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And the award goes to…

Posted on: September 24, 2013

Jason Greenslate. You might not know the name, but he’s in no small part responsible for $40 Billion in proposed cuts to the food stamp program. Greenslate is the star of two Fox profiles on the “abuses” of the SNAP program. A member of the band Ratt Life, he is the 28-year-old unemployed surfer dude who is the new avatar of the fictitious face of food stamp abuse.

Jason Greenslate in all his awesomeness...

Jason Greenslate in all his awesomeness…

He represents just the kind of blood-boiling story to get the Fox audience looking for their pitchforks and torches. There is little wonder Fox News, you know them — the fair and balanced ones — conveniently provided clips of Greenslate to Republican House offices the day before the vote.

These clips arrived just in time for the House Republican caucus to double the proposed SNAP cuts from $20 Billion to $40 Billion. This $40 Billion in cuts is on top of the already scheduled reductions when stimulus funding runs out and the sequestration cuts are fully realized.

With a fraud rate of around One Percent (1%) in the program, Greenslate’s transgressions center around his choosing to live his life in abject poverty and dare to collect about $1.42 a meal. While spending in excess of 40-hours a week on his band, Greenslate says, “I’m working, but just not getting paid.”

It is against this backdrop that 3.8 million people will be lopped from the program under the Republican proposal. Of course, this is only the appetizer. Under the proposal, 2.8 million more poor people a year would be cut from the princely largesse of perpetually eating from the dollar menu at Mickey D’s.

The figure of 3.8 million has a certain antiseptic, sterile ring. Let’s put some faces on it. How about the faces of 170,000 veterans who will be cut from getting help with food? How about the 210,000 children who will lose free school meals and who are not counted in the total? How about the 2.1 Million in working poor and low-income seniors? These people don’t have the star power of Mr. Greenslate in the 217 congressional districts where these cuts were sanctioned by their representatives.

Congressional districts like Hal Rogers’s Fifth District in Kentucky — the same Hal Rogers who is the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Kentucky’s Fifth District is the second poorest congressional district in the country where one-in-three people are beneficiaries of the SNAP program.

Or another Kentucky legislator who is a first-term Tea Partier.  His name is Andy Barr. Rep. Barr had the unmitigated audacity to put out a press release with these words, “This legislation is the most compassionate policy because it encourages people who are capable of work to move from dependence to self-sufficiency.”

This bald-face hypocrisy is stunning. Given there are three job applicants for every job, this legislation cuts funding for job training and provides no waiver provisions to residents of high-jobless areas.

The irony of doing an expose on Ratt Life was completely lost on Fox News...

The irony of art imitating life, Fox doing an expose on Ratt Life…

Of course the outrage these cuts should engender were masked from public view by last Friday’s 42nd vote to defund and/or kill Obamacare by threatening a shutdown of the government. Rest assured the government shutdown will get the lion’s share of press coverage between now and October 1st.

This is convenient for the 217 Representatives who voted to literally take the food from the mouths of the poor, children, senior citizens, and the disabled. It also conveniently moves the goal post for cuts from “sequestration cuts plus $20 Billion” to “sequestration cuts plus $40 Billion.”

Such grand synchronic convenience doesn’t usually occur without a little planning. I expect that is the case here. I imagine honorable mention for this feat is in order for the regular rogues’ gallery of Faux News, Reince Priebus, Ted Cruz, Jim DeMint, Kochs, and any number of others who collaborated in the orchestration of this piece of heartless, mean-spiritedness.

This is an open thread.


16 Responses to "And the award goes to…"

How did Faux News find this guy? How do we know he really receives SNAP benefits? He claims to use his food stamps to buy lobster and sushi ( “awesome” ). If that’s true, his SNAP benefits must last for just a few days each month. So how does he feed himself for the rest of the month? How does he drive an awesome car and wear fab jewelry? The whole story screams Faux to me. He’s the 21st century version of Reagan’s Cadillac-driving welfare queen and we all know how “real” she was.

Beata@1: I have asked myself those same questions. Having watched those clips from Faux news when I found them the other night I wondered how far his benefits go. I think they said he got $200/mo. ? And I think Brett Baier said he sponges (my term) off friends and family the rest of the time.

Heck with that. I want to know where he shops. I spend a lot more than that and live a lobster-less lifr

Folks, I, too, smell a rat — pun intended. According to the stories, Faux found Jason through a friend. Now that’s convenient. How did that conversation go? “Hey, I’m looking for the poster boy for food stamp fraud?” “I have just the good friend to plaster across teevee and lambast as a loser slacker.”

Jason evidently did the whole enchilada for publicity for Ratt Life. Again, a little too convenient.

I truly find all this convenience a little too convenient.

Ted Cruz has said he will talk against Obamacare “until he is no longer able to stand.” I’m sure you join me in wishing him a short talk on the way to a long nap.

He’s running his mouth now. I think I’ll pass on watching it though.

Hillary just introduced Bill and Obama at CGI. She said that they were very similar in many respects especially since both of them, “married up.”

Prolix@7: LOL!

This is from a Reuters piece on Sen Cruz:

Republican Senator Ted Cruz, the Tea Party-backed conservative who has been pushing for gutting President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law by linking it to government funding in the new fiscal year, sought to rally support.

But his fellow Republicans were moving in the other direction one day after the party’s top two leaders, Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn, refused to lend their support.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said he expects a majority of the Senate’s 46 Republicans will reject Cruz’s high-stakes maneuver that has been embraced by the Republican-led House of Representatives.

“I think most Republicans believe, no matter how sincere you are about defunding Obamacare, that this approach would blow up in our face,” Graham told Reuters in a brief hallway interview on Capitol Hill.


Since Cruz launched his bid, Republican senators and their aides have been unusually candid in their impatience with the freshman senator from Texas who has his eye on a 2016 run for president.

“We will end up not shutting the government down and we will not defund Obamacare. That’s how the movie ends,” Republican Senator John McCain, a former presidential candidate himself, told reporters. Only when Republicans control 67 votes in the Senate – enough to override any presidential vetoes – will the party dismantle the healthcare law, McCain added.

Run Ted run.

And the circular firing squad assembles once more. I;m beginning to concur with Nicole Wallace’s observation about being “the party of stupid.”

chat@9: Was she the one on Maddow’s show last night? She looked almost embarrassed to admit she’s a Republican..

Luckily this $ 40 Billion cut will never get out of the Senate…

@10: Not sure. She made that comment to Joe Scarborough.

@11, Fuzzy, you are right, but what is troubling is that it has moved the goalposts to the right meaning that repealing the sequestration cuts aren’t on the table in all likelihood. That is a real problem in the coming months when the full impact is felt and the stimulus monies dry up.

@10 and 12 — Not only Nicole Wallace is embarrassed, but so is Steve Schmidt. I saw a clip earlier today with Caribou Barbie and she had her fangs out for Schmidt. She even had props — she was waving an American flag for Ted Cruz and a stick with an old t-shirt around it for the squishes not following Cruz. Evidently her new Faux contract cut back on her prop budget.

she had her fangs out for Schmidt.

Gee, can’t imagine what she has against Schmidt. 🙄

If it weren’t for Schmidt, we would not know who she is.

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