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Old 11-22-2012, 04:39 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Newark Mayor Cory Booker to live on food stamp budget - Economy


This guy continues to impress me. This is leadership and it's raising awareness of an important topic. Name me another politician in the U.S that would do something like this. Certainly not Chris Christie and those of you who see my postings on here know that I'm a big fan of the NJ governor.

Maybe what we need is a Christie / Booker presidential ticket in 2016, something that would bring the divided country together.
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Old 11-22-2012, 05:37 AM
 
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This is just a PR stunt. Mayor Booker should focus more on how to get jobs into Newark then living on food stamps for a week. It would be more beneficial to everyone in Newark who is looking for work.
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Old 11-22-2012, 05:38 AM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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This is just a PR stunt. Mayor Booker should focus more on how to get jobs into Newark then living on food stamps for a week. It would be more beneficial to everyone who is looking for work.
He has , Newark has a small but growing building boom under way.....
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:21 AM
 
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Yawn...

Former Chicago mayor Jane Byrne moved into an apartment in the Cabrini Green public housing project back in the 1970s.
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Holmdel, NJ
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whats he trying to prove? that people who actually work for a living arent giving enough of their hard earned money to the parasites living in his city?

i actually saw a relatively normal lady at a convenience store buying a sandwich with a benefit card the other day. these people just abuse the crap out of us and complain its not enough. so she probably paid like $8 for lunch when someone who works and is considerate of the money spent (because they earned it) are bringing lunch from home costing much less. "food stamps" shouldnt pay for anything but rice, potatoes, oats and other products of that nature. you can live on oats and be healthy, people who are using other people's money for food shouldnt be eating any better.
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:54 AM
 
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whats he trying to prove? that people who actually work for a living arent giving enough of their hard earned money to the parasites living in his city?

i actually saw a relatively normal lady at a convenience store buying a sandwich with a benefit card the other day. these people just abuse the crap out of us and complain its not enough. so she probably paid like $8 for lunch when someone who works and is considerate of the money spent (because they earned it) are bringing lunch from home costing much less. "food stamps" shouldnt pay for anything but rice, potatoes, oats and other products of that nature. you can live on oats and be healthy, people who are using other people's money for food shouldnt be eating any better.
How generous of you to say what people should & shouldn't be eating. You realize that food stamp usage has exploded after our 1-percenters ruined the world economy 4 years ago, right? Many Wal-Mart workers (our #1 company) use food stamps and Medicaid. I guess we should ask the billionaire Walton family why they are contributing to the problem.

Thankfully your hateful kind of "me first!" Republicanism is fading away. Even those in your own party aren't down with it any more.
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Holmdel, NJ
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How generous of you to say what people should & shouldn't be eating.
i think just about everyone has an opinion of what food stamps should and shouldnt cover, not just me. it seems perfectly rational that food stamps should cover the minimum necessary to provide a healthy diet. people that work for a living should have some benefit to it. i eat a lot of oats myself, they cost about 75 cents a pound.

government subsidies like food stamps reduce salaries because the government steps in to cover certain expenses so employers dont have to pay as much.
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:11 AM
 
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government subsidies like food stamps reduce salaries because the government steps in to cover certain expenses so employers dont have to pay as much.


Here's a Faux News bimbo joking about living on $133 a month. It'll make her skinny and that's good

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/1...n_2172496.html

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Old 11-22-2012, 10:58 AM
 
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i think just about everyone has an opinion of what food stamps should and shouldnt cover, not just me. it seems perfectly rational that food stamps should cover the minimum necessary to provide a healthy diet. people that work for a living should have some benefit to it. i eat a lot of oats myself, they cost about 75 cents a pound.

government subsidies like food stamps reduce salaries because the government steps in to cover certain expenses so employers dont have to pay as much.
I think it's the other way around. Government had to step in because big corporations chose not to. I have read staggering statistics of the number of Walmart (McDonalds was second) employees who are on government assistance of some type. It is on some accounts as high as 80%. These companies choose to have us pay benefits because it's more profitable for us to then for them. They are living high on the hog because we enable it. That cheap toy is not as cheap as people seem to think.

I work in a nursing home, and many of the CNA's recieve some type of government help, whether for insurance for their kids, help with heating costs, etc. And these women work their butts off, sign up for extra shifts, etc. This is why the middle class is disappearing while the 1% prosper, and the people who are paying the price (most of us who pay taxes) actually cheer them on.
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:02 AM
 
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I think it's the other way around. Government had to step in because big corporations chose not to. I have read staggering statistics of the number of Walmart (McDonalds was second) employees who are on government assistance of some type. It is on some accounts as high as 80%. These companies choose to have us pay benefits because it's more profitable for us to then for them. They are living high on the hog because we enable it. That cheap toy is not as cheap as people seem to think.

I work in a nursing home, and many of the CNA's recieve some type of government help, whether for insurance for their kids, help with heating costs, etc. And these women work their butts off, sign up for extra shifts, etc. This is why the middle class is disappearing while the 1% prosper, and the people who are paying the price (most of us who pay taxes) actually cheer them on.
I think it is a double edged sword with our immigration system though. We bring in people from 3rd world countries willing to work for peanuts. If there wasn't outside labor constantly streaming in, and there wasn't generous government assistance, these people might just group together and demand a reasonable wage.

My 2 cents.
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