Jack Sprat and food stamps

English: The old Jack Sprat Food Store, now Ed...

English: The old Jack Sprat Food Store, now Ed’s Museum, in the Historic Gold Street Commercial District in Wykoff, Fillmore County, Minnesota. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jack Sprat could eat no fat
His wife could eat no lean
And so between them
They licked the platter clean.

Jack Sprat was on food stamps and his wife was a member of the 1% and received generous farm subsidies. If you look at the two of them, it is obvious who receives what. Jack has a lean and hungry look, and his wife is overweight.

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Food stamps

English: Newt Gingrich at a political conferen...

English: Newt Gingrich at a political conference in Orlando, Florida. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Did you know that twice as many whites as blacks receive food stamps? Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich certainly didn’t know that, or if they did, they weren’t admitting it.

“According to the census Bureau, 28 percent of those receiving food stamps are African-American and 59 percent are white. The big increase in the number of food stamp recipients was due partly to dozens of states that loosened eligibility requirements.”

From The Center Holds, Obama and his Enemies by Jonathan Alter.

Farm bill

English: Newt Gingrich at a political conferen...

English: Newt Gingrich at a political conference in Orlando, Florida. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Farmers live in the country and they are real Americans as opposed to people who live in cities and are dependent on entitlements like food stamps. Real American farmers and large corporate farms are people too. They deserve the $200 billion subsidies over five years that the next farm bill will authorize. Forget about the 50 million or so dependent on food stamps to survive. Out of sight, out of mind. And out of the farm bill, food stamps will still be funded, at least for a while and probably at lower amounts over the years. After all, isn’t Obama the food stamp president according to Newt Gingrich? He should know with an account at Tiffany’s. Very few of the hungry shop there.

Chris Hayes

MSNBC party

MSNBC party (Photo credit: fimoculous)

I like Chris Hayes on MSNBC. He is not afraid to call a spade a spade. It is so refreshing to hear a reporter report the facts. This evening he reported on the recently defeated farm bill that would have taken food stamps from 2 million of the poor and hungry, in part so that farm subsidies could be continued for wealthy farm owners, including some members of Congress.

Cory Booker

English: Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey

English: Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cory Booker, the high-profile mayor of Newark, New Jersey, intends to live on a food-stamp budget for one week to demonstrate how difficult it is to do. I wish him well, I am looking forward to his reaction and report on the experience. I wish that every critic of food stamps and hunger in America would take a food-stamp challenge before uttering any criticism. As I watch the well-fed pundits and politicians on TV, I know that none of them are hungry.