Never EVER forget: The Cruelty IS the Point
The Trump administration plans to gut food stamps, hitting red states hardest
3.6 million Americans will lose food stamps under a regulatory maneuver nobody in Congress likes. 1.9 million of them live in Trump country.
SEP 5, 2019, 8:00 AM
President Donald Trump’s latest attack on working families will hit especially hard in the states that voted for him: More than half of the people who are set to lose access to food stamps under regulations proposed this summer live in states that went for Trump in 2016.
One in every twelve people who receives food stamps nationwide will lose them under the policy — some 3.6 million people, according to new analysis by Mathematica, the private policy analysis firm the Department of Agriculture (USDA) has relied upon for the past 40 years.
“I was surprised by the extent of the impact in some of the southern states, such as Texas,” Mathematica senior research programmer Sarah Lauffer said. The impact was always going to be severe in states that apply the current rules in the most generous fashion, but southern states have generally not extended their eligibility lines quite as far. Despite that, Lauffer said, her team found “34% of elderly Texans receiving benefits will lose them through this rule.”
Almost 400,000 people in Texas currently receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits would lose them. Another 328,000 in Florida, 200,000 in New York, 97,000 in Georgia, and 176,000 in Washington state face cuts, to name just a few standouts.
The administration plans to slash benefits by ending a popular, bipartisan policy known as broad-based categorical eligibility (BBCE). That policy protects low-wage workers from a quirk of poverty-assistance law known as the “benefits cliff,” whereby earning or saving slightly too much money can trigger a low-income family’s eviction from public assistance programs.
Ending the expanded eligibility system for SNAP will also boot roughly half a million kids out of free school meal programs nationwide. The administration has insisted those kids could all hop right back in by filling out application forms currently mooted by the BBCE system, but experts have warned it doesn’t necessarily work that way.
Many have pointed out that this cruelty is part of a con game. Once they kick all these people off SNAP, then they will turn around and declare that this Administration has lowered the poverty rate, because, look, there are fewer people who use SNAP.
Their cruelty aside, once again, they haven’t thought things through. Sure, they will hurt ‘ those people’, but, the bottom line is that SNAP is nothing but another FARMER WELFARE PROGRAM. …and a federal subsidy for WALMART. The farmers might not care, after all, he’s bankrupting them, and destroying their overseas markets, and they still support him. Let him destroy their domestic market too….but, he’ll be hurting ‘ the right people’, so they’re cool with it. But, WALMART…. The amount of funds they will lose if they lost the SNAP benefits. It is quite obvious that SNAP benefits are beneficial to the economy, because, this is money that is immediately spent and put back into our economy. We’ve already seen the signs of a slowing economy. Take away the buying power of 3.6 MILLION people….you don’t think that won’t have a negative ripple effect upon the economy?
But, as always….THE CRUELTY IS THE POINT.
PS-So sorry to see ThinkProgress fold…this story is part of the good, informative work that they did.
I’d be more shocked if he were honest…
Serena Williams sizzles in low-cut white slip dress with Alexis Ohanian at The Game Changers premiere in NYC
By RACHEL MCGRATH FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 23:56 EDT, 9 September 2019 | UPDATED: 08:55 EDT, 10 September 2019
She dramatically lost her US Open final match to 19-year-old Canadian Bianca Andreescu on Saturday.
But far from retreating to lick her wounds, Serena Williams made a stunning entrance at the New York premiere for documentary The Game Changers on Monday.
Bolton got fired via tweet?
Gillian Anderson casting as Margaret Thatcher in The Crown prompts a VERY mixed response – with fans joking that they don’t want to ‘fancy the Iron Lady’
Gillian Anderson, 51, will play Margaret Thatcher in season four of Netflix drama
Actress will portray former prime minister from time in officer from 1979 to 1990
Social media users had mixed response to news, with one saying it’s ‘best choice’
Meanwhile, another called it a ‘travesty’ and vowed not to watch the new series
By CHLOE MORGAN FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 05:24 EDT, 10 September 2019 | UPDATED: 06:08 EDT, 10 September 2019
Ok…they’re REALLY trying to get rid of Pence…
BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA AH HA
Mike Pence’s ‘money hungry’ wife Karen – dubbed ‘the real VP’ – double-billed Trump’s inauguration committee for her ‘tacky’ ball gown and demanded $1.5M to redo the vice president’s residence, new book claims
Tom LoBianco writes Pence’s wife Karen, who he calls ‘Mother’, is the real VP in his upcoming book Piety & Power: Mike Pence and the Taking of the White House
LoBianco, a reporter who covered Pence as Indiana’s governor, claims Karen is so crafty she gives him advice on the phone so she won’t be seen hanging around him
The author claims that Trump’s team had no problem with Pence but were concerned about Karen, who they had heard ‘horror stories’ about
Trump was so impressed by Pence’s indifference to becoming his running mate in the 2016 Presidential Election, it earned him the job as VP
LoBianco writes that Trump yelled at Pence: ‘I need killers! Do you want this thing or not?’
Over breakfast in Indiana, Trump asked why Pence was even bothering to be in the race and Pence said: ‘You’re in my home, you tell me’
Trump said ‘Wow’ and was impressed by the indifference that Pence showed to him – earning him his spot on Trump’s ticket
Karen is also ‘obsessed with money and demanded $1.5 million from the Trump inauguration committee fund to renovate the Vice Presidential home’
By DANIEL BATES FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 13:51 EDT, 9 September 2019 | UPDATED: 19:31 EDT, 9 September 2019
RIP….she and her husband did so much for the city…
Joan Johnson, Who Co-Founded Johnson Products and Thus Co-Helped Us Live Our Best Black Lives, Has Died at 89
Universal blackness suffered a tremendous loss last week when Joan Johnson—who along with husband, George Johnson, founded Johnson Products—passed away at age 89. Johnson Products, which brought to us such omnipresent hair products as Afro Sheen, Ultra Sheen, and Gentle Treatment, could (and actually, probably, still can) literally be found in black bathrooms, kitchens, salons, and glove compartments for decades.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Joan Johnson passed away last Friday (Sept. 6) after dealing with “a combination of medical conditions stemming from a 2005 accident that sent her through five back surgeries.” Her husband, George Johnson, said via statement: “I have lost a lifelong friend and partner and the love of my life,” and that “Joan will be greatly missed by her family and all of those who have come to know her.”
The Johnsons leveled up an initial $250 dollar investment into a company that would become the first African-American company to be traded on the American Stock Exchange. Because true blackness loves more blackness, they were the first company to sponsor Soul Train, and I’m sure Don Cornelius really appreciated that. Joan Johnson was also a trustee of Spelman College; her family said they will continue to support the historically black, all-women college with an annual scholarship. And because you can’t create black hair care products and help the community maintain its flyness without being a style icon yourself, Johnson paid that forward by helping to sponsor and organize the Congressional Black Caucus Fashion Show. Basically, Johnson, both as an individual and through her company, was a believer in black excellence and uplift. And don’t even get me started on the Afro Sheen commercials.
Already an Awesome HBCU, Spelman College Receives Funding for STEM Center; Becomes Awesomer
Homeless Crisis in Los Angeles Highlights the Fall of the Black Middle Class
Blacks make up just 9 percent of Los Angeles County’s population overall, but comprise 40 percent of the area’s homeless, pushed to the margins by decades of redlining, layoffs, mass incarceration and gentrification.
Among the homeless population, two-thirds live outside, some in whole tent communities filled with close-knit bands of men and women, according to the Los Angeles Times.
It’s a far cry from the thriving African-American suburban Los Angeles communities many of them grew up in beginning in the 1950s and ’60s, and policymakers are struggling to find working solutions.
Per the Times:
I Hate Bears (@RyanmEft) Tweeted:
@MidwinCharles @ericabelanger He’s in trouble over tariffs, funneling business to his properties, and trying to redefine executive power to mean the ability to ignore legal orders.
He’s going to quadruple down on the xenophobia between now and next November. It’s his only card, and sadly, it works. https://twitter.com/RyanmEft/status/1171165649193918464?s=17
Grandma was right:
Marie Vieux (@DaughterduDusk) Tweeted:
@MonieTalks_1 I keep thinking that this is what it felt like for our ancestors living during the final years of the Reconstruction Era. https://twitter.com/DaughterduDusk/status/1171233537485225984?s=17
UVA has ruined us’: Health system sues thousands of patients, seizing paychecks and putting liens on homes
Jay Hancock, Elizabeth Lucas 1 hr ago
Census Bureau Offers New Clues About Plan To Collect Data For GOP Power Grab
There’s so much, metaphorically, in this story,and none good.
Tristan Baurick (@tristanbaurick) Tweeted:
Crabs are mistaking the chemicals released from Deepwater Horizon oil for sex hormones. They wander the polluted well site in search of mates as their shells blacken and their claws fall off. https://t.co/eijXPjdDjA https://twitter.com/tristanbaurick/status/1171086032068108288?s=17
Good for him
He’s from Jacksonville, FL (my hometown).
Tell the truth, Stacey
Wakandan War Dog (@Kennymack1971) Tweeted:
I’ve scaled back my comments about the Democratic primary because there’s a not so subtle message being sent and I am not sure I like it.
I’ll leave it there for now.
P.S. come into my mentions with “vote blue no matter who” I’m blocking your ass. https://twitter.com/Kennymack1971/status/1171080891332014082?s=17
Is Trump shaking down Ukraine for 2020 election assistance?
09/09/19 09:20 AM—UPDATED 09/09/19 09:20 AM
By Steve Benen
After Vladimir Putin’s Russian government invaded Ukraine in 2014, the United States took a series of specific steps. We established a new defense initiative for parts of Europe; we kicked Russia out of the G-8; and we imposed harsh new economic sanctions on Moscow.
After Donald Trump became president, he defunded the defense initiative (raiding the budget to pay for border barriers), called for Russia’s re-entry into what is now the G-7, and held off on implementing Russian sanctions.
But as Rachel explained on the show last week, there’s something else the United States did after Russia invaded one of its neighbors: we increased our military aid to Ukraine. Trump, true to form, has delayed following through on that commitment, ignoring the advice of Pentagon officials.
It’s against this backdrop that the editorial board of the Washington Post published a rather extraordinary piece the other day, making the case that the Republican president is trying to leverage that support for reasons that are almost hard to believe.
So let me get this straight. We committed aid to Ukraine. The Pentagon urged Trump to follow through on that commitment. According to the reliably centrist editorial board of the Washington Post, Trump said he’d consider honoring that commitment, but only if a foreign government agreed to take steps to help influence the American presidential election in 2020.
Alabama Dean Quits Because White People Can’t Handle the Truth
A University of Roll Tide dean at the center of a controversy over a series of stunningly accurate tweets chose to resign from his position rather than succumb to the horrific fate of drowning in a sea of salty, pork rind-flavored hillbilly tears.
On Thursday, Jamie R. Riley, the University of Alabama’s assistant vice president and dean of students, handed in his resignation after less than seven months on the job, reports the university’s newspaper that also aptly describes the predominant hue of on-campus necks—the Crimson White. Riley’s departure comes after right-wing news outlets including Breitbart (no, I’m not linking to that bullshit) Dinesh D’Souza and Laura “I’m not a white nationalist, I just play one on TV” Ingraham, attacked the dean for old tweets dating back years that publicly accused white people of acting like…Well…White people.
This is heartbreaking. We are on track to lose everything that is beautiful on this planet.
Homepage for the Cheetah Conservation Fund:
Black Girls Rock! Reminds Us That the World Would Be Lost Without Black Women
Malcolm P. Johnson (@admiralmpj) Tweeted:
Is anyone else suspicious that now that @NatashaBertrand’s Turnberry Story is starting to catch legitimate fire, all of the sudden the President* hacks out a story about the Taliban coming to Camp David that no one really believes? https://twitter.com/admiralmpj/status/1170482916712861696?s=17
Womp womp 😒 🤨
This is so wrong 😡
DEMONS 😠 😠
Phucking Demons 😠 😠
Uh huh 😒🙄
Good Morning,Everyone 😄😄😄