meekofitz:

derekhalealpha101:

liberalbutnotpartisan:

wagrobanite:

think-progress:

Members of Congress are living off food stamps for a week to protest Republican cuts. It’s a challenge for them, but GOP cuts would hurt millions of everyday Americans

Why does this not have more publicity. This needs it!

Signal boosting this A) because it deserves to be seen by more people, and b) because I appreciate some members of Congress are actually willing to see what it’s like living on food stamps in order to make their point about how horrifying cutting food stamps would be.

News flash, regressives: people on food stamps do not load up on Snickers bars and filet mignon. They’re limited in what they can buy, and oftentimes, it’s not enough to get by on. Go on thinking these are entitlements that let minorities live lives of luxury, comfortable in the knowledge that you’ll never go hungry.

You privileged, elitist pricks.

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Why isn’t this being broadcast to everyone, why am I just finding out about it now? This is WONDERFUL. Get some reality up in there.

I won’t get too political, but we had a different yet similar situation here. Everyone moans about how much money is spent on Auckland transport. But I live in an area that has a general low level of income and the train station is a vital part of our lives here. It is how hundreds get to work, we aren’t talking a scenic route through the suburbs or a fun shopping trip this is a straight to the CBD and back line. 

The lines are at street level which means there are level crossings the full length and especially here where the line crossed over a major road and even through a five point roundabout! Seriously right through it! 

A large amount of money was needed to dig a trench so the trains could go under the road and allow the bus station above (yes really as well) to be modernised and have proper shelters etc.

This was going to be cut. As in the project was half way through and the government was going to scrap it. Exactly to what degree, I don’t know but it was going to cause even more chaos.

That was until some of the politicians got to visit (they had never been) and could see the huge safety issues as well as huge mess it was. And so the project was finished and we now have trains every 20 minutes or so vs up to an hour apart.

Sadly there are now traffic lights instead of roundabouts which actually work better for Auckland traffic which tends to see “stop” signs as “give way” and “give way” as push to sneak through by ignoring everything on the right. So the traffic is as bad as before but it is a lot safer and there is more public transport so it did have a very good positive outcome.

And this was because there was a willingness to actually see what the issue was rather than just brush it off.