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Old 04-03-2009, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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If you're going to be using tax dollars to eat, there should be some provisions on what foods you can buy. Fruits and vegetables have to make up a certain percentage of your total and if you exceed the "junk food" percentage, you have to pay for it out of your own pocket. I know the government can't make you work out but at the very least if you're going to be on government funds buying food...eat healthy so we're not paying your huge medical bills too.
Now you want to legislate what food people can buy? I know people that have recently lost their jobs and are temporarily on food stamps and many elderly qualify for 15-20$ per month because their SS benifits are so low. You think because someone lost their job and you didnt you the right to dictate what foods they get. Why not just give them dog food. Its cheap and nutritious?
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Old 04-03-2009, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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I think the base problem is too few of us own enough of the machinery that is doing the work so we do not get a portion of the wealth created by the machines. This concentrates the wealth created into the ownership class. This is exacerbated by the Ronnie Raygun upper bracket tax cuts. These things have created the real welfare class in our country.

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Old 04-03-2009, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Btw -
Dog and cat food are not cheap. Rice is cheap. Wheat flour is cheap. Protein, dairy and vegetables are not cheap.
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Old 04-03-2009, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Up in the air
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Now you want to legislate what food people can buy? I know people that have recently lost their jobs and are temporarily on food stamps and many elderly qualify for 15-20$ per month because their SS benifits are so low. You think because someone lost their job and you didnt you the right to dictate what foods they get. Why not just give them dog food. Its cheap and nutritious?
Well, my dog's food is definitely NOT cheap.... and cheap dog food is definitely NOT nutritious.

Let's put it this way, if I was broke and borrowed money from my dad he sure as HELL would make sure I spent it on something that was required and not a luxury. If I went out and bought a bunch of soft drinks for $3 a liter as opposed to water which I can get for .65 a gallon he wouldn't be too happy.
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Old 04-03-2009, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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A 50lb bag of dog food 25.00$ would last one person all month. Healthier than chips and soda.
You can get water for free from the faucet.
Maybe we should ration the FS as well so the big moochers dont eat too much. Just allow them to spend 8$ a day.
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Old 04-03-2009, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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Hey, I have a better idea. Thousands of unwanted pets are euthunized daily. Lets skin them out and feed them to the FS receipients. Stores throw out lots of outdated produce too! Restaraunt scraps?
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Old 04-03-2009, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Hey, I have a better idea. Thousands of unwanted pets are euthunized daily. Lets skin them out and feed them to the FS receipients. Stores throw out lots of outdated produce too! Restaraunt scraps?
Mmmm, cat...the other other white meat.
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Old 04-03-2009, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Well, my dog's food is definitely NOT cheap.... and cheap dog food is definitely NOT nutritious.

Let's put it this way, if I was broke and borrowed money from my dad he sure as HELL would make sure I spent it on something that was required and not a luxury. If I went out and bought a bunch of soft drinks for $3 a liter as opposed to water which I can get for .65 a gallon he wouldn't be too happy.
I'd be pretty unhappy if you wasted .65 a gallon on something that falls out of the sky.
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Old 04-03-2009, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Stores throw out lots of outdated produce too! Restaraunt scraps?
Sounds great, but in the real world the logistics are a nightmare. Who's going to deliver all the outdated produce and restaurant "scraps" (mmmm you make it sound so yummy ) to places where people who are unemployed/on welfare/on disability can access it? Who will ensure the food is safely handled and distributed? How will you determine who can have the food, and how much?
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Old 04-03-2009, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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Distribute it like the gov. commodities or soup kitchen lines to those who have FS cards. Simple.
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