When Republicans gave massive tax breaks for wealthy corporations and the richest 1%, we (and a lot of experts) warned that their next move would be slashing programs the rest of us depend on in order to fund it. This week, they’re proving us right.
On Monday, House Republicans introduced a Farm Bill that would kick millions of people off of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP).
Just a few months after giving away $1.5 TRILLION in taxpayer dollars to wealthy corporations and the rich, the GOP is looking for back-door ways to get some of that money back. And their first “solution” — along with the eventual cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security that we know are coming — is less food on the table for the kids, seniors, people with disabilities, and low-wage workers who depend on SNAP.
The worst part is, it doesn’t have to be this way. For less than the $1.5 trillion the GOP gave away to the rich, we could have:
- Erased student debt
- Funded CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, for 107 years
- Fought global warming and natural disasters
- Bailed out Puerto Rico
- Eliminated tuition at all public colleges for 10 years
But Republicans would rather punish hungry kids, seniors, people with disabilities, and low wage workers instead. This is the clearest example yet of Republicans hanging vulnerable populations out to dry in order to fund tax breaks for their super-rich donors.
We can’t afford to wait to act — the House could vote on this version of the Farm Bill as early as next week.
Organizer, Tax March
Start date: March 17, 2019
End date: March 24, 2019
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Location: See Date and Event
March 17, Sunday, 1:30-3:30pm at Ashland Public Library, Gresham & East Main: Friends of the Library “Amrita Ramanan – A Year in the Life of a Director of Literary Development & Dramarurgy”
March 19, Tuesday, 7:00pm at City Hall Chambers, 1175 E. Main Street: City Council Business Meeting
March 20, Wednesday, 6:00pm at City Hall Chambers, 1175 E. Main Street: Citizen Budget Committee Study Session
March 21, Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm at Medford Public Library, 205 S. Central Avenue: Jackson County Health Services Information Forum
March 23, Saturday, 10:00am-noon & 2:00-4:00pm at Center for the Practice & Study of Tibetan Buddhism, 109 Clear Creek Drive, Ashland: “Reality & Illusion”
March 23, Saturday, 7:30pm at Ashland Oak Armory, 208 Oak Street: “An Evening with Stephen Marleg”
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