GOP War on the Poor

Rolling Stone magazine, read mostly for its coverage of music (and I don’t mean classical) keeps a good eye on American politics as well.  Matt Taibbi regularly writes, as well as John Knefel, Bill McKibben, and others.

From the November issue here is a good piece by Elizabeth Drew: The GOP’s War on the Poor.

The GOP is pushing to decimate food-stamp programs, punishing the most vulnerable just out of sheer spite

The way the program to provide the poor with the bare minimum of daily nutrition has been handled is a metaphor for how the far right in the House is systematically trying to take down the federal government. The Tea Party radicals and those who either fear or cultivate them are now subjecting the food-stamp program to the same kind of assault they have unleashed on other settled policies and understandings that have been in place for decades. Breaking all manner of precedents on a series of highly partisan votes, with the Republicans barely prevailing, the House in September slashed the food-stamp program by a whopping $39 billion and imposed harsh new requirements for getting on, or staying on, the program. The point was to deny the benefit to millions.

And it’s not just Rolling Stone or Elizabeth Drew who think so.  Governor John Kasich (R) of Ohio has an identical warning

I’m concerned about the fact there seems to be a war on the poor,” Kasich told the New York Times in a story published Tuesday. “That if you’re poor, somehow you’re shiftless and lazy.” “You know what?” he added. “The very people who complain ought to ask their grandparents if they worked at the W.P.A.

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