Food Fight
February 25th, 2009

The mayor’s controversial refusal to extend food stamp benefits to able-bodied adults who do not work came in for more attack today — this time on the Times’
editorial page

Calling Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s policy “cramped,” the paper said his decision not to take advantage of a provision in the economic stimulus package providing such benefits beyond the city’s three-month limit would deprive the city of the “instant jolt to the economy” that food stamps provide. Citing a calculation by Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, the editorial said the mayor’s stand could cost the city million of dollars in money from Washington.

The administration has said the mayor’s position on food stamps simply reaffirms his stand that work is the best way to escape poverty.

The Daily News, for one, agrees. Limiting these adults to three months of the benefits makes sense, the paper said in an
last week. “We’re not talking about mothers with children or about the disabled. We’re talking about fully able adults who are on their own, without dependents. They get three months of idleness. Then, quite modestly, they need only search for employment,” the paper said, adding that “no one is going hungry because” of the rules.

But critics counter that the jobs these people fill — particularly in tough economic times — are “make work” positions that may do little more than cost the city money. “They are wasting city funds to force people to do sometimes ‘make-work’ jobs in order to get fully funded federal benefits, Joel Berg, the executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, has said.

Writing in The Nation, Richard Kim took a less nuanced view. “Bloomberg’s decision is an act of cruel sadism, withholding food (food!) from thousands of hungry mouths to make an ideological point about work (at fake jobs that don’t exist).” Comparing Bloomberg’s policy on food to his plan announced last week to help out-of-work Wall Street execs, Kim continued, “There you have a succinct encapsulation of Mike Bloomberg’s priorities. Poor, hungry New Yorkers will be stripped of food stamps that the federal government says is both necessary and good stimulus, while the bollocks-for-brains bankers who got us into this mess will get office space and taxpayer moolah.”

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2 Responses to “Food Fight”

  1. Brittancus Says:
    February 25th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Laws to halt the influx of illegal immigrants have been manipulated, so they never reached the courts. Pro-illegal alien mayors like Antonio Villaraigosa in Los Angeles, Galvin Newsom of San Francisco have brought upon this state a 47 billion dollar budget crash, which now they expect the taxpayers to bail them out.

    A powerful tool to halt foreign nationals taking jobs of American workers. 40 million illegal aliens have occupied our country, according to the Heritage Foundation. Not 13 million pushed by the liberal media Different administrations have allowed this, in favor of the business community and it’s likely to get worse as foreign country economies suffer. The stimulus bill promotes upgrading roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

    Whistle-blowers should report contractors to ICE, who violate immigration laws.

    Do not stop calling the Washington switchboard demanding reinstating (202) 224-3121 This is also your contact with President Obama to stop hundreds of billions of dollars that support illegal immigration.


  2. Brittancus Says:
    February 25th, 2009 at 3:47 pm


    The battle has just began for the American Worker as powerful forces, including the US chamber of Commerce and businesses, don’t want E-Verify mandated. Stopping Illegal aliens from stealing jobs from millions of unemployed citizens and legal residents should be their first priority, instead some politicians and other elected officials are in collusion with special interest lobbyists.

    Politicians such as Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Sen.Gutierrez, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and others, killed E-verify in the Stimulus bill and will be remembered in coming elections. This simply means we need State governors, mayors, judges and anti-illegal immigrant, pro-sovereignty politicians not advocates for corporate welfare. Starting with Walter Moore, as a new Mayor elect of Los Angeles, who would rescind the ‘Sanctuary city’ policies in the county. Senator Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) has introduced SB 60, his perennial effort to give driver’s licenses to illegal aliens again.

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