Sophie’s choice for Democrats: to whom do we cut off the money (in an election year)?

What to do if you’re a Democrat these days? Starve the food stamp crowd or cut the pensions of the most reliable liberal voting block? Choices, choices:

Some House Democrats and advocacy groups are getting squeamish about the move to fund the $26 billion state aid bill by making cuts to food stamps, a federal assistance program currently depended on by nearly 41 million Americans.

House members convened Tuesday to pass the multibillion-dollar bailout bill for cash-strapped states that provides $10 billion to school districts to rehire laid-off teachers or ensure that more teachers won’t be let go before the new school year begins, keeping more than 160,000 teachers on the job, the Obama administration says.

But the bill also requires that $12 billion be stripped from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps, to help fund the new bill, prompting some Democrats to cringe at the notion of cutting back on one necessity to pay for another.

It’s easy to cut that food stamp money to “save” teachers in an election year, isn’t it?  (And don’t we have to “cut back” on one necessity to pay for another at home?)

Arguably one of the most outspoken opponents on the Democratic side is Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who has blasted the move as “a bitter pill to swallow” but still voted yes.

“I fought very hard for the food assistance money in the Recovery Act, and the fact is that participation in the food stamps program has jumped dramatically with the economic crisis, from 31.1 million persons to 38.2 million just in one year,” DeLauro said in an e-mail sent to “But I know that states across the nation and my own state of Connecticut also desperately need these resources to save jobs and avoid Draconian cuts to essential services for low income families.”

The bill passed 247-161 in the House.

From Rush, it won’t even save teacher’s jobs–just their pensions.  How convienent, eh?


2 Responses

  1. […] Sophie’s choice for Democrats: to whom do we cut off the money (in an election year)? […]

  2. When I saw this today, I said to myself this was the final straw. This congress is not just corrupt, not just working against the will of the American people, but now down right immoral. They need to be thrown out and fast. This is the worst congress and administration in my life time.

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