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Yippee! More Will Use Food Stamps For T-Giving

From US News & World Report:

More Americans Will Use Food Stamps For Thanksgiving This Year Than Ever Before

By Elizabeth Flock | November 20, 2012

More Americans will use food stamps to buy their Thanksgiving dinner this year than ever before, according to a new report from the nonprofit government watchdog group The Sunlight Foundation.

The Food Stamp Challenge, which challenges higher-income families to live as if they are on food stamps, estimates that a person on food stamps has a budget of about $1.25 per meal. In other words, a family on food stamps must buy an entire meal per person for less than the cost of an average cup of coffee.

Does anyone really believe that? But even if it were true, maybe more could go to the people who really need it, if some of those who don’t were dropped from the rolls.

Usage of food stamps among low and no-income families has spiked since the collapse of the U.S. financial system four years ago.

In fact it has doubled since the work requirement was removed by Obama via his stimulus bill, four years ago.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, average participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamp program, has increased 70 percent since 2007. And economists have warned that usage of food stamps won’t go down until unemployment improves.

But unemployment has improved according to the administration. But food stamp enrollment keeps going up at an even faster rate.

This Thanksgiving, 42.2 million Americans will be on food stamps, according to the Economic Policy Institute. This is roughly the size of the populations of California and Connecticut combined.

That is astonishing. But what an accomplishment for Obama. He really has ‘transformed America,’ just like he said he would.

Not surprisingly, feeding millions of Americans isn’t cheap. The cost of the SNAP program last year reached $72 billion, the highest to date, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Those costs are a source of major contention in Congress, which stalled on a bundle of legislation known as the farm bill this summer because it could not agree how much money should be spent on food stamps. The farm bill, which directs the nation’s food policy, devotes about 80 percent of its budget to the food stamp program.

But no one would ever think of calling it "the food stamp bill."

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, November 21st, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Yippee! More Will Use Food Stamps For T-Giving”

  1. beautyofreason says:

    I’m sick of this propaganda for food stamps.

    Yesterday a young African American male came in to my store and bought two large platters of cooked crab. Practically emptied the case. He wanted them steamed with seasoning.

    When he found out at the front counter that he could not pay for these with EBT food stamps (heated foods must pay sales tax and are not applicable), he left the store and sent them back. Of course, we had to throw them away.

    We try to mention that the steamed seafood is taxed and we have a sign to that effect, but we are not supposed to mention food stamps because a customer might accuse of us prejudice.

    I personally had a couple of customers – African American females with children in the cart – order a lot of sea food for a birthday party. They asked us to cook lobster tail, shrimp, and a lot of crab legs. One was bossy. She had me hold up each crab so she could choose the best ones in the case, which is fine. She sent back the cooked shrimp because she didn’t see enough butter on it. We filled their order and wished them a good day.

    From what I hear, they had a tantrum when they found out that EBT does not cover hot food. An embarrassed cashier returned their order. One of the women came back and bought chilled crab, which CAN be paid for with food stamps. She didn’t mention her previous order. The steamed seafood was in full view, next to the trash can.

    At minimum wage, I cannot afford to purchase many of these products. These people use food stamps to pay for top dollar items. The ones that do it often enough learn to buy it cold and precooked. Nobody is living off a dollar a meal – which is possible with rice, beans,and healthy dried foods.

    Somehow, I am required to pay money from my meager income to support these moochers?

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Thus you have the inherent disconnect from those who receive largesse from the government. That is, from you and me.

      I’ve often had the imaginary conversation with such people.

      Me: So, you think you can buy the most expensive prepared food on my dime? What makes you think that?

      Them: It’s food dammit. Ain’t no one food different than the other.

      Me: If that is so, then why don’t you use your welfare to buy vegetables and bread and meat instead of things that royalty prefers?

      Them: I do buy dat. Whutchu talkin’ bout royalty you think you betta than me?

      Me: Glad you ‘axed’. Actually, when I was younger, I used to balk at that question but nowadays, quite frankly, I do think I’m better than you and for a wide variety of reasons.

      Firstly, I have manners. I don’t treat people like dirt because they serve my food. Secondly, I know better than to buy things that are short-term joys. Buying steamed crab for a kids’ birthday? Are you nuts? The more economically-minded know that much of it will go to waste. It’s better to get chicken-fingers and ice-cream. Actually, I don’t think the seafood is for the kids…I think it’s for the parents who will sit in the kitchen and feast on it while the kids actually do have chicken fingers and ice cream.

      Thirdly, you’re trying to buy that with my money. If I have anything to say about it, you’d be punished for ruining food that would’ve gone to someone else, and that the store now has to pay for because you had it cooked and they can’t just recover the loss. Someone had to pay for it. But that’s of no matter to you because you feel you’re entitled to that, and much more. You people really piss off us people because of your shitty attitudes, your selfishness, your loudmouth braying and insecure behavior. I truly want you to go away.

      Fourth, I paid for and earned an education. No one gave me a damned thing. I came up from nothing with no money in my pocket.

      Fifth, I served my country. When I enlisted in the military, I knew that if I did a good job there, I could probably get a good job most anywhere.

      So….yes…..I do think I’m better than you. What have you done all your life? Collected a welfare check and pissed and moaned about your sorry-ass situation. Well, it’s yours. That much is true. You own it. Live with it. There are others who don’t and have freedom. When I buy steamed crab legs, I have to assess how much it’ll cost, whether or not I can afford it and what I can do with the leftovers. And I pay for it with my hard earned money

      Now, the socialists would accuse me of racism, all kinds of ‘isms’ to keep me in line but to that I say, “Bite me”. The tipping point was reached long ago and I’m quite sick of it. The short times I was on unemployment were still humiliating for me. However, I got other jobs eventually. I like it better than getting a check from the government. I cannot understand, or perhaps I do, why people would put up with that. But then, if they opted out of high-school, never learned a job-skill (or, several as is really required nowadays) then, they deserve NOTHING. Zip, Zero, Nada.

      Every family has an old story about some uncle, aunt, brother, etc who never did anything. Never learned a trade…or desired to earn anything for themselves. Parents would use that person to warn their kids how to avoid being like that. I listened and learned. It’s not hard. Being like that is, however.

      So….yes….. I now think I’m better than them and I’m not embarrassed to say it.

    • beautyofreason says:

      Thanks, Rusty. That was a breath of fresh air. I don’t really understand how someone in financial need can buy lobster and crab. Both of those women were obese. My guess is that the government pays a lot more than their food bills. Or rather, WE pay those bills and the government takes the credit for it.

    • Anonymoose says:

      You can tell every time they get their EBT cards refilled as the lines at the grocery stores are filled with them; so overweight they have to use the little powered wheelchair/grocery carts to get around. Last time it was multi-generation, the grandmother and daughter in chairs, only the little kids walking.

      The latest story is because they don’t get enough money is why they’re so overweight, that they can only afford the high starch, high fat food. Maybe we should have gourmet cooked organically grown food just delivered to their door.

      When I was last in a real bind I was making $5.25 an hour 21 years ago, and had about $30 a week for groceries. I lived on an unhealthy diet of spaghetti and cereal, but I was still rail thin, and was thrilled when I got the old family microwave.

      I heard the stories about them in the housing projects with stereos and cable TV; when my motorcycle (I didn’t have a car) was stolen it was found in their “Hood.” Cost me a $45 impound fee to get it back, because one of them wanted to take a joyride. I also had to come up with $300 to repair the damage—the rear tire was worn almost to the threads from doing burnouts. The torn seat and dents and scrapes I had to live with.

      And when the state moved the freebie job training center (get trained to get out of a jail sentence) they flooded the neighborhood for almost two years, smashing car windows and stealing things left and right.

      But somehow it’s still all our fault for not helping them enough………

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      ” Maybe we should have gourmet cooked organically grown food just delivered to their door”

      Not too much of a stretch to know they’d throw it out.

      ” Last time it was multi-generation, the grandmother and daughter in chairs, only the little kids walking.”

      I have Section 8 housing recipients living next door to me. The females who are of-age have their own gravitational fields. The kids are moronically stupid and one of them, about eleven or twelve I caught abusing a months old puppy, making it scream in pain. Little I could do but ask the kid what he was doing and then, “What makes a puppy cry out so?!…..PAIN!”

      Can’t take someone else’s dog and calling the authorities would’ve resulted in slashed tires or my house being burned down with me in it.

      The cycle of poverty is amazing and actually, if we were in a less tolerant society, easily rectified. Sad to say but the Romans had an answer for it. If you cannot take care of yourself, you either left to avoid being captured and put into slavery or the army, or you died. Efficient and simple. However, taking the lazy and putting them into the army was a bad idea because they refused to learn how to fight. Some incentives worked but they would continue their thieving, conniving ways and end up getting killed anyway.

      As slaves, they would not get much on the market because they, again, were lazy and would cost their owners too much. (sound familiar?…we pay them to do nothing?) and their owners would have to figure out what to do with them.

      No, I’m not suggesting that poor people be put into slavery or the military but a society cannot endure a majority who do nothing but take. The liberals lack a cynical gene when it comes to benevolence. It’s also ironic that the academic masters fail to understand the basics of behavior modification. They seem to prefer to study the downtrodden for its own sake, rather than help repair the problem.

      We live in a very trying time. I do suspect that rejection of the Judeo/Christian ethic has a lot to do with it. I myself am not an avid church-goer but I insist that the Bible and the constructs of Judeo/Christian society has a lot more that’s good within it than is bad. But, removing the religious aspect of it….well…not really but ….well…this:

      I’ve been reading translated ancient Roman writings the the things that plague us today, did so 2,000 years ago as well. Many of the philosophers referred to “God” in their writings and talked about the moral man and the unjust man and how they relate to their faith.

      Perhaps it’s the central theme that “If God hadn’t created man, man most assuredly would’ve created Him” as the saying goes. No, I’m not trying to be snarky but instead highlight the fact that nobleness, forthrightness, justice, logic, reason and all of it are the marks of a civilized human, and whether it stems from their faith or otherwise, matters not. It’s simply that the variety of human personalities has occupied our societies forever.

      Those who would steal vs. those who would not.

      Those who would lie vs. those who would not, etc.

      Right now, we are governed by people who are convinced they know it all and have it right and that they understand people better than anyone else could. The stench of their arrogance stickfs to everything. They will not hear of anything counter to their thinking and well, the Roman thinkers had some things to say about that as well. And they were right.

  2. yadayada says:

    I have frequently seen people in the check out line with two carts – one is an EBT cart (filled with ebt eligible items) and another cart full of junk food like chips, beer and other foods not eligible (though that list shrinks every day). pay for one with welfare tickets, cash on the other cart. they often walk out with three times the food my wife and I buy with our hard earned money.
    I guess because they’re also buying it with our hard earned money.
    I truly disbelieve it works out to only $1.25/meal

  3. Tater Salad says:

    Why Socialism does not work: http://www.opposingculture.com/2012/11/so-whats-so-bad-about-socialism.html#more

    “We can’t expect the American people to jump from capitalism to communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they have communism.”–Soviet dictator Nikita Khrushchev

    This should have been signed by Barack Obama because he subscribes to the meaning of this statement.

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