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Yesterday, in act of extreme viciousness and cruelty, the House of Representatives voted to give those already down a swift kick to the teeth. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) and backed solely by Republicans in a 217-210 vote, cuts $40 billion in nutrition aid over 10 years and starts denying people food as early as next year. The justification for such malevolence? Taking food away from poor families will force people to get a job.

“This bill is designed to give people a hand when they need it most. Most people don’t choose to be on food stamps. Most people want a job,” said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) “Most people want to go out and be productive so that they can earn a living, so that they can support a family, so that they can have hope for a more prosperous future. They want what we want.”

Could Eric Cantor be more dishonest? There is nothing in the bill that helps people find work or stimulates the economy so more jobs are available. And how in the world is taking the food out of people’s mouths going to help them get a job? This while Cantor and friends complain about record poverty rates.

And, wait for it, here comes the inevitable truth that Congress is abusing the public tax money worse than any food stamp recipient could dream of. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) decided to call out some of her colleagues voting to cut food stamps on their hypocrisy.

“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,” the California Democrat continued. “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.”

Speier was most likely referring to Rep. Steve King (R-IA), who traveled to Russia with an official U.S. Congressional delegation in September. According to the Des Moines Register, King could have eaten for 881 days on food stamps for the $3,588 he spent during six-day trip to Russia.

Austerity for thee but not for me. Maybe we should cut off the ability for Congress to use public money to feed themselves, because not having access to food motivates people to work harder apparently.

Also, despite pleas from some members, the bill refused to offer exemptions for veterans, approximately 170,000 of whom will be hit by the bill. Because balancing the budget on the backs of poor families and veterans is a recipe for a great country. I never thought Congress could get anymore disgusting and pathetic, I was wrong.