Geez, as if urging his supporters to wreck Thanksgiving for families across the United States wasn’t bad enough, President Obama also thought the holiday would be a good time to bash Republicans. This time it wasn’t about Obamacare, it was the Farm Bill and food stamps.
In an email, the White House urged Americans sitting down for Thanksgiving Dinner to remember: “For decades, Congress has authorized SNAP in a bipartisan fashion through the Farm Bill. They don’t have to do it in a way that hurts children, seniors, veterans, and vulnerable families. Learn more, and pass it on.”
The White House linked to a report about how SNAP is boosting the economy and accused Republicans of undermining the program’s reauthorization.
Congress could not agree on a bipartisan farm bill because Democrats would not agree to make reforms to SNAP. Robert Rector, the godfather of the landmark welfare reform bill in the 1990s, has suggested the food stamp program be reformed by moving the program from the Department of Agriculture to the Department of Health and Human Services, because “the food stamp program is a means-tested welfare or anti-poverty program, not an agricultural program,” and “the USDA’s expertise is in farming, not welfare.”
He has also recommended means-testing, anti-fraud measures, drug testing, and converting the program to a “work activation” program while ensuring benefits do not go to illegal immigrants. (Read More)
But the first floor of the Stasi Museum is not about spying. Instead, it is devoted to the propaganda that East German bureaucrats used to foster socialist consciousness in an unwilling public. One display explains the GDR’s efforts in the 1950s to politicize what in the past had been family and religious occasions. The state sought to transform weddings, confirmations, and other personal events into “socialist celebrations,” to be “committed collectively and aimed at a confession to socialism,” according to the awkward English translation of the exhibit. ….
Here at home, this Thanksgiving brings an effort by the Obama administration to turn a day of giving thanks into a day of discussion about the virtues of national health care. On Wednesday afternoon, just hours before Thanksgiving, President Obama’s Twitter account — which has more than 40 million followers — sent out this message: “Make sure everyone who sits down with you for #Thanksgivukkah dinner is covered.” (“Thanksgivukkah” refers to this year’s rare overlap of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.)
The president’s tweet linked to a photo of a young man sitting at a table with a turkey and a menorah. The accompanying text: “Celebrating Thanksgiving. Lighting the Hanukkah candles. Talking about health insurance. Gotta love dinners like these.”
Now is the time to state definitively: The United States is not communist East Germany. It’s not in any way close to being communist East Germany. So why is the Obama administration seeking to politicize Thanksgiving? And Hanukkah, too? At the very least, why invite the ridicule and derision that inevitably follow? (Read More)
Well, we aren’t communist East Germany yet.
Is it any wonder Americans are so pessimistic about the state of the country?