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One million adults to lose Food Stamps this year

One million adults to lose Food Stamps this year
Jan 05, 2015 4:16pm PST by gjohnsitComment_large104 135

Here are the first 1 million casualties of the GOP take-over.

Roughly 1 million of the nation’s poorest people will be cut off SNAP (formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) over the course of 2016, due to the return in many areas of a three-month limit on SNAP benefits for unemployed adults aged 18-50 who aren’t disabled or raising minor children. These individuals will lose their food assistance benefits after three months regardless of how hard they are looking for work.

That sounds pretty bad, but the real knee-to-the-groin is a couple paragraphs below.

The loss of this food assistance, which averages approximately $150 to $200 per person per month for this group, will likely cause serious hardship among many. Agriculture Department (USDA) data show that the individuals subject to the three-month limit have average monthly income of approximately 19 percent of the poverty line, and they typically qualify for no other income support.

That’s not 19% below the poverty line.
That’s 19% of the poverty line, or 81%below the poverty line.
These people will go hungry. Period.

Under the 1996 welfare law, adults aged 18-49 who are not physically or mentally unfit for work or caring for a minor child are ineligible for SNAP if they have received three months of SNAP benefits while unemployed during the previous 36 months. Months of SNAP receipt don’t count toward the limit if the individual is working at least half-time, participating in qualifying work or training program activities for at least 20 hours a week, or living in an area with high unemployment where the three-month limit is temporarily waived. When signing the welfare law in 1996, President Clinton singled out this as one of the bill’s most harmful provisions and called for it to be substantially changed.

The reason for so many people losing food stamps is because most states were granted federal waivers during the Great Recession. Those waivers are now expiring.
Kansas and Oklahoma were so eager to cut off food for the poor that they’ve moved to the head of the line. We can see what that did.

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Truthout highlights for October 18, 2013

Truthout does the kind of deep digging behind the scenes investigative journalism that used to be the heart of our strong democracy.

Tho many of today’s headlines are harsh on Republicans;Truthout has castigated corrupt and bad behaving Dems quite often so I don’t think they are a really partisan source. The Reps just happened to be the idiots of the week this week:-/

Food Stamp Outage Highlights Problems With Privatization of Public Services

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: The government shutdown was not to blame for the crashing of the food stamp program for poor families in 17 states over the weekend, just the latest in a long line of snafus by private contractors hired by government.

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Capitalism Works (or Not) for Me

Harriet Fraad and Richard Wolff, Truthout: Does capitalism work? Artist Steve Lambert found a new way to project that “obviousness” question so that his audience might grasp how it touches our intimate, personal, political and social lives

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Amid Shutdown, “New Economy” Events Draw Enthusiasts for Sustainable Alternatives

Candice Bernd, Truthout: Disillusioned by a $24 billion government shutdown, participants were enthusiastic this past week for coincidentally scheduled New Economy Coalition events across the country building sustainable solutions to inequality, political gridlock and climate change.

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Kieron Bryan and the Arctic 30

Andrew Wallace Chamings, Truthout: Kieron Bryan, a British video journalist, is being held in a Russian prison along with another journalist and 28 activists from the captured Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise. This interview is with Bryan’s brother on what the future holds for Kieron and the Arctic 30.

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Washington Attorney General Sues GMO Labeling Opponents for Hiding Corporate Donors

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: The state of Washington has filed a lawsuit, claiming opponents of a ballot initiative that would label groceries containing genetically engineered ingredients are hiding their donors in a campaign that has seen a flood of out-of-state money from big corporations such as Monsanto.

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Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus – Campaign Cash

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company: If you want to see how grossly money can distort democracy, just go to the state of Virginia, where there are no limits on how big a check can be written for statewide candidate.

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Reclaiming the Roadblock, UK Uncut Takes Direct Action Against Austerity

Steve Rushton, Occupy.com: The anti-cuts group recently mobilized a nationwide action called “Roadblocks for Justice” that focused specifically on cuts to legal aid, which is the state support for legal services ensuring citizens are provided equality before the law.

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Republicans Have Done Real Damage to the Economy

Dave Johnson, Campaign for America’s Future: This hostage-taking episode has done real, serious, lasting damage to the economy on top of the ongoing damage Republicans have been doing. Will the public still blame Democrats, or will they finally see what is going on here?

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Acting With Impunity: The Case of General Electric

Lawrence S. Wittner, History News Network: Can the world’s biggest corporations act with impunity? When it comes to General Electric – the eighth-largest US corporation, with $146.9 billion in sales and $13.6 billion in profits in 2012 – the answer appears to be “yes.”

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Why the Corporate Media’s Climate Change Censorship Is Only Half the Story

Sarah van Gelder, YES! Magazine: Of course the media needs to start talking honestly about climate change. But there’s more to the issue than just gloom and doom.

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Despite President Obama Beating Back Barbarians at the Gate, Sequestration Is Still Harming Many Americans

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: You wouldn’t know it from the whining, but the Tea Party Republicans had won the battle of the budget weeks back. The Democrats had agreed to use sequestration budget figures in the extension, which was the GOP preference.

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Eugene Robinson | GOP’s Defeat as Devastating as Sherman’s March to the Sea

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Paul Krugman | The Damage Done

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Jim Hightower | J.P. Morgan: The Man and the Bank

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Ex-Blackwater Contractors Face Fresh Charges in Iraq Attack

Read the Article at The Associated Press

Conservatives Misunderstand What Went Wrong Under Bush

Read the Article at The Atlantic

Harry Reid: Hiking Defense Spending for Social Security Cuts Is a “Stupid Trade”

Read the Article at The Huffington Post

Tea Partiers’ Grave Fear: Why They Disdain Young People – Even Their Own

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