400th Article at The Other Shoe – Part Two

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Daniel Hanning of The Other Shoe

Daniel Hanning of The Other Shoe

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 Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. As well, welcome to Part Two of my celebration of my 400th article here at The Other Shoe. Yesterday I shared with all of you my very first articles published here at The Other Shoe. Today marks Part Two of my multi-part celebration of this milestone in publishing. Today I share with you, My Dear Readers, a subject dear to my heart and quite important to our modern society.

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Over the past four years I have made the growing financial inequality, in America, the focus of many articles. I do so with reason. Reason that inequality affects us all. Growing financial inequality hampers growth. This lack of growth in commercial and industrial sectors results in a lack of growth in our social development and growth in arts and sciences. The net result is other countries, like China and Japan, produce students that out score, out pace and out produce our youth.

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Even today we see China sending probes to the moon, in preparation for manned missions to the moon. In Japan we see the development of a solar energy project that dwarfs those in America. Japan’s project will place solar cells in space and transmit this energy directly to ground based stations. Technology of this magnitude is not possible in a nation with growing illiteracy, and plummeting test scores, as is the case in America today.

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You see, inequality is not just about serving the least among us. It ripples throughout our economy, our scientific infrastructure, and hampers potential. This is the point that most Americans fail to understand, yet I do not blame my fellow Americans. There is an old saying in information technology; ‘Garbage in, garbage out.”

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Meaning; that if all you input is ‘garbage’; rhetoric, hyperbole, bigotry, prejudice, dividing tactics, and falsehoods created out of whole cloth meant merely to serve momentary political and/or social gains? The resulting output of that given society is ‘garbage’; garbage technology, a poorly educated work force, a society bent on creating division where none exists, and an under performing scientific community and industrial infrastructure. It is as simple and 2 + 2 = 4.

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My Dear Readers, this is the why of my drilling down on the subject of financial inequality in America. Not only is it immoral, from a sociological standpoint, this overt greed… this avarice has another hidden result. ‘Garbage in, garbage out.’

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America is better, America deserves better… America can do better! When our society lifts from the bottom up? We lift millions out of poverty, we greatly improve the standard of living for all, and we improve the quality of education resulting in improved technology and productivity. This is the salient point that the counter-culture of the ‘far right’ misses, and robs us all. Robs us as individuals, robs us as a nation, and robs us as a species!

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My Dear Readers, for many of you the light is going on in your heads. [If we were in a cartoon from the 50’s & 60’s, a little light bulb would appear over your head.] Understanding is dawning and many of you understand why I harp on this subject. Hyperbole damages our society. Hyper-partisanship damages our nation, our potential, and our children. The damage that is being done, is not limited to our generation. Like a disease or an infection it spreads from one generation to the next. ‘Garbage in, garbage out.’

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It is with this in our minds, I share with you My Dear Readers several articles addressing this financial inequality in America.

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  • Pope Francis Strikes AGAIN : “My how America and Americans have strayed in just one generation. How we have not only left behind the belief systems that made our parents great. Not only have we discarded the accurate measure of a man’s worth. We have not just turned our backs, to these ideals; we have literally embraced that which we were warned against. If you do not believe me? Read how Pope Francis communicates this same ideal.

“Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades.”[1] America has become grossly preoccupied with; material wealth, personal possessions, exponentially increasing wealth yearly, competition with ‘The Joneses’ (of the Kardasians), painting the ‘Have-Nots’ as leeches on society (aka ‘The War on the Poor’), it is nothing less than a war on ourselves. A ‘new’ counter-culture’ has come to fruition in America, and unlike the counter-culture of the 60’s that advocated “Peace & Love” this ‘Counter Culture’ advocates; division, bigotry, anger, hatred of ‘them’, greed and the idolatry of money! With opened eyes one can quickly see the negative effects this idolatry on our society, on our children, on our culture and on our nation. Pope Francis is correct for I can see it in my own life; “and the desire to do good, fades.”

  • Avarice in America : “Another voice, in a growing chorus, seeking to make everyone (yet, mostly Americans) of the severe damage an era of greed has wrought upon our great nation. If you are a frequent reader of this blog, then you will know that America’s Avarice is often a topic of my writing. I have, also, made everyone aware that our newest Pontiff, Pope Francis, has frequently made avarice and inequality topics of his dictums, speeches and press releases. Seriously, one would have to be burying their head in the sand most days, and deaf the rest, not to hear the growing cries against avarice and for equality.

“The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience.”[2] Pope Francis Evangellii Gaudium 11/24/13

“The great danger…” You see, My Dear Readers, the Pope is not speaking of just a spiritual danger, he speaks to a societal danger, a national danger. Many of the Pope’s detractors choose to demonize the Pope, to mischaracterize his words and intent. However, one need go no further than his own words to divine intent. “The great danger… is a complacent yet covetous heart… feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures… and a blunter conscience.” The Pope’s intent is clear and unequivocal. The greater good… OUR society… OUR nation… the people of earth are the focus of his words. The betterment of our society, his goal.

How corrupt must one be,

to twist and taint words like these?

Daniel Hanning

  • The 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty :The Census Bureau today released data indicating that the overall poverty rate in 2011 was 15.0 percent – This represents 46.2 million people living in poverty in 2011.

Median household income was $50,054 in 2011, which is a statistically significant decrease of 1.5 percent from 2010.

Today’s data indicate that there were 16.1 million children (persons under 18) living in poverty in 2011, The child poverty rate was 21.9 percent.

Poverty Rate All Persons by Age 2000-2011

Poverty Rate All Persons by Age 2000-2011

Poverty Rate of All Persons by Age 2000-2011

For African-American children, the poverty rate reported today was 37.4 percent for 2011. The rate for Hispanic children was 34.1 percent. For non-Hispanic, White children the rate was 12.5 percent.

Children living in female-headed families with no spouse present had a poverty rate of 47.6 percent, over four times the rate of children in married-couple families (10.9 percent).

The poverty rate for people age 65 and over was 8.7 percent

In 2011, 6.6 percent of all people, or 20.4 million people, lived in deep poverty / However, America has failed, and lost the fifty-year ‘War on Poverty’. I write this article for publication on January 8th, 2014 the fiftieth Anniversary of President L.B.J.’s State of the Union Address January 8th, 1964. At the time of this speech, the Poverty Rate in America flirted around 19%. It was higher in some southern states, and in all large urban cities. These are statistics, and it is unfortunate that the only way all too many Americans will ever ‘see’ the poverty that surrounds them, is via statistics. So few of you, My Dear Readers, will ever drive through the Deep South, through a deeply impoverished neighborhood, to ‘see’, with your own eyes, deep poverty. To witness, with your own eyes, a ‘Hooverville’ outside one of America’s major cities like the one I see outside of Long Beach. I believe, that in seeing this personally, one can understand the drain on our society. One can imagine, even begin to understand, just how this level of poverty can (and does) damage our ability to; advance, create, improve and catapult our society forward. It is only through understanding that one can begin to release the grip of greed and avarice and to embrace the selfless desire to lift our society, our nation, from the bottom up!

  • Growing Financial Inequality in 2014 : “Flooded and inundated with the drumbeat of outdated, but all too effective rhetoric, a growing number of Americans are putting reason and their own gut-feelings aside to fall prey to the same nation-dividing rhetoric. These honest, hard working, God-Loving Americans are haunted (daily… hourly) by certain media outlet’s drumbeat of tried-and-true rhetoric. “The poor are not poor because they own; HDTVs, Microwaves, Cellular Phones, computers and Air Conditioning.” “Unemployment is a crutch for the poor… those on unemployment sit at home and watch their HDTVs and refuse to work” “Food stamps is just another crutch and another way to get Americans hooked on the ‘crack of the Democrat party’, and there is not ‘War on the Poor’ the real war is against the wealthy.” You see, I do understand the forces with which I am at war. I completely understand the rhetoric designed to divide that is used by the advocates of the status-quo. I do not live under some mistaken illusion that these forces do not exist, nor am I mistakenly deluded into thinking that they will not relent without a bloody battle. I stand ready to die for what I believe, and what I know Pope Francis believes, too. I have no intent to relent, no desire to expire; nothing will ever separate me from this cause… short of victory. What does ‘victory’ look like? Growing equality and lessening inequality. Our victory will be decisive, and will reach to all corners of the globe. Victory will come (when it does) to all societies, to all religions, to all nations, to all peoples. Know this, the battle has been joined, the lines are drawn, the sides are clear and victory is certain. It is with this conviction that I write. Remember; ‘Garbage in, garbage out.’
  • Why Must Congress Cut Food Stamps… NOW? : “When LBJ took over the Presidency from our slain President Kennedy, he did not ride on his laurels or those of his running mate. On January 8th, 1964 (I would have been six) Lyndon Baines Johnson changed America by announcing the beginning of the ‘War On Poverty’ This war was joined by legislation such as the; ‘Social Security Amendments of 1965’’’, ‘Food Stamp Act of 1964’, ‘Economic Opportunity Act of 1964’’, and ‘Elementary and Secondary Education Act’’. These laws were passed, all of them, with (what we cannot seem to do for the life of US) Bi-Partisan support! In the House of Representatives and the Untied States Senate these pieces of legislation received wide Bi-Partisan support. The major reason why the strong, and across party lines, support? Yet, today we are backsliding into growing poverty. To me… to the WORLD is it not ‘more heinous’ to allow poverty to return once knowing the disease-like effects. What guilt must we all bear for allowing America to back-slide into a impoverished state that we know is detrimental to; our people, our society, our engines of; science, industry, and technology? History will judge us harshly! My voice will echo throughout time, and it will be known that in this time and place I did fight for the betterment of my fellow man and my nation.

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I could go one for hours more, and share at least four to five more articles in this genre. I will continue to write, often, on this topic because I understand. I understand that the return of the impoverished state is a return to a time of; lower productivity, lesser developments in science and technology, decreased status in the international community, and a breakdown of our society resulting in the decay of our nation. Today, I have (again) drawn the lines between overt greed and avarice and decay of our scientific and technological advancements. Between those that support and advocate greed and avarice and those that warn of the horrific affects this greed and avarice have on; our people, our society, and our nation. Make no mistake; the voices of right shall prevail over the voices of might.

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Poverty Rates by Age 1959 to 2011 United States

Poverty Rates by Age 1959 to 2011 United States

Poverty Rates by Age 1959 – 2011 in United States

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When history is written, and it most assuredly will be, which side will you be numbered? How will Americans of the 22nd and 23rd centuries remember…? YOU?

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I simply must rest. My pain is extreme… my head throbbing with pain, my neck and back gripped in throws of pain. I lament that I cannot go on longer… go further… explain… … … better?

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Thank you for coming here, today, and being a part of this celebration. A celebration of the publication of my 400th article, right here at @ The Other Shoe.

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As always I am deeply honored that you come here and read me work.

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Thank YOU!

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Random Thoughts and Events…

Random thoughts and events, chained together…

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Prep for Daniel's Crock Pot Beef Stew

Prep for Daniel’s Crock Pot Beef Stew

            Welcome back My Dear Readers  to The Other Shoe. Life is nothing more than a random set of events, that we (as humans) assign; dates, priorities and brain space. If any one of us was just dropped into a life unknown, wouldn’t we wonder… Why does he remember this… why does she still fear that ,this happen so long ago… or why does that still cause him so much pain and suffering, it wasn’t his fault. Wouldn’t we forgive them? Wouldn’t we see past their frailties… their perceived failures?  If we all had just one life to change, for the better, wouldn’t we set someone else free from their pain and suffering?

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Prep For Daniel's Homemade White Bread

Prep For Daniel’s Homemade White Bread

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Monday, for all Americans (regardless of where they are, or live) was Veterans Day. My father served in the Army-Air Core in World War 2. My eldest brother, Ken, served in Vietnam, and my middle brother Darrell served his country in the Air Force flying over China and translating mainland communications from a flying technical wonder. For two generations ‘Hanning’ males have served this nation in the military.

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When I was 13, right before my father walked out of my life… and our family, he said something profound to me… (My father always said the most profound and wonderful things to me… I know now… he said them to me because he trusted me… trusted that I would not judge him… his thoughts… who he was… inside…) he said to me;

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            “Danny, I want one of my sons to go to college. Not to just leave high school and go off to serve. You are my last chance. Will you go to college?”

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I could never say “No” to my father. He could have, right then, asked me to try my best to go to the moon… and I would have told him;

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            “Yes!”

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So, I did.

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Daniel's Homemade White Bread Rising

Daniel’s Homemade White Bread Rising

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While every American was doing what they do, to celebrate or commemorate, Veterans Day… or just being happy to have a Monday off from work. While all that was happening, around our great nation. I was cooking and baking.

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Therefore a lot of this article is going to be videos and pictures from my Veterans Day of baking and cooking around my home. See, My Dear Readers, I don’t really celebrate Veterans Day as other people do, there is very good reason why.

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My brother Ken joined the Army (@17) because you could not make passing grades in high school, and he didn’t want to fail my father. (if you had known my father… you would understand that… NOBODY failed my Dad… NO-friking-Buddy!). So, Kenny Ray joined the Army, to avoid being a failure to his dad.

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Ken came back from boot camp, and he was introduced ( by one of his firends that did not go to Vietnam) to this very nice Jewish girl. I say that because that’s how I remember her, but also because I remember seeing her sitting on his bed, in his bedroom. Them holding hands and talking. And oh my goodness, My Dear Readers, she was everything you think when you say she was a Jewish girl. She had the thick black framed glasses, she had the long curly hair, she had the quiet giggle or laugh, and she had the carriage of a young woman with very old and very deeply held beliefs.

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I never talked to Ken about this, but I think I know what he saw in her. He saw in her something he found lacking in himself, a deeply held belief in very old things, old traditions, a very old religion. Moreover, Ken, he respected her for that and I think he wanted to be a part of that more than anything.

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Ken went from boot camp to a very prestigious posting, with the United States Army. He went to Washington DC where he helped stand guard for ‘The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It’s not a post easily obtained, it’s a post with much honor and dignity. He was there, as I remember, about six months. Then our Army offered him two choices. The choices were;

A.)  He can go for four years to serve on a base in Germany or

B.)  He could go to Vietnam for six months.

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Ken, being the impulsive Hanning he was, (head and heart full of love) Ken chose the six months in Vietnam. (Ken did not understand.. that choice… dictated the course of the rest of his life… and death) He chose the six months because he was afraid this wonderful Jewish girl would find someone else if he was gone for years.

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All The Wonderful Veggies That Make Up My Beef Stew

All The Wonderful Veggies That Make Up My Beef Stew

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I remember, clearly, I overheard my mother and father talk about this, (at 55 I began to realize…) I was very self-aware child. Mother cried, dad yelled. See, they didn’t understand that Ken so desperately wanted to be loved he put himself in harms way, just for a chance to be a part of what he saw in her eyes and to be loved by her. At the time my father was still in the Air Force reserves, he did what he could. He pulled on whatever strings he had attached…  he made calls… He spun his wheels in the mud that was soon to be my eldest brothers life. It changed nothing.

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Ken went to Vietnam, while he was there the good Jewish girl sent to a dear John letter. She broke up with him, as any person in the 60s would’ve known she probably was going to. As it was the early 60s there is no way a good Jewish girl was going to marry outside the faith. Especially marry outside the faith to a young man who put himself in harms way. Had someone just said that to Ken, before he left for Vietnam, that this would happen? Ken would’ve never been exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam. And, Ken would not have died of leukemia at 39. That’s one of the reasons why I really don’t celebrate Veterans Day… the same way most other Americans the people do.

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Below you’ll see some pictures I’ve taken, and I think I will probably put some above to break what was happening there. As well, I will post some of the videos of the wonderful beef stew crockpot I made on Monday. I got up at 5 AM, on Monday, to put the ingredients in my bread maker to make some fresh homemade bread for Allen to eat with fresh homemade stew. Like most Americans, in the 21st century, most days Allen I consume… well, garbage. Premade processed food churned out by fast food companies with profits not health in mind. So when I get money I try and buy a lot of really good whole ingredients and make something at home that Alan & I can enjoy several times during the week.

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The next video you’ll see, is the second step in the process getting ready to put all the vegetables and meat in the crockpot. The bread is kneading nicely, the bread finished really nice, but we ate it all before I can get a shot of it. My apologies.

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Life really is nothing more than a random set of events and memories that we, as humans, try to piece together and call a life. 25 years ago my mother died. The members of my family, that were in Texas, (I was in California as I have been the past 35 years). The members of my family that were in Texas, in Pearland, told me that I wasn’t wanted there. I was not allowed to attend my own mother’s funeral. My brother, Darrell, is the one that told me I wasn’t welcome. He never shied away when it came to being harsh to me, thrashing my dreams, verbally and physically abusing me. Darrell was always the first up to bat.

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Daniel's Homemade White Bread Rising

Daniel’s Homemade White Bread Rising

 

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I hope, one day, to visit my mother’s grave. I don’t think that’s asking much… Really. For a boy, to someday, visit his mother’s grave. You think that’s asking too much?

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Just a shot of a VERY thankful Danny in His Power Chair

Just a shot of a VERY thankful Danny in His Power Chair

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Life is nothing more than a random set of events, and memories, that we humans pieced together and call it…  a life.

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How’s yours?

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As always, I am deeply honored that you come here and read my work.

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Thank you!

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P.S. And another heartfelt thank you to all that helped me make this new home a reality.

Why Must Congress Cut Food Stamps… NOW?

Today I saw an article, at MSNBC, that caught my eye… then it hurt… me. This article will be a test. A test of my abilities. As a writer, and as a humanist. The test? Can I write an article about policy and leave out the politics. This is a very important challenge for me. Let me tell you why.

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I was born, raised and educated in South-East Texas. Pearland to be exact. I am a proud Texan. However, when I was a boy, in Texas, the state was ‘Blue’. Meaning that more than not, at that time, Texans voted Democrat. When America elected John F. Kennedy they also elected a Democrat Vice President named Lyndon Baines Johnson. LBJ was, at the time, the epitome of a Texan. He was larger than life, had a deep accent, a voice that was both deep and thoughtful. And hands… Well, let me you a short story. When I was six or seven, when the honor I did have, to meet LBJ. I was with my father, my BFF from 3-13, and we were at either Ellington AFB, or at my father’s society.

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Here is what I remember… I remember a warm and rumbling voice… I remember he cast a shadow whenever he stood in front of you. He was so tall and large, it was like he blocked out the sun. I remember than even though he was an enormous man, when he stood in front of my father and spoke to him… I was not scared. I remember him leaning down (way down) to look me in the eye. Then he grasped my hand in both of his… and my hand disappeared. Literally, My Dear Readers, I lost sight of my hand! Even though, to me, he was a giant. Even though, in his hands mine disappeared. There was this overwhelming calm that I felt. I was not afraid. As a matter of fact… I remember feeling like I wanted to give him a hug.

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LBJ asked me my name, and I replied Daniel! He smiled… leaned over… and whispered in my ear “When you grow up… you are going to vote Democrat… right?” Lucky for LBJ that even at this young age I knew of politics and I knew my father and mother voted Democrat. I replied

“Yes sir… a straight ticket, all Democrat. Like my father does!”

I remember that he laughed. Deep and rumbly, it shook the air around us, and I felt it in my tummy. He smiled so large I thought he would split his face in half. He turned to my father and said (something I did hear often… and it made me proud to have people say it to my father… with me there)

“He’s as smart a whip, eh, Ken?” and he laughed again… then moved on.

My father was beaming, so awestruck he did not speak… simply nodded. LBJ was a great man, and I was/am proud that I had the honor to meet him.

When LBJ took over the Presidency from our slain President Kennedy, he did not ride on his laurels or those of his running mate. On January 8th, 1964 (I would have been six) Lyndon Baines Johnson changed America by announcing the beginning of the War On Poverty[1] This war was joined by legislation such as the; Social Security Amendments of 1965’’[2], Food Stamp Act of 1964’’[3], Economic Opportunity Act of 1964’’[4], and Elementary and Secondary Education Act’’[5]. These laws were passed, all of them, with (what we cannot seem to do for the life of US) Bi-Partisan support! In the House of Representatives and the Untied States Senate these pieces of legislation received wide Bi-Partisan support. The major reason why the strong, and across party lines, support?

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During John F. Kennedy’s Presidential run for office he did something no President had done since Franklin D. Roosevelt. He took trains, he rode in cars, and he toured the South. And what did he find? Rampant and intractable poverty all across the South. At the time the ‘War On Poverty’ started the rate of poverty in America was Nineteen percent. That means, if you took five people… let’s say from Texas. From five different towns, ONE of those five would have lived in (often generational) poverty. America was the wealthiest nation on the planet. The most wealthy in human history.

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We could not stand to know this, and see such intractable poverty harming fellow Americans. I clearly remember before America was forced to watch our son’s die in battle in Vietnam. We sat at our T.V. Trays and watched as John and Robert Kennedy sat on porches, in the South, of the deeply impoverished. Once We (THE American people) saw the footage and heard the stories? There was no turning back, we simply had to act.

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At the time these laws were passed (and I cannot say this enough, with Bi-Partisan support) the national poverty rate was 19%. One in five Americans lived in poverty, and many it was intractable and generational. We were the single richest nation in the history of man. We could not tolerate the fact the 19% of US could not; feed, clothe or shelter themselves. It had to stop. I remember hearing about this poverty, as a child of seven and eight. I remember asking my father “Are we poor?”

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Nineteen percent. The nation was horrified by the size of that number. We moved as one and struck at its roots. I remember it was the topic of many a sermon @ South Park Baptist Church. I remember the ‘Food Drives’ and other activities held locally to address poverty in our own backyards. I remember giving up clothes, canned goods and time @ South park Baptist Church. I, sincerely, wanted to do my part in this ‘War On Poverty’. However, I was not alone. I saw other children, my age, at the church helping in the same cause. I saw ‘shorts’ on the Nightly News about other children getting involved.

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As a nation we moved in unison, we moved with purpose, we moved as ONE regardless of; race, color or political affiliation. This poverty reflected on US all, every single one. The line between the Haves and Have-Nots would (at least) be, for the time, blurred. And, like everything else that our great nation puts it mind too… focuses on… moves as one! We took a big ol’bite out of poverty in America. And I was proud.

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Psalms 82:3-5: “Defend the poor and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and needy. 4 Deliver the poor and needy; Free them from the hand of the wicked.”

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When LBJ lead; the Congress, the Senate and the American people into war against poverty the national poverty rate was 19%. Today in America in 2013 the national poverty rate is (conservatively rated at) 15%.[6] That is equal to 46.2 million America citizens. Danny is sitting here, and without even thinking, is doing some math… in his head. In forty-nine years we have dropped poverty only four percent. They estimate that over 16.2 million children live every day in hunger. In America… today.

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1 John 3:18 Little children, let us stop just saying we love people; let us really love them, and show it by our actions. 1 John 3:19 Then we will know for sure, by our actions, that we are on God’s side, and our consciences will be clear, even when we stand before the Lord.

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Today I read an article that disturbed me, and is the motivation for this article. Now, My Dear Readers, I firmly believe that up to this point I have been objective. I have not favored any party, nor have I bashed any political party. Now we get to see how well Danny can dance (not very well… you can ask my date to the Prom (Lisa Long DeHoyos) or anyone from “The Man Who Came To Dinner’. With two left feet, I was born, there can be no doubt. However, here goes my very best attempt to avoid politics and speak only of national policy. I cannot edit the title of this article. Therefore, the use of a party name in this link and header is not my doing and beyond my power.

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Republicans to propose $40 billion cut over decade to food stamps program[7]

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I deeply apologize if this title did offend anyone. Please believe me when I tell you, and I mean this with all respect and admiration, if the title would have read the name of the other party. I would be writing the very same article in the very same way. I hope that you can accept my position, and my apology, and not hold it against me or my blog and my writing. A promise I have made, to myself and to others, to leave partisanship behind and it is a promise I will work hard to keep. I think it is important, for me, but I also think it is a lesson we (as a NATION) could do well to learn. If we can leave partisanship (especially this new breed of ‘Hyper-partisanship’… and it is both parties that engage in this practice) behind I think we would have a better chance of making this a better nation.

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Mat. 25:44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’ Mat 25:45 “And I will answer, ‘When you refused to help the least of these my brothers, you were refusing help to me.’

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The cuts will come over ten years, at four billion a year. Since the financial downturn of 2008-2009 the roles of the Food Stamp program (now known as SNAP- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program[8]) did swell. However, what is to be expected? Our nation suffered, what is now being called, ‘The Great Recession’. With twelve million Americans looking for; a second job, a job that pays a “Living Wage”, or just a full time job one can reasonably expect that more Americans would not have enough money to pay their rent and food. In my humble opinion, there should be no shame in asking for assistance to feed your family… or just yourself, if it is beyond your means. Now, I do not think that we should be providing food for; drug dealers not reporting their drug sales income, any recipient of illegal funds that are not reported, residents that are here illegally and have committed crimes while in our nation, and parents with children that simply refuse to look for work or work for the state for their benefits. Having said, I do think that; people with disabilities that simply cannot work, mother’s with infant-school age children who work one or two jobs and need the assistance, the elderly and seniors, Veterans of our nation’s Armed Forces, and people who work as many hours as the jobs they have allow and still live below poverty. There are more… but I am sure you understand.

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Our nation has not, yet, completely recovered from the single greatest economic downturn since The Great Depression. Especially when we all got the good news that our national deficit has fallen $642 billion in 2013.[9] This is not some mathematical error and it is not partisan. I saw this reported on Fox News as well as; NBC, CBS and ABC. Please, put parties aside and politics as well. Let us look at this as fellow Americans individuals of all walks of life banded together for the betterment of our posterity and our nation. Did I mention that this equals Sixteen pint two million children?[10]

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1 John 3:17 But if someone who is supposed to be a Christian has money enough to live well, and sees a brother in need, and won’t help him–how can God’s love be within him ?

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I don’t know about you? But that part… I find unconscionable. The entire budget for SNAP (at its highest recorded level) was $78 billion dollars. During the height of the Iraq & Afghanistan wars the United States was paying out nearly $100 billion a month for third party vendors to feed our troops in these war zones. We are out of Iraq and by the first quarter of 2014 our troops will be out of Afghanistan. The savings of just one month from not fighting these wars will pay for One YEAR of “Food Stamp’ benefits that will reach nearly ten million American families.

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By now you have all noticed me doing something different. Within this article I am placing quotations from the Christian Bible. As I mentioned, earlier, I was Baptized @ South Park Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. When my family moved to Pearland ( and I am very proud to be from Pearland) we attended the First Baptist Church of Pearland Texas. Until my parents marriage went south, we attended church regularly. My father was involved in both churches. In Houston he was an Usher then later a Deacon. I do not talk of this often, and I do not brag about it either. I am proud of my membership in these fine churches. I am very proud of the lessons I learned and the positive effect attending had on me. I only mention it now… because… How, pray tell (play on words) can we call our nation Christian… how can we call ourselves Christian… if we support cutting programs that feed the poor of our very wealthy nation?

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Prov. 14:31 Anyone who oppresses the poor is insulting God who made them. To help the poor is to honor God.

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I place these quotations not to guilt and not to insult. I place them out of a desire to put our actions (Rather the actions of our Representatives in the House of Representatives) into perspective. I am proud of my Christian upbringing. I am proud to be a Christian. I think that our nation has done well to keep Christianity alive for our children and our children’s children. But… doesn’t actions… even only intended… speak volumes about these the callus natrue of these acts? Cannot we make cuts to other programs that do not feed the poor, the disabled, and our seniors? I mean, why can’t Congressmen and Senators take… let’s say… a 3% pay cut and keep feeding these impoverished Americans?

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An offering, like that, would certainly get the Congressional approval rate above seven percent. Yes? I know it would improve my opinion of Congress and the Senate. Heck, I would even approve of cutting endowments for the Arts before we put the axe to food for the impoverished!

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1 Sam. 2:8 He lifts the poor from the dust– Yes, from a pile of ashes– And treats them as princes sitting in the seats of honor. For all the earth is the Lord’s And he has set the world in order.

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My Dear Readers, I am nearly finished. I have said my full and I cannot think of any more arguments for America to do what we all know to be rightful action. If, by chance, you agree with my sentiment. If you agree that other programs or the military should be cut before these programs to feed the poor. Show your support. Show your support by; leaving a comment here on this thread, call your representative, write a letter to your Congressman or Senator or call. The number for the Congressional switchboard (which can locate your representative and connect you to them) is 202-224-3121.

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As always, My Dear Readers, it is my honor to have you visit my blog. You honor me by reading my works. I thank you for your time and am grateful for your comments and support. Thank you for your time, it has value and I respect your time.

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Please… I have been the awestruck recipient of a very generous donation this week. It has pushed me well towards my goal and I am eternally grateful. However, I am still far from my goal and I ask for your support. Please… if you can… please give. If you simply cannot? Please share my works, my blogs, and my campaign… and leave the rest to me.

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A Week In Review – June 23, 2013

This is something new here @ The Other Shoe, a ‘Week In Review’. Today I am going to share the traffic reports, for both of the ‘Shoe’(s) and then I will review what I have published of late. We will see how this goes, but I am hopeful people will like a review. [Too many readers don’t have time to check by during the week, this review will touch on all the stories we have covered and the topics we represent.]

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First, on my agenda today, is something I am kind of proud of, the Mid-June traffic report. Now first I will explain that all the traffic reports that I post here @ The Other Shoe all show a-month-in-review. They extended from March 23rd until today June 23rd 2013. A thirty day cycle is what we will be looking at, although you can see the traffic for this month is better on both blogs. First is my traffic report from the ‘Other’ The Other Shoe.

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The Other Shoe @ Word Press Mid-June Traffic Report

The Other Shoe @ Word Press Mid-June Traffic Report

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I must profess, that with this, I am quite content. Considering the fact, that singlehandedly I; research, document, write, edit (well, I try) and publish everything you read. All by myself in a room 13×20 feet I create what you read. On each of these charts you will quite easily see, that there are big lulls in traffic. These are created by my level of pain. Funny that, my traffic is always ‘Bell Curved’. I produce a lot of content, in usually a short time. Then I plunge into the darkness, created by my pain. I try so hard to work through it, I try to put it aside (taking more pain meds just doesn’t work… because then I cannot write! Next is the traffic layout for my primary blog @ The Other Shoe.

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The Other Shoe @ Blog.com Mid-June Traffic Report

The Other Shoe @ Blog.com Mid-June Traffic Report

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How that is all done, and finished quite nice. Move forward, I will, to the ‘Week In Review’. In the past week, here @ The Other Shoe we covered many topics. Here are but a few; The Sequester, Martian 3D Views, and Brown Water and not a drop to drink.

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Here is the listing, with links to them included:

  • · My Dad – A Father’s Day Tribute: “This is a tribute to my father, Ken Hanning. Not until the past two years, did I find out I hardly spoke about him in high school and college. Not sure ‘Why’ I didn’t talk about my father, at that time… most likely because it came after the divorce. My father was very talented; he mastered more technologies and sciences that, in another time, he would have been thought a genius. The image below, I just recently pieced together where it was taken”
  • · Much Ado About Nothing: “Employees of the IRS choose to scrutinize applications by obvious Tea Party organizations. That was wrong. That is not “Nothing” (wooo weee I finally properly used a double negative), not to me not to the American people. However, not everything is Watergate. Not every problem with the many tentacles of the Federal government reaches the White House”
  • · Cypress Lodge w Brown Water, STILL!: “For the past several years (the last two working with the current manager, Kevin) I have tried to get the Cypress Lodge to provide drinkable water to the residents. As of today, June 19 2013, the Cypress Lodge and Satellite Management have refused to adequately or properly (or professionally, their last ‘solution’? To flush the rust and calcium out of one of the hot water storage tanks into the street and storm drains!”
  • · The Mars Report – In 3D! : “Welcome, My Dear Readers, to the 3D issue of The Mars Report here @ The Other Shoe. This entire issue will contain nothing but three-dimensional images from curiosity on Mars. I have wanted to bring a three-dimensional issue to you, My Dear Readers, but until this week the NASA JPL website just did not have enough images. That situation changed this week.”
  • · A House, Upside Down! : “Welcome back, My Dear Readers, to The Other Shoe and ‘A House Upside Down’. House Speaker Boehner suffered, yet another, public and humiliating defeat in the House of Representatives. The Farm Bill Authorization Act, Boehner’s bill he sponsored it, and it failed to get enough votes to pass the House of Representatives. This most recent setback for Speaker Boehner, and the Republican Party, should serve as a signal to the rest of America that the United States House of Representatives(at least the Republicans) are ‘A House, Upside Down’.”
  • · June 2013, A Republican Waterloo? : “The question is, My Dear Readers, will June 2013 turn into the Republican Party’s Waterloo? Let me take a moment to outline the; blunders, failures and problems the Republican Party has made in just the past 20 days. So grab a cup of coffee and maybe a little nosh and let’s spend the next three minutes discussing Republican loss.”

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And, that’s ‘A Full Lid!’ As always I am deeply honored that you choose The Other Shoe for your entertainment and news editorial. “Thank You!”

Introduction and Achievment Announcement

This is a short update video of Daniel & Alex Hanning @ The Other Shoe. This video makes an announcement about ‘Princess Nadia and the Healing Light’ as well as introducing a NEW CHARACTER! I had a little less pain, at first, today and a little more energy. So, I decided to make this short video because I met a GOAL. I finished the first outline of Act One of ‘Princess Nadia and The Healing Light’. . Welcome back, My Dear Readers, to The Other Shoe for and introduction and announcement. Today I woke up to a ‘good day’ and I decided to take full advantage of this opportunity. I have made a short video where I introduce Alexander, my newest furry friend. Alex immediately leaves the screen, only to reappear in the sides of the frame several times. . As well, I am proud to announce that the whole first act of ‘Princess Nadia and the Healing Light’. This is a great achievement for me, and I am proud to share this accomplishment. The work is taking up a life of its own, the characters coming to life and form in my mind. I will be sharing teasers here @ The Other Shoe over the next few months. . Last, I repeat the announcements from late last week. There will be a Three-Dimensional issue of The Mars Report, weekly editions of The Mars Report and more political articles. I am happy to share my accomplishment and my vision of the world of Princess Nadia. . Thank you for dropping by and have a great week! .

Starving the Poor

This hits very close to home… my home.
“…the House version of the farm bill making would throw nearly 2 million people off food stamps, most of whom are working families with children or senior citizens. More than 200,000 kids would lose access to free school lunches, according to the group.” (NBC News see link below)
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Is there some lack of proper education on the part of Republicans? The market(s) crashed in 2008. Since then the Food Stamp roles have more than doubled. Is that a surprise to anyone? Poverty increases in time of economic collapse. Nobody is surprised, looking back at The Great Depression, that there were bread lines in every major city in America.

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We have, as a society and a people, moved passed making families with children stand in bread lines. Who is it, exactly, that wants to take the United States back to bread lines and poor houses? Social progress undone is evil winning and immorality replacing Christianity. Not since The Great Depression has hunger swept across America the way it is now. And this number will only grow if Food Stamp benefits are cut.

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America has fought hunger and poverty for the past three generations. Republican Presidents; Eisenhower, Nixon, and Regan all supported programs to feed the poor, the disabled, the elderly and vets. Literally every President since F.D.R. has supported feeding the hungry from the Federal level. It is a NATIONAL responsibility. When, again, did this change? When did this fundamental tenant of our society get overruled? Who is it that made this decision that the poor need go hungry when our debt is SHRINKING?

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Now two million Americans (including working poor families, they ARE WORKING FAMILIES) will be hungry? Just as a filter for this eventuality (if you do not act) 70% or Seven out of Ten Wal-Mart workers (that ring you up and help you in the store) will be without daily sustenance. Three out of ten college students will be without a proper diet.   Why?

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Now there are some that will say “What about the food banks and churches? Shouldn’t they carry the load? Won’t they help?” I will let a representative with the Food Research and Action Center (A Food bank monitoring group) answer that question:

 

        “James Weill, president of the Food Research and Action Center, is working with food banks and organizations that focus on hunger issues to lobby Congress against slashing food stamp spending. For them, it is not a matter of politics or theories on the role of government, but a matter of getting people the assistance they need.

“People in the field know how much harm these cuts can cause,” said Weill. “Those who actually work with low-income Americans around the country know they can’t provide a sufficient amount of people with the help they need if these cuts take place.”

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So the short, and correct, answer is “No!” America’s churches and food banks are already stretched beyond capacity. Our social welfare safety net is in tatters, and the churches cannot assist further. No, this IS the responsibility of our Federal Government. So says President Dwight D. Eisenhower:

        Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final

sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone.

It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.

The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities.

It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population.

It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some 50 miles of concrete highway.

We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat.

We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.

This, I repeat, is the best way of life to be found on the road. the world has been taking.

This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.”[1]

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President Richard M. Nixon had this to say about hunger in America:

 

        “That hunger and malnutrition should persist in a land such as ours is embarrassing and intolerable.”[2]

 

Now for President Kennedy on hunger:

“”The war against hunger is truly mankind’s war of liberation.”[3] And ““There is only one rule by which to judge if God is near us or is far away – the rule that God’s word is giving us today: everyone concerned for the hungry, the naked, the poor, for those who have vanished in police custody, for the tortured, for prisoners, for all flesh that suffers, has God close at hand. We have the ability, we have the means, and we have the capacity to eliminate hunger from the face of the earth. We need only the will.”[4]

 

Now for President Carter:

“We know that a peaceful world cannot long exist, one-third rich and two-thirds hungry.”[5]

 

Now for President Clinton he acted on hunger: ‘Mickey Leland Childhood Hunger Relief Act of 1993’[6]

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President George W. Bush on hunger in America:

“I also acted on this timeless belief, to whom much is given, much is required. We have been given a lot in our country. And it’s not only in our strategic interests that we deal with hunger and disease, it is in our moral interest that we do so, as well. In the Western Hemisphere, we expanded trade and helped our fellow democracies deliver prosperity and social justice to their people. And around the world, we built a coalition of more than 90 nations to fight terror and advance the cause of freedom in the great ideological struggle of our time. In short, we’ve made our alliances stronger, we’ve made our nation safer, and we have made the world freer.”

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President Obama has acted in the war against hunger, much like President Bill Clinton did with : ‘President Obama Signs Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 Into Law’[7]
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Well, if you have read this far I have captured your attention, and maybe your heart. Right now you might be asking yourself “Yes, Danny, but what can I DO?!” If you are, KUDOS! What you can do to help FIRST? Look around your circle of friends. Be they are work, at church, in your neighborhood or your old friends found-again on Facebook. Reach out and offer help. Believe me when I tell you that right now all around you are people; good honest hard working people, genuinely hungry people that you can easily reach out and help.

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Contrary to some ill-willed rhetoric not all poor people are drug addicts or alcoholics. There are good and honest people that would love to work, but their disabilities make it impossible to work, or are incapable of living/working without a caregiver. Reach out and help. Put some food in a box and mail it, leave it at a door or take it to a food bank. Get involved in a local church or business group’s support of food banks.

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Lastly? :Let your voice be heard. Call or write your Congressman and Senators. (I have posted the phone information below) Need to find out WHO to write or call? Go here: Find Your Representative

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HERE is the number to get a hold of your Senator: United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121
HERE is the number to get a hold of your Congressman: To call your Member of Congress: US Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121
that was the same number… I am going to leave that there… see if anyone… 😉
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Taking food from the already hungry is just wrong. Today is SUNDAY, the Day of Sabbath. Will you make a pledge to help protect food for the poor and hungry?
Will YOU call your Congressman and Senator?  Will YOU reach out to someone you know is hungry or going without food? This level of hunger (One in SIX Americans depend on Food Stamps for all or part of their diet) demands Federal and grassroots action. It requires something from everybody. I stepped up to the plate and have spent four hours over two days preparing this article. I posted that I would be taking a break, but this issue would not let me rest. How about you, My Dear Readers?

Thank you for your time, your consideration and your efforts.

 

 

This article was inspired by the article linked below.
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http://inplainsight.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/19/18307642-ax-hovers-over-food-stamp-program-as-costs-grow?lite

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The ‘Hollowing-Out’ of the United States Government

What do you (a Republican) do if the majority of Americans are against your policies to harm governance? You gain a majority in the Lower House and ‘Hollow-Out’ government from the inside, like termites.
It is time to get the termites out of governance. Time to make America ‘Exceptional’ again.
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