The Senate has passed the Farm Bill which includes $8 billion of cuts to food stamps and $7 billion of increases to agribusiness. President Obama has said he will sign it into law. Game over.
|By: DSWright Wednesday February 5, 2014 6:45 am|
|By: DSWright Monday February 3, 2014 11:14 am|
After extensive negotiations and public shaming the House of Representatives did what it was going to do anyway and cut food stamps. So just be happy the bill only cuts food stamps by $8 billion instead of the $39 billion the Republicans initially wanted.
|By: brasch Sunday January 5, 2014 6:40 pm|
A short shopping season of less than 30 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, combined with extraordinary numbers of deliveries and extreme weather problems caused thousands of packages not to be delivered by Christmas. For some media, this was the top story.
But that’s not a crisis.
|By: DSWright Thursday December 26, 2013 10:42 am|
As unemployment benefits are set to expire Saturday for 1.3 million Americans the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has produced an estimate for the costs of maintaining and modernizing America’s doomsday weapons – $355 billion.
|By: Kit OConnell Wednesday December 25, 2013 6:01 pm|
Here’s a swig of actual news to wash down all those twee “human interest” pieces sticking in your throat.
|By: DSWright Tuesday December 24, 2013 11:50 am|
In DC, it’s been a hell of a year. DC residents are enjoying a personal income boom thanks to the kind of patronage found in the Ryan-Murray budget. Special interests are getting rich off of near endless taxpayer money.
|By: Attaturk Thursday December 19, 2013 1:30 am|
Jack Kingston, a representative of Georgia, paid $170,000 annually to engage in the part-time job of legislating and the full-time job of fund-raising for Jack Kingston knows from moochers.
|By: Tom Engelhardt Thursday December 12, 2013 7:15 pm|
If you’ve heard the phrase “class war” in twenty-first-century America, the odds are that it’s been a curse spat from the mouths of Republican warriors castigating Democrats for engaging in high crimes and misdemeanors like trying to tax the rich. Back in 2011, for example, President Obama’s modest proposal of a “millionaire tax” was typically labeled “class warfare” and he was accused by Congressman Paul Ryan, among others, of heading down the “class warfare path.” Similarly, in 2012, Mitt Romney and other Republican presidential hopefuls blasted the president for encouraging “class warfare” by attacking entrepreneurial success. In the face of such charges, Democrats invariably go on the defensive.
|By: DSWright Tuesday December 10, 2013 8:58 am|
While Congress may be interested in blowing over $600 billion to subsidize defense contractors in fighting the non-existent Soviet Union, the food stamp program is facing the knife. Now you might note that the Pentagon can’t account for trillions (with a t) of dollars and the fraud rate for SNAP is 1%, but whatever. We need to save money and people on food stamps can’t make campaign contributions like defense contractors can.
|By: DSWright Thursday December 5, 2013 6:40 am|
We know Mr. President. We know.