Sen. Gillibrand: Military Justice; Food Stamps Cuts; More

Friday, May 17, 2013

Kirsten GillibrandNew York Senator (D), talks about her proposed legislation to deal with the crisis on military sexual assault and fighting cuts to food stamps.


Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

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I listened to the Senators comments on Food Stamps. On how removing Food Stamp programs is taking food out of the hands of our children and elderly. Wow, I cannot believe that this is being used to drive a political agenda. I think the fine Senator needs to spend a month living on one of the fine Indian Reservations our nation has debilitated over the last 200 years with government assistance. Assistance programs are good in the premise that they will help someone for a short period of time while they cannot help themselves. This is simply not the case in this country. Food stamps are being bought, sold, and bartered on a daily basis. They are used like cash and exchanged for good that otherwise would not be purchased with food stamps (liquor, tobacco etc...). Unfortunately young women are getting pregnant at age 13 and continue to have children... these kids are often victims of fetal alcohol syndrome.. but the more children they have the more assistance they get. This reality is being played out over and over again in reservations and inner cities all over the country.

I think people need to take a serious look at what giving someone something for over 200 years without making them a part of the process (through work, or education) leads to complacency...

I have also worked in the rehabilitation field for 5 years with inner city kids, I think the fine senator should do this herself to get a true perspective of what challenges these kids are facing. The availability of food stamps and government assistance is not one of them...

May. 17 2013 10:51 AM
Amy from Manhattan

One of the most outrageous things about the cases of rape in the military is that superior officers can overturn jury convictions! Could Pres. Obama, as Commander in Chief--the ultimate superior officer--overrule or reinstate these overturned verdicts? He recently said he wanted members of the military who have been raped or otherwise sexually abused to know he has their backs; could an office be established in the White House where victims could report these crimes directly instead of having to report them to their commanding officers, who are often complicit if not actually the perpetrators?

May. 17 2013 10:42 AM
P. from Tri-State Area

Senator Gillibrand had said about Vito Lopez, "..he should not be permitted to be in a position of authority." Does she believe that voters are to stupid to determine who should be an elected representative and so the democratic process should be ceded to the authority and judgement of the Senator. I suppose the voters could take all the information of what has happened or not happened and decide whether or not to re-elect Lopez, but it sounds like that process would be against the Senator's values.

May. 17 2013 10:36 AM
Henry from MD

You want to throw real light on the situation then go a bit deeper and explore what is really going on. There are men on men, men on women, and women on women 'rape' complaints. What are the statistics in each of these cases as compared with the total number of serving military of each gender.

May. 17 2013 10:32 AM

Senator -

Would you like to fix the rape problem in the military PDQ?

Work with Rep. Rangel on the UNIVERSAL public service commitment bill. This bill should be crafted and put in place NOW before we are in armed conflict. (Though it should be set to go into effect THE NEXT TIME the nation commits its military in any project for more than two years.) The two year commitment (most of the conscripts would find work in healthcare, education and other public services) would begin with sufficient basic military training to teach weapons handling, close order drill, PT, etc.

If Americans knew that ALL OF THEIR DAUGHTERS and SONS are potential victims of abuse, the current system would be corrected in a heartbeat.

Until the American citizen feels they have 'skin in the game', the situation will continue to be somebody else's problem.

May. 17 2013 10:30 AM

Sen. Gillibrand had a **100% APPROVAL RATING from the NRA -- the NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION**!

What changed?

We deserve an explanation!

May. 17 2013 10:21 AM
A listener from Manhattan, New York

Could you ask Gillibrand about her positions on fracking and GMO foods?

May. 17 2013 10:19 AM
fuva from harlemworld

She's oh so passionate and 'beyond furious' about the enabling of sexual predation, but oh so ambivalent about Silver doing just that...

Folks, we have to find and employ practical ways to hold ALL these sleaze pols accountable.

May. 17 2013 10:18 AM

Why has there been no reform to the filibuster?

Why aren’t the blue states strong enough to stop the subsidies to big agro busine$$es in the red states

May. 17 2013 10:16 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

I'm so happy to hear that Gillibrand sees that men too can be victims of harassment, sexual and otherwise.

May. 17 2013 10:15 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Any discussion of the Vito Lopez mess and Sheldon Silver's complicity?

May. 17 2013 10:14 AM

I hope Sen. Gillibrand will be confronted to comment on:

1.) The Obama Administration scandals in the news (AP, IRS, etc.)

(On Democracy Now! this morning, the attorney who represented the NY Times in the Pentagon Papers case said that Pres. Obama has surpassed Bush II and is close to surpassing Nixon as well.

Daniel Ellsberg himself said, during Obama's first term, that this administration has been the _worst ever_ on whistleblowers. )

2.) Additional, related/similar issues such as: Guantanomo (86 cleared for release but still held), Bradley Manning, Julian Assange (aforementioned Pentagon Papers attorney also said he believes that the Obama administration has already secretly indicted Assange).

3.) Fracking

4.) Her record on gun control (had a high rating from the NRA). Has BL ever confronted her about this?

Of course, I'm hardly holding my breath... When it comes to WNYC, NPR, the NY Times, etc., etc. and the Democrat Party itselff, as long as one is solidly pro-abortion, pro-buggery and "racially correct", all else can be forgiven.

May. 17 2013 10:12 AM

and why are so many men raped in the military?

May. 17 2013 10:01 AM
oscar from ny

..what I do remember is that some female military personnel sometimes flirts with the idea that the government has their back and frankly act inappropriate with the men..I remember a girl got me in trouble just because I think she was having a bad day, alls I told her is that her socks were cute..she told my boss I was harassing her..

May. 17 2013 09:32 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Gillibrand – a miniaturized, invisible senator (embarrassing for the once great Empire State) who occasionally surfaces for obscure issues (usually some victimhood pandering ones) and a puff piece BLS appearance.

“In 2012, Communist Party-controlled media acknowledged more ambitious plans to develop ballistic missiles that would carry multiple warheads -- and therefore be able to get around the U.S. missile defense shield. China is also working on new submarine-launched missiles that would avoid U.S. early-warning systems left over from the Cold War. Regular cyberattacks are likely to be an ongoing facet. And it's building up its space program on both the civilian and military sides.”,2

May. 17 2013 09:02 AM

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