Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Rhetoric Meets Reality in the Budget Season

Republicans want to starve the poor. It was unfortunate political timing for House Republicans: On Friday, as the Agriculture Committee was drafting budget-cutting legislation that could knock 295,000 people off food stamps, the Agriculture Department released findings that 529,000 more Americans went hungry last year than in 2003. The juxtaposition neatly encapsulated the problems that Republicans will have this week and next when they try to put their rhetorical zeal for spending restraint into legislative action. Submitted on November 1, 2005 1:50 p.m. by anymouse.

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