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Working Welfare Mom's Response to the GOP - "I'll Show You People Dignity"

Working Welfare Mom's Response to the GOP - "I'll Show You People Dignity" | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Above: 1 month of food (138lbs) for my family of 4, picked up today from a St. Paul, MN foodshelf.  Divided into 4 weeks of suppers = 1 can beans, peas, cup of rice 5 days per week, tomato sauce & rice on weekends, and lunches = 3 packs of sandwich meat, 3 cans of apple sauce, 2 jars of peanut butter, 2 packs of tortillas


by JESSICA ENGLISH


Sean Hannity recently said he has friends who live on rice and beans.  You gotta throw some fruits and veggies in, but he maintains a person can "survive" on the stuff.  Check out what I received from the foodshelf today, for the month of June, and ask if you're family of four could survive on it, three meals per day for a month.


Maybe you're not surprised that my cupboards aren't overflowing.  They are not, but I am thrilled at what we have received, so please don't misunderstand my motivation for this article.  I am grateful for the foodshelf, for its staff and volunteers, but obviously this is not enough for 3 healthful meals, for four people, for an entire month.  


One can see that our family will need more help to get through the summer.  Like many families, I had my children before the economic collapse.  Due to summer I have had to drastically cut my minimum wage hours to shifts I can pick up on Saturdays and Sundays, when the kids go to their dad's house.  


Fortunately, my application for foodstamps will probably go through by the end of the month.  However, there are many millionaires in Washington who fail to understand the needs of the poor during this economic crisis, especially the need to fund the foodstamp program.  They cut the foodstamp program to fund military budgets.


I think they do this because many still believe in the ideals that George W. Bush brought to the fore with his "compassionate conservatism" agenda.  The basic premise is to give large tax cuts to the rich, and reduce the government roll in providing programs for the poor, with the faith that the rich will fund local city and state charities, who will pick up the slack.  What many fail to realize is that monthly TANF payments to families have not risen since 1986, so local charities exist because even with the government programs, the poor need help to survive.  


If you weren't into politics in 2000, here is a NY Times article that highlighted the ideas and critics of the Bush policy. Allison Mitchell reported back in June, 2000, regarding Bush's compassionate conservatism ideals, "the 'compassionate conservative' platform Mr. Bush is running on today: tax incentives that he predicts will lead to an explosion of charitable giving; an emphasis on using religious institutions to deal with poverty, drug abuse and other social problems and a pledge to ''usher in the responsibility era,'' to replace the notion that ''if it feels good, do it.''


So, ten years of tax cuts behind us, and cuts to the foodstamp program ahead of us, how is it panning out at your local food pantry?  Is the local charity meeting the needs of the 1 out of 2 Americans who are low income or in poverty?  How much aid has flooded into your local charities from your local millionaires?  Have the poverty rates been driven down by the compassion fof the 1%?  Hardly.


George W. Bush had critics, at the time, within his own party, people who recognized the limits of local charities, reporter Allison Mitchell, again back in June 2000, "Arianna Huffington, once an acolyte of the Gingrich revolution who ran an organization with Mr. Olasky to promote such ideas, now counts herself a skeptic.


'How do you take what works and make sure it reaches enough people?' Ms. Huffington asks. 'Can that really be done without the raw power of government appropriations given that the private sector has not been forthcoming?' She said she once thought that if government were scaled back, the private sector would step forward. Instead, she realized 'how much easier it was raising money for the opera or a fashionable museum.'"


Welfare reform passed by Clinton in 1995 mandates that recipients WORK, search for a job, or attend retraining classes 30 hours per week.  I can personally attest that even if you are leaving an abusive situation, a recipient must work, or look for work (filling out worksheets) 30 hours per month.  


Yet, given Romney's statement about the poor needing to go to work in order to understand dignity, and Gingrich suggesting poor children clean schools so they can learn a work ethic, it seems that no one has informed the Republicans that Welfare to Work recipients are working.  Despite high unemployment (due in large part to banking fraud and bailouts) the GOP continues to perpetuate the idea that those who reach out for foodstamps and welfare checks are unwilling to work, are addicted to drugs, or living a hedonistic lifestyle.  Lies and misrepresentations that lead state and local governments to waste valuable legislative sessions and tax payer dollars passing measures to drug test those on welfare!  Lies and misrepresentations that gain the public's support for needed programs to be cut at a time of high need, while the 1% continues to help themselves and their corporations to designer tax breaks and "subsidy" giveaways diverted from taxpayer dollars meant for the common good.


My answer to the GOP:  Where is your compassion?  I am working, and I have worked almost every single day this year!  I would feel a hell of a lot more dignified if my work was worth more than poverty wages.  When will you and your media cronies quit lying about me!  I would have even more dignity if I didn't see my government forced to create, then cut, programs to subsidize my poverty wages... poverty wages offered by your corporate donors that maximize their profits by short-shrifting their employees and scooping up more tax breaks and government subsidies than ever before!


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Jessica English's comment, June 13, 2012 12:57 PM
Amen, Virginia! No worries about Saturday. Some of us are meeting this afternoon at 3:30pm at the St Paul City Council to support a measure that stands against corporate personhood. We are also having our next Coffee Party meeting at Coffee Grounds on July 7, Noon to 2pm, but I will message you so we can get together sooner. :)
Virginia Deoccupy Homelessness Simson's comment, June 13, 2012 1:43 PM
http://www.usuncutmn.blogspot.com/2012/06/citizens-united-and-montana-model.html Really, really needs to be read - written by former Ralph Nader attorney living in Northfield. Eric let it in Coffee Party News. I like SOME people in MTA, but they are barking up the wrong tree. I took the issue to Lori Swanson w/moveon and thanked her for signing on ... I go on trial tomorrow for the foreclosure action and am a bit riled ..
Deanna Dahlsad's comment, June 13, 2012 3:51 PM
No, no -- thank YOU for sharing!
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Coffee Party Feminists & Lunch with Louden are both parts of the BE THE MEDIA Project by Coffee Party USA

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The Coffee Party USA membership believes that money-in-politics is the keystone issue in this republic's democracy today. WOMEN are now targets for special interests that use the influence of their political contributions to impose their religious, economic, and political will. Coffee Party Feminists is a part of the BE THE MEDIA project. It is intended to share evidence of special interest targeting and to report on actions being taken across America to defend and restore women's rights.


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Report: LA Minimum Wage Increase Would Be ‘Economic Stimulus’

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The Los Angeles City Council is considering a proposal to raise the sprawling city’s minimum wage to $15.25 an hour, joining a handful of cities across the country taking steps to ensure the financial stability of some of their lowest-income...
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11 of 12 defendants in Atlanta schools case found guilty - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

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A  fourth grade Florida girl made a huge impact at a school board meeting concerning the FSA, where she shot down any arguments for its existence within three minutes. At the end, she received a standing ovation. She spoke of being treated as a number, of being an honor roll student, and how unfairly this testing reflects her intelligence and her final grade. She spoke of the undue pressure and stress involved. Then comes up with an amazing concept: Test at the beginning, middle and end of the school year.
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‘Personhood’ Amendment Could Be Considered in Louisiana

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A Louisiana Republican pre-filed a bill Tuesday that would call for a constitutional amendment to define life as beginning at conception.
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Chris Christie Endorses Ban on Abortions After 20 Weeks

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The governor of New Jersey signs up on an anti-abortion cause.
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Texas GOP Lawmakers Divert HIV Funds to Abstinence Education Program

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Texas Republicans voted to divert funds from an HIV screening program into abstinence education Tuesday night, during an often tense and uncomfortable debate that got too personal for some lawmakers.
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The United States of Indiana: Discrimination is perfectly legal in America. Where’s our outrage?

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Want to address rampant discrimination against LGBTQ people? An RFRA "fix" doesn't even scratch the surface
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Bill Cosby Resigns After 32 Years on Temple’s Board

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Bill Cosby tendered his resignation Monday, as his fellow board members were reportedly preparing to discuss whether he would remain on the Temple University board.
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Robert Reich: A Republican Senate would be an epic disaster for women

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The former secretary of labor lays out exactly what's at stake in the midterm elections tomorrow
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#rockthevote  #rememberinnovember #vote14

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I will not turn the clocks back on my equality.

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235 Anti-Choice Bills Proposed in State Legislatures Since January

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Anti-choice lawmakers in state legislatures nationwide have continued a steady crackdown on abortion rights in 2015, while also introducing some never before seen kinds of legislation that would restrict reproductive health care in radical and...
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This Woman Fights Gender Stereotypes With Hilarious Cartoons

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She wrote the last "How To Drive Your Man Crazy In Bed" guide you'll ever need to read.
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From bigotry in Indiana to the hell of raising a child on minimum wage, the right doesn't understand real freedom
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The new women's movement: Reviving the ERA fight - CNN.com

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The last Equal Rights Amendment campaign failed to pass by its 1982 deadline. Now, the fight for the ERA is heating up again.
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This was a marathon, we may have hit the wall, but winners keep running.

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While there is much light in today’s world, there remains in our universe disheartening darkness, inhumanity spawned by ignorance and hate. We see horrific examples in the Middle East, parts of Africa, and Ukraine. The Passover story recalls to all of us—women and men—that with vision and action we can join hands with others of like mind, kindling lights along paths leading out of the terrifying darkness.

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Elections are the one time it's "worthwhile" to watch cable news. Here's how the networks will humiliate themselves
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Election reporting is like a NASCAR wreck: I don't want to see it and I cannot look away.

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Supreme Court upholds law to prevent crisis pregnancy centers from lying to women

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The New York City law requires antiabortion counselors to disclose whether they have medical personnel on site
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Paul Weyrich - "I don't want everybody to vote"

Paul Weyrich, "father" of the right-wing movement and co-founder of the Heritage Foundation, Moral Majority and various other groups tells his flock that he ...
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Take it to the ballot box and send a message: I count!

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If there is one day this year that will determine the future of the Latino community, it is November 4. With Latinos poised to influence the outcomes of key races nationwide, it is crucial for us to vote.
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