Food Stamp Funding

  • Aired:  07/17/13
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Republicans show they are willing to compromise on the farm bill by eliminating the part they refused to compromise on. (4:41)

DOWN THERE.

AND LAST WEEK, JUST LAST WEEK

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PROVED

THAT THEY ARE NOT DO-NOTHINGS BY

DONE DIDDING SOMETHING.

THEY PASSEDDED THE FARM BILL.

NOW, THAT MIGHT NOT SOUND LIKE

MUCH.

TRADITIONALLY THE FARM BILL IS A

ROUTINE PIECE OF LEGISLATION

WHICH PROVIDES GOVERNMENT

SUBSIDIES FOR FARMERS WHILE ALSO

SETTING ASIDE MONEY FOR FOOD

STAMPS.

IT'S A WIN-WIN.

HELP FOR THE FOLKS WHO GROW THE

CORN AND HELP FOR FOLKS WHO LIVE

ON NOTHING BUT CORN SYRUP.

NOW THE HOUSE HAD NOT PASSED A

FARM BILL IN TWO YEARS BECAUSE

60 HOUSE REPUBLICANS DEMANDED

DEEP CAN YOUS IN FOOD STAMPS.

BUT LAST WEEK HOUSE REPUBLICANS

AGREED TO AN HISTORIC COMPROMISE

ON FOOD STAMPS BY ELIMINATING

THE FOOD STAMPS.

JIM?

>> THE U.S. HOUSE NARROWLY

PASSEDDED A SCALED-DOWN FARM

BILL AFTER DROPPING FOOD STAMPS

FROM THE MEASURE.

FOOD STAMPS CAN WAIT BUT FARM

PROGRAMS CANNOT.

>> Stephen: YES, FARM PROGRAMS

CANNOT WAIT.

WE NEED TO GROW THE FOOD THAT

PEOPLE CAN NO LONGER AFFORD TO

BUY.

SEE, REPUBLICANS SHOWED THEY

WERE WILLING TO COMPROMISE BY

ELIMINATING THE PART OF THE BILL

THEY REFUSED TO COMPROMISE ON.

IT'S JUST LIKE A CARDIOLOGIST

WHO IS HAVING PROBLEMS WITH A

PATIENT'S HEART.

INSTEAD OF GETTING BOGGED DOWN

IN COMPLICATED PROCEDURES HE

SIMPLY REMOVES THE HEART.

PROBLEM SOLVED.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

THE BEST PART... THE BEST PART,

THAT PATIENT NO LONGER NEEDS

FOOD STAMPS.

AND WITHOUT THIS GOVERNMENT

HANDOUT, HE IS MOTIVATED TO

WORK.

IT KEEPS HIM HUNGRY FOR SUCCESS

AND, OF COURSE, FOOD.

NOW THE G.O.P. BREAKTHROUGH DID

NOT SATISFY MAINSTREAM MEDIA

STOMACH GRUMBLERS LIKE CBS

SENIOR ROOT VEGETABLE BOB

SCHEIFFER.

>> YOU PASS A FARM BILL IN THE

HOUSE THAT GIVES BILLIONS OF

DOLLARS, MUCH OF IT TO LARGE

CORPORATIONS THAT OWN FARMS.

IT'S ALMOST LIKE WELFARE FOR THE

WEALTHY.

BUT YOU DON'T INCLUDE A DOLLAR

FOR HUNGRY PEOPLE FOR FOOD

STAMPS.

WHAT KIND OF A MESSAGE IS THAT?

>> Stephen: I'LL TAKE THAT ONE,

BOB.

IT IS A PRINCIPLED CONSERVATIVE

MESSAGE BASED ON THE OLD ADAGE,

GIVE A MAN A FISH, HE'LL EAT FOR

A DAY.

TAKE AWAY HIS FOOD STAMPS AND

HE'LL FOUND FISH-CO, A

MULTINATIONAL SEAFOOD

CONGLOMERATE THAT GETS A MASSIVE

SUBSIDY IN THE NEXT FARM BILL.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

BESIDES, FOLKS, LET'S BE CLEAR.

REPUBLICANS ARE NOT OGRES.

ALTHOUGH IF WE CAN FIND A CHEAP

WAY TO GRIND BONES INTO BREAD,

THEY'RE WILLING TO LISTEN.

THEY JUST UNDERSTAND THAT

PROVIDING SUBSIST ENS NUTRITION

TRAPS PEOPLE IN A STATE OF

POVERTY AND THAT'S NOT RIGHT.

IS IT, REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN

MIKE KELLY?

>> THAT'S NOT RIGHT.

THAT'S NOT AMERICAN.

THAT'S NOT WAY WE WORKED IN THE

PAST.

AND THAT'S NOT WHAT OUR FUTURE

SHOULD HOLD FOR US.

IT SHOULD BE ONE OF BLUE SKIES

AND STRONG WINDS AT OUR BACKS IN

A NATION THAT HAS EVERYTHING

THAT GOD COULD POSSIBLY PROVIDE

FOR US.

WE HAVE TILLABLE SOIL AND

POTABLE WATER.

AS FAR AS PROVIDING FOOD FOR

PEOPLE, MY GOODNESS, WE

SHOULDN'T BE VULNERABLE IN THIS

COUNTRY ANY PLACE.

>> Stephen: YEAH, WE DON'T NEED

FOOD STAMPS.

AMERICA'S BLESSED BLUE SKIES AND

STRONG WINDS AND TILLABLE SOIL

AND POTABLE WATER NOT TO MENTION

EDIBLE SOIL AND DRUM STICK

WRAPPERS WITH CHOCOLATE NUTS

STUCK ON THEM.

THERE'S THE OLD MAN IN THE PARK

WHO JUST GIVES AWAY BREAD

CRUMBS.

HOW HARD COULD IT BE TO ELBOW A

PIGEON OUT OF THE WAY AND PECK

YOUR WAY TO A FULL STOMACH?

PLUS FOOD STAMPS JUST TURNS

BEING POOR INTO SOME SORT OF

POORGASBOARD.

WHO WOULDN'T WANT TO STAY HOME

AND NOT WORK WHEN YOU CAN RAKE

IN AN AVERAGE OF AN $134 A MONTH

FOR FOOD.

THAT'S ALMOST ONE $5 FOOT LONG A

DAY.

THREE INCHES FOR BREAKFAST.

FOUR INCHES FOR LUNCH.

FIVE INCHES FOR DINNER.

FOR DESSERT, THE PLASTIC BAG.

DON'T WORRY, FOLKS.

DO NOT WORRY.

HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE ABSOLUTELY

GOING TO PASS FUNDING FOR FOOD

STAMPS AT SOME POINT.

AND WHEN THEY DON'T, IF PEOPLE

ARE STILL HUNGRY, WE'LL JUST

COMBINE THE FOOD STAMP PROGRAM

WITH THE IMMIGRATION PROGRAM AND

LET POOR PEOPLE EAT MEXICANS.

THE BEST PART IS, THE BEST PART

IS, THEY ARE A HEALTHY SNACK

BECAUSE THEY PICK THEIR OWN

VEGETABLES.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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