Family Research Council: ‘Nothing more Christian’ than food stamp cuts
"Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, now with the Family Research Council, said that the House GOP’s massive food stamp cuts that could remove around 4 million people from the program next year was an act of Christian compassion. While many churches and Christians organizations denounced the move, Blackwell told the Christian Post that there was “nothing more Christian” than kicking low-income families off food stamps. He referred to food aid as part of the “plantation of big government” and said that churches and charitable organization will replace such government assistance. - "
In my community, the food pantries are not doing well, the food quality is getting lower and lower as the economy has diminished. Some churches are doing their best but barely able to keep up. I have a friend who works one community church dinner for the poor they hold monthly where the numbers showing up have been overwhelming. People wait in line even to get the leftovers seconds to take home even for an hour after eating their original meal. Another friend works at the soup kitchen. There are food shortages. They are scrapping the bottom of the barrel. People have gotten cans so dented, they feared using them. One friend going to one got some dried prunes, a sack of old potatoes with eyes and a sugar laden-unsold birthday cake with no nutritional value. Nothing to actually cook a meal with. They take whatever expired food the grocery store wants to part with or whatever else others are willing to donate.
These types never complain about big government when it is comes to the billions spent on the police state, wars or more. I would rather people could be independent but what else is there to do when there are no jobs? Or the jobs are so low paying? Sure the ideal was families, community and churches coming together to help, but what are people to do now with no jobs and in our broken down communities? These right wingers offer no real alternatives beyond just telling people to go starve or be in the gutter. The sub-text behind all this, is supposedly "the poor are lazy, this will force them to work harder".
Often now families do not share resources either, there can be very rich members of a family that do not share with poor ones, as they all compete with each other, and what about those with no family or where they live far away? The nonsense that charitable organizations and churches as they NOW EXIST can take up the slack, is false. Most of the pastors are selling their seats to the higher income demographics. The poor are leaving the churches, if they can't eat, many aren't tithing much.
I was in a rare good rural IFB [now closed due to the economic pressures of my old rural town] where people could delay going on food stamps even for years, allowing the church to feed them with a fully open food pantry where one did not have to apply to a social worker to access it. If you needed food to cover a couple days every week, it was there for you. This included shared help and even collections for member's electric bills facing unemployment. That is very rare. I didn't realize how rare.
One thing about welfare is most people on welfare are working. Sure there are those who abuse the system but it is not all as these types try to say. Many states you cannot even get food stamps unless you are disabled, elderly or are working at least 20-30 hours a week at some sort of employment or actively searching in a job group your local welfare office will require your attendance at. The powers that be have done a masterful job, of making the poor scapegoats for the right wing of America making excuses the banker bail outs, wars and more. Obama almost started a war with Syria that would have cost billions but you never see those costs questioned.
I have written about the hatred of the poor, on this blog before. I think it is growing even worse. They lie about the economy improving, so every poor person thinks they are the "only one". Then once you face a life of endless lay-offs, shortages, underpaid work, non-stable work, or other factors that play in like health factors, they tell people they are lazy because of it, and poor because of their shortcomings. Think about the goals and achievement article I wrote today and how much misery this all leads to. So many are following the gospel of the Tea Party and Republicans now in the right wing, it is sickening. This doesn't mean the enablers on the left are any better either, they simply just exploit the poor while pretending to care.
There is growing hatred of the poor on the right wing. The right vs left, nonsense is using class warfare and endless set-ups for evil in America.