PAM FESSLER: Ending childhood hunger has been a priority for President Obama. Ending childhood obesity's been a priority for the first lady.�The child nutrition bill is supposed to help do both.�But some hunger groups say the way things stand now, the bill would do neither.
Mr. JIM WEILL (Food Research and Action Center): They're paying for the improvements by cutting food stamp benefits.
FESSLER: Jim Weill is head of the Food Research and Action Center in Washington. He says the cuts defeat the purpose of legislation that's intended to help more low-income children get healthier food.
Mr. WEILL: It should be unacceptable to Congress to pay for anything by cutting food stamp benefits, much less for a bill that has in its title the Healthy Anti-Hunger act, which is going to increase hunger, increase poverty and reduce health.
FESSLER: Weill says that the $2.2 billion in proposed food stamp cuts - which are really a repeal of future increases�- would hurt the neediest families.�And more than 1,600 anti-hunger groups, in a letter to lawmakers, say they agree.�Even New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg weighed in last week, asking House leaders to find a better way to pay for the bill.
This is the second time the White House has attempted to gut food stamps since Barack Obama was sworn in. I do not even remember George W. Bush suggesting such a disgusting and vile thing. And Bully Boy Bush holds the record for worst White House occupant in my lifetime. Or did.
Two attacks in less than two years on food stamps? After campaigning with the lie that he knew what it was like to grow up on food stamps (his mother was on them when Barack Obama was a toddler and her bigamist partner -- not her husband, not in the United States).
He really is a liar.
And he should be ashamed of himself.
Not only are we supposed to look after our poor -- with the realization that it could so easily be us in that situation -- but we are tasked with taking care of all of this country's children. All of them.
Mr. Obama needs to be taken to the woodshed. If Michelle Obama has any sense at all, she will straighten her husband's mind out on this matter. If not? Then she is as bad as he is.
Remember, Barack Obama will gladly bail out corporations but starving and hungry children? He will take the food right out of their mouths.
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