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Families Making $60,000 Get Food Stamps

From a joyous Associated Press:

More working families getting government food aid

By Mark Niesse, Associated Press Writer
October 22, 2010

HONOLULU – … Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture reviewed by The Associated Press shows that 32 states have adopted rules making it easier to qualify for food stamps since 2007. In all, 38 states have loosened eligibility standards.

Hawaii has gone farther than most, allowing [families] to earn up to $59,328 and still get food stamps. Prior to an Oct. 1 increase, the income eligibility limit for a Hawaii family of five was $38,568 a year

Be fair. It’s tough trying to get by living in Hawaii on a measly $60,000 a year.

With more than 1 in 8 Americans now on food stamps, participation in the program has jumped about 70 percent from 26 million in May 2007, while the nation’s unemployment rate rose from 4.3 percent to 9.2 percent through September of this year…

In addition to helping alleviate economic pressures, many states embrace the popularity of food stamps because their cost — $50 billion last year — is paid entirely by the federal government. States are only responsible for paying half of their programs’ administrative costs…

So there is a ‘free lunch,’ after all. Who knew?

Shortly after Hawaii announced it was raising its eligibility limits starting this month, three carloads of 10 seniors drove to the Kauai Independent Food Bank to ask if they qualified. Nine of them did, said Judy Lenthall, executive director for the food bank, which helps people apply for food stamps.

"We saw an immediate and overwhelmingly wonderful response," Lenthall said. "It surprised us how fast it’s spreading."

Yes, what an "overwhelmingly wonderful" triumph of the human spirit. And what a boon for the ‘food stamp party.’

States that have relaxed food stamp eligibility did so by moving to a system where applicants could qualify based on their income, and their other assets such as real estate, vehicles and savings accounts could be ignored.

Basing food stamps on income alone allows the newly unemployed and the elderly to seek government food aid without having to first sell their property or exhaust every dollar they’ve earned, said Sue McGinn, director of the food stamp program in Colorado, which will expand eligibility beginning in March.

"They won’t have to wipe out their savings to apply for benefits," McGinn said

If the states aren’t going to count assets and savings, you have to wonder why just about everyone who is retired doesn’t qualify for food stamps – except for the well-heeled public sector union members. Come to think of it, maybe they will.

After all, this is just the Cloward-Piven strategy in action.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 22nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Families Making $60,000 Get Food Stamps”

  1. proreason says:

    When will the gubamint be issuing Prostitution Stamps?

    Only then will the country be truly fair.

  2. jrmcdonald says:

    It will be a prostitution stamp of sorts; it will say ‘taxpayer’ and be a tatoo on the -very- lower back.

  3. canary says:

    This is a deliberate action to bankrupt America which is the socialist’s agenda in order to change America.

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