In Congress Some Cut Food stamps & Pay Their Wives Subsidies
|December 12, 2013||Posted by Staff under Politics, Subsidies & Waste & Public Debt|
This 2013 excerpt of Alternet, Spt 20, is by Derek Pugh.
Ten of the members of Congress who receive those agriculture subsidies, either directly or indirectly through trusts or businesses held by themselves or their spouses, voted to cut funding for feeding low-income people.
Last year food stamp benefits (SNAP) lifted 4 million people out of poverty, including 1.7 million children. A total of 47 million Americans have relied on SNAP benefits this fiscal year. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the House’s legislation would deny 3.8 million people, who are already living on an average of $1.33 per meal, access to SNAP. This includes 177,000 veterans who rely on the program.
SNAP costs $4 billion per year while Congress gives hundreds of billions of dollars to big corporations that don’t need them.
- $7 billion per year subsidizing the oil industry.
- Over $20 billion per year on farm subsidies.
- $600 billion — 15 times the value of proposed food stamp cuts — over a decade by allowing corporations to stash cash overseas.
- $1 trillion over a decade be allowing special tax exemptions and loopholes for multinational corporations and wealthy households.
- $137 billion over a decade by not negotiating prescription drug prices.
The $10 million that was cut from Meals on Wheels due to sequestration will end up costing the federal government $479 million due to the rise in Medicaid costs because less-well-fed seniors will end up getting sicker. The $40 billion in SNAP cuts would no doubt generate their own costly consequences.
Ed. Notes: Some people can feel no shame. Without a hitch in their voice, they dip into the public trough to fatten themselves while worsening hunger in one of the richest nations in the history of humanity. Talk about having a lot of gall.
What’s to be done? Stop letting politicians spend our money and start spending it ourselves. That is, we’d pay ourselves a Citizen’s Dividend. From whence comes the funding? From all of society’s spending for all the nature it uses. Use taxes and fees to redirect that immense flow of revenue from owners and lenders, into the public treasury, then back out again as that dividend.
While using the state’s power to collect revenue from legitimate sources — the worth of Earth is a socially-generated value — quit using said power to take money from illegitimate sources, such as people’s earnings and purchases. The pile of public revenue won’t shrink. Indeed, it will even expand. Places where dumb taxes are not levied, there people work harder and that pushes up site values. So if society recovers those values, there’ll be plenty of revenue to share. It’s the geonomic solution.