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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.”

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.”

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.”