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Old 03-23-2011, 08:43 AM
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Default Food stamp use, poverty rates sharply rise among N.J. children during recession

Food stamp use, poverty rates sharply rise among N.J. children during recession | NJ.com

Among counties, Passaic had the highest percent of of residents living in poverty, at 17.2 percent. It was followed by Cumberland, Essex, Hudson and Camden counties. Among cities and towns, Camden had the highest poverty rate, at 36.7 percent. It was followed by Lakewood, Passaic, Paterson and Atlantic City.
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:59 AM
 
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It's a shame Zasie to read and hear this. Many posters on this forum would cut all the food stamps and have them starve to death if it saves them some money on their tax bill.
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:33 AM
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Children are feeling the affects of the recession too.
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:39 AM
 
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I found this to be interesting:

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The Advocates for Children of New Jersey report showed food stamps were used by more than 200,000 children in 2006, but that number surpassed 310,000 last year. Meanwhile, the number of households suffering food shortages rose from 8 percent in 2004-06 to 12 percent in 2007-09.
So, the worst recession in memory has increased these numbers by about 33% over the levels they were at during a time of relative general prosperity.

I personally don't have a problem with helping people out through hard times whether it be with food stamps or health insurance. We've all fallen on hard times and could use a hand up. The problem is when the hand up becomes a hand out and a way of life for so many.
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:49 AM
 
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It's a shame Zasie to read and hear this. Many posters on this forum would cut all the food stamps and have them starve to death if it saves them some money on their tax bill.
It's a tricky situation. No one wants children to starve, but food stamps along with programs like medicaid not only enables but almost encourages people who aren't in a position to have children to have them. I once worked with a single lady who was barely making over minimum wage that had eight kids, she probably would've stopped at one if it weren't for food stamps and medicaid. TBH even with those programs I dunno how she made due. This was in the South so the COL was cheaper, but still...

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Old 03-23-2011, 10:48 AM
 
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Children are feeling the affects of the recession too.
Zasie didn't u get the memo from Christie, this is his version of SHARED SACRIFICE. The poor starve, the middle class get raped, and the rich stay at status quo. Business's get millions in tax breaks and the poor line up for food stamps. Welcome to the new NJ.
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:50 AM
 
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It's a tricky situation. No one wants children to starve, but food stamps along with programs like medicaid not only enables but almost encourages people who aren't in a position to have children to have them. I once worked with a single lady who was barely making over minimum wage that had eight kids, she probably would've stopped at one if it weren't for food stamps and medicaid. TBH even with those programs I dunno how she made due. This was in the South so the COL was cheaper, but still...

if you make it easier for people to behave badly, they will. these "well meaning" programs hurt us.
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:52 AM
 
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JM, not everyone makes a living off of public money like you did. Everyone benefits from tax incentives given to businesses.
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:58 AM
 
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JM, not everyone makes a living off of public money like you did. Everyone benefits from tax incentives given to businesses.
Tyler, I make about 10 times more off of my business, real estate holdings and investments than I received or receive from the public.
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:01 AM
 
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Business's get millions in tax breaks and the poor line up for food stamps. Welcome to the new NJ.
Maybe if we created a better climate for business in the state and attracted some of them to come here some of those folks inline for food stamps might be able to get a job.
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