Republicans, Drudge Rage At Spending Money To Assist Poor Impacted By Bush Economy

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Drudge made a stink about it this morning, and the USDA responded:

'Through the Recovery Act, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has made $100 million available to the states for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), which acquires food that is distributed to local organizations that assist the needy – including food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens.

The Recovery Act funds referenced in press reports allowed states to purchase ham, cheese and dairy products for these food banks, soup kitchens and food pantries that provide assistance to people who otherwise do not have access to food. This program will help reduce hunger of those hardest hit by the current economic recession.

Republicans regularly complain that they are caricatured as being insensitive to the poor and elderly, and then they proceed to ridicule government initiatives that assist... the poor and elderly.