If you're hungry, are you free?

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If you're hungry, are you free? According to Republicans, over 17 million more Americans are free because of 30 years of Reaganomics. You need to know this: The US Department of Agriculture is reporting that 17.4 million households in the country had trouble finding enough food to eat last year. In fact – in one out of every eight homes – someone went hungry at some point throughout the year. Children in single parent households were most affected by a food shortage – along with African Americans and Hispanics. All in all – 14% of the households in our country – the richest nation in the world – suffered from what economists call food insecurity and the rest of us call hunger. And these numbers could have been much higher. The Department of Agriculture reports that though the number of hungry families spiked much higher in 2007 when the recession began – it has held steady since – thanks in large part to federal assistance like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and free and reduced school lunches. On top of that – economists have proven that federal food assistance programs actually have a stimulative effect on the economy – with every dollar given out in food stamps producing $1.73 in economic activity as it circulates from the hungry person to the retail store to the wholesaler to the farmer. Unfortunately Republicans – didn’t get that memo. They still insist a 3% tax cut for millionaires and billionaires so they can put more money in Swiss banks is a better stimulus for America, and they're willing to cut federal food assistance programs to pay for it. There you have it – the Republican Party is literally taking food off the table of hungry Americans – so fat cat banksters can get a million dollar tax-giveaway bonus, borrowed from China and handed to billionaires courtesy of Uncle Sam.

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El Rushbo was going on last week for an hour about how a pure junk food diet can make you lose weight. A nutritionist ate nothing but 1800 calories a day of Twinkies and HoHos etc for a month and lost 20? pounds "proving" that it is not junk food that makes you fat but purely the # of calories. Also his bad cholesterol decreased and good choleserols increased etc.

Rush was elated almost urging his listeners to use it to lose weight. He went on to use this to belittle the idea of junk food "food deserts" in the inner city the left is always talking about that supposedly causes the obesity.

I wonder how long his weight would stay down if he went for 2 or more years? Excess Junk Food sugars, salt and fats are all very addictive and encourage overeating. He needs to go 5 years and see what happens, if he would survive that long.

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That’s one thing I learned growing up in a 3rd World country. What’s the point of having democracy and/or freedom when your kids are starving at home.

In a way, it goes along with a point that rightwingers make: “Slaves had a good life”. Maybe, proving that having “freedom” doesn’t mean that your life is better….. That they would never admit that 2 of their talking points contradict each other.

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Republicans say they`re free,"Let Them Eat Cake"!

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Quote tayl44:

Republicans say they`re free,"Let Them Eat Cake"!

Haha good one. Updated- The "Let Them Eat Twinkies!" Party

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This is something coming up in our part of town's land use planning. Some of us are trying to find ways to get more access to healthy and affordable options for working-class families.

It is one reason why it is important for smart people to get involved from the neighborhood association and PTA level all the way to the top!

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Republicans always talk about how green energy isn't sustainable because it needs subsidies to be profitable. Well last time I checked coal was the largest subsidized industry followed by beef.

Beef is subsidized by the government so McDonald's can buy it cheap, mark it up, and sell it overpriced to the working poor. Then they get sick with diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, hypertension, and strokes, which you can see if you look at raw statistics of poor who eat at fast food and the rate of poor who get those diseases in comparison to the general population. After they get those diseases, they are denied health care by jacking their rates sky high to an unaffordable price, and they are turned over to government subsidized health care after an emergency room visit they can't afford, which externalizes the costs to taxpayers. Republicans fail again, and democrats too for not pointing out the hypocrisy.

Americans are kinda dumb. We use more energy than any country in the world. They always say green energy isn't good because it wont supply all of our energy needs. Maybe it isn't our type of energy, but rather how much we use. Sweden uses less energy and in 10 years will be based off entirely sustainable systems such as wind, solar, and hydro. Interesting, it is possible.

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Is green energy bad? It depends from what point of view you are seeing it.

Capitalism is all about profits, lots of profit = good, no profits = bad. That’s why republicans are against anything that has to do with “Self-sustainabity”. It’s good for people and our country, but nobody will ever become a multi-millionaire selling something that has to do with “self-sustainability”.

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New Republican Healthcare Plan Is So Bad That Even Republicans Don't Want It


Republicans inched closer to a deal on repealing Obamacare yesterday, as the House Freedom caucus OK'd a new version of the American Health Care Act which is actually worse than the one that couldn't pass Congress back in March.

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