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Poor and hungry vs. overpaid and underworked

November 13, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

To the editor:

Here's a novel concept: Let's end hunger in America.

Of course, jobs are the answer. Of course, raising the minimum wage is also part of the answer. By way of helping to end hunger, the Republican-led U.S. House could also add dollars to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps. But Congress is cutting the program, by an amount translating to 21 meals a month for a poor family of four. About 47 million people, or one in seven Americans, will be hurt by this initial funding cut of $5 billion that started Nov. 1.

Some Congress members lately have been bashing the poor just for having refrigerators. I do not find that a sin. Do you?

I would strongly urge that our U.S. House members try to live for one month on what food stamps provide. Maybe a light bulb would turn on in their heads.

This food stamps cut comes on top of the bad solution of shutting down our government for 16 days, costing the taxpayers $24 billion and putting our budget further in the hole.

With this infinite lack of wisdom, the Republican U.S. House may once again endanger the full faith and credit of the United States in February 2014. Anyone who reads this list of despicable accomplishments must ask:

- Is this how we govern?

- Is this representing the welfare of the people in their respective districts?

- Is this the best we can do, as the mightiest nation on the earth?

A resounding "no" is the answer to all of the above. We the people must insist on better solutions.

The $5 billion cut in food stamps will hurt seniors, children, veterans and the handicapped. But to add insult to injury, Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader for the Republican Party, stated on Oct. 31 that there is "dignity in hard work" (while you are starving). However the U.S. House will only work 16 more days this year and has passed fewer bills than any other Congress. This U.S. House only had 126 total work days in 2013 for a salary of $174,000 per member. Nice work if you can get it.

As of this writing the U.S. House wishes to make another cut of $4 billion a year for the next five years from food stamps. This will perpetuate hunger in this country, rather than try to end it.

This must stop call or write your Congress member (Trey Radel/House District 19 at 239-573-5837 or Tom Rooney/House District 17 at 941-575-9101).

Joan Patterson

Lehigh Acres



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