Medicare is broke. A record number of Americans are on food stamps thanks to all of the economic stimulus being thrown around by the Obama administration and congressional Democrats. So, what do Democrats do when they are finished looting Medicare; they move on to the next and hope no one notices. Not so. The Hill reports the Democrats’ plan for the Child Nutrition Act and the best way to fund Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move“ initiative is noted as:
The House will soon consider an $8 billion child nutrition bill that’s at the center of the first lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative. Before leaving for the summer recess, the Senate passed a smaller version of the legislation that is paid for by trimming the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps.
The proposed cuts would come on top of a 13.6 percent food stamp reduction in the $26 billion Medicaid and education state funding bill that President Obama signed this week.
Food stamps have made multiple appearances on the fiscal chopping block because Democrats have few other places to turn to offset the cost of legislation.
Obviously, cutting the food stamp program when it’s needed is irresponsible on the part of the Democrats. So, then we must ask, what are the other motivating factors within the Let’s Move program and the Child Nutrition Act and who ultimately benefits?
It’s difficult to ignore the front-group for the SEIU, the Campaign for Quality Services, a major supporter of the Act and states the following on its website:
Children need school meals to get adequate nutrition. As more and more families struggle to put food on the table, strengthening school meal programs – one of the most effective hunger fighting tools in America – is the right thing to do.
We can do better by choosing to:
- Increase the reimbursement rate, which currently stands at $2.57.
- Improve Training for Workers on Food Safety and Nutrition.
- Mandate Fairer Standards for Food Service Workers.
- Broaden the School Breakfast and Summer Programs.
- Expand Enrollment and Eligibility.
- Raise the Bar on Nutrition Standards.
- Increase Accountability
The habitual nature of the Democrats to use children to advance their pro-union agenda is wearing thin with the American people. Voters need to be aware that it was Democrats who killed the successful DC voucher program, looted the food stamp program to fund the teacher bailout, and now want to further loot the food stamp fund to ultimately provide a taxpayer payout to the SEIU.
Finally, Pelosi’s House appears to have to walk the plank–again–and face another difficult vote:
But House liberals are balking now, saying that while they swallowed the food stamp cuts to pay for urgent funding for Medicaid and teachers, they will not vote for more cuts in the child nutrition bill. In a letter sent this week to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), 106 House Democrats urged the speaker to take the House version of the child nutrition bill, which does not slash food stamps, rather than the Senate version.
No doubt, this will be another vote that the Democrats will be held responsible for in November.
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