Donna Brazile: Food stamps are a cruel cut
September 23rd, 2013
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Donna Brazile, a CNN contributor and a Democratic strategist, is vice chairwoman for voter registration and participation at the Democratic National Committee. She is a nationally syndicated columnist, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and author of "Cooking With Grease: Stirring the Pot in America." She was manager for the Gore-Lieberman presidential campaign in 2000.

We are in the middle of a fight to preserve the dignity and grace that makes all of us Americans. We have big hearts and great souls. I know. I have seen them, felt them and watched them in wonder when my family was lost and unreachable in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

I cried, worrying for those I loved, heartbroken by what happened to our beloved Louisiana. And in the middle of that tough moment, the decency of people shone through in e-mails, phone calls and in person. Everybody was saying the same thing: "How can I help?"

This is what we do in times of struggle. We offer our hand and our love to pull someone up who's been knocked down by hard times and despair. It's just a fundamental rule in life and in any fight; you don't kick people when they're down.

But for some reason, this principle has been lost on the 217 members of the House of Representatives who decided to lace up some combat boots with rough, crushing soles to kick and kick again the 48 million Americans who count on food stamps.

Read - Food stamp cuts kick Americans when they're down

Previously:
Could you live on $30 a week?
The food stamp challenge: eating on $30 a week
Witnesses to Hunger: A portrait of food insecurity in America
Childhood malnutrition has long lasting effects

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Filed under: Food Politics • Human Rights • Hunger • SNAP • White House


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  3. belinda

    I would rather my hard earned taxes be used to feed people, rather than putting more money in the pockets of the rich, anyday. When people see me struggling to pay for my groceries with nickels and quarters, they always comment about how people on food stamps, don't deserve them. I always say , don't include me in your parade, I support food stamps 100 percent. Even tho my budget doesn't allow me a cell phone, I support giving them to the homeless. We should be grateful for what GOD has given us and not be like the greedy, self serving GOP.

    September 27, 2013 at 7:04 pm |
  4. belinda

    Children will suffer. In one of the most blessed countries, in the world. America. Children and adults will be reduced to begging in the streets, just like they do in Mexico. All of this , while the GOP drinks champagne and eats caviar. Disgraceful.

    September 27, 2013 at 6:55 pm |
  5. ora pike

    she and wolfe biased,cheeseburger candy, and CNN have no business ecpressing their socialiist views-–they are the joseph goebbels for obamaists that is leading this country into financial ruin. remember wolfe biased upset about clint's chair??? cheeseburger candy agreeing with obama IN A DEBATE??????? joe biden only gave $5,000 to the poor in an entire year - he wants government to pay it all. Food stamps are needed-for the needy. This is a voting tool used by the socialist party that we call obamadon'tcare.

    September 24, 2013 at 10:37 am |
  6. BB

    Cindy– you are raising your 2 grandchildren so that means you raised one of those two deadbeat parents. Why aren't you having them support their children instead of expecting the taxpayers to do it? Didn't you raise your child with some sense of responsibility? I hate to be harsh, but perhaps those two granddaughters should be returned to the parents - after all, they are in custody of their two other children so apparently they are not deemed unfit parents. They make more money and you should not be having to raise kids with a debilitating heart condition.

    September 24, 2013 at 7:47 am |
  7. Janet

    I would say the lady above is in the minority, at least where I live. I live in a rural area in Maryland, and food stamp use is astounding. I work in a convenience store that accepts EBT, and the waste I see daily makes me agree that changes need to be made. Instead of cutting food stamps, they need to cut what can be bought. I sell ice cream, energy drinks, frozen Starbucks like drinks, candy, soda and other junk daily to those who are too poor to feed themselves. These people spend more on junk then I spend on groceries. And don't misunderstand, these folks don't come in once in a while for a "treat", the majority are daily customers, and a lot of them come in more than once during my shift. It's not unusual for their bills to top 20.00 each visit, and looking at their balances makes a sane person wince. I wish I could afford to spend as much as we give out to those who supposedly need it. Sorry, but my daily interactions with these people make me less and less compassionate- I do feel sorry for those that do need it, and use it as it is intended, unfortunately, I don't see many of those people.

    September 24, 2013 at 3:54 am |
  8. Cindy Moore

    Thank you for your article. It is nice to hear someone say it is a struggle, instead of how horrible everyone is that is on foodstamps. I am raising two grandchildren,ages 7 and 8. I have had the 8 year old most of her life, and the 7 year old since day one. They were taken into state custody because of alcohol and drugs their parents did. I am 57, and when I was 46 I had a double bypass surgery. I need surgery again but I'm putting it off for several reasons. I am an RN,BSN but after my heart attack I had to slow down so I worked in an assisted Living facility. Last year,{after a year of waiting}, I started receiving disability. I'm trying to raise these wonderful kids on $1,329.00 a month. I was getting 526.00 in food stamps and 263.00 cash assistance. Their parents decided to go to work,finally, and child support was taken out. For 2 months I received 750.00 in support but my daughter quit her job because they just got their 3 year old and 10 month old back from state custody. Her husbands hours have been cut so I'm getting 300.00 a month support. The DCF says I have to wait 2 months before I will be able to get back on assistance. They also get 3,500 a month from the army. Every day is a struggle but I receive so many blessins from my grandchildren. I would do it all again. They are my life. Thank you for knowing most of us do not abuse the system. God bless you.

    September 24, 2013 at 12:49 am |
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