Mich. Republicans cut welfare and twist Bible

From People’s World: http://peoplesworld.org/mich-republicans-cut-welfare-and-twist-bible/

by: John Rummel
August 30 2011

With joblessness at extreme levels and child poverty reaching new highs (twenty three percent of Michigan’s children now live in poverty), Michigan’s Republican dominated state Legislature did the opposite of what reason and sanity call for.

Last Wednesday, they passed a 48-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits expected to cast more than 11,000 families off the welfare rolls on Oct. 1 – including more than 29,700 children.

Added to their previous votes granting tax breaks for corporations and votes to raise taxes on both the working poor and the pensions of seniors, Republicans continued the drive to balance the economic crisis on those already suffering the most.

That wrongheaded, mean-spirited and life threatening action was bad enough. What is outrageous is the post debate explanation given by Republican Rep. Dave Agema on his Facebook page.

Agema writes “During the debate, One of the DTW (Detroit) reps just stated God would ‘get us’ if we reduce welfare. I seem to recall a Biblical verse that states ‘let them that will not work, not eat’ (if they are able). Welfare reform is long overdue.”

Agema’s Facebook comments are off base on several accounts. First “able-bodied” people are lining up by the thousands whenever and wherever job interviews or job fairs take place. Even employers offering low wage jobs are deluged. Aldi, a discount grocery chain, had almost 1000 people apply for twelve openings in Holland, Michigan (a town very close to Agema’s district) two days before the legislatures vote. A few days earlier in Detroit, 5,000 desperately searching for work came to a jobs fair, sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus, held at Wayne County Community College.

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