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Turning backs on the poor

Washington Reps. Jamie Herrera Buetler (3rd District), Doc Hastings (4th), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (5th) and Dave Reichert (8th) voted against food stamps for the poor. If this bill becomes law, it will benefit agribusiness with federal welfare subsidies and deny food security for the poor.

When told that the peasants were out of bread and were hungry, Marie Antoinette, so out of touch with the common man, is reputed to have replied “Let them eat cake.” She just didn’t understand. The House Republicans, however, do understand, and their message to the poor is “eat nothing.”

Jesus said, “When I was hungry, you gave me something to eat” (Matthew 25:35, CEV). And, “The king will say to them, ‘Whenever you failed to help any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you failed to do it for me’ ” (Matthew 25:45, CEV).

Apostle Paul related how the Macedonians, an extremely poor Christian community, were a living example of Christ-like living. They had almost nothing but were extraordinarily generous with what little they did have (2 Corinthians 8:1-4, CEV).

Living in the richest nation in the world, what kind of people do we want to be? What kind of leaders do we want?

Duane Pitts

Moses Lake


 

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