This week on Sprouts:
The recent five-billion-dollar cut in food stamps is a harbinger of things to come. Both the Democrats and Republicans are getting together to plan further deficit reduction and budget cuts. In fact, President Obama has actually advocated cutting the inflation adjustor for Social Security benefit increases, while the Republicans want to slash eight hundred billion from Medicare, Pell grants, food stamps, SSI, for older citizens and the disabled, school lunches, the Earned Income Tax Credit and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Meanwhile, federal benefits for the long term unemployed are set to expire at the end of this year.
Those that have taken effect and those proposed are draconian and represent a renewed attack on all safety-net and poverty-alleviation programs. While the Republicans say there’s no money, we’re in fact sitting on a virtual pot of gold that could fund hunger, healthcare, and education. So we’ll head to the streets of NYC outside of the United Nations where Robin Hood and his followers say it’s time to tax Wall Street to feed Main Street with a Robin Hood Tax which would raise more than three-hundred-and-fifty-billion dollars a year.
Produced by Building Bridges
Producers: Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg