Texas cannot keep up with the demand of those in need of food stamps. According to Lisa Falkenberg of the Houston Chronicle it is taking months to obtain benefits. Folks are growing more desperate by the day.
Meanwhile, Texas isn't coming close to meeting federal requirements to process food stamp applications within a month. Last month, about 38,000 new applicants were left awaiting approval even though the federal deadline had passed. About one in six applications is processed incorrectly.
Food Stamps are 100% funded by the Federal Government. All Texas has to do is distribute the funds. Unfortunately due to either incompetence, stinginess or cold-hearted contempt for the state's struggling jobless, Texas is not doing its job.
Does our state legislature care?
No it does not.Why not?
The Health and Human Services Agency had requested 650 additional employees in order to meet the demand. Think about it. This would mean 650 new jobs in Texas and the potential likelihood of fewer folks in need of Food Stamps. But Republicans are running the state now and we all know how heartless they are when it comes to the poor. Marie Antoinette Dewhurst and Joe Scrooge Straus said NO. In other words: Starve. Eat dirt. Eat out trash cans.
Just last week, the Legislative Budget Board, led by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus, and made up of eight other lawmakers, rejected the agency's request to hire about 650 workers.
A spokesman for Dewhurst has argued that the denial was temporary, to give officials time to devise a plan to address HHSC's problems. But lawmakers have had the budget request for months and have been aware of the backlogs since the legislative session that ended in May.
Texas Republicans show us over and over that they are incapable of any empathy whatsoever for the poor. Their efforts in both Austin and in Washington are not targeted on serving the folks they represent. In fact, these lawmakers work against the financial and medical well-being of many of their constituents.
On Saturday 2000 people turned up for free medical treatment in Houston. As we know, Texas has the highest number of uninsured residents. In Harris County (Houston area) 1 in 3 adults have no insurance. Despite these appalling statistics, Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn work night and day to kill off health care reform.
David Marie Antoinette Dewhurst wants to be one of our U.S. Senators one day. Jobless and hungry Texans won't forget his message to them. Neither will this girl. The vile evil doings of Marie Antoinette put her head on a chopping block. Let's not put ours on one by voting for any Republicans.
Nor will voters soon forget the Texas Republicans and their relentless efforts at turning this once great state into a third world country.