Starving a population into compliance is a dangerous gambit. Starve them a little, you get competition. Starve them a little more, you get obedience. But push a little further… take away once scrap more than you can get away with… and you get something else altogether. You get revolution.
Our Congress’s bought-and-paid-for allegiance to its corporate patriarchs has paid some significant dividends to the guys with the checkbooks lately: The average family pays $36 a year to support food stamps, and $6,000 a year to subsidize big business. Apparently not content with taking the meat and bread from the poor, the GOP’s donors have made it clear at this point that they won’t stop till they get every last crumb.
After the Republican food stamp cuts hit on November 1st, America was forced to start really paying attention to just how much poverty affects our way of life. All of us (not just those who themselves get food stamps) are sure to start seeing the pinch of the GOP’s cash squeezing soon; we submit as evidence this video from MSNBC, featuring Second Harvest Food Bank president and CEO Natalie Jayroe.
The segment begins as host Melissa Harris-Perry talks about Red Louisiana’s latest starvation laws. The new legislature from Governor Jindal would punish those who spent over the balance on their EBT cards, causing a suspension and possibly permanent loss of benefits for those with repeated infractions. Not just from today, either; Jindal’s law could be enacted retroactively for past balance infractions.
Jayroe commented that 1 out of 6 people in Louisiana are at risk for hunger, and that organizations like hers are rapidly running out of food to give them.
Weren’t organizations like Second Harvest just the kinds of places that Teabaggers have long sworn would “take care of the poor through voluntary giving?“ That’s what it says in the Bible. So, GOP, do tell. Where’s your Christian charity now that Second Harvest is running out of food?
Meanwhile, Altria, JP Morgan, and Monsanto thank you for your $6,000-a-year tithe.
Watch it here: