Posts Tagged ‘debt’

A Battle Royale (with Cheese) over Food Stamps

In Current Events, Economics, Humor on September 7, 2011 at 16:17

Captain Comerica, Tex Shelters, defender of the Free Market Faith versus Libtard T.J., defender of the undeserving, Snodgrass

They meet one fateful day at the President Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA.

Tex Shelters: Come to pay your respect to the greatest president ever, Mr. Snodgrass? What’s a libtard like you doing here?

T.J.: Just here studying the false prophets of the American conservative movement.

Tex Shelters: Slander is the devil’s snare, just like food stamps ensnare the American people with false hope.

T.J.: So, Tex, you’re here to visit the “Death to food stamps exhibit”?

Tex: I know you support giving money to undeserving deadbeats T.J., but food stamps make the poor dependent on the help of others. On her web blog, Texas Sparkle points out that Obama is creating a nation dependent on food stamps. How y’all reconcile that with your messiah complex you have for Obama?

T.J. Snodgrass: People are dependent on food stamps because there are no jobs. And Obama is not my messiah.

Tex: So say y’all. Don’t ya see how if there weren’t no food stamps, companies would up and create jobs? Food stamps dampen the desire for the poor to up and get those jobs. Just ask Glenn Beck. 

T.J.:  And people in the desert can stand up and their desire for water will bring it to them.

Tex: Well, what about the racial issue that you liberals make out of food stamps. People got mad at Glenn Beck for calling Obama the “food stamp president”, called Glenn racist even, but there are more whites on food stamps then blacks.

T.J.: Tex, you ignorant slut.   More white people are on food stamps because there six times more white people in the United States than African Americans. If you look at rates, which apparently you didn’t, there are a higher percentage of blacks that use food stamps than whites. About 90% of all black children use food stamps in their life time.

Tex: We can’t even afford to help white people in the United States and you want to help blacks? Oh, now you’re going to call me racist I suppose. It costs at least $2 a meal for all those lazy people getting food stamps in the United States. You don’t expect me to stop eating my white truffles to pay for someone to eat, do you? Are you asking liberals to give up their lattes so people in America can eat? You disgust me Mr. Snodgrass, hollywood elite liberal bastard!

T.J.: Well, yes, skipping a latte to feed the poor is a good start…

Tex: Did you know that food stamps cost our nation $68 billion dollars a year? We can’t afford to keep feeding people!

T.J.: We can’t afford not to feed our people. The Afghan war costs $190 million a day. That’s 5.7 billion a month. It’s $69.4 billion a year. So if we leave Afghanistan, we can pay for food stamps.

Tex: You can’t cut the Afghan war budget; it costs money to kill people.

T.J.: Okay, how about cutting other areas of the military, such as bases overseas? Let nations defend themselves. And do we really need a submarine fleet any more? New super-submarines cost some $8.3 billion dollars. Aren’t there better ways to spend that money, on food stamps for example? The Sustainable Defense Task Force, consisting of military and budget experts from both parties and independents, has shown that we could cut $1 trillion dollars from the military budget of the United States over 10 years, making that $100 billion a year. Those cuts can certainly sustain the food stamp program during these hard times.

Tex: Fine, so you hate our troops and our sailors, but Liberals like you say that food stamps create jobs. Well, then why don’t we put everyone on food stamps so everyone can have a job.

T.J.: Again, you misrepresent our position. Of course, people having jobs is the best outcome, but giving food stamps is better than other options when investing money and helping the poor. And I don’t want our citizens to needlessly be put in harms way fighting overseas.

How about accepting any of Senator Rockefeller’s suggestions to close tax loopholes and bring back the Clinton era tax rates? That, along with the end of the wars, would make the comparatively small food stamp budget a non-issue.

Tex: Raising taxes is socialist, and it would make cuts to Social Security and Medicaid less urgent. We need there to be a financial crisis and deficit so we can go after aid to the less well off and less deserving. Raising any kind of taxes would get in the way of our plan to eliminate these programs, as would helping the needy.

T.J.: Tex, as a Christian, I would think you would support helping the poor.

Tex: I am only a Christian when I want to be, and in the case food stamps, I don’t want to.

Tex Shelters

Note: “Texas Sparkle” is the real name of a conservative blogger at the Houston Chronicle.

Let the Riots in Britain be A Warning to America

In Current Events, Economics on August 13, 2011 at 16:48

Dear President Obama:

I admire you in many ways, but when dealing with jobs and the economy, you have been a disappointment to me and the American people. You continuously acquiesce to Republican demands on economic matters while millions of Americans remain unemployed. You don’t stand up to them on taxes and you don’t defend the social safety net. You have coddled Wall Street and done little to change the employment situation. We hired you to work for the all the American people and not just the moneyed elite and the Republicans. In this task, you have failed.

Millions of Americans with no hope and nowhere to turn are at best a burden society. At worst, unemployment and desperation are a threat to our nation. In the long run, compassion toward desperate Americans is not only the most humane course of action, but it is the most fiscally sound.

Your jobs programs have been lacking or nonexistent. Where are the public works programs we desperately need? How do you expect to have additional revenue in the United States if by cutting the budget, you increase unemployment while not raising tax rates on those that can most afford it?

Poverty in the United States has been growing for thirty years, and none of the decisions made to address the deficit will address the poverty crisis. “In 2009, 43.6 million people were poor, up from 39.8 million in 2008. The number of people in poverty in 2009 is the largest number in the 51 years for which poverty estimates are available.” There are more children in poverty than ever, about 20%, and the fixed income the poor and elderly live on has been shrinking due to inflation and lack of increases in Social Security and other payments. Regardless of these and other facts about poverty, Congress and the White House has decided to focus on deficits and debt.

Congress and the White House decided in the recent debt ceiling agreement that cutting spending, which will lead to layoffs, was a good idea in the midst of a slow economic growth. And with the agreement, the opportunity to temporarily increase spending if we face a national crisis such as a natural disaster has been severely curtailed.  Paul Krugman, Nobel laureate in economics recently wrote, “When you’re bleeding profusely from an open wound, you want a doctor who binds that wound up, not a doctor who lectures you on the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle as you get older.”

So instead of getting the much needed infusion of stimulus money to help create jobs while at the same time strengthening our weakened infrastructure, we get a lecture about how we’re giving too much to the poor. While cutting into social spending, military spending remains untouched and no new sources of revenue have been added. Any stimulus spending would be temporary, but it needs to be large enough to jump start our flagging economy. I fear if we don’t start addressing long term unemployment and poverty, we will be met with a crisis such as the riots in England of the past week.

This year, official youth unemployment in Britain has been over 20%. The youth unemployment rate has been even worse in the United States. For teenagers, 16-19, the unemployment rate is about 25%. But that’s not the whole picture. Hispanic youth have an unemployment rate of 35%, and African Americans as a whole have an official unemployment rate of over 15%.

There is an international youth crisis in employment. The Arab spring was in large part fueled by youth who had no jobs and no prospects.

President Obama, do you want to be responsible for riots in the streets of America, do you want to be seen as an oligarch who doesn’t care about his people, a modern day Hoover, or do you want to be seen as the second man in our history to save the United States from revolt and save it for future democracy and future capitalism? The time is now President Obama. Heed the warning signs of riots in Britain and protests across the Middle East, or go down in history as the man who failed to take action when his nation needed him.

Tex Shelters