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October 25, 2012


Remember, these are True Christians doing this. If J.C.came back to earth, he'd never recognize the dull-witted, bigoted,narrow-minded and vicious religion the American right-wingnut Xristians have made of his creed.

And if he did try to correct them, they'd nail him up on the cross.Again.

The list of cases doesn't specify exactly what kind of fraud is involved here. Is there not actually a newborn there? Is the newborn richer than the mother? Is the newborn getting child support that isn't reported somewhere?

"don’t want their state’s food stamp program to provide additional benefits for that newborn. If a woman gives birth to a child who was conceived from rape, she may seek an exception to this rule so that her food stamp benefits aren’t slashed"

I don't understand this at all: how is making sure the mother was raped going to change whether or not the newborn needs food?

With a baby, the mother's monetary situation has changed for the worst, she clearly can't work as much as she did before, she needs to increase her calorie intake if she's breast feeding and the baby needs food if she isn't.

How, exactly, does having a newborn baby merit "getting your food stamp benefits slashed"?



Dorothy, as I understand the argument, someone shouldn't have children if they can't support them. So we will punish them and the children by slashing or withholding benefits.

Nevermind that the argument also includes not allowing poor women to get contraceptives that would prevent pregnancy, not allowing poor women access to abortion services if they do have an unwanted pregnancy, and not teaching children that there are other ways to not get pregnant besides abstinence.

It all boils down to the hateful right-to-lifers--they're all about the unborn babies and their "right to life" until they're born. After that those babies and their immoral, slutty, welfare queen mamas can fuck off and die.

These are not my values and are not the values of the country I want to live in.

To me, I have to ask about collateral damage.

As Dorothy indicates, the kid needs food, shelter, clothing, mental stimulation, etc. I'd add the question on how exhorbitant a lifestyle one could lead on the benefits for a child (in most states, the payment for a child is very low income, borderline living). So mom has to cut out something, and if very likely might be what middle class folk would consider necessities for the child.

So even with welfare payments for the kid (and I'm using 'welfare' loosely to include all the govt subsidies such as WIC, AFDC, etc.) meager resources are further diluted.

Malnourished child. Growing up with deficient mental stimulation. Singled out as being the poorest kid in school. Example from parents is that you can't break into a good paying job. etc. etc. You're painting a roadmap for conditioning the child to buy into a mentality that they CAN'T achieve. That they CAN'T do anything to change their lot in life.

Admittedly, govt can't seem to think beyond the next election cycle (if that far. Often it is the next 24 hour news cycle). But the long term benefit of investing in the children now would set a course for correcting the problem in a generation.

Also, I've known people with multiple kids on welfare. I'm sure the sociologists have done studies. I'll just say from my experience, the reason for the kids wasn't the additional welfare. In at least 2 cases, it was clear to me that the problem was the mother with an extremely poor image of herself being easily manipulated by sweet talk. Admittedly, we're not gonna solve the world in a day, but the venom spewed at "welfare queens" just has the effect of feeding into their poor image, making them more desperate for acceptance.

Dorothy, I think the idea is that all this women be havin' babies to get more welfare, as you do. And if we slash their benefits they will have less motivation to get pregnant, unless they are raped and get pregnant AND CAN PROVE IT.

I swear these assholes I can't even.


how dickensian. we really must make these poor suffer. HEY! they have teevee and microwaves. let them eat mcdonald's.

They pulled the bill, cuz voting to starve children right before an election might make them look like exactly who they are.

The world would have been a far, far better place if St. Ronnie of the Raygun had never gotten elected in the first damn place. Forty flippin' years later his lies about our underprivileged Americans continue to make their lives harder and our lot in trying to find an even playing field for everyone less possible.

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