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Old 04-14-2013, 10:34 AM
 
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Link: Food stamp nation

What an eye-opener!!!

How long can taxpayers subsidize food stamps - looks like these people have no recourse but to be dependent 100% on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Lincoln County Road or Armageddon
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Yeah, it sure sounds like they're living the high life. The nerve, wanting to feed their family.
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Vallejo
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I do most of most of my shopping at WinCo, which is sort of like a Sam's Club except heavier on the bulk food, produce, and what not. The food stamp rush is more centered on the first week or two and you get a pretty broad spectrum of people there. But yeah, it's always interesting to see what people buy. There was one lady I'd call a yoga mom (mid 30s, in great shape, well groomed) buying nothing but real food heavy on staples and vegetables with not much meat, no cookies and crackers and frozen pizzzas. Whips out the EBT card at register. Most of the time it's more the opposite. The way some people shop, it doesn't surprise me that they run out of the supplemental food stamps before the end of the month. If you're getting the maximum and watching what you buy, it shouldn't be hard to last a month.
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Old 04-14-2013, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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Ha, I was living with a women for awhile on the SNAP card in my younger years. Or maybe it was WICK? I can't remember all these gubmint handout programs. I got a first hand look at what kind of diet can be supported on the government's dole. You can buy enough food to eat comfortably for a month, or you can buy prime rib, steak, seafood, for 2 weeks, and eat top ramen for the other weeks. Either way, you can do about as well as any middle class family on food cards.
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Old 04-14-2013, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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To balance the budget the US would have to cut spending by about 47%. Food stamps make up about 2% of federal spending.

Cutting food stamps is a popular idea that won't accomplish anything in regard to balancing the budget.

To really balance the budget you would have to make cuts to entitlements and the military. I'm ok with this.
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Old 04-14-2013, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Lincoln County Road or Armageddon
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Ha, I was living with a women for awhile on the SNAP card in my younger years. Or maybe it was WICK? I can't remember all these gubmint handout programs. I got a first hand look at what kind of diet can be supported on the government's dole. You can buy enough food to eat comfortably for a month, or you can buy prime rib, steak, seafood, for 2 weeks, and eat top ramen for the other weeks. Either way, you can do about as well as any middle class family on food cards.
Hmm... don't see any prime rib or seafood on the list, unless you count canned tuna or sardines, and that's only for breastfeeding mothers.

WIC Food List

The article said that the monthly food stamp allotment was around $260 a month for a family. I suppose a family could survive on that if they only had one meal a day or if they cut their meals with sawdust to stretch them.

Besides, what's the big deal? Your contribution to the food stamp program is probably a tenth of a cent a year. IM me your address and I'll send you 10 years worth of your contribution.
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Old 04-14-2013, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Cold Springs, NV
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To balance the budget the US would have to cut spending by about 47%. Food stamps make up about 2% of federal spending.

Cutting food stamps is a popular idea that won't accomplish anything in regard to balancing the budget.

To really balance the budget you would have to make cuts to entitlements and the military. I'm ok with this.
Social Security is separate from the federal budget that our income taxes pay for, and is currently self sufficient until 2033. If they paid back the money they robbed from the surpluses who knows how much longer it would go without changes. It is paid for from the payroll tax (FICA) taken from paychecks and matched by employers.

I say cut Farm, oil, and title 9 funding first, and then military. Taxes must rise on the wealthy as the middle class dwindles, and eventually someone will figure out the masses need jobs, or they'll pay more. The greed, and selfishness will come at a cost before long.
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Old 04-14-2013, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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Hmm... don't see any prime rib or seafood on the list, unless you count canned tuna or sardines, and that's only for breastfeeding mothers.

WIC Food List

The article said that the monthly food stamp allotment was around $260 a month for a family. I suppose a family could survive on that if they only had one meal a day or if they cut their meals with sawdust to stretch them.

Besides, what's the big deal? Your contribution to the food stamp program is probably a tenth of a cent a year. IM me your address and I'll send you 10 years worth of your contribution.
I wasn't even responding to the article, which I did not read. Merely commenting on my first hand observation.

My average grocery bill is $30/week. I make quite a bit more than the folks getting these SNAP cards, and I still feel like I need to budget wisely when I do my shopping. No fancy Mexican juices or plantains for me. Certainly not eating much prime rib over here. Heck, I don't even buy the little treats like cookies, candy or chips. Just the staples like rice, eggs, meats, potatoes. If I want a pizza, I make it from scratch because it's cheaper and more filling.

It's not about the little bit that is taken out of my paycheck to feed low income families. It's about the principle... Why should anyone's money be used to afford these folks the same standard of living as mine, or better?

Give them some incentive to work towards a better future. Maybe that's a future where they can afford to eat prime rib once in awhile. Maybe it's a future where they can eat like a middle class American. If you remove that incentive by giving them these things for nothing, you remove the incentive to work hard or pursue higher paying occupations. That's called communism, and it usually doesn't end well. What we have is a milder version called socialism, but every day, hardcore bleeding heart liberals want to push the envelope a little further.

I could have stayed in a shelled out town with little or no decent paying jobs. My last job there paid $12/hr, and that was considered a good paying job. I wanted better for myself, and I was willing to work hard to get there. Took a chance and moved somewhere that offered better paying opportunities. People used to do this all the time. Today, we give handouts so people don't have to migrate to better paying opportunities. What ever happened to the free market?
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Old 04-14-2013, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Hmm... don't see any prime rib or seafood on the list, unless you count canned tuna or sardines, and that's only for breastfeeding mothers.

WIC Food List

The article said that the monthly food stamp allotment was around $260 a month for a family. I suppose a family could survive on that if they only had one meal a day or if they cut their meals with sawdust to stretch them.

Besides, what's the big deal? Your contribution to the food stamp program is probably a tenth of a cent a year. IM me your address and I'll send you 10 years worth of your contribution.
I keep reading things like that as well.
Yet my son has friends who are single and in college and they are getting the max which is $200/month (Texas)
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Old 04-14-2013, 04:24 PM
 
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How can I get on this free ride? I'm hungry.
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