September 15, 2014 11:18 am -

When you’re running for president as a Republican you can’t be seen as doing something that entitles the poor to food, even if it costs you almost nothing.

Three states are ending a program that qualified re[su_right_ad]sidents for extra food paid for by the federal government — including two, New Jersey andWisconsin, that are led by potential Republican presidential candidates.

Congress in February passed a law to raise the costs of so-called heat-and-eat programs. Such initiatives had allowed states to give residents as little as $1 a year in home-heating assistance to qualify for an average of $1,080 a year in added food stamps. The new minimum state contribution is $20 per household a year, and Chris Christie’s New Jersey, Scott Walker’s Wisconsin as well as Michigan are taking a pass.

And there is absolutely no reason for them to be doing this, as it makes no sense economically, And forget morally. It’s politics, and the need to appeal to the far-right in order to win a presidential primary.[su_csky_ad]


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

13 responses to Republican Governors Rejecting Practically Cost-Free Food For The Poor

  1. tiredoftea September 15th, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Yes, once again conservatives show the compassion they are known for throughout the land.

  2. William September 15th, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Although I think it’s a good program, the article is misleading. It’s not “practically free”. Someone somewhere pays for it.

    • Suzanne McFly September 15th, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      Of course, but if the right really wanted to save the government money, this would be the last item on their list. This is pennies compared to the tax loopholes used by the rich which could easily amount to millions, that is where the real savings will have an impact. This money is used to supply a need a will repay us in multiple ways.

  3. Red Eye Robot September 15th, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    From the actual article: Michigan state administrators decided the additional state money needed to maintain heat-and-eat would pull too much aid from residents who rely heavily on home-heating assistance, said Bob Wheaton, a spokesman with the state’s Department of Human Services. “We don’t want to be providing our limited energy assistance funds for people who don’t need it, for the goal of meeting a loophole in the farm bill,” Wheaton said in a telephone interview.

    • tiredoftea September 15th, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      When a fig leaf becomes a trench coat.

  4. juicyfruityyy September 15th, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    All the more reason to get these Governors out of the office. They are not there for the people.

    • rg9rts September 16th, 2014 at 5:02 am

      Was the gopee EVER there for the people???

  5. Shades September 15th, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Feeding the needy is a big thing to The Boss. Can’t wait to see him rip his “biggest fan” Christy a new one over this.

  6. Suzanne McFly September 15th, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Yeah because if Christie did provide food for the poor, he would really have a chance to be elected President…../s

    • whatthe46 September 15th, 2014 at 10:49 pm

      a lot of these people that are on food stamps are working people and pay into taxes and pay these son-of-a-bitches salary and to deny paying a portion of 20 bucks per household is hurtful and disgusting. they are all going straight to fuckin’ hell. bitch ass bastards. i’m so pissed and i know you can’t tell but i am.

      • whatthe46 September 15th, 2014 at 10:53 pm

        furthermore, what of the women that are immigrants that work in their homes (and we all know that they do) that are paid little to nothing and work for multiple families just to make ends meet? no they can’t get on food stamps, but they are certainly saving these asswipes money. money they don’t want to pay reasonable salaries to American citizens that would take those same jobs, if they paid fair wages. but again, they would rather pay an immigrant way below the poverty line (poverty line) than to pay minimum wage.

        • Suzanne McFly September 16th, 2014 at 11:28 am

          Completely agree with all your points, nice job not beating around the bush 🙂

  7. rg9rts September 16th, 2014 at 5:01 am

    All that while the state of New Jersey gets poorer….fat man was NEVER late for a meal