Heartless: Arizona The Only State to Stop Welfare Checks for the Needy During Government Shutdown

I will continue to maintain that the Republican Party doesn’t care about the poor and the least among us. How else can you explain Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer’s decision to stop welfare checks to the needy because of the government shutdown. Arizona is the only state to take such an action, knowing that the state would be reimbursed when the shutdown ends.

Republican Gov. Jan Brewer’s administration announced this week that 5,700 families eligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families would not be receiving their checks, which average $207 a month, while the federal government is shut down.

Federal officials have told state welfare directors that they could use alternative sources of funding during the shutdown to keep assistance programs funded, and they will be reimbursed when the federal government re-opens.

This is the same woman who disrespected President Obama by sticking her finger in his face during a testy exchange during his stop in Arizona. Gov. Brewer is the same hypocrite who wanted to use state funds to open the Grand Canyon. Go figure. The Republicans are living in an alternate universe.

This was cross-posted from The Hinterland Gazette.

Author: JANET SHAN

19 Comments

  1. I guess John Kasich of Ohio has switched parties since he does care. Broad brush strokes don’t make for finer points.

  2. Alternate universe is right. These people who are defining the modern republican psyche are unbelievable. Irrational, inhuman, and unrepentant.

  3. What else would you expect from the devil’s spawn. You guy’s are pissers. :-)

  4. I think the point is that no one on Dem party would think of doing such a thing, yet we have a Republican that has…. but I think you know that dd :)

  5. Dd, when the scales fall from your eyes you’ll want to have those extra, super-duper, triple coated, UV protected shades at the ready. ;-)

  6. I have maintained for months now how insensitive and uncaring the Republicans are. Interesting to note that this story has nothing to do with the Tea party Republicans…you know, the ones the press and media and everyone else wants to blame for extreme actions so they won’t terrify the people with the actual truth. That it is the entire Republican party that feels contempt for the poor and needy. Everyone is trying to minimize this machiavellian thinking and blame it on one supposed small faction, but we all know this is widespread credo throughout the R party. This is an R Governor. ( you know the one who jabbed her finger in the face of the president while screaming at him).
    dd…sorry, but she is spiritually and morally vacant. And no…both sides do not do THIS.

  7. Good point sheknows. The GOP had issues with sanity and empathy long before the tea party came on the scene.

  8. JS, from yours and others visual perspective, which is at the anal level rather than the ocular, you guys certainly don’t need any type of glasses. Dream on in your echo chamber of distortion and exaggeration and keep up the personal stuff too if it makes you feel good. LOL.

  9. Mr. Duck, heal thyself. You are the only one being personal in any mean-spirited way here. I appreciate the difficulty you have in acknowledging the unpleasant changes your party has taken in recent years, but the messengers are not the problem and denial is not the cure. I think folks here give you quite a bit of leeway given the tenor of some of your comments.

  10. How about you stick to the subject instead of injecting condescending and personal observations. Who the hell tells others to heal themselves and don’t worry about my difficulties, many here can’t resist playing amateur shrinks. Well, you are lousy at it. I am not denying anything, BTW, except the low level discourse many of you employ. And, I bet you and the “folks”, usually of the Dem persuasion, a tenner you can’t write straight comments without the puerile personalized remarks remarks. Heel this, and review the rules.

  11. Follow your own advice dd and everything will be fine. Again, I’m sorry your party has gone around the bend but blaming the people who are pointing this out is pretty disingenuous.

  12. The natural tendency is to defend your team, especially if you have been a fan for 50+ years.
    You are not alone dd. Half of all R’s I know are struggling with the same issues. They cannot give up on their team, even though they are throwing game after game.

    The main difference between our parties is that the Dems are a “cause” party and the Reps are a team party. If the Dems were behaving in a way that denied what we believed in, and trashing our ideology, we would abandon them in a heartbeat. The Reps don’t have an ideology or “causes” they believe in, so that leaves just the team.
    I do not for the life of me know what your ideology is or what causes you support and believe in. I have asked two of my friends and they just get pissed off. I guess they don’t know either.

  13. Republicans (of which I used to be) have never met a person on welfare, yet somehow they all “know” that everyone on welfare is scamming the system

  14. If the Dems were behaving in a way that denied what we believed in, and trashing our ideology, we would abandon them in a heartbeat.

    Exactly. I’ve seen this happen time after time on the left. The right however has taken a circle the wagons approach no matter how extreme or wrong they got things. It’s only been recently that internal strife began to be a concern for them, and given how much the TP is doing the wagging it can’t be much of a concern from their POV.

    And btw, when describing a party that put all it’s focus on an unnecessary war while the economy was tanking, a party that is relentless in fomenting ignorant points of view, bigotry and lying, is comfortable not giving a crap about the middleclass and working poor, and has now shut down the government (and I could go on and on) well… let’s just say exaggeration is hardly a concern.

  15. The right however seems to take a circle the wagons approach no matter how extreme or wrong they get things.

    Well said… We have two regulars here that are perfect examples of this. No names of course other than they both start with a ‘d’ and end with an animal.

  16. I will continue to maintain that the Republican Party doesn’t care about the poor and the least among us. ~ Janet Shan

    They seem to believe people are somehow poor by choice and even deserve it. That’s hardly anything new for the GOP, but sometime during the period between Reagan and Obama they also started not caring about the working classes – including the working poor (who have always been unappreciated in terms of how much work they do for so little) and also the middle class. I continue to be amazed at how much support they get from constituents who have so obviously been abandoned.

  17. Aren’t you so cute and clever. No names, brilliant.

  18. My point was that in fact we have some here that “take a circle the wagons approach no matter how extreme or wrong they get things.”

    What was yours dduck… Or do you even have one? How about actually joining in on the conversation.

  19. I think partisan arguments can easily be dispensed with if everyone understands the other sides’position.
    In this article, the author states that the governor of Arizona has stopped welfare for her states’ participants even though AZ will be reimbursed after the govt. resumes.
    dd, perhaps if you explained to us what your party believes and why what the governor did was in keeping with your ideology, we would understand better your defense. Could you please do that for us so we stop all this nonsense? Thanks

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