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Governor Tom Corbett to PA’s working poor: “I hope you and your kids starve to death.”

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett has announced a major assault on the food stamp program that feeds 1.8 million Pennsylvanians, including 439,245 in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare announced that on May 1, people under 60 with more than $2,000 in savings or other assets will be barred from receiving food stamps. People over 60 would have a $3,250 cap…

Eliminating “waste, fraud and abuse” is an old and recurrent refrain from those who seek to dismantle the country’s social welfare system. But it’s a cynical ruse: 30 percent of those eligible for food stamps in Pennsylvania don’t receive them. According to federal data, the Inquirer notes, Pennsylvania has a fraud rate of just one-tenth of 1 percent.

AP Ticker has a more modest proposal:

Reunion

Saw my shrink today for the first time in a month. “You look like shit,” I said, and burst out laughing. He really looked pitiful.

“I feel like shit,” he said. “I have a cold.”

I believe that’s what they call a First World problem. Heh.

A plan to deep-six Citizens United

Sen. Bernie Sanders is one of the only elected official in D.C. who’s really working to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court’s deplorable Citizens United decision. More here.

Rich people are special

They operate under a completely different set of rules.

Who would have thought a TV talk show host/satirists would prove himself to be smarter and more ethical than most of the people on the U.S. Supreme Court? Well, probably most of us. More here.

An open letter

To the New York Times staffers, from Russ Baker.

Terrorism

Minnesota has a very large Somali population, and this is a very stupid thing.

Back in Zuccotti Park

They’re backkk….

Updated, 10:07 a.m. | Security guards working for Brookfield Properties took down a cordon of metal barricades surrounding Zuccotti Park on Tuesday evening, but entered the park later that night to enforce rules forbidding anyone to lie down.

The police arrested three people late Tuesday, a woman and two men, and charged them with trespassing, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest.

More than 200 Occupy Wall Street protesters milled inside the park past midnight, celebrating the removal of the barricades, which some lawyers had said violated city laws.

Moira Meltzer-Cohen, 34, a law student from Bedford-Stuyvesant, said that she was in a meeting in a public atrium on Wall Street on Tuesday when word began circulating that the barricades were being taken down. She said she rushed to the park and saw security guards stacking barricades that had ringed the park since the police cleared an Occupy Wall Street encampment there in mid-November, forcing protesters to enter single file.

“People flooded in, and there was a lot of jubilation,” she said. “There was so much joy because the park had been caged for so long.”

Vestiges from the park’s recent past emerged. Protesters brought crates of books left over from a library that had been established at the park before it was cleared. They also ladled out meals from large containers, something that Brookfield guards had prevented over the last two months.

Vulture capitalism

While Perry is certainly as bad in his own way and is simply looking for anything he can use to attack Mittens, the fact remains that he’s right. Voters will certainly be wary of Romney’s background.

Does austerity work?

What Duncan said. Morons.

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