What I find sad about this, is how little an outcry there is. This kind of antics only serve to point out how terrible skewered our government has become. Not only is the budget for SNAP less than 2% of the budget, but to cut or eliminate SNAP won’t only hurt those that hungry in our country but also all the grocery stores that count on the income that SNAP brings in.
So, instead of passing a FARM BILL, what they actually did is to increase the welfare to BIG AGRA and satisfy their ‘owners’ and of course make sure that Monsanto is off limits. How did it come to this? We live in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, and yet our government thinks the way to ‘decrease’ our budget is to cut off aid to those that are hungry? What kind of government does that?
We spend over half of our budget on Defense, and we have already the worlds largest military, and spend more than the next 15 countries combined, but we can’t budget to feed the poor?
Too be honest, what is going on in our country makes me very sad and worried for where we will end up. With the corporate owned media fanning the ‘race’ fight and demonizing the poor, elderly, disabled and even the children, it keeps way too many people in our country so busy blaming everyone for the problems, no one notices that the real enemy is those in our government, whose only agenda is to serve their owners(corporate interests and self-interest) and that they are systematically destroying our social and safety nets that are there to help people when needed.
They also want to be able to privatize Medicare and social security, and raise the age for both Is their only goal to decimate what is left of our ‘middle class’ and instead have only the ‘rich few’ and the ‘poverty stricken masses’? You tell me.
Dear Mr/Ms Manager,
I know you are just like me, trying to do your best to make a good living, perhaps feeding a family, and generally trying to make the world a better place. However, your parent corporation has decided that it’s better to deceive me and thousands of other moms across the country by contributing almost $1.5 million to defeat GMO labeling efforts in California and Washington State. So it saddens me to tell you that I can no longer shop at the Safeway location in <insert local municipality here.)
This is painful, because I like Safeway, and I want to support the efforts you’ve made to include local items. However, when I know that (insert list of ethical store chains) also sell local, organic produce and their parent companies have decided that I, as a consumer, have the right to make a fully informed choice about the food I put in my body, and the bodies of my children.
To put this into perspective, take the following scenario- if just 1000 of us that visit your store decide that we need to take our business elsewhere, it adds up. Let’s say each of us spends $100 per month at your store. That becomes $100,000 per month in lost revenue, which then becomes $1.2 million of missed opportunity. That’s almost as much as what your company has spent to try to tell us we don’t have the right to know if GMO’s are in our food. Now think about how many Safeways are near you…. I think you can see how this goes. And that’s just assuming that I only spend $100 a month at your store. You know as well as I what the average mom spends on groceries each month. Essentially, your corporation is taking the gamble that this goes unnoticed and that the hit to your numbers is worth the effort.
I really dislike doing this, but I can’t support a business the contributes to this type of dishonesty. Safeway has basically told me that my opinion as a consumer doesn’t matter. But it does, and if I have to vote with my dollars, I will. Because the proper order of a free market is that producers produce what consumers demand, and I demand GMO labeling.
Yours, very sincerely,
With all the corporate owned media frenzy over where Snowden is going and which country will give him asylum, the message is conveniently forgot.
I hear from so many, why did this man leave our country, before he told about the our government outsourcing the spying on all American people to a private corporation. The answer is because the message would have never been heard, he would have been silenced, just as surely as those few in congress that are questioning the right of our government to spy on the American people, are being silenced.
That our president would then turn around and make a complete fool of himself, with his all out bullying of other countries, just makes it worse. The truth of what Snowden is saying is then confirmed by our governments response. That our country would then try to bully the world into not accepting Snowdens plea for asylum is quite hypocritical, seeing as how they have given asylum to many through the years.
The true message that is not being talked about, is the fact that a private corporation has been given cartblanc to spy on all Americans with no congressional oversight. That should outrage all American’s, and its not. What will it take for the people to wake up and realize that giving up our civil rights and freedoms for an illusion of security, is a one way ticket to a corporate owned fascist government.
So, as the charade continues to play out, no one is even concerned about this. Why not? Think about it for a minute, and ask yourself, why should a private corporation be allowed to spy and keep data on all Americans and all international spying? Gee, whatever could go wrong with a private corporation and defense working together, without congressional oversight and without the peoples knowledge?
This is not how a democracy works and I am sad that so many Americans are so eager to give up a democracy.
As always peace and may joy, love and harmony surround you.