The GOP strategy
The GOP strategy
The Hill is reporting that Senate Democrats are planning to bring the Paycheck Fairness Act to the floor this week. The PFA, which is opposed by the Chamber of Commerce and the G.O.P. (and come to think of it, have you ever seen those two institutions in the same place at the same time? just sayin’), would expand the protections enshrined in the Equal Pay Act by, among other things,
allowing employees to compare the pay of male colleagues not only within the same office but also with colleagues in other local offices. A female employee could allege wage discrimination if she is paid less than a male working the same job for the same employer across town.
Unsurprisingly, women’s groups are strongly supportive of the proposed law. It’s a popular piece of legislation, especially among female voters, a group that, in a political season that has been defined by the G.O.P.’s ever-escalating war on women and a widening gender gap between to the two parties, Romney needs to court. So the upcoming vote puts him in a difficult position: he “will either have to split with Republicans and an important business group or take a position that could further erode his support among women.”
No justice, no peace.
Re-blog if you don’t want this guy anywhere near the Oval Office.
Want to see Rick Santorum catch himself halfway through calling Obama the n-word? Start at 34:26 and watch Mr. “I don’t need a teleprompter, I say what’s in my heart” call Obama a “the anti-war, government nig, uh…” -Jess
Just so ya know…
But don’t you know the uterus is now a federally protected property?(via feministhistorian)
Among the changes pushed through by Gingrich and his conservative caucus as part of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, was the replacement of the Aid to Families With Dependent Children program, which had been in place since 1935, with something called TANF: Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. The new program put a five-year limit on cash benefits for needy recipients, imposed tighter limits on who could receive food stamps (most immigrants became ineligible), and most importantly, required welfare recipients to get a job within two years of receiving benefits.
Ironically, Gingrich, a key champion of the work requirement, now claims that poor children don’t see anyone around them working, when by Gingrich’s own design, those on welfare, after the 1996 reforms, are required to work.
Meanwhile, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Gingrich and the Republicans’ crowning achievement also increased Americans’ reliance on food stamps. By restricting the cash assistance available to families, TANF indirectly pushed more working families to rely on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs — also known as “food stamps” — to fill in the gap.
So despite his zeal to push “personal responsibility” and to force people off welfare, Gingrich, like Dole, may have inadvertently become a Republican godfather of food stamp growth.
Or to put it another way: Gingrich just might have been the “food stamp Speaker of the House.”
If it weren’t for food stamps, my family would starve. Even with food stamps we run out of food and go at least a week, if not more, without many of the staple foods, such as milk, cereal, bread, etc. Even today, with exactly two weeks before we get next month’s food stamps, we have just enough left that we can get the kids one more gallon of milk, a box of cereal, and a loaf of bread. After that, the scrounging of the kitchen begins.
The entire TANF program is bullshit! Our family receives cash assistance for only two of our members, even though we are a family of six. Four of us don’t qualify for various reasons, but because of this, our family of six is considered a family size of only two, making our total income limit to qualify to be that of a two person home. This created many issues for our family while my husband was still on unemployment, because they deemed his $1,200/month to be sufficient for our entire family.
The system is incredibly flawed, and getting assistance isn’t as easy as most people think. It is a very involved process which includes collecting numerous amounts of proof for income, rent, utilities, citizenship, and anything else one can think of. They take your photo—mugshot style—as well as index finger and thumb prints, to prevent multiple state services. There is also a necessity for persistence, as most of the workers either don’t care, or they are so over booked with clients, they can’t get to you at a reasonable time.
The expectations are incredibly unrealistic as well. They expect sometimes extreme participation that some can’t perform. This is especially a problem, because they treat the clients, as a whole, to be unintelligent, irresponsible, and infant like. It’s an offensive and depressing feeling that almost makes the aid not worth it.
To add one more thing, the time limit for TANF is no longer 60 months, but has been reduced to 40 months. This is nearly half of the amount of time people use to have, and yet the requirements of participation have increased, with decreases in grant amount.
1. A large and growing share of SNAP households are working households
One reason why SNAP is serving more working families is that, for a growing share of the nation’s workers, having a job has not been enough to keep them out of poverty.
2. SNAP responded quickly and effectively to the recession.
3. Today’s large SNAP caseloads mostly reflect the extraordinarily deep and prolonged recession and the weak recovery.
4. SNAP has one of the most rigorous quality control systems of any public benefit program.
5. SNAP’s recent growth is temporary.
Over the long term, SNAP is not growing faster than the economy. So, it is not contributing to the nation’s long-term fiscal problems.
Because the Congress never passed that jobs bill. Remember that? The one we were supposed to get if we voted the GOP into power? Yeah. I haven’t forgotten yet. All I want is a (good) jobs bill. I’ll even accept an acceptable jobs bill. Is that too much? Can abortion debate, SOPA, PIPA, NDAA, and Keystone XL, wait until then? How come you have time for all this other cool shit, but there’s no time to draft a working jobs bill? How come y’all can have a pro forma meeting, but you can’t discuss a jobs bill there so that you can work on it when the full Congress gets back to work? I … I don’t even know.
GOP before and after OWS
Those members who announced that they will skip the speech are Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., and Reps. Paul Broun, R-Ga., Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill. and Ron Paul, R-Texas [and Rep. Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia]…..
Unlike with Landry, who said skipping the House GOP meeting with the president was to avoid wasting his time being “lectured to by a president whose failed policies have put our children and grandchildren in a huge burden of debt, ” Vitter took a much less strident approach, referring mainly to his love for the Saints.
“As a fanatic (Saints fan), I have my priorities,” Vitter joked.
Still, Norm Ornstein, the veteran political analyst for the American Enterprise Institute, said skipping a presidential speech “is just another example of the debasement of our politics and our institutions.”
“I simply cannot recall a time in the past when lawmakers openly gave the finger to the president of the United States on a huge issue like jobs,” Ornstein said. “It is frankly depressing.”
Yeah it’s bullshit like this that made me happy when the President brought up “the election is 14 months away.” By not even attending to listen to what the President has to say they are stating that they do not want to get anything done until a republican is in the White House.
They do not give a fuck about your suffering for the next 14 months.
How fucking childish is this? Seriously? Who knew adults could be so incredibly IMMATURE. Fuck you republican toddlers.