Congress gives themselves a fat raise while House votes to cut food stamps | Entries | Left Coast Leaner | Movable Type Publishi
I guess our Congressheads feel like they've been doing some extra hard work recently, so they felt obligated to give themselves a raise. A </FONT><a href="http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/C/CONGRESS_RDP?SITE=CALON&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2005-11-18-23-44-23" target=_blank>$3,100 raise</a></FONT>. Sure, they've been a little more spiney lately. They halted the ever-present threat of </FONT><a href="http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/13125580.htm" target=_blank>drilling for oil</a></FONT> in Alaska. John Murtha from PA is getting all up in Rumsfeld's head, making waves by calling for </FONT><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/20/AR2005112000414.html" target=_blank>troop pullout</a></FONT> in Iraq. Even the </FONT><a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002633028_patriot19.html" target=_blank>PATRIOT act</a></FONT> is losing its legs.
Sure, the legislature is doing a good job, relatively speaking. But $3,100 times 535 is well over $1.6 million. I can think of a couple thousand </FONT><a href="http://quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=nifea&&sid=agG93kh7FxyA" target=_blank>evicted Katrina victims</a></FONT> that could use some of that. Or maybe a few kids who can't afford college and can't count on student loan funds that used to be there.
But the most disgusting thing is that the House has also approved $700 million cut in </FONT><a href="http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=domesticNews&storyID=2005-11-18T231107Z_01_MCC883445_RTRUKOC_0_US-CONGRESS-FUNDING-FOODSTAMPS.xml" target=_blank>food stamp benefits</a></FONT>. It is supposed to affect 235,000 people, many of whom are working families with children.
As someone who has benefited from food stamps myself, this is a disgrace. How are people supposed to eat healthy and nutritional meals if they can't afford to buy anything better than frozen peas at Grocery Outlet? There is an obesity epidemic AND a </FONT><a href="http://www.voanews.com/english/2005-11-14-voa26.cfm" target=_blank>diabetes epidemic</a></FONT> raging through the nation, but now access to good food has decreased dramatically.