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Obama cuts food stamps, betrays the poor and immigrants  

President Barack Obama - Second Inauguration Address

When people voted for President Barack Obama a second time, there was a lot of hope and expectation that he would fulfill his promises By all accounts, Obama did succeed in bringing the country out of its economic crisis. The economy has steadily added jobs throughout the recovery. Nevertheless, there are other issues that the president still has to deal with, including the continued conflicts in the Middle East, Afghanistan and the terrorist activities of ISIS.

Now out of D.C. comes news that Obama recently signed an $8.7 billion cut to the food stamp program. This cut is part of the 2014 Farm Bill and over the next 10 years approximately 800,000 families will lose about $90 per month in food stamp benefits. For Obama, it was part of the deal that he had to make with House Republicans. The Republicans, led by House Speaker John Boehner, originally demanded cuts between $25 billion and $39 billion. Refusal by the White House to negotiate on these bills would put the economy back into a tailspin as the budget crisis would return.

However, this is not the only troubling news we had from Obama in the last week. In addition to signing this food stamp cut into law, he has backed off the immigration issue. Because of congressional inaction on immigration reform,Obama stated publicly, many times that he would use his executive authority to make drastic improvements to U.S. immigration policy. Currently, the immigration court has a backlog of more than 400,000 cases, with new cases being added every day. In addition, many of the border states are facing a crisis with drug cartels and unaccompanied minors overwhelm Customs and Border Patrol officers. Obama announced last week that he would delay action on any immigration policy until after the 2014 midterm elections; some people are calling this a purely political move by Obama.

To be fair to the president, he was put in a tight spot on the immigration issue. If he chose to take executive action, he would play into Republican hands. Already right-wing members of the Republican Party are going forward in their effort to sue the president over his use of executive orders. If Obama were to take executive action on immigration at this time, it would be a political weapon that Republican opponents could use against him and the Democrats. They could concentrate their attacks as an effort to paint Obama as an imperial president who overreaches his authority. By delaying action on immigration reform, the president takes away this weapon. However, to the hundreds of thousands of immigrants in this country it is viewed as a betrayal. The president is hard-pressed to explain why the Hispanic vote should go to Democratic candidates if he is not taking action on a Hispanic issue.

 

 



5 Comments

  1. Renee G on September 8, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Well well well.. Just as I said last year but no one heard me… Smh… N the North American Union is purposely getting rid of the borders…they love to release news when its too late to act…

  2. soisaid on September 8, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    the president is doing his job, if anyone felt they could have done it better then they should have ran for office, or try running election year and see how they handle the economic crisis.

  3. Letitgo, letitgo! on September 8, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Ppl are way too quick to criticize President Obama. He isn’t completely free to act as he wishes. These republicans block him at every turn. If he doesn’t compromise with them, they pout like some little kids and the conversation is completely shut down. I agree the food stamp program helps those that really need it, but there are those who abuse it. Be on food stamps and driving around in Mercedes and big body Cadillacs. Now those are the ones that need it taken away. Immigration reform is a never ending quagmire, and it certainly won’t resolve itself any time soon.

    • soisaid on September 10, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      i’m just thinking that you’d get foodstamps for the children and children don’t drive those cars. maybe the parents do buy food for the children but have other means of getting those cars. from what i heard i assume adults get 200 a month (i don’t know for what reason) maybe they are out of work or call MARVIN. but i hear the guys would sell their 200 for 120. smh which leads me to believe they are eating off someone somewhere else. its a shame children didn’t ask to be here in the first place but are the first to suffer through bad parenting. or misuse of funds.

  4. butterbeanbabe on September 13, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    THAT OUGHT TO RUN THE ILLIGAL MEXICANS BACK HOME .. i meant 80 percent of the food stamp reciepients in this country is mexicans those mexican females come here and have a ton of babies where its hard to deport them , work a nanny job ,where they are paid cash and untraced ,and get food stamps for 3 to 8 kids .. its common go to any food stamp office in texas and california the line is long with mexicans …
    americans do know how to go out and find a supplimental income mexicans just kick back and eat like kings … off our tax dollar and dont pay a penny taxes so this was a good move …