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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Republicans Have Lost Their Moral Compass and Their Responsibility to Care about the Human Condition

Republicans who voted to cut the food stamp program out of the Farm Bill are like witches at a smoldering cauldron.  

They're cackling their venomous rhetoric of  poisonous reasons why they simply want to cut every program Americans have needed in times of stress, hunger, unemployment, duress, disability or to improve the human condition, including poor pregnant women and children. 

Now, their toxic entrails have vexed food stamps.  

GOP are poisoning all public assistance programs impacting the poor, the disabled, the homeless, the unemployed, the needy pregnant women and children, but they are Christians?

Wait!  I can swear a majority of Republicans are self proclaimed Christians. As such, they're taught Beatitudes. Apparently, however, they never learned these blessed tenets, preached by Jesus Christ himself at the Sermon on the Mount. Obviously, it's high time we teach these important Christian ideals to our U.S.Congress, beginning with House Speaker John Boehner.  

Here's one on the Beatitudes list for Boehner to memorize:

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.

Perhaps the only remotely positive outcome for Republicans who voted to cut food stamps is that their irresponsible behavior should alarm all Americans, but most especially those who have been sleeping through mid term elections.  We must vote these political fiends and witches out of office!

By cutting food stamps, Republicans have completely lost their moral compass and their human compassion for those who share our human condition.  

Paul Krugman writes in The New York Times how Republicans are now taking food from the mouths of babes, but he also means the disabled, the elderly, the unemployed, homeless, pregnant women, children and the poor.

Paul Krugman writes:
"Every once in a while, politicians do something so wrong, substantively and morally, that cynicism (as a response) just won’t cut it; it’s time to get really angry instead. So it is with the ugly, destructive war against food stamps. The food stamp program — which these days actually uses debit cards, and is officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — tries to provide modest but crucial aid to families in need. And the evidence is crystal clear both that the overwhelming majority of food stamp recipients really need the help, and that the program is highly successful at reducing 'food insecurity,' in which families go hungry, at least some of the time."

But wait!  There's more, writes Krugman:
"Why is our economy depressed? Because many players in the economy slashed spending at the same time, while relatively few players were willing to spend more. And because the economy is not like an individual household — your spending is my income, my spending is your income — the result was a general fall in incomes and plunge in employment. We desperately needed (and still need) public policies to promote higher spending on a temporary basis — and the expansion of food stamps, which helps families living on the edge and let them spend more on other necessities, is just such a policy."

"Look," writes Krugman, "I understand the supposed rationale: We’re becoming a nation of takers, and doing stuff like feeding poor children and giving them adequate health care are just creating a culture of dependency — and that culture of dependency, not runaway bankers, somehow caused our economic crisis. But I wonder whether even Republicans really believe that story — or at least, are confident enough in their diagnosis to justify policies that more or less literally take food from the mouths of hungry children. As I said, there are times when cynicism just doesn’t cut it; this is a time to get really, really angry."

Indeed, Mr. Krugman, I'm really-really-really (really!) angry, at this most recent insult, taking food from the mouths of babes, as the litany of GOP degrading human policies grows.  These heinous  insults on humanity are perpetrated by an extremist group of powerful politicians, hurting needy Americans, and, by the way, they call themselves Christians.  

So, the Beatitudes teach us to be merciful, but even Jesus threw the greedy money changers out of the temple, in anger.

Elections are a tremendous antidote for wicked politicians.  Americans must drive the demons out of the Republicans who voted to cut food stamps.  We must douse the GOP cauldron of poisonous public policies with dose of humility and a reality check. 

Let's create some temporarily unemployed Republican Congress people, so they can learn what it's like to be meek and merciful. 

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