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Bush calls to end elderly poor program

February 11, 2006

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— The boxes arrive every month at churches, senior citizen centers and other sites for distribution to nearly a half-million poor elderly people. Each is stocked with a mix of nutritious foods such as cereal, peanut butter, fruit, vegetables and pasta. Sometimes volunteers deliver them right to people's homes.

Now President Bush wants to eliminate the program, one of 141 federal initiatives that his proposed new budget would scrap or cut dramatically. He is proposing to shift people in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program over to food stamps.

Defenders of the nutrition-in-a-box program say many elderly people are reluctant to sign up for food stamps, and, in any event, the commodity program often provides a more generous package.

"It really does come under the category, in the most extreme way, of balancing the budget on the backs of those who are most needy. And in this case we're not even balancing the budget," said Wisconsin Sen. Herb Kohl, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations agriculture subcommittee.

"I call it misplaced priorities. How do you justify doing something like this, while at the same time giving people like Herb Kohl huge tax cuts?" said Kohl, a multimillionaire.

The commodity program, run by the Agriculture Department, benefits mainly elderly people, although some new mothers and children also participate. The department wants to move recipients to food stamps in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. The program cost about $111 million this fiscal year, including a $4 million supplement for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Comments

Ragingbear 9 years, 2 months ago

Screw the poor, start a war. This is just another symptom of a failing government. First, they don't provide enough for people to live off of when they are elderly, or disabled. Then they go around gutting programs like these that actually allow people to be able to eat and pay for their medication.

I see it now, the amount of homeless individuals in the US who are over 55 is about to skyrocket.. This is gonna be fun.

Applied_Logic 9 years, 2 months ago

Someone please expain to me again, because I really don't get it, why our farmer's are paid to not grow while an ever increasing number of our populace goes hungry?

Food stamps/welfare has needed to be gutted and rebuilt for years. Let's start with the 50 pages of paperwork, the number of woman who just keep popping kids (birth control is free to low income) and paying for it with welfare dollars and non US citizens on the plan.

Oh yes, I forgot, our government just throws more restrictions and laws at failed things, never tear down and rebuild. That would require them to work for those raises they keep giving themselves. Wish I could get together with my co workers and vote us a raise.

Smitty, good point on the nutrition side of your statement. Unfortunately, money or the lack there of, has a great deal to do with the nutrition in America as a whole. Want to see the price of something double, have someone publish that it's healthy. If one is poor, feeding the family healthy food is difficult and costly.

Rhoen 9 years, 2 months ago

Clearly, God wants Social Darwinism ... and we are forturnate that He has Mr. Bush's ear.

The great Tree of Creation will benefit greatly if these withered and useless lower branches are allowed to fall off and die.

More for the rest of us. Yay!

dotteboy 9 years, 2 months ago

Don't misunderestimate that compassionate conservative Prez of ours. Maybe he should replace the program with the catfood-in-a-box initiative, that way the seniors won't have to get out to the store. He ain't swaggerin'-in Texas they call that walkin'-W's probably back on poppies cough medicine.

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