MSNBC host Ed Schultz excoriated House Republicans on Thursday for taking time off while budget cuts affecting not only America’s working poor but the business sector were set to be implemented on Friday, while hiding behind what he called trumped-up political issues, or their own faith.
“This is the scandal,” Schultz said. “This is the most kicking the least right in the teeth for no reason at all other than unmitigated greed.”
Activists have described the $5 billion reduction to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as “close to catastrophic” for many participants, since it will mean they will have around $1.40 to spend per meal, and losing an estimated 2 billion meals next year. Lawmakers are also scheduled to debate whether to cut another $40 billion from the program as part of a new Farm Bill later in 2013. The cuts are set to take effect at midnight Thursday night, while the House is off until Nov. 12, Schultz noted.
However, Schultz argued, it won’t just be 47 million Americans being affected, but 250,000 grocery stores and supermarkets who accept SNAP credits as payment.
Schultz also played a montage of clips of House Republicans painting participants in the SNAP program — also known as “food stamps” — as leeching off of government benefits, noting that the average member of Congress makes $174,000 a year, along with health care benefits and a pension.
“In order to qualify for food stamps, an individual has to make less than $15,000 a year,” Schultz pointed out. “This is the focus of the Republican party and all of those politicians you just saw talk? This is their focus? This is what the conservatives are all about? They are heartless.”
Watch Schultz call the Republicans out for their attacks on the poor, as aired Thursday on MSNBC, below.
Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden eviscerate Bloomberg on his nondisclosure agreements with women over harassment
Women who have worked for Michael Bloomberg's companies have had nondisclosure agreements that bar then from discussing the complaints they had against either Bloomberg himself or male employees of his companies. During the debate, the former New York City mayor was hammered for refusing to allow those women out of the NDAs.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren blasted him first, demanding to know the number of women that signed NDAs and how many of them have been released. Bloomberg dodged the inquiry, but Warren refused to let him escape.
"How many is that?" she asked.
"Let me finish," he snapped.
Trump delights in Bloomberg ‘getting pounded’ at debate: ‘We’re going to win’
President Donald Trump seemed to be aware of what was happening at Thursday night's Democratic presidential debate even though he was speaking at a rally in Phoenix.
Trump said that he heard that newcomer Mike Bloomberg "was getting pounded tonight."
"I hear they are pounding him," Trump told the crowd. "He spent $500 million so far and he has 15 points so far."
"Hey, fake news," Trump said, pointing towards the cameras. "How many points does he have? They won't tell you the truth."
He added: "The DNC is going to take it away from Bernie again. That's okay because we don't care who the hell it is. We're going to win. We have to."
The two biggest attacks on Mike Bloomberg came from the women at the debate
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg had a target painted on his for the Democratic Debate in Las Vegas Wednesday, and all of the Democrats came out swinging.
After an attack by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) explained that there's a billionaire in the race who degrades women by calling them "fat broads and horse-faced lesbians," and it wasn't Donald Trump.
"I'm talking about Mayor Bloomberg," she said. "Democrats are not going to win if we have a nominee who has a history of hiding his tax returns, of harassing women. And of supporting racist policies like redlining and stop and frisk. Look, I'll support whoever the Democratic nominee is, but understand this, Democrats take a huge risk if we just substitute one arrogant billionaire for another."