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House GOP Would Kick 280,000 Children Off School Lunch Program To Protect Tax Cut For Millionaires

7:39 pm - 04/26/2012
House Republicans recently proposed cuts to nutrition assistance that will kick 280,000 low-income children off automatic enrollment in the Free School Lunch and Breakfast Program. Those same kids and 1.5 million other people will also lose their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly food stamp benefits) that help them afford food at home.

Ten years’ worth of these nutrition cuts could be prevented for the price of one year of tax cuts on 3,340 multimillion dollar estates that House Republicans are protecting in their budget.

On April 18 the House Agriculture Committee passed a bill cutting over $33 billion from SNAP over the next decade. About one-third of these cuts ($11.5 billion) comes from putting restrictions on “categorical eligibility,” a provision that enables states to better coordinate between programs and improves access to assistance for low-income families.

By restricting this provision, the bill would kick an average of 1.8 million low-income people a year off of food aid and end automatic enrollment in free school meals for 280,000 children in struggling families.

The Republican budget sells this bill as an effort to “reduce lower‐priority spending” to avert military cuts that will otherwise take place in January 2013 due to the debt deal agreed to last summer. But when it comes to reducing the deficit, it’s clear the House would rather ask low-income kids and families struggling against hunger to foot the bill than asking multimillion-dollar estates to pay their fair share.

Case in point: As part of the 2010 tax-cut compromise, House Republicans insisted on including a tax cut on multimillion dollar estates, adding an estimated $11.5 billion to the deficit this year alone. That’s the same amount they’re now claiming is necessary to cut from low-income families through these restrictions.

By making it more difficult for low-income schoolchildren to access school breakfast and lunch, this bill will likely increase child hunger, which is associated with worse educational outcomes and higher long-term health costs. Both of these trends affect our economy and our deficits over the long run.

We should reconsider reduced spending on “lower priority” items — a.k.a breakfast, lunch, and dinner for low-income children — and instead adopt a deficit-reduction approach that asks everyone to pay their fair share—including multimillion-dollar estates.

doverz 27th-Apr-2012 01:05 am (UTC)
Man, I just loooooooooooooooove these pro-lifers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
layweed 27th-Apr-2012 01:09 am (UTC)
lux_roark 27th-Apr-2012 01:15 am (UTC)
Fucking bullshit. So many kids at my son's school have to go home and not eat dinner. The only meals they eat during the school year are breakfast and lunch. So what? Make them starve because their parents can't afford to put food on the table?
4o5pastmidnight 27th-Apr-2012 01:33 am (UTC)
The Republican budget sells this bill as an effort to “reduce lower‐priority spending”

ie poor people aren't a priority for Republicans. I already knew this, but COME ON.
spiffynamehere 27th-Apr-2012 01:34 am (UTC)
lifesscar 27th-Apr-2012 01:37 am (UTC)
Great. Just great. Supposedly best country in the world and we're going to have even more starving children.
nicosian 27th-Apr-2012 01:43 am (UTC)
The sarcastic bitter dialog here:

me: So, to protect military from cuts and to protect millionaire tax cuts...why not just kick the wee urchins and yell bootstraps?

Husb: because it'll get urchin juice on their virgin shoes. Cut the damn MILITARY.

Since no low is too low, there'll be crack teams in the homes and schools, making sure their bread is stale and the hair shirts extra itchy, because nothing will make someone more unpoor than a brisk program of national humiliation as policy.

( and then in 20 yrs they can reap the wonders of grinding the low income class under their boot heels hasn't worked like they hoped.)
flyghosh 27th-Apr-2012 02:20 pm (UTC)
You know what really irks me about this? They're trying to cut all the low-income/social welfare programs and stuff to minimize their cuts to the military, right? But they'll likely still have to cut some military funding...which is probably going to come from servicemembers' pay and benefits, and not the [over-inflated] budgets of their defense contractors. So either way, the people who can least afford it are going to bear the brunt.

It makes me so frustrated.
deathchibi 27th-Apr-2012 01:45 am (UTC)
At this rate, I half expect a bill allowing poor people to be kept as pets, hunted for sport or something anymore. It feels like the gilded age all over again.

God fucking forbid a kid get breakfast and/or lunch instead of our precious millionaires getting more tax cuts.
mirhanda 27th-Apr-2012 05:02 am (UTC)
Oh I know! Take their organs for wealthy people who need organs! A Kidney here, a half liver there, one or two corneas, they'll never miss it!
omimouse 27th-Apr-2012 01:58 am (UTC)
Just the thing to read two months after getting on SNAP and a few days after starting the application process for SSDI/SSI.

-beats head into desk-
lux_roark 27th-Apr-2012 02:35 am (UTC)
Good luck with the application process. I was able to get in without an appeal the first round with SSI, so I hope you get the same after you apply.
emeraldus 27th-Apr-2012 01:59 am (UTC)
Huh, if these people are so much into doing what is good for the government, maybe they can take a pay cut to help cut down the deficit? Or is that too sensible for a politician's mind to process?
lifesscar 27th-Apr-2012 02:15 am (UTC)
Shhh. Quiet. Common sense is a rare thing.

I honestly love how it's always 'cut everything but their overpriced paychecks.
mirhanda 27th-Apr-2012 05:04 am (UTC)
Or their health insurance. After all, the only ones who deserve government sponsered health care is congress!
lil_insanity 27th-Apr-2012 02:37 am (UTC)
What the HELL.
tabaqui 27th-Apr-2012 04:35 am (UTC)
FUCK THIS. How was this passed with *no* damn fight? How can it be stopped? Just...FUCK. I am so sick of this. If the GOP is not routed in November i just....

Well, i will be very, very disgusted with my fellow Americans.
wrestlingdog 27th-Apr-2012 04:53 am (UTC)
jaded110 Let's bring out the guillotines!27th-Apr-2012 01:34 pm (UTC)
So when's the revolution? Cause the last time this happened, a LOT of people lost their heads.
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