View Full Version : House Democrats to leave people starving to fund wars and teacher salaries

08-10-2010, 05:19 AM
I would like to see the liberal dumbocrats on sites like Daily Kos explain this one :

Dems digest food stamp cuts

As they prepare to slash food stamps to pay for Medicaid and teachers’ salaries, House Democrats are facing up to a harsh reality: To save some social programs, they’ll have to sacrifice others.

“This is a bitter pill to swallow,” Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro, chairwoman of the subcommittee that funds Agriculture Committee programs, said in a statement Monday. “As you can imagine, for me personally, it’s like ‘Sophie’s Choice.’”

While few Democrats would make such a stark analogy — “Sophie’s Choice” required the title character to pick which of her two children would die at the hands of the Nazis — voter antipathy toward government growth has forced moderates to demand offsets to new spending, and Democrats of all stripes are having to sacrifice one constituency for another.

So DeLauro and many of her Democratic colleagues will have to swallow hard as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) gathers her troops Tuesday for a rare mid-August session to pass a $26.1 billion state aid spending package that cuts billions of dollars from food stamps to save thousands of teachers’ jobs and to stave off cuts in Medicaid.

The anti-hunger community is finding the decision even harder to digest.

“We call it the big disaster. It was just so shocking that they would take money from the food stamp program in these economic times to support any other program,” said Carey Morgan, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger. “We’re not saying that education and medical [aid] aren’t important, but hungry kids can’t learn and hungry kids get sick.”

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08-10-2010, 05:28 AM
The State always looks after its own. The teachers union has more voting power than the food stamp special interest.

Working Poor
08-10-2010, 05:31 AM
No way they could cut back on the war effort though