With all the focus on foreign wars, let’s not forget another vicious war that is being waged in the US and that is the war on the poor. The Republicans in the US Congress are proposing to cut funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program (the one that used to be called ‘food stamps’) by $40 billion. These disgusting people, who think that raising the taxes of the immensely wealthy by even the slightest amount is a travesty of justice, think that we need to reduce aid to those people who are already struggling mightily to just survive.
In their efforts to demonize the poor, these people have found this generation’s equivalent of < Ronald Reagan's 'welfare queen', some surfer guy in California who abuses the program.
Greenslate is an unemployed San Diego surfer dude seen in a Fox News report using his Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP card, to buy sushi and lobster. The story from correspondent John Roberts was reportedly circulated to GOP lawmakers.
The report shows Greenslate heading to the automated checkout counter and paying with his food stamp card. “Two hundred dollars a month, and you just go like, boom,” Greenlate says on camera. “Just like that, all paid for by our wonderful tax dollars.”
In reality, the vast majority of SNAP recipients either work or are children, disabled or elderly. Jason Greenslate is the exception, rather than the rule.
You can always find some idiot who blows his entire month’s allowance on one binge. But that does not mean that the 3.8 million people who have to stretch their support out over the month should be punished. Of course, it is not enough for the Republicans and Tea Party types to increase the hunger and suffering of the poor and disabled. As Stephen Colbert points out, they are also intent on publicly shaming them.
(This clip aired on September 16, 2013. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report outside the US, please see this earlier post.)