In South Carolina today, House Speaker Paul Ryan is moderating the Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity. It’s a forum with six republican presidential hopefuls joining Governor Nikki Haley who’s always up for pleading to be a Veep contender as well as dropout Senator Lindsey Graham. The six yokels pleading for a chance in the early caucus and primary states are Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich and Marco Rubio.
1. Paul Ryan
Let’s be realistic, Paul Ryan is the last person to be spearheading any kind of conversation about poverty.
“We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work, and so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with,” he once said on Bill Bennett’s Morning in America.
Does he honestly believe that people don’t want to work? I just spent the last week sick as hell only working a few hours a day and I felt so worthless because I wasn’t contributing. People want to work, they want to be valued, they want to feel like they’re doing something with their lives. This lie that a majority of people just want to lay around and eat bonbons and watch the X-Files is a story the GOP likes to use to scare people. Most of the people who are on food stamps and in poverty are the elderly and the working poor. People who do actually have jobs or who are too old to work. If we’re going to talk about poverty let’s be honest about it. Americans deserve that more than lying to them and demoralizing those in need.
2. Nikki Haley
If there’s one thing the South Carolina Governor hates it’s giving people a helping hand if it compromises her partisanship. Haley would rather see people die than not tow her party’s line. The hardened evil sociopath said that she “will not expand Medicaid. Ever.” She even believes it’s too “easy” to get welfare, saying in her State of the State address, “no one improves their lot in life” on the program that has helped so many in their time of need.
“With Washington having its way, we would handle welfare recipients by asking a few simple questions, effectively checking a box, and handing over a check,” she said.
Do you ever find it disturbing that elected leaders don’t know how government systems work? Sorry, Haley, that’s just not how welfare goes. First, in South Carolina, a welfare recipient only gets $240 a month. Try to live on that Governor, let me know how it works out for you. The requirements aren’t that easy either. Recipients must prove they are completing work-related activities. That involves verification from employers. There’s not a specific box that is checked. In fact, there are many, many boxes that require an extensive amount of paperwork and verification. Then there’s a matter of what the money can be spent on. It’s not as glamorous as Haley wants people to believe. Things like recreation, piercings, spas, tattoos, stuff at bars or clubs, adult materials like porn, tobacco products like vapes, and there are dozens more things are restricted.
What can you buy? Food for your family. So, get a clue, Haley.
3. Lindsey Graham
This guy isn’t even running anymore and he never could break more than 0.5 percent in the polls. Regardless, he doesn’t have such a great history with poverty and the homeless. He voted to cut welfare and restrict how long someone could be on it through their lifetime. He also tried to tie it to religious institutions where people would be required to be a religious person to receive federal funding for assistance, which I’m pretty sure isn’t entirely constitutional.
The Circle of Protection is a coalition of Christian religious leaders who advocate for poverty policy and when Graham announced his bid for presidency they begged him to make eradicating homelessness and poverty a priority in his campaign. He went the military and foreign policy route instead, saying in the debate that he wanted to send even more troops to fight and die in more Middle Eastern wars.
4. Jeb Bush
Bush basically copied Paul Ryan’s disgusting plan to cut safety net programs like Social Security and privatize Medicare turning it into a voucher program. In 1994, Bush also told women on welfare that the way they can do better is to “get a husband.” How about you get a clue, Jeb.
There are 6.4 million people age 65 and over (15 percent of all people 65 and over) that live in poverty. These are people like my grandpa who would be below the poverty line if he only had his Social Security to live on and couldn’t work his part-time job. You really want me to tell my grandpa, who lost my grandma many years ago, that he could have more money if he’d just “settle down?” Seriously?
They had been married since he was 17 and he’s 81 now, you really want to tell me he should shack up with a lady just for cash? What the hell world are we living in?
5. Ben Carson
This guy lost his chance when people found out he was a pathological liar. It’s surprising that he’s still even running and it isn’t as if he’s going to win any votes on his poverty plans. “Many people are critical of me because they say, ‘Carson wants to get rid of all the safety nets and welfare programs even though he must have benefited from them,’’’ Carson said. “This is a blatant lie. I have no desire to get rid of safety nets for people who need them. I have a strong desire to get rid of programs that create dependency in able-bodied people.”
As I wrote above, able-bodied people are rocking it in jobs that don’t pay them enough to survive and consequently they end up on the welfare. Again, if you’re going to run for president, maybe have a clue how the government works. Just a thought.
6. Chris Christie
“The state Assembly today failed to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of a bill that would have restored an average of $90 worth of food stamps to 160,000 senior citizens, disabled citizens and children,” NJ.com reported. “The bill (2956) was supported by Republicans and Democrats when it passed, but 10 Republicans who voted yes did not support the attempt to override Christie’s veto today. The bill would have prevented 160,000 low-income households [sic] an estimated $90 per month in food stamps, in the wake of action by Congress to change the law on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program last year to curb fraud.”
What else do you need to say? This is Chris Christie at his most honest, a hater of the most vulnerable in our society. Classy.
7. Carly Fiorina
According to the Des Moines Register, “Fiorina’s plan to close the economic opportunity gap revolves around welfare reform. She believes people develop a dependence on welfare programs that causes them not to seek out better opportunities for fear of losing their benefits. While Fiorina doesn’t want to do away with welfare programs entirely, she would like to see them radically reorganized so they work better to lift people out of poverty. Wrapped up in her opinions on income inequality is her assertion there needs to be a climate that supports entrepreneurship and helps small and family-owned business prosper, which she says will also help lift people out of poverty.”
These people are all starting to sound the same.
8. Mike Huckabee
How is this crazy loser still running? Realistically, how can he still afford it? How hasn’t some right-wing talk show snapped him up and given him another book deal to shut him the hell up? This dude is a winner on a completely different level. “Most single moms are very poor, under-educated, can’t get a job, and if it weren’t for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death,” Huckabee actually had the balls to say out loud.
According to Politifact, that’s mostly false. Anecdotally, my mom was a single lady and did pretty damn well for herself and I seemed to still be able to go to college and become part of the liberal conspiracy.
9. John Kasich
While Kasich might seem like the king of moderates, under his leadership Ohio became the worst state in the country for families with food insecurity. How did he fix this problem? He passed welfare reform that made it worse. True story.
10. Marco Rubio
One of the worst and most terrible human beings in elected office. His poverty plan would actually increase poverty, especially children. He thinks that entitlements like Social Security and Medicare “weaken us as people.” Welfare, according to Rubio, apparently discourages work. I could write volumes on this joker, just suffice to say he’s a horrible man with zero conscious. Plus he threw a football at a kid’s face.
These people are terrible and how they can claim that they care about anyone in poverty is beyond me, because they sure haven’t in the past.
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