Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Democrats Give Teachers $26 Billion Boondoggle at the Expense of Hungry Children

The Democrats in congress and the White House are taking $26 billion from the food stamp program which gives food to the near starving poor. They are giving this money instead to teachers around the country. Here are a few quotes from the story.

"Some Democrats are upset and advocacy groups are outraged over the raiding of the food-stamp cupboard to fund a state-aid bailout that some call a gift to teachers and government union workers.
"House members convened Tuesday and passed the multibillion-dollar bailout bill for cash-strapped states that provides $10 billion to school districts to rehire laid-off teachers or ensure that more teachers won't be let go before the new school year begins, keeping more than 160,000 teachers on the job, the Obama administration says.
"But the bill also requires that $12 billion be stripped from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps, to help fund the new bill, prompting some Democrats to cringe at the notion of cutting back on one necessity to pay for another. The federal assistance program currently helps 41 million Americans."
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"The Food Research and Action Center said a family of four would see benefits drop about $59 per month starting in 2014."
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"The Obama administration pushed hard for the $26 billion bill. The White House argued that it is essential to protecting 300,000 teachers and other nonfederal government workers from election-year layoffs and will not add to the national deficit."

This is sad. The teachers' unions have give large sums of money to Democratic campaings. The poverty stricken poor have given little or nothing. So look who the Democrats are showering with billions of taxpayer dollars. The teachers who often make much more in salary and benefits than the parents of those they teach are going to be given still more. Barack likes to talk about sacrifice but he shows no sign of expecting it from himself or those who financially support him.

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