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Chris Hayes

“[W]ith Barack Obama in the White House, the House Republicans are now on an anti-food stamp jihad… The President, to his great credit, gets how wildly cruel and destructive the Republicans’ proposed cuts would be…

And no one in Washington, particularly on the Republican side, seems to be at all concerned about the continued economic misery of millions of our fellow citizens. So it seems to me that the very least, the absolute least, a decent wealthy society can do amidst an unprecedented period of economic stagnation and vastly unequal prospects for our people, is to just make sure our fellow citizens don’t go hungry. What a shameful spectacle to watch Republicans prove their ideological bonafides at these people’s expense.”

Eleanor Clift

“Tea Party Republicans, in an effort to kill the farm bill will stereotype and make racial comments about food stamps – which is a big element to the program.”

Al Sharpton 4

“Republicans have come up with a whole bunch of ugly names for people who need a little help putting food on the table: ‘welfare queens,’ ‘takers,’ the ‘47 percent.’ And now House Republicans are poised to pass a bill that would cut more than $20 billion from food stamp programs and take away benefits from two million Americans. We’ve seen it over and over again. Republicans putting politics over people.

…These Republicans are shameless.”

Steny Hoyer

“If you talk to economists, they will tell you there are two things that are the most stimulative that you can do – one’s unemployment insurance, the other’s food stamps, okay?

Why is that? Because those folks who receive those resources must spend them. And they’ll spend them almost upon receipt. Most economists with whom I talk believe that those with significant discretionary income, that that’s not the case.”

Al Sharpton 2

“[W]hile the president is moving in this that all of us agree is politically wise but is also something he has a core belief in and has always talked about, congressional Republicans are pounding the President’s immigration, uh, bi-, decision and they’re coming with legislation. For example, yesterday they pushed two bills, one that had 11 co-sponsors and it would require the Department of Homeland Security ‘make sure illegal immigrants don’t receive Medicare, Social Security or food stamps.’

So, not only do you have the President making an affirmative step, you have Republicans in the Congress that are continuing to go after a very, very regressive kind of policy on human levels. We talking about Social Security, Medicare, food stamps. We talking about people that need help here.”

Maxine Waters

“[W]e lost the House of Representatives…and then we had a new kind of spirit [that] came into the Congress and it was not a good one.

They kind of called themselves Tea Party, Pastor. I don’t know what party they been to – that must’ve been some bitter tea. Because they came with a mean spirit, and now they want to cut the food stamps. They don’t want to fund education. They want to give all the tax breaks to the richest people. And then they’re trying to do away with the health care reform we worked so hard for.

Pastor, when those people are messing with me in Washington D.C., and they come after me ’cause I’m trying to help poor people and people of color, I said they ain’t seen nothing yet, ’cause I don’t know how to stop fighting. I don’t know how to stop fighting.”

Jesse Jackson

“Say, it’s an honor to be a food stamp president.  Food stamps feed the hungry.  Food stamps save the children.  Food stamps help the farmer. Food stamps help the truck driver.  Food stamps help the warehouse.  Food stamps help the store.  Food stamps hire people and feed people.  Food stamps save people from starvation and malnutrition.  Whenever you attack feeding the hungry, you undermine the moral authority of our faith.  Give President Barack Obama a big hand.  Show your love.  Show your appreciation.”

Lizzy Ratner

“The deep racism at the heart of conservative food stamp critiques offers at least one clue as to why the Obama administration has been unable or unwilling to champion SNAP as a valuable recession antidote: as the nation’s first African-American president, Obama is vulnerable to racist innuendo, which his opponents are only too happy to exploit.”