Missouri Says Screw The Poor
Scumbag Republicans in Missouri have overriden a veto of a bill that cuts benefits to the poor. Why do we keep electing these people? What is wrong with voters? How many times can they vote against their own interests?
The Missouri Senate voted on Monday to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill that severely restricts welfare eligibility, potentially cutting benefits to thousands of low-income families.
Nixon, a Democrat, on Thursday vetoed the bill, which calls for reducing the time families may receive aid from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program from five years to three years and nine months. It also would impose strict work requirements.
State Sen. David Sater (R), one of the bill’s sponsors, said welfare encourages “a dependency on government.”
“I want to stop that,” Sater said. “I want to see families on their own — self-sufficient.”
I can’t believe this is happening. Sure, you want families on their own-so they can sink further into poverty. Welfare is not fun. Here are the voices of the needy:
“That would really be a shame,” said Malika Francis, a single mother of four children, ages 1, 3, 4 and 5. “It will make it really hard to make ends meet.”
“I think they think we want to be on government assistance, but we are just trying to survive,” said Donnetta Stuart, 36, a single mother of three children ages 18, 11 and 5. A former fast-food worker, she starts a job with the Local Investment Commission next week.
“I don’t want to be going somewhere asking for help,” Stuart said. “This program is helping me get off public assistance … go back to school. I work.”
But, for now, she said, the $400 to $500 in food stamps she receives each month “helps to balance things out so I can take care of my kids.”
Others said they worry that legislators are being shortsighted and that if Missouri residents lose benefits, “it’s not just going to affect the ones who are on it but everyone,” said Francis, who said she works at a Wendy’s restaurant and receives about $555 a month in food stamps and $120 in cash assistance.
“If people lose benefits, the grocery stores where they shop will lose a lot of business, and people who work there could lose their job,” she said. “The crime rate will go up. Because what do you think people will do when their children are hungry?
“This just doesn’t make sense. They want people off of public assistance, but they don’t want to raise the minimum wage. They go together.”
Welcome to Republican Land, where being poor is a crime. You motherless fucks should be keelhauled. I’m appalled, agog, and aghast. Nothing but a bunch of soulless ghouls.