Wall Street Journal
Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist
Sr. Kirsten Gillibrand, needs to go down very hard in November. The is a stealth Nancy Pelosi, and Barbara Boxer combination. She has no interest in making cuts, to the contrary she fights to keep giveaways in place.
We don’t need another 6 years of Ms.Gillibrand’s progressive ideology.
Please have a look at Bob Turner The Conservative Republican running against her. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, I’m J.C. and I approve this message.
This was a good week for the welfare state (and a bad one for taxpayers) as the Senate approved a farm bill that will spend over $750 billion in the next 10 years on food stamps. One of every seven Americans is on the food dole, and that depressing number isn’t likely to change much in the coming years.
The senator most responsible for shielding the program from even modest cuts and reforms was Kirsten Gillibrand, the Democrat from New York, who is now Washington’s new queen of food stamps. Ms. Gillibrand recently declared that “food stamps are an extraordinary investment because for every dollar that you put into the SNAP program, you get out $1.71.”
Obama has found her in Kirsten Gillibrand.
When Republican Jeff Sessions of Alabama had the temerity to challenge Ms. Gillibrand’s economic logic, she scoffed: “If he doesn’t understand what a return on investment means, maybe we can spend time explaining it to him.” And her explanation came down to this: “This is money that is literally going to feed children. And I don’t know if he’s ever heard a young child say to him: ‘I’m still hungry.’” Under Ms. Gillibrand’s economic thinking, if only we could double the number of Americans in the bread lines, the GDP would grow so fast we wouldn’t have any more unemployment in America.
Ms. Gillibrand not only blocked reforms, such as an asset test to make sure families who can afford to buy their own food aren’t scamming the system, she even sponsored an amendment to cancel $4 billion of savings reported out by the Democrat’s own Agriculture Committee. This would trim the program spending by 0.5%. Her amendment was too much for many Senate Democrats and it failed with only 33 yes votes.
Ms. Gillibrand even invoked the Bible in her plea to save the welfare program from cuts reminding her colleagues that God wants us to “feed the poor.” But she is opposed to any work requirements in exchange for the free food. The Bible also says “he who shall not work shall not eat,” but Ms. Gillibrand never mentioned that since it doesn’t support her argument that having more Americans on food stamps is great for the U.S. economy.