Southeast PA moderate Republicans Mike Fitzpatrick and Pat Meehan found it in their hearts not to join the nasty wing of the Republican Party in slashing almost $40 billion from the food stamp program SNAP, but 15th District Congressman Charlie Dent did not share their reservations about kicking the poors. The tea people don’t know and don’t care that SNAP is a very efficient and effective anti-poverty program. They are out for blood dammit, and they are tired of *those people* being allowed to eat food (even though the bump in enrollment during the Great Recession is overwhelmingly coming from Republican states and districts.)
Here in our Commonwealth, 1.7 million Pennsylvanians depend on SNAP benefits, many of whom are seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, and single moms trying to make ends meet.
It’s clear that if Congressman Dent had his way, his food stamp cuts would’ve deepened poverty for a whole lot of people.
So it was pretty awesome to learn that, fresh off this nasty vote, Congressman Dent is going to New York City tomorrow to get his party on with Bono and John Mayer at an anti-poverty concert:
U2 frontman Bono and a long list of world leaders, including Congressman Charlie Dent, will attend next week’s Global Citizen Festival to help fight poverty.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, leaders from several countries and congressional members will join Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys and John Mayer at the free concert Sept. 28 in New York’s Central Park. The concert coincides with the U.N. General Assembly. Fans earn free tickets for helping spread the word or volunteering to help end world poverty.
Vote for $40 billion in food stamp cuts for 4-6 million Americans. Party with celebrities at anti-poverty concert.