Not All Who Wonder Are Lost

priceofliberty:

Congress allowed the SNAP allocations built into the stimulus bill President Obama signed into law in 2009 to expire and therefore by inaction allowed $5 billion in cuts to take effect on November 1st.

Here is some of the impact to families across the country:

Benefits to the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) will be lowered by $36 a month for a family of four, officials say.

Some 47 million low income Americans will be affected by the cuts.

Food aid in the US has grown to $80bn a year due to higher unemployment and rising food costs.

About one in seven Americans relies on Snap, also known as food stamps. [source]

As congress attempts to cut aid to it’s poorest citizens, the Obama administration has been quietly promising greater and greater sums of money to the Israeli government.

Obama proposed an even greater defense aid package to Israel than Bush:   $40 Billion after Bush’s $30 Billion expires thereby continuing this package till 2027 thus locking his successors to the commitment.

Plus, Obama plans to increase the annual aid package from $3.1 Billion to $4 Billion annually beginning 2017; the year after he leaves office, again locking his successor to such a commitment.

In addition to Bush and Obama’s $70 Billion , Israel continues to receive its usual aid of between $4 – $5 Billion annually since 2007, plus the U.S. totally funds Israel’s Iron Dome Anti-Missile Defense system which cost the U.S. tax payer an additional $1.5 Billion.

Such enormous aid packages to a foreign nation at a time Obama and Congress cut $83 Billion from health care, education, food stamps, meals on wheels for the elderly, housing subsidies, heating assistance program for the elderly, and so many other life saving programs for American families who are struggling with home foreclosures, high unemployment, debts and bills, and much more. [source]

This from the president republicans say “hates Israel.” Notice the money is specifically intended as defense aid, meaning it’s meant for weapons and ammunition. $5 billion cut in food for hungry Americans, $40 billion in weapons for Israel.

sagansense:


NASA’s yearly budget as % of federal budget

via datarep

sagansense:

NASA’s yearly budget as % of federal budget

via datarep

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thepoliticalfreakshow:

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inothernews:

Last night’s Colbert Report segment on McDonald’s unrealistic employee savings plan was par-for-the-course brilliant. And sad.

thesciencellama:

Post this photo to this page’s wall and this link along with it..https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/increase-budget-nasa/JHhPNStY
That page has 2 million dedicated followers that will sign this petition in a heartbeat. This is only way, let’s get this done people!

thesciencellama:

Post this photo to this page’s wall and this link along with it..
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/increase-budget-nasa/JHhPNStY

That page has 2 million dedicated followers that will sign this petition in a heartbeat. This is only way, let’s get this done people!

shortformblog:

Currently on the NYT front page: This massive ad arguing from a National Parks association arguing for action on the Fiscal Cliff. This took up way more than half of the front page.

shortformblog:

Currently on the NYT front page: This massive ad arguing from a National Parks association arguing for action on the Fiscal Cliff. This took up way more than half of the front page.

explore-blog:

What America spends on groceries – between 1962 and 2012 our consumption of fruits and vegetables has grown by 0.1%, but our consumption of processed foods and sweets by 100%.
Wash this down with a look at daily diets around the world.

explore-blog:

What America spends on groceries – between 1962 and 2012 our consumption of fruits and vegetables has grown by 0.1%, but our consumption of processed foods and sweets by 100%.

Wash this down with a look at daily diets around the world.

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theatlantic:

How Occupy Wall Street Spent $700,000 in Six Months

Of the $737,000 or so Occupy Wall Street reports it has raised in donations since its inception nearly six months ago, it’s managed to spend or earmark more than $700,000 of that, according to its latest finance report. Amid the staples, copies, computers, and materials for its direct actions, it paid for tea, cigarettes, and lots of Metrocards. For the group that occupied Wall Street in the first place, a financial hangover is at hand.
At its peak, Occupy had around $500,000 in the bank as donations poured in thanks to the national exposure of its Zuccotti Park encampment. Now, aside from the $89,029 that remains of its $100,000 bail fund, it has $30,537 to work with, according to last week’s report. So where did all that money go? A sampling of some of some of line items in the Occupy budget:

$45,000 on Metrocards The movement moves by New York subway. (Though it’s a little hard to tally because some of those are reported as one of a few bundled expenses, such as $87 for “metrocards and earplugs” for the security detail on Nov. 9).  
$9,900 on legal expenses Almost all of that going to bail out activists arrested during Occupy actions.
$6,000 on tea and herbs And do not forget the equipment to prepare them, as documented in expenditures slated for the Tea and Herbal and Herbalist working groups.
$7,196 on laundry People living in the Zuccotti encampment needed clean drawers.

Read more. [Image: AP]

theatlantic:

How Occupy Wall Street Spent $700,000 in Six Months

Of the $737,000 or so Occupy Wall Street reports it has raised in donations since its inception nearly six months ago, it’s managed to spend or earmark more than $700,000 of that, according to its latest finance report. Amid the staples, copies, computers, and materials for its direct actions, it paid for tea, cigarettes, and lots of Metrocards. For the group that occupied Wall Street in the first place, a financial hangover is at hand.

At its peak, Occupy had around $500,000 in the bank as donations poured in thanks to the national exposure of its Zuccotti Park encampment. Now, aside from the $89,029 that remains of its $100,000 bail fund, it has $30,537 to work with, according to last week’s report. So where did all that money go? A sampling of some of some of line items in the Occupy budget:

$45,000 on Metrocards The movement moves by New York subway. (Though it’s a little hard to tally because some of those are reported as one of a few bundled expenses, such as $87 for “metrocards and earplugs” for the security detail on Nov. 9).  

$9,900 on legal expenses Almost all of that going to bail out activists arrested during Occupy actions.

$6,000 on tea and herbs And do not forget the equipment to prepare them, as documented in expenditures slated for the Tea and Herbal and Herbalist working groups.

$7,196 on laundry People living in the Zuccotti encampment needed clean drawers.

Read more. [Image: AP]
motherjones:

We spend about 5% of the federal budget on the nonworking poor.
11 Facts From 2011

think-progress:

1. The CIA is monitoring up to 5 million tweets per day

2. Income inequality in America is worse than in Ancient Rome.

3. Twenty-three straight polls find Americans overwhelmingly want to raise taxes to pay down debt.

4. 68% of millionaires support raising taxes on millionaires. 

5. Wall Street’s recession cost 1.5 million times more than securing Occupy Wall Street protests. 

6. Six Walmart heirs have the same net worth as the bottom 30% of all Americans.

7. Reagan’s ‘82 and ‘84 deficit reduction plans were 80% tax increases.

8. Since 2009, 88% of income growth went to corporate profits, just 1% to wages.

9. Average Bush tax cut this year for the 1% will exceed average income for the 99%.

10. Planned Parenthood Facts: 4 million STD tests, 1 million screenings for cervical cancer, 830,000 breast exams every year. Receives no federal money for abortion.

11. DEAD: Bin Laden, Quaddafi, and Kim Jong Il. OUSTED: Mubarak, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, and Ali Adullah Saleh.

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