swords and spout jingoistic support for the military and guns all they like. And of course, they will push back on government aid to the "undeserving poor" who "don't work hard enough", which they couch in the worst sort of mock-Christian justification.

And then there's this:
Republicans will salute America's veterans Monday, while simultaneously trying to deny them benefits. In addition to reducing housing aid, and denying health care to vets, the GOP is also trying to remove thousands of vets from the food stamp program, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

At least 900,000 veterans rely on SNAP. The House Republican version of the farm bill, the five-year piece of legislation that funds nutrition and agriculture provisions, would slash funding for the food stamps program by nearly $40 billion and boot 2.8 million people off the program next year. That includes 170,000 veterans, who would be removed through a provision in the bill that would eliminate food stamps eligibility for non-elderly jobless adults who can't find work or an opening in a job training program.
Because nothing says "thank you for your service" like  making you go hungry.

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