Proud to say she is my congressperson. Great speech!
Bless your heart, OP. There really are a few candlelights in the darkness. Rep. Jackie Speier is our Joan of Arc.
republicans are greedy grasping cunts
Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier decided to make an unconventional pitch on the House of Representatives floor Thursday to defend food stamps.
Speier used a cooked steak, a bottle of vodka, and a can of caviar to point out members of Congress who had large numbers of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients in their districts but opposed the program. The congresswoman pointed out many of the same members of Congress took trips around the world with large stipends for food and lodging.
“In my district, California 14, we have about 4,000 families who are on food stamps, but some of my colleagues have thousands and thousands more,” Rep. Speier said. “Yet, they somehow feel like crusaders, like heroes when they vote to cut food stamps. Some of these same members travel to foreign countries under the guise of official business. They dine at lavish restaurants, eating steak, vodka and even caviar. They receive money to do this. That’s right, they don’t pay out of pocket for these meals.”
Speier went on, using particular examples of members of Congress who went on sponsored trips and spent large amounts of money on food and lodging.
“Let me give you a few examples: One member was given $127.41 a day for food on his trip to Argentina. He probably had a fair amount of steak,” she said.
“Another member was given $3,588 for food and lodging during a six-day trip to Russia. He probably drank a fair amount of vodka and probably even had some caviar. That particular member has 21,000 food stamp recipients in his district. One of those people who is on food stamps could live a year on what this congressman spent on food and lodging for six days,” she added.
“Another 20 members made a trip to Dublin, Ireland. They got $166 a day for food. These members didn’t pay a dime. They received almost $200 for a single meal only for themselves. Yet, for them the idea of helping fellow Americans spend less than $5 a day makes their skin crawl. The families of veterans, of farmers, of the disabled, of the working poor are not visible to them, not even when they are their own constituents.”
In a previous article, BuzzFeed pointed out many of the Republican members of Congress leading the charge to limit the food stamp program represented large numbers of food stamp recipients.
A quick BuzzFeed search found that the member of Congress who took the trip to Argentina who spent $127 was Rep. Frank Lucas of Oklahoma and the trip was sponsored by the Franklin Center for Global Policy Exchange. The member of Congress who took the trip to Russia was Rep. Steve King of Iowa. The 20 members of Congress who went to Dublin can be found here. The trip, sponsored by the Franklin Center for Global Policy Exchange, had an estimated budget of $450,000 to $750,000 according to Roll Call.
She's one those rare creatures, a career politician who can be trusted to do a good job.
Before being elected to Congress, she was a County Supervisor, member of the Calif State Assembly, & a Calif State Senator. She always had sensible ideas & took reasonable positions. She's a lifelong Roman Catholic but adopts progressive policies.
In 1978, she was a young aide accompanying Congressman Leo Ryan when he was murdered while investigating the Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana (& almost died there herself).
R6 and R8: stop insulting women's genitalia. I'm sick of it.
The most effective part of her argument here is that it does not rely on compassion. No one is going to get through to the brainwashed tea party using compassion as an argument.
You have to use their argument against them. They are opposed to government abuse of tax money - so this is an argument that should be persuasive to both sides.
That is how it is done.
R10, it is true, these slimes are not worthy being called cunts.
[quote]The most effective part of her argument here is that it does not rely on compassion.
R11 do you think they even got the comparison?
They get more for one meal than a Snap person gets for a week but Rethuglicans are such entitled cunts they think they deserve it.