Trump starts his reelection bid in earnest. He wants to starve millions.

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Standin’ in line, marking time, waiting for the welfare dime, cause they can’t buy a job   Bruce Hornsby and the Range   Just the way it is

Hey, y’all remember that mighty Trump tax cut that was going to have everybody farting through silk? Howz that working out for ya, anyway? And while I’m “Mr 20 questions” today, here’s another one for ya. Looking forward to feeding the family once Yertl McTurtle stalls the $15 an hour minimum wage until it qualifies for Social Security? Yeah, I thought so.

You can tell that The Trumpinator is kicking his reelection campaign into high gear, since he’s once again taking a sledge hammer and bashing over the head the very people who voted for him in 2016, and who he is going to need to vote for him again next November.

Axios is reporting that Trump’s USDA just can’t leave well enough alone, and so is tinkering once again with the qualifications for the ‘Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a move that cold potentially yank food stamps out from under the feet of an estimated 3.1 million current recipients. I’ll let Axios give you the gory details;

The proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would limit access to food stamps for households with savings and other assets, with the aim of ending automatic eligibility for those already receiving federal and state assistance,

OK, now here’s the thigh slapper part. In a telephone conference call, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue stated that the changes were needed to “ensure the integrity of the program.” Jesus, stop, you’re killing me here! I can hardly breathe! Anybody with the IQ of canned cling peaches knows that putting the word integrity anywhere in the same zip code as Donald Trump, or Sonny Perdue for that matter, is a joke of the taste level you would expect from, say, Andrew “Dice” clay.

But here’s where it gets nasty, and in a casually offhanded and intentionally vicious way. The federal program what the USDA is talking about, the one which brings immediate qualification for SNAP is the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) plan. Now, follow me through the logic here, and see if it doesn’t have you pulling out your hair.

The word Temporary indicates that the program is meant for short term use, not as a long term fix for the problem. As such, it is likely the first program that a needy family would qualify for. As such, it likely means that the family involved has just suffered the traumo of the primary breadwinner suddenly becoming unemployed, presumably through no fault of their own if they qualify for the TANF program. And the words Neey Families indicates that the primary breadwinner isn’t pulling down Brad Pitt wages, or they wouldn’t be teetering on the brink the minute the income stopped coming in.

With me so far? Good, because here’s where it gets sadistic. It stands to reason that families just suddenly finding themselves with no income are the ones most likely to have scrimped and saved to put a “rainy day nest egg” together. This is likely to be an emergency back up for things like unexpected medical bills, a utility or rent payment, or school shoes for the kids. The mere existence of this money is a comforting influence on these people, the knowledge that their lives haven’t spun completely out of their control.

So, what The $1 Store Caligula, and his henchman Brutulus Meximus are telling these people is, “You’re out of a job? Awww. Well you can either take the kids to the doctor, or you can freakin’ eat! But don’t come bugging us until you’re glat stony broke! That way, once you finally find another crappy middle wage job, you can start scrimping all over again to get back out of the hole!”

Just think my friends, these are your tax dollars at work. No, not helping a fellow sitizen and human being who needs a quick, temporary hand. I mean pahying the salaries of sick, sadistic fucks like Donald Trump and Sonny Perdue to gleefully grind these people into the dirt. But the good news is that the move is expected to save $2.3 billion, and God knows that Shelly Adelson needs that money a whole lot more than Ma and Pa Kettle from Dogpatch Kentucky. What a way to run a railroad.

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22 Comments on "Trump starts his reelection bid in earnest. He wants to starve millions."

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anastasjoy
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I hate to say it but this kind of “policy” makes me a little sadistic too. I start having fantasies of Ivanka Trump’s little snowflakes crying because there’s nothing in the house to eat. But then I’d also like to see her response if they were torn away from her, just like the children at the border she pretend to care about. Given this kind of behavior from her daddy’s administration, I am so sick of her little “kinder, gentler” sham act. All these people are making me sick this morning. As I have long said, I don’t care if… Read more »
p j evans
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They’re going to count cars as financial assets. Even unemployment knows better.
You live out in the country and the nearest store is 10 miles away? Too bad for you.

Miranda Allison Young
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Miranda Allison Young

In that first paragraph, you come across as an ignorant jerk. Please do not write like that. It is unbecoming to an intelligent man like you.

Miranda Allison Young
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Miranda Allison Young

Furthermore, the article has many typographical errors in it which is also below your usual standard.

Bareshark
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Give cruelty, expect no kindness.

Martin Norred
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I suppose Snark is a foreign language to you? In other news today, if you’ll think back to the dark ages, when food stamps(SNAP) was started, it was also intended to be a boon to the farmers. Of course since they no longer need help, I’m amazed the Dumpster didn’t eliminate it altogether!
p j evans
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“you come across as an ignorant jerk” – so do you. Also, policing other people’s blogs is very very rude.

Bareshark
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While I can keep my anger in check most of the time, Murf, few things provoke the kind of visceral reaction I get when this crowd talks about cutting SNAP. Start of the decade, it was the only way I had to eat for years. And every time I heard some know-nothing nitwit proclaim me a “taker” for such (never mind I’d paid into that system through 20 years of straight employment) or heard some BS story about people allegedly buying luxury foods with SNAP (never mind that you’d starve for the rest of the month by being that stupid),… Read more »
p j evans
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My sis-in-law got AFDC, the previous version, for some years after her marriage ended, leaving her with a young kid in need of medical treatment. She was able to pay rent, barely – that’s how my brother met her: she was renting out a room.

old grey dude
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When I was a poor graduate student with a wife and two children we qualified for WIC. We ate a lot of beans, cheese and milk.

rory darjiit
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Thus far the Trump campaign playbook is looking relatively unchanged. 1. Stoke racial division, exacerbate other “useful” divides. 2. Promise your base that you will take things from groups they dislike, while also promising that you will deliver them things they like. 3. Claim credit for a lot of stuff and shift blame for a lot of other stuff. I’m not sure this is a good re-election strategy. He’s lost a lot of voters…and his gambit seems to be that repeating 2016 will bring them back. I think this will help him hold onto and even expand the realignment of… Read more »
Bareshark
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Personally, Rory, I’m thinking that anybody who could be “realigned” has done so at this point. The sane Republicans have fled the GOP scene, every closet white supremacist who was going to come out has and no bridges have been nor ever will be built to groups outside Trump’s tribe. So all the scaremongering is going to have a minor to nonexistent effect on the body politic, including the SNAP flap.

PS If that hack of the FSB database yesterday is any indication of things to come, Trump counting on Russian hackers may be just as effective as the rest.

Lil Blue Sock
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ARE THERE NO WORKHOUSES???…..ARE THERE NO PRISONS???

*shakes head*