Random Thoughts:  Volume Five
Mitt Romney on Food Stamps?  Human Rights, Why?
February 3, 2012



  • Mitt Romney has said that he’s not concerned about “the very poor”, because the safety net protects them.  The TANF (cash welfare) benefit for a two-person household in Massachusetts is about $500 per month.  The average SNAP (food stamps) benefit is $264 for that family each month.  
  • I sent an email to Mitt Romney's campaign, daring him to prove to us all just how easy "the poor people" have it by living on a welfare and food stamp budget for a month.  I don’t expect him to have the guts to do it, but it sure will be fun watching him squirm out of it.  Send him a message.  Spread this around.  Let's see how much pressure we can bring.

  • The Occupy Movement, recent events around the federal online piracy bills, and Susan G. Komen Foundation’s attempt to defund Planned Parenthood show how much clout We the People still have.  You know what you care about.  Get involved today.  No, you don’t have to watch junk on TV every night.

  • I met James Clark at the Obama campaign office opening in Pittsburgh.  He created a project called The WhY? Movement.  It’s designed to encourage critical thinking.  I’ve started doing it, and it’s quite interesting.  Check it out.

  • Frankie Sullivan, composer of the song Eye of the Tiger sued Newt Gingrich for copyright infringement in federal court for using his song in campaign rallies without permission.

  • Why can't any of these republithug capitalists grasp the concept of intellectual PROPERTY, which is protected by the CONSTITUTION that they worship just eversomuch?

  • On that note, WhY would anyone vote for a candidate who is willing to swear an oath to uphold a document that s/he has never read?  How many teapartiers do you think have read the United States Constitution?  Have you?

  • According to Article VI, the U.S. Constitution and all treaties adopted under it are the supreme law of our nation.  The U.S. Senate ratified the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.  The UDHR Article 23 declares each person’s human right to form and join trade unions.  Thus, every American has a constitutionally protected right to belong to a union.

  • I wrote to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, asking why the AFL-CIO won’t use this powerful tool to fight the republithug efforts to desecrate our rights.  He hasn’t replied.  Maybe he will if enough people ask the question.  Here’s his contact info.

  • The United States government has just about the most extensive internet presence on earth.  You can reach every federal, state, local, and tribal government agency and department by starting at usa.gov.  Try it.

  • There’s no doubt that a police officer’s job can be very dangerous.  However, cops are the only people who whine and beg the public for cash when they get hurt at work.  No, it is not the most dangerous job.  It’s number 12, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Why not?

For More Information
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: TANF Benefits Fell Further in 2011 and Are Worth Much Less Than in 1996 in Most States
Food Research and Action Center: SNAP/Food Stamps
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Program

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