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View Poll Results: Should it Be Legal to buy Alcohol and Tobacco with Food Stamps?
Yes 18 12.59%
No 123 86.01%
Unsure 2 1.40%
Voters: 143. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-30-2012, 09:48 PM
 
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I'm just waiting for someone to scream "RACISM!!!!!"
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Whoville....
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You can't stop them though. I used to work the pharmacy and lottery/liquer counters in a drug store (many years ago). I was not allowed to cash welfare checks at the lottery/liquer counter. So people would cash their check at the pharmacy counter, then get in line for lottery tickets and beer....your tax dollars hard at work....
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Cleveland
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You can't stop them though. I used to work the pharmacy and lottery/liquer counters in a drug store (many years ago). I was not allowed to cash welfare checks at the lottery/liquer counter. So people would cash their check at the pharmacy counter, then get in line for lottery tickets and beer....your tax dollars hard at work....
Sure you can, require them to use a welfare credit card that can only be used for certain purchases. With the level of technology available in most stores these days, it should be fairly simple to implement.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:55 PM
 
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I had never thought much about it before, but today I drove by a beer and wine shop that had a big sign saying "we accept food stamps." This was very surprising and upsetting to me. In my opinion, food stamps should be there solely as a safety net to prevent people from starving, they shouldn't enable you to buy things that are not basic life necessities (i.e. luxuries). Luxuries should be something that one can only acquire if one has disposable income that comes from working and contributing to society. By allowing people these luxuries without working for them, you allow people to be comfortable on food stamps, and don't put pressure on them to get jobs and get off of them. If the government were to allow people to only buy the basic necessities with food stamps, the government would put pressure on people to get jobs in order to get what they want but cannot get. This seems relatively obvious to me, and I was somewhat appalled to find out that you can buy alcohol with food stamps. Thoughts?

If you would have stopped by the shop and looked around you would see pop, chips and other snacks, and depending on the area you may have seen bread, milk and eggs; that is what they are accepting food stamps for not alcohol and tobacco.

You made an assumption from a sign posted on a Liquor Store instead of going inside and finding out what the truth is behind the posted sign.
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:13 PM
 
Location: New York metropolitan area
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No
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:16 PM
 
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There should be no SNAP program, period.
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:18 PM
 
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Sure you can, require them to use a welfare credit card that can only be used for certain purchases. With the level of technology available in most stores these days, it should be fairly simple to implement.
It already is and no they don't pay for Alcohol and Tabacoo. They do pay for some things I find questionable and they don't pay for others I think they should pay for. In general just food is all they cover not anything else. So you can run to the local gas station where I live, use your food stamps to get...food items being sold there. Where I live many Alchol stores also sell food items.
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:32 PM
 
Location: planet octupulous is nearing earths atmosphere
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as long as you buy enough to drown yourself!!! then i'm all for it..
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:39 PM
 
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I had never thought much about it before, but today I drove by a beer and wine shop that had a big sign saying "we accept food stamps." This was very surprising and upsetting to me. In my opinion, food stamps should be there solely as a safety net to prevent people from starving, they shouldn't enable you to buy things that are not basic life necessities (i.e. luxuries). Luxuries should be something that one can only acquire if one has disposable income that comes from working and contributing to society. By allowing people these luxuries without working for them, you allow people to be comfortable on food stamps, and don't put pressure on them to get jobs and get off of them. If the government were to allow people to only buy the basic necessities with food stamps, the government would put pressure on people to get jobs in order to get what they want but cannot get. This seems relatively obvious to me, and I was somewhat appalled to find out that you can buy alcohol with food stamps. Thoughts?



That's the way it used to be.
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Old Bellevue, WA
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You can't stop them though. I used to work the pharmacy and lottery/liquer counters in a drug store (many years ago). I was not allowed to cash welfare checks at the lottery/liquer counter. So people would cash their check at the pharmacy counter, then get in line for lottery tickets and beer....your tax dollars hard at work....

Money is fungible...econ 101. The only thing a spending restriction does is siphon off some money to the the arbitrage guy.
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