GOP Congressman’s Defense for Cutting SNAP Benefits: “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat”

cramerIgnorance is a word I often use to describe many antics of the Republican party.  I wish that wasn’t the case and Republicans operated within the same reality that the rest of us seem to reside, but unfortunately that’s too much to ask of many conservatives.

Many of these individuals seem to live on some planet where faith is science, reality is debatable and you’re a “good Christian” by attacking the poor while supporting the rich.  You know, basically the complete opposite set of values which the key character in Christianity — Jesus Christ — actually stood for.

So it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise when people like North Dakota Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer publicly prove their utter stupidity.  When a constituent posted on Cramer’s Facebook page a long list of Biblical quotes showing the Christian support for feeding the sick, elderly and poor—Cramer decided to respond.

He did so by using another quote from the Bible to justify his vote to cut billions from funding for SNAP benefits.  The congressman wrote back on his Facebook page, “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.”

Well, let’s look at that quote, shall we?  The keyword I see is “willing” to work.  Now granted, I recognize that there’s abuse that goes on as it relates to our government assistance programs, but this blanket statement Republicans often use to act as if the majority of those on government programs are abusing them is simply baseless.

In fact, 76% of households who rely on SNAP benefits include children, the disabled and the elderly.  Individuals who might be willing to work, but are simply unable.  And that’s where this draconian cut to the SNAP program is reckless and irresponsible.

Why not, instead of cutting benefits, spend money to invest in oversight of these programs to better ensure that those who need them get them, and those who are trying to simply abuse the system aren’t allowed to do so?

Wouldn’t that then decrease costs over time and eliminate abuse?  I don’t see the logic in simply cutting funding for these programs.  That doesn’t do anything to eliminate abuse; it’s just a blanket hatchet job that will most assuredly take food away from children, the elderly and the disabled while those who want to abuse the system will still continue to do so.

It makes much more sense to invest more money into the programs by creating jobs that verify those applying for these programs actually need them; and through that process of verification, we could eliminate much of the fraudulent recipients while not harming those who truly need help.

But then again, I’m using common sense—something that Republicans seem immune to.

So I’d encourage all of you who’ve read this to head on over to Congressman Cramer’s Facebook page and let him know what a vile human being he really is.  Remind him, 76% of households that rely on these benefits contain children, the disabled and the elderly.  Then let him know Jesus lived a life helping the poor, the needy, the sick and the helpless—not taking from them in a time of need.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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