Al Sharpton often walks a fine line between being a political activist and a political caricature, but his most recent critiques of the GOPs welfare reform legislation have been very much on point.
In his commentary for The Huffington Post, Sharpton blasts House Republicans for their attempts to push through H.R. 1135. While most of the legislation seeks to ensure that those on government welfare programs are meeting the proper criteria, buried in its language is a provision that would actually cut off all food stamp benefits to any family where one adult member is engaging in a strike against an employer.
The legislation is an egregious use of politician’s lawmaking authority. As Sharpton rightfully argues:
It is the highest form of intimidation by those that already yield immense power over the nation’s working-class and poor… We all know that politics can and often is a dirty game, but when did our children — innocent boys and girls — become targets for self-aggrandizing individuals willing to do practically anything to advance their own (or their party’s own) agenda?
The GOP has managed to burry into their legislation this offense, mainly due to the support within their ranks for welfare reform. Many Republicans believe tightening the criteria for government assistance is part of a strategy for responsible national spending. And even outside of the right, there are many who feel government assistance is routinely used as a crutch not a lifeboat.
Many of these negative connotations of welfare play out well beyond Capitol Hill. Who can forget Basketball Wives cast members Tami and Jennifer going at it over who had or hadn’t seen a food stamp before? There seems to certainly be a stigma attached to receiving government assistance but could this perception be aiding the GOP’s push to pass their unjust legislation through?
Tell us what you think Clutchettes- is welfare a dirty word?