By Allen Clifton
I’ve always found it ironic that Republicans claim to be the party for “Christian values” or the “moral majority.” I mean, I get why the GOP used religion as a tool to build their party; it’s a great way to manipulate people, but the whole think just reeks with irony with nearly every policy they support.
So when I read about the House vote to cut $39 billion from the food stamp program, I couldn’t help but think to myself, “Well, I guess Jesus hates hungry, poor people.”
After all, Republicans claim this is a “Christian nation,” right? The key part to being a Christian is the belief in Jesus Christ and believers striving to live their lives the way he did.
So when these “Christians” (I don’t consider most Republicans true Christians) vote for politicians who then turn around and cut $39 billion from a program that helps feed the poor, I guess they believe Jesus Christ would have been in favor of that.
It takes some kind of true vile hatred of a group of people to cut their benefits by $39 billion dollars. And please don’t give me the line about welfare abuse or “food stamp fraud.” The SNAP program helps feed approximately 40-50 million people every year at a cost of approximately $70-$80 billion. Approximately $750 million is lost to fraud — a far cry from the $39 billion the House just voted to cut, and it pales in comparison to the abuse of our tax code that corporations and the wealthy use to cheat their taxes to often pay a lower percentage of taxes than most middle class Americans. Something Republicans adamantly oppose putting an end to.
Hell, could you imagine if we tried to cut $39 billion from oil subsidies or big corporate tax breaks? Republicans would go nuclear saving those, yet have absolutely no problem going after the poor.
After all, our large deficits and massive national debt were caused by the poor, right?
Oh, wait, no—that was greed. The same greed Republicans continue to support with their economic policies, all while vilifying the poor or anyone who might need government assistance.
So when these right-wing politicians continue to try to deny health care coverage for Americans, cut $39 billion from the food stamp program and support policies that almost always benefit the rich — that must be their way of saying they believe Jesus Christ hates the poor and loves the rich.
I mean, let’s not let the fact that Jesus spoke out against greed and lived a life helping the poor, sick and needy get in the way of our political philosophy. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Let’s just cut food stamps and health care but provide more tax breaks for the rich. That’s the “Christian” way!
I believe in the motto, “actions speak louder than words.”
So for a party that continually tries to force their “Christian” views into as much policy as possible, while supporting legislation that seem to be a complete contradiction of the values for which Jesus lived, to me that’s Republicans trying to claim that Christ apparently hated the poor and loved the rich.
Because nothing says “good Christian values” quite like kicking millions of hungry people off a program they use to help feed their families, right?
(From Forward Progressives)