No one can ever accuse Cornel West of not speaking his mind. He’s gone after President Obama’s actions on several occasions, notably calling him out on drone strikes and for his domestic policies not doing enough to help stem the tide of poverty in the African-American community.
On CNN’s rebooted “Crossfire” show this Monday evening, West and conservative Bill Kristol got into a heated exchange over the farm bill that House Republicans just passed, gutting food stamps by about $40 billion.
“Why are the Republicans cutting food stamps?” West asked. “That’s morally obscene and spiritually profane. Four million poor people may be pushed into poverty.”
Kristol said that people on food stamps had doubled in the last four years under Obama’s leadership, prompting West to show more of his patented intellectual honesty. “They’ve gone up — you know why? Because this crisis of capitalism. Their wages have been stagnant,” West said.
When Kristol pointed out that it was Obama’s economy to own, West gave no ground. “This is where neo-liberalism goes hand-in hand with your neo-conservatism. Privatize, militarize, support big banks and big corporations,” West said. “The result is what? Working-class devastated, middle-class downward mobility, escalation of poverty. So yes, you’re right: We’ve got a lot of food stamps increasing because of what? People are suffering. But then you’re gonna cut the food stamps?”
Watch all of West’s comments in the video below: