Feeding the Poor Children

Feeding the Poor ChildrenI think almost all Americans support the idea of feeding our poor children. Yet, congress has compromised that simple belief, not because there were no other ways to reduce our national budget. Could we not reduce the government’s support for corporate farmers, or big oil? Could Hedge fund managers pay at least the same rates of taxes that the working people of this country pay?

The Food Stamp program, now called the Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP is instrumental in feeding over 16 million children a year, that about 20% of all kids in this country; kids who are part of households of the impoverished. Households of three that will, with the $5 billion reduction to the SNAP program that is now in effect, lose the equivalent of 16 meals a month. That’s about 5 meals a month a child won’t get.

Most of us have known of someone who buys liquor with their SNAP money, or spends it on lottery tickets, rather then on their family. Like you, I think that is awful, and I hope the SNAP program continues to reduce the number of cheats abusing the system. But is it necessary to punish the children and our future?

There are forces in congress looking to cut substantially more from the SNAP budget. Oppose it like it is your child that is being compromised, because in a way it is.

Jerry Greenspan

Student Loan Rates…

by Jerry Greenspan

The first day in July marks a doubling of the interest rate

students have to pay on their tuition loans. It happened

because  MIch McConnell, the Republican Senate Minority

leader held up his will-not-allow-a-vote card.

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That’s the same Mitch McConnell who successfully fought any

reduction in the 2.4 billion dollars given as subsidies to 5 very

successful oil companies in 2012.  It would not take any

special insight to forecast that thousands of additional college

students will join the list of people unable to payoff their

student loans.

 

If we were looking for an outrages example of the rich getting

richer at the expense the middle class, the above should do

nicely. It also suggests that education is not a matter of great

concern to many members of the Senate.

Healing From Recent Tragedies

by Judy Bambace

I recently took a trip to New Orleans, a city that has certainly had its share of misfortune, destruction and despair.  Nearly eight years ago, Hurricane Katrina, the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, left a death toll in the thousands, and more than a million people homeless.  Screen Shot 2013-05-26 at 9.16.08 AMBut as I ate my way through the French Quarter, toured the lovely Garden District and rode the crowded streetcar down St. Charles Avenue, there was little or no evidence of Mother Nature’s wrath.  In fact, the city was very much alive, showing its soul and stamina and resilience.  With their welcoming ways and winning smiles, the people of New Orleans seemed to be saying, “Thank you for coming and for noticing our strength, resolve and courage.  Let the good times roll!” 

This remarkable recovery brought to mind another great city – Boston – where terror and chaos and mayhem had recently struck.   How could this happen?  Why would anybody do this?  But once again, many heroes emerged: the uninjured runners and spectators, emergency workers, military personnel and other courageous people who ran toward danger to help strangers in need.  Fear and suffering were overcome by bravery and compassion.  And once again, the indomitable spirit of the American people could not be broken.  When a crisis hits us, our nation will rally.  That’s because, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said,  “we are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.  Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

We can only speculate as to the motives of the two young men who committed this monstrous act.  But the lesson we learn, over and over, is that we get through crises and catastrophes together, through sorrow and anger, rehabilitation and recovery because when we work together, we accomplish amazing things.

Quotes We Like

A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy.

-Aldous Huxley
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Few businessmen are capable of being in politics, they don’t understand the democratic process, they have neither the tolerance or the depth it takes. Democracy isn’t a business.
-Malcolm Forbes

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The only difference between the Republican and Democratic parties is the velocities with which their knees hit the floor when corporations knock on their door. That’s the only difference.
-Ralph Nader

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Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.
-Franklin D. Roosevelt

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The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy.
-Woodrow Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4th Of July is Around the Corner!!!!!

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Yes, it is already time to start thinking about our involvement in the 4th of July parade. It is very important that we participate in this city-wide event.  It is our chance to demonstrate to the community that there are many democrats here  in Coronado and that we have an active, vibrant club  membership.  So start thinking about how you can be a part of this year
s  celebration.

We will need:

Two or three convertibles or electric cars.

Several bicyclists, walkers, children on scooters or wagons etc.

All your family and friends

We will supply the decorations. All youll need to do is let us know how you plan to participate and then pick up whatever supplies you will need at a location to be announced.

 On parade day we encourage everyone to wear any past Democratic Club tee shirt you may have whether you are in the parade or a spectator. So get out those old shirts and get them ready for the big day.

 Further details will be forthcoming but for now if you have questions or already know how you plan to participate contact Jackie Haney at 437-1162 or [email protected]  or Mercy Mandelbaum at 435-1911 or [email protected]

Keeping the Social Contract

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by Jerry Greenspan

1/29/13

When you look down on the broken

Are you surprised that no praise

Is offered up for your continued acceptance

Of their use of free emergency care?

 

Is it the certainty that the hungry

Waste their food stamps on specialty desserts,

From your local Whole Foods,

That causes you to oppose free food for the needy?

 

Does the need for an open, honest election

Prompt you to require personal identification

From people unable to meet the requirement

Within the narrow bounds you would allow?

 

Was the prosperity of the 1990’s

Insufficient for your growing “needs”,

Requiring a furtherance of the already

Disproportionate tax burden borne by others?

 

Why do you view the social contract,

That ushered in the greatness of America,

A greatness that might be shared by all the people,

An unacceptable weight after 75 years?

 

When did immigrants ,

A keystone of our continued strength,

Become so terrible a load,

That you wish to refuse them entry?

 

How is it you did not hesitate to call for war

When rumor of potential weapons,

That we consider essential,

Are believed soon to be available to others?

 

Have you become so fixed

In your universe

That you oppose any rule,

That strikes a note of charity or understanding?