I appreciate Fellow Democrat's point, but none of what FD's written changes the fact that in this case a vote for the Farm Bill was in fact a vote to cut SNAP. Yes, "balance and tough decisions need to be made" and sure, you can dismiss criticism of the 'yes' vote as arm-chair quarterbacking if you like. I would call it participatory democracy - holding our representatives to account for their votes or lack thereof. Everyone in the House voting on this bill had to make those tough decisions FD referred to. Yet George Miller, Henry Waxman, Barbara Lee, Anna Eschoo, Maxine Waters and a host of other Demos voted against the bill, with many of them having gone on the record about the SNAP cuts being a primary factor for the direction of their vote. To stand against SNAP cuts was not to expect to always get whatever we want, it was a principled stand to not agree to budget cutting on the backs of the poorest one quarter of us who need that extra $90 a month in benefits. Like Alice Chan, I would have preferred Huffman's vote go in the other direction. We're accustomed to principled leadership in this district from Woolsey & Boxer - it remains to be seen if we're getting comparable representation these days. Being somewhat familiar with Alice Chan, I have no doubt that she did make her feelings known to Rep. Huffman prior to what FD calls arm-chair quarterbacking.
Economy built on wars
Dear Editor: President Barack Obama has dropped a measure to trim cost-of-living increases in Social Security from an upcoming budget proposal. While the move was praised by progressive Democrats, the White House admitted the cuts, known as chained CPI, remain "on the table," but only as part of a grand bargain deal with Republicans.
They even convinced lots of poor people that they were right and persuaded them to voluntarily give up some of the few things they had to make them even poorer and the rich even richer, so the rich could have more and more and the poor less and less.
They love U.S. materialism, but they hate U.S. policies and wars. Well, U.S. materialism was built on wars, both military and economic ones. They keep their economy going by preparing for wars or selling weapons to others who are fighting wars. And there's many an economic and trade war that America fights that you never hear reported in the papers -- the wars where they trounce their competitors in selling goods or force others to open their markets to U.S. goods and companies, often in coercive or sneaky, underhanded, illegal ways.
Ted Rudow III,
Bourbon can be made anywhere in America... period
Alice, your commitment to Snap is commendable - but using your own logic (that a vote for the farm bill is a vote to cut SNAP) is pretty short sighted for the big picture. I'm curious if a vote against the farm bill would have been a vote to cut renewable energy, environmental projects, public health and nutrition, rural revitalization, natural resources, and education? Because these are all things that the farm bill does. Unfortunately, balance and tough decisions need to be made - and always getting everything you want in a republican controlled congress is unrealistic. Perhaps you should talk with the representative before you arm-chair quarterback how to be a congressman.
Petaluma's own Krewe of Muses will make their debut at this year's annual Mardi Gras parade. The parade starts at 5:45pm in front of McNear's on Fat Tuesday, March 4th. The Krewe of Muses, Petaluma's first official Mardi Gras Krewe will be dressed for the parade and ready with traditional throws of beads, candy and cups, so come early and join in on the fun!
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