Poll: Food stamps

Do you think the food stamps program is out of control?

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  • Charlieboy6500

    PBS come to my community and I will show you the many of food stamp recipients trade them in the gray market.Take a look at the social security disability program. Are you actually blind to the gross abuse. 1% fraud!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/charity.s.wagner Charity S Wagner

    So, that means 99% non-fraudulent recipients in real, honest need.  Correct?

  • Jjporlando

    I’m sick of ideologue Republicans lambasting the food stamp program and Obama. There is a true need for food, to be feed your family. Some politicians are simply out of touch with the reality of poverty in our country and they have no empathy for our citizens in need. Shameful!

  • Fruits of labor

    Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.
    Give a man a sack of potatoes and you feed him for a week. Teach a man to grow a garden, and he feeds himself year-round.

  • CEEBEE

    FOOD PRICES ARE OUT OF CONTROL ! ! ! !
    COST OF LIVING INDEX IS OUT  OF WHACK.
    MANY BASIC GROCERY ITEMS HAVE GONE OVER 50 PERCENT.
    IT IS DISGRACEFUL TO QUESTION THE NEED FOR FOOD STAMPS.

  • John Paar, M.D.

    I volunteer weekly at a large Catholic food pantry and see the people who come. I also volunteer in a clinic for the working poor, many of whom are no longer working or who are working part-time due to inability to find full time jobs. We have real food insecurity in our generally prosperous community and the number of people who come to our place for help is increasing steadily as the poor economy continues to be a problem. All who come to our program are referred by social workers or by area churches. Our food pantry also offers other services to the poor.

  • Bhorton8

    I know of people that sell their food stamps so they can buy their beer and cigarettes.  Is this helping their children? 

  • Guest

    What an unbelievably sad sad commentary on life in a country that thinks of itself as a model for the world. It is time to take the blinkers off and do something about it.

  • Trekfun

    When Congress works for the people instead of their parties,banks,and corporations, maybe the people living in the richest Nation of the world can work for a LIVING WAGE and feed themselves.

  • Trekfun

    When Congress works for the people instead of their parties,banks,and corporations, maybe the people living in the richest Nation of the world can work for a LIVING WAGE and feed themselves.

  • Joan

    In one of the richest nations in the world, there should not be hunger among our citizens.  So many of the beneficiaries are children and seniors, who need our support.

  • Joan

    In one of the richest nations in the world, there should not be hunger among our citizens.  So many of the beneficiaries are children and seniors, who need our support.

  • Guest

    The food stamp program needs to be changed to provide recipients with fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, and dairy food products, only healthy foods.  Recipients should not be able to get soda, pop tarts, cookies, candies, chips, and other junk foods. Looking at the obesity rates and declining health in our country, it makes no sense allow these unhealthy choices.   We as taxpayers will be eventually paying for the health problems that these unhealthy food choices can lead to.

  • Guest

    The food stamp program needs to be changed to provide recipients with fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, and dairy food products, only healthy foods.  Recipients should not be able to get soda, pop tarts, cookies, candies, chips, and other junk foods. Looking at the obesity rates and declining health in our country, it makes no sense allow these unhealthy choices.   We as taxpayers will be eventually paying for the health problems that these unhealthy food choices can lead to.

  • Selina

    If there are Americans in this country who are hungry, then we all have a responsibility to do everything we can both as a country and as God-fearing people to help.  I am disgusted with the opinions expressed by wealthy, comfortable and well-fed politicians that degrade our fellow citizens.  They are an insult to every educated, informed and compassionate citizens of our country.  

  • Selina

    If there are Americans in this country who are hungry, then we all have a responsibility to do everything we can both as a country and as God-fearing people to help.  I am disgusted with the opinions expressed by wealthy, comfortable and well-fed politicians that degrade our fellow citizens.  They are an insult to every educated, informed and compassionate citizens of our country.  

  • Brsdiehard

    Unemployment at 8.6% and even greater in the recent past has put American business in the position to reduce pay and/or give no pay raises resulting in pawning off on the American Government to pick up the difference. Food stamps don’t make people dependent. The young man in your story is typical of someone who is trying but failing to get a job to pay enough so he can take care of his child. Even the young lady who had a job didn’t make enough and needed food stamps. Newt and all the other Republicans are lying because they know its the only they have a chance to beat Obama. The truth is the economic meltdown happened under the Bush Administration and their lies are their only chance.

  • Brsdiehard

    Unemployment at 8.6% and even greater in the recent past has put American business in the position to reduce pay and/or give no pay raises resulting in pawning off on the American Government to pick up the difference. Food stamps don’t make people dependent. The young man in your story is typical of someone who is trying but failing to get a job to pay enough so he can take care of his child. Even the young lady who had a job didn’t make enough and needed food stamps. Newt and all the other Republicans are lying because they know its the only they have a chance to beat Obama. The truth is the economic meltdown happened under the Bush Administration and their lies are their only chance.

  • Lila

    Why is the WIC program never discussed?  Look at the requirements for a person on WIC.  A family can have a very good income and qualify for WIC if they have enough children.  Also,if the person gets a medical card they automatically qualify for WIC. There should also be a limit on the number in the household that can get WIC benefits.  Some families with multiple children on WIC get more food than they can eat and they give it away (or sell it?).   

  • Lila

    Why is the WIC program never discussed?  Look at the requirements for a person on WIC.  A family can have a very good income and qualify for WIC if they have enough children.  Also,if the person gets a medical card they automatically qualify for WIC. There should also be a limit on the number in the household that can get WIC benefits.  Some families with multiple children on WIC get more food than they can eat and they give it away (or sell it?).   

  • Jack

    I don’t want anyone to go hungry, but it disgusts me to see what people are allowed to buy with food stamps.  If you’re hungry I’m glad to buy you some skim milk, dry beans, rice, flour, vegetables, bread, etc. but not junk food, prepared food, etc.  I’ve seen people in other countries who are truly hungry who would be thrilled to get such basic, healthy foodstuffs.           

  • Jack

    I don’t want anyone to go hungry, but it disgusts me to see what people are allowed to buy with food stamps.  If you’re hungry I’m glad to buy you some skim milk, dry beans, rice, flour, vegetables, bread, etc. but not junk food, prepared food, etc.  I’ve seen people in other countries who are truly hungry who would be thrilled to get such basic, healthy foodstuffs.           

  • R. Whorton

    The more important question is “why are so many people in need of food?”  We need to work on the huge gap between what the typical worker makes, and the huge salaries of CEO and hedge fund managers.  For the past 30 years, unions have been put down and tax policies have favored the rich.  Now we are reaping the results of these policies.   

  • R. Whorton

    The more important question is “why are so many people in need of food?”  We need to work on the huge gap between what the typical worker makes, and the huge salaries of CEO and hedge fund managers.  For the past 30 years, unions have been put down and tax policies have favored the rich.  Now we are reaping the results of these policies.   

  • N2motherhood

    Watching the program;  I have seen those who abuse the Food Stamp program, in fact the whole Welfare Program.  I have met families who think Welfare is a Job profession and don’t need to look for work. I feel Welfare should be a temporary assistance, to help the down trodden until they can pick themselves up.  I think the abuse has been handed down from one generation to the next until they expect the government to be their caretaker.  Where in then is your power?  It is one thing to need it temporarily and another to become give up the idea of being self sufficient and dependant on it.

  • N2motherhood

    Watching the program;  I have seen those who abuse the Food Stamp program, in fact the whole Welfare Program.  I have met families who think Welfare is a Job profession and don’t need to look for work. I feel Welfare should be a temporary assistance, to help the down trodden until they can pick themselves up.  I think the abuse has been handed down from one generation to the next until they expect the government to be their caretaker.  Where in then is your power?  It is one thing to need it temporarily and another to become give up the idea of being self sufficient and dependant on it.

  • Guest

    You wouldn’t be a Republican would you???

  • Guest

    You wouldn’t be a Republican would you???

  • Guest

    You wouldn’t be a Republican would you???

  • http://twitter.com/cdsimmons611 Cheryl D.Simmons

    Bravo for your coverage of the hunger crisis in America and the total necessity of the food stamp program to assist in feeding our country’s children. Let us not sacrifice our children on the altar of politics.  FEED THE CHILDREN!

  • http://twitter.com/cdsimmons611 Cheryl D.Simmons

    Bravo for your coverage of the hunger crisis in America and the total necessity of the food stamp program to assist in feeding our country’s children. Let us not sacrifice our children on the altar of politics.  FEED THE CHILDREN!

  • Joan

     There is a large group of beneficiaries who do not have access to enough green space to feed himself.  But in the vain of your post, I agree that we could do a lot more to help the recipients understand good nutrition and hints for feeding themselves and their children both economically and nutrition.

  • Joan

     There is a large group of beneficiaries who do not have access to enough green space to feed himself.  But in the vain of your post, I agree that we could do a lot more to help the recipients understand good nutrition and hints for feeding themselves and their children both economically and nutrition.

  • LibsRpedos

    This article is pure BS. Welfare mothers are pumping out babies to get MORE
    food stamps. The 1% estimated fraud is a JOKE! Where did they pull that number
    from? Leave it to creepy liberals. It is more like 1% are not fraudulent. Why are so many of these ”poor” people over weight if they are starving? Pbs is nothing but another obama super pac.

  • jfrommaine

      Until you’ve had the experience of hunger and poverty, I really think it’s most unjust to even go there! I was covered by Blue Cross at the time of my accident. It took a bit over 3 yrs. and meds that cost over $1000 a month ( and were NOT covered by INSURANCE.)  to cost me a lifetime of hard work and success ~  to cost me my beautiful home, my life savings,and  my dignity. Most of us are just one little step away~ 99% of this country~ could easily and sadly find themselves in the same so scary boat. Platitudes are not useful and I could have been the one making the last comment before my own life experience. Knowledge isn’t really power in some circumstances.

  • http://twitter.com/cdsimmons611 Cheryl D.Simmons

    Bravo to PBS for their coverage of the hunger crisis in America. We must not sacrifice our children on the altar of politics.  FEED THE CHILDREN.

  • Guest

    Another out of touch sick Republican,obviously.

  • http://twitter.com/cdsimmons611 Cheryl D.Simmons

    Thank you for speaking the truth. God bless.

  • Guest

    In addition to pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, the WIC program only covers infants through children up to age 5.  Each child gets 4 gallons of milk, one dozen eggs, 128 ounces of juice, 2 pounds of grains, $6 worth of fruits/vegetables, and peanut butter or 1 lb of dry beans.  This isn’t a huge amount of food and is intended to be a supplemental program.  The odds of a family with multiple children all being on the program at once is small.

  • http://twitter.com/cdsimmons611 Cheryl D.Simmons

    God bless.

  • http://twitter.com/cdsimmons611 Cheryl D.Simmons

    God bless.

  • http://twitter.com/cdsimmons611 Cheryl D.Simmons

    Words of wisdom. God bless.

  • http://twitter.com/cdsimmons611 Cheryl D.Simmons

    Power to We, the People! God bless.

  • Brother Martin Zatsick

    I live on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota.Without the Food Stamp Program most of the Native People would not have food for their families.Towards the end of the month usually,most families on the Program run out of food.The food pantries in our area really are a necessity to help keep food on the table.Most Native People in our area do not have acess to transportation and the job possibilities are very few.In my opinion the Food Stamp Program,really helps so many people in our area.The cost of food just keeps rising.

  • Trekfun

    If Congress worked for minimum wage,they would of course, give themselves a midnight vote on a pay raise.Each congressman and congresswoman has an office that we the people pay for with our taxes.These offices cost the American people between $1 million to $4 million a year for each of those offices.They are all out of touch.Politicians are like diapers….they should be changed often ,and for the same reason!

  • Joan

     I do not disagree with you totally, but please consider people who are unable to prepare work intensive meals. As an example, I have a wheel chair bound, deaf, and minor dementia brother who’s life line is being able to wheel his wheel chair across the street to a market to buy sandwiches and some other prepared meals.

  • http://twitter.com/cdsimmons611 Cheryl D.Simmons

    AMEN!

  • Guest

    One reason poor people are overweight is the availability of cheap high fat and sugar foods which they are purchasing.  Ramen noodles is a good example.  It’s high fat, high sodium, and very, very cheap.  Blaming their obesity on getting too much food from food stamps is a too simplistic. It’s a very multi-faceted issue.

  • Kim

    Food stamps should not be used for soft drinks and junk food or expensive food such as steak and shrimp.

  • Fruits of labor

    Those claiming that the United States is the “richest country in the world” need to remember that the nation is the most indebted country in the world: $15 trillion and counting.
    usdebtclock.org
    Each time the government creates more money for food stamps, etc., food prices increase through inflation and the national debt increases, creating a perpetual cycle of rising prices and poverty.

  • Guest

    Congress is creating a perpetual cycle of rising prices, poverty, and wealth for the wealthy.

  • Guest

    Does your family have a lobbyist? Can you vote yourself a pay raise? Do you have a job that you do not have to show up to work? Do you make a  6 figure income? Can you “legally” engage in insider trading? Do you have an office that cost between $1 million and $4 million a year and someone else pays for it? Our government is broken.We had laws to control Wall Street, the banks, and corporations.Our elected ( rigged elections or not) officials did not do their job. POLITICIANS ARE LIKE DIAPERS…THEY SHOULD BE CHANGED OFTEN AND FOR THE SAME REASON !

  • Craigermt

    Why are so many on food stamps they show on the reports over-weight?  Do they check for cable TV when they go into food stamp homes?  Do the foodstamp people smoke and chew?  How can you view someone not having enough to eat and those not having enough of what they want?  No one is starving to death in the USA, why do we act like that is the way it is?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LHRKPHXKTENQZ64DBKQWCHFLKI Larri

    Yes I feel that the program is out of control.  Do I feel that we need a safety net for people in our society?  Absolutely!   But this program should not be designed to allow someone to live for an indefinate time in the lifestyle that they have become accustomed to. Can we consider an amount that would start at one level, let’s say 60% of the average of the last 5 years, or maybe 150 % of the poverty level, and then each month have the amount get progressively less.  A recipient would have to make some important decisions quickly and make adjustment accordingly. Once the amount reached poverty level it would be maintained for an amount of time, possibly another year regardless of wether they became employed or not.  This could be a last minute incentive as well as an opportunity for them to get started again.   Foodstamps:  The WIC program seems to be one of the better run programs. Could we pattern something along the same line for food stamp distribution?
        
         And in regards to the presidents announcement to help in the housing market, let’s be real again.  If we continue to bail people out to continue living in their current home we are only postponing the inevitable unless the economy turns around, and fast.   Lets sit down with a homeowner and do a budget and help them downsize to a home that meets their budget.  They could be financed at 100% if they are going to be able to make the payments.  When someone downsizes they become self sufficient and the home they moved our of is now available for someone else to downsize into.  As their incomes increase in the future they can make decisions to upgrade again or possibly they would realize that other priorities may be better for them.  Thanks for listening.  Any other ideas to toss round.  Let’s work thorugh this and help people keep their dignity as well as have a home they can afford to own.  Larry D   
     
     

  • Sweetlilbigheart

    What do I think? I think there is way more of a problem than the question of
    the food stamp program being out of control. The country and the world are out of control, which has resulted in more loss than can be described in a few words. Basics needs are: food, shelter and clean water.  In this day and age there is no certainty of any of these. I live on an Indian Reservation in rural South Dakota, I do live off my husband’s disability benefits and government assistance (caretaker to my husband and 2 small kids). I do receive W.I.C. and my family does get Commodity Food Rations (I would much rather get food stamps). I have worked, I also have been denied assistance. As I write this I am with my parents in Atlanta suburbs where many castle like houses are empty and every other house is a short sale, foreclosed, or simply abandoned. Back on the reservation there is a severe shortage of housing and no one could afford it if it were available. I have seen the sale of food stamps and I have felt angry. I have felt hungry. I watch my parents shop the clearance isles for managers specials. My father is a top consultant representing the USA but he is retired (they had to move when he retired) and now he works on contract that doesn’t even pay for his travel, a job where travel is the job. We grew up well. Their house is now underwater. Poor choices, maybe. Never the less, how can you deny anyone a basic necessity but we do it all the time!  And we cant possibly think its ok to take away food programs to Native Americans who live on the reservations, their ancestors were placed on, rounded up like animals, taking away their right to hunt or gather. Programs are sort of out there attempting to encourage gardening but then water shortages throughout growing season make it virtually impossible to have any successful harvest. I have tried and profited, then again, this past year our garden failed.  I grew up with top notch health care, for the past 5 years I have virtually had none except pregnancy coverage medicaid which makes me, the caretaker, feel totally worthless. It is a shame. I DO NOT BLAME OBAMA. Obama couldn’t possibly be responsible for the world’s collapse. I really can’t help but think we should not be worried about what’s going on in other countries until we have taken care of our own. THAT IS WHAT I THINK!

  • Nebveggirl

    I could not have said it better.  Thank you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/charity.s.wagner Charity S Wagner

    Food Stamps is an exceptional program, though in need of restructuring.  Anyone who has used the poorly run program knows the stress involved in maintaining assistance:
    •    paperwork continually being lost by caseworkers (whether mailed, faxed, or hand-delivered)•    forms with return deadline dates that have expired before the forms are even mailed out•    form requirements varying from person to person & from one day to the next•    random cancellations due to incorrect information that seems to have come from left field•    a real person cannot be reached due to most caseworkers having full voice-mailsDo not misunderstand, I am deeply grateful & thank God for the food stamps program.  But those who are not involved are mistaken if they think it’s an easy ride.  There is nothing easy about a parent not having the means to provide and, instead, the gov’t having the control over whether your family will have food from one month to the next.  Not only that, but the excessive red tape costs tax-payers needless money.

    So, in answer to your question, I do not believe there are too many people on the program (in fact, there should likely be more).  But I do believe the red tape has gotten out of control.  If the program could be revitalized, it would cost a considerable amount less to fund.

  • guest

    Its hard right now, food going up bills going up, wages staying level or falling. I have gone without so I could still have a place to live and keep my heat on. My wages have stayed level for 4 years and I dont qualify for food stamps.

  • Guest

    Does your family have a lobbyist? Can you vote yourself a pay raise? Do you have a job that you do not have to show up to work? Do you make a  6 figure income? Can you “legally” engage in insider trading? Do you have an office that cost between $1 million and $4 million a year and someone else pays for it? Our government is broken.We had laws to control Wall Street, the banks, and corporations.Our elected ( rigged) officials did not do their job. POLITICIANS ARE LIKE DIAPERS…THEY SHOULD BE CHANGED OFTEN AND FOR THE SAME REASON !

  • Qtpye47

    I agree that something is terribly wrong when the so called richest nation on earth has so many people not only in need of food, but of basic living needs. Yet there is also a very sad notion that makes the situation an ill state of affairs and helps to create the vicious cycle of dependency…..and that is the out of touch idea that people utilizing government services are all worthless, lazy, cheating, good for nothing, dreggs of society! The system was created to help, but has become a system set up and operated to fail and degrade the very individuals its supposed to help. Government services are by no means a luxury; just ask any person receiving any type of help…..its some help yes, but its pure hell!
    Speaking from experience on both sides of an ill system!

  • Craigermt

    Show me a country that does not take care of its poor and I will show you a country that has no fat poor people.  That is not the USA.  What we have now is many wanting everything for nothing. If you really look at at what people are demanding, what they are taking and what they are contributing, you will see what is true. 

  • tiredof supportingothers

    I was standing in line at the store and a teen age daughter asked her mother for a candy bar and she said no. Then she said Oh sure go ahead were using food stamps.
    Also why is it that single parents don’t have to prove who the father/mother is? Why doesn’t the government  go after the other parent for some of the money?
    And why is it that poor people can have 3, 4 or more kids and be on welfare, but I have to work to jobs in order to afford the wife and 2 kids I have. The world used to be survival of the fittest, now we keep encouraging people that can’t afford kids to keep having them.

  • Guest

    Hey I sell Republican rose colored glasses for $5000 a pair.I also sell Republican blinders for $10,000 a pair.I think you are an excellent prospect.

  • Susan

     It seems the wealthy need to visit the working
    poor and unemployed, unaware that formerly fortunate individuals such as me are
    unable to find full time work.  Fortunate Americans  maybe need to give a second
    thought about the needy they have created.

    As for abuse
    that does not negate the need or the human condition to abuse any system, but
    to take a closer look and penalties for those misusing their benefits and especially
    the benefactors profiting from the fraudulent purchase.

    I should have
    applied 2 years ago. Thank you, Jeff Greenfield for this thoughtful portrait of
    people like me in need, who should not be ashamed, ridiculed for being hungry, needing, and or asking for help.

     

  • Jweiler

    Many food items purchased by recipients should not be allowed. They are simply not nutritious. People should be allowed only basics if they receive food stamps. By basics I mean flour, sugar, milk, cheese, peanut butter, oatmeal, canned food and inexpensive meat such as chicken.

  • Guest

    Cheese can be bad for your heart, and whole milk is on the “dirty dozen list” of the American Cancer Coalition.But I get your point.I think we should cut the “pork” that the pigs of congress feed on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charity.s.wagner Charity S Wagner

    They do not go into homes of food stamp recipients.  So many of us are unemployed & on the program that the caseworkers barely have enough time to process the paperwork.  So no one you have ever met or heard of is struggling for food – I’d love to live in your pretty little world.

  • Susan

    Freedom of choice?  Produce is the most popular item with the EBT crowd, and it s a good value and the best choice, especially for those with low or no income. Why not bread and water? Believe me there is not much luxury for those like myself for the few dollars a day we are allotted.

  • http://twitter.com/goodUglyTruth dave frasier

    The Republican War against the middle class has been too successful.

    © 2012

    The elected whores in DC need to be divorced from the sticky fingered thieves on Wall Street© 2012

    The Glass Steagall Act protected us for decades from the greedy thieves for decades.

    The Tea Party and Republicans cannnot compromise. This is a symptom; a result of religion controlling politicts. In Religion the tradition is written down and must be followed, it cannot be compromised, cannot learn from mistakes and make changes; must blindly follow the intrerpredted teachings and tradition. Must say no. © 2012

    © 2012

  • http://www.facebook.com/charity.s.wagner Charity S Wagner

    And please try not to lump all food stamps recipients in with those on welfare.  I was in the work force full time for over 18 years before I applied for food stamps.  That was three years ago & we are still using the program.  By God’s grace my family have gotten by without welfare & I plan to keep it that way.

  • Lpupshaw

    I saw tonight’s program – it was way off base.  My family in Okjlahoma is strapped just paying the utilities, who are ripping every cent out of them even though the father has a decent job.  Gas, electric, and the city utilities turn off the service even when they are able to pay something and then rip you off with fines and fees to turn the service back on.  They cannot afford to buy food, which is also going up every day – and gas to go to a job.  The man on tonight’s program, from Houston, obviously does not know a thing about it. In order to survive, my daughter had to stand in line for hours and then take phone calls at home from the  State personnel who administer the program —  and then go back to stand in more long lines — in Tulsa, OK – where they have cut down to only2 offices — it is a State rip off of Federal funds!!   People are desperate to keep on living in this “economy”.  

  • Giantsbigblue

    In Oneida County New York, there has been plenty of fraud. Several stores had been cashing in food stamps at .50 on the dollar. When they had finally been caught it was a 3-5 million dollar scam. I know of families collecting and I mean families. The mother collects being single and unemployed. The daughter collects being single and unemployed. The grand daughter collects being single and unemployed and has a child. The problem, they all live in the same house. They get away with this because of different last names.

    The entire system is a mess. Females having 2-3 children collecting full public assistance due to unemployment or high child care expenses. The children father is unknow to prevent welfare from going after them for support. The “unknown” father has a job and is living with the children and mother. The system pays the bills and his income is free and clear to use for what ever they want.

    My county tax bill is high, of the entire county budget 51% goes to public assistance. That leaves the rest to cover our public safety (Sherriffs) and all the other county services. This screams fraud and should not be that way. We need the system to go back to being public assistance, not, public support. There seems to be confusion on that and no one is doing anything about it.

  • Guest

    More people have died in the name of religion than all diseases known to mankind.

  • Phbauer

    The question is of questionable taste. Out of control? Why not ask why food stamp usage has increased. People are hungry. The is not enough work and many jobs don’t provide a living wage. Thus, we have a moral responsibility to help and Food Stamps are a cheap solution.

  • Martin

    eligibility criteria as cited by the U. of Houston speaker cite problems. Food Stamps must be available to those who truly need them. I support the expectation that efforts to seek work be one of the criteria.

  • Guest

    Are you a Chineese Republican that works in Walmart’s corporate office?

  • Pam Andrews

    “Food insecurity,” as it is now known, affects a great number of children in my state of Oklahoma.  I don’t know the exact stats but it is a fact.  The reasons are many and perhaps the biggest reason is the lack of jobs for the blue collar workers.  We can’t all be and are not cut out to be high-paid professionals.  I live and have worked in a suburban which is now an urban  school district in which there are a number Title I schools.  The children in these schools are a great concern to me.  My grandchildren attend these schools and hopefully they can all learn and prosper if they have enough food to eat!  What do I personally do about this food insecurity situation?  I contribute to my Regional Food Bank, my chuch’s food pantry (Catholic, it is called the dorothy Day Center), and pay my fair share of taxes.  I want any person, old, young, disabled, jobless, or whatever their need to be to have access to food and if that means food stamps, that’s OK by me!!!!  I don’t like the people who have plenty of money for their wants let alone their needs to be deciding, criticizing and demanding some sort of trumped up accountability like the “abe-bodied” concept mentioned by your guest from Houston.  Food for everyone should b high on the priority list for people in this country!
    Respectfully,  Pam Andrews 

  • guest

    I think the food stamp program is the most abused program there is. I know of one case that used their food stamps to buy expensive steaks to entertain people they just met. One man and one women living togather, the man has just sold his house in New England for over $250,000 and has a retirement from work plus he collects social security , the women is collecting disability and food stamps plus she receives money to pay rent to her live in boyfriend. If this is not abuse I do not know what is. I have seen other cases like this in Detroit, Michigan. 

  • Piley

    There are many, many programs that provide food for children. The problem is NEGLECT in the home; parent(s) on drugs and alcohol, no education and no parenting skills and it becomes generational.  Giving more assistance and money to these families will not insure that the children willl eat.  Also, they all have some electronic devices ie, cell phones, large screen tv’s, microwaves, etc. and like a family I know (no neglect) they can’t manage their finances and buy a lots of convenience and junk food.  Certainly there are exceptions, but the mantra of the liberals that WE are starving children is just not true.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charity.s.wagner Charity S Wagner

    Then report them.  If you are not part of the solution, you are a part of the problem.  

  • Rick Andrews

    I cannot believe the idiots like our currnet ”crop” of Republican cnadidates can be so stupid. The jobs are not there,many of the ones that exist do not pay enough for people to live sans assistance.
    I think it’s time for a ”real change” the parties are both pitiful, but I’ll go with the least offensive to human dignity.
    I would like to interview the ”unemployed Mr, Romney and the ”historian” Mr, Gingrich personaly.  I would like to know if one on one they are actually as stupid as they sound.

  • Guest

    Yeah and you probably think 99% of the people receiving food stamps are like this.And how much did you pay for that Starbuck’s coffee this morning? I bet you wish they had a drive up window so you wouldn’t have to get out of your BMW.

  • Pam Andrews

    I completely agree.  Pam andrews

  • WIrefugee

    While it is easy to glaze over the multitude circumstances that result in people ending up needing food assistance and being “labeled” as (X,Y, or Z), I believe human beings are a much better “expense” for tax payer money than the Banking industry’s “use of tax payer funds as “bailout” bonuses!  (Did the US get that money back, yet)?  Or, has the public and the GOP already forgotten how much that fiasco cost US tax payers?  Which of these two groups suffered more for what they got?  Which one would you rather be, food stamp recipient or a banker who got a tax payer funded bonus?  

    Consider, if the individuals taking food assistance had the marketable skills necessary to get a job that pays them a “respectable” wage, are they likely to purchase food and more?  Would these same individuals, making purchases, lead to an increase in the GDP?

    To me, this topic is indirectly akin to the “three-strikes” approach to crime by kicking a person when they’re already down, no matter how they got there!  What realistic opportunity does either one of these groups have of over-coming their circumstances once they are already in that state?  Especially when employers and social programs are bearing-down and hammering on them in ways that they are NOT general allowed to participate in!  

    Indeed, food assistance programs are a minor part of the over-all total US budget, while the “legalized”, multi-billion dollar bail-out programs for banks, real estate, and the-like represent the real money-pits to tax payers!  Go after those bums, the ones who shafted tax-payers in “grand” fashion and let the small fish go, or better yet, feed ‘em!

    Like it or not, we are all inter-dependent! 

  • Guest

    AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!

  • Guest

    Does your family have a lobbyist? 
    Can you “legally” engage in insider trading? Can you vote yourself a pay raise? Do you have a job that you do not have to show up to work? Do you make a  6 figure income?  Do you have an office that cost between $1 million and $4 million a year and someone else pays for it? Our government is broken.We had laws to control Wall Street, the banks, and corporations.Our elected ( rigged) officials did not do their job. POLITICIANS ARE LIKE DIAPERS…THEY SHOULD BE CHANGED OFTEN AND FOR THE SAME REASON !
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/charity.s.wagner Charity S Wagner

    As far as the other parent goes, the money they pay in child support IS calculated as income & decreases the amount a recipient qualifies for.

  • Pam Andrews

    Should the kids go hungry because the adults in their lives are immoral about the subsistance programs?  These children will not become citizens who contribute to our society unless we break this cycle and see that they have food and can go to school to learn and make something more of themselves than their adults who “care” for them have done.  We must look at the big picture.  It’s time to stop the judgemental rhetoric and behavior and move on to provide for the children who will become adults and give them the oppurtunity to grow in spirit, mind and body.  I’m tired of the naysayers, wah, wah, wah.  Pam Andrews   

  • Pam Andrews

    I hear you, I live in OKC, and there’s way too many “haves,” and too many of those who got theirs’,  so forget about the rest!!!  Pam Andrews 

  • Pam Andrews

    I disagree that most people have died in the name of Religion.  In the 20th century most people died in the name of NATIONALISM.  Pam Andrews

  • Pam Andrews

    Are you sure about your statements?  Are they founded on facts or just rhetorical generalizations?!

  • Guest

    Sorry Pam,you are totally wrong.You need to pray about this, but also maybe do a little research  with fact based info rather than faith based blind faith.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q7O5E6DJMFOCAHAQCR32HUNW3I R

    They need to teach people how to shop better.I see people wasting what little they are given by making horrible food choices.Those who went thru the great depression and WW2 knew how to stretch a buck.(My mother was one)

  • Snowdann

    Have you seen this on FOX, or was it from your own personal investigation? Unless you have gone to bed hungry you have no reason to complain. You should be much more concerned about out of control Washington Insider trading and you paying more in Taxes if you make under 100K per year.

  • Nomad4003

    Has there been any research done on the length of time people receive benefits. This information would help determine wether there is a core group that does not work and not come off the benefit role. As the  economic situation changes it would seem the needy would go on and off and the abusers if there are any would just stay in. I would have thought the program would have addressed this as it seems an obvious question.

  • Guest

    who are you talking to? there are more than 79 comments here.

  • Pam Andrews

    AMEN!!!!!

  • Mnmsp421

    Ramesh was ill-informed and misleading to the audience. He was correct on one point and that was his suggestion to end corporate welfare.

  • Placid2

    do people qualify for food stamps when they have 401K’, retirement $, equity in their home,(hidden $’s), or are they required to use all their resources first?  Also, why can retired people with large pensions, 401k’s etc. take on a part time job – then get laid off, and these people go on unemployment?  For people that have had a history of working and have resources, they should be denied all government services.  Thankyou

  • Takedownrc

     I work at a Costco Wholesale and have people on the EBT program buy expensive steaks, crab legs, and other stuff that certainly are out of line with what the EBT program was meant to provide. We even had someone buy a case of lobster tails on their EBT card. We would love to be able to regulate these purchases if there was a guideline on what is allowed to be purchased. Many people I know see this program as misguided when abuses like these are allowed.

  • Challenger0816

    I have worked in the grocery industry and the abuse that I see everyday would appaul you.  I dno’t understand why this food stamp system can not be designed to stop transactions that allow people to buy $120.00 in pop or candy in one transaction.  I see people sell their food stamps.  It  makes me angry that there is so much abuse.  The entire  food stamp programs needs to be evaluated.

  • Guest

    I’m shocked that you are actually  watching quality programs on TV. Aren’t you suppose to be watching Fox News????

  • Pam Andrews

    Because subsistance food stuffs are mostly carbs, which are cheap, to enrich the feeling of fullness…ie:  being fed.  Have you ever had a subsustance diet?

  • Carole

    Every time one of the Republican candidates opens his mouth, he reveals how far out of touch he is with real people.  Romney doesn’t worry about the poor, he says, because they have the “safety net”.  Oh how I wish I had a magic wand that would force him to live on those safety net benefits for one month. He would find that the safety net is lying on the floor and is in tatters.

  • Pam Andrews

    OMG, what about all the money “created” for wars?  How about adding that to the facts about our debt?

  • kathy

    How dare anyone condemn these people. It is because of the policies of the conservatives that many of these people are unemployed or under-employed. They oppose anything that might help the poor or lower middle class. It is unbeleivable that they would continue to worry about the few who may get something for nothing when it comes to food stamps in these bad economic times. These people are trying to live, they are trying to feed their children. If the right would worry as much about a rich Hedge-fund operator making millions off of the country and causing this economic crisis as a poor person getting a few extra dollars for food then maybe we wouldn’t be in this situation.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q7O5E6DJMFOCAHAQCR32HUNW3I R

    The show stated fraud was near 1%.Sure it happens, heck Wall Street fraud looks much higher.And one political party wants to refuse women control of contraception and abortion.How would those children fair in life?

  • Pam Andrews

    Be thankful you have a job and can buy your food, instead of critizing those in who’s shoes you have not walked.

  • Pam Andrews

    I hear you, Brother Martin.

  • Pam Andrews

    That is so off base it’s almost laughable.  Walk in the welfare mother’s shoes. 
    I thank God for PBS!!!!

  • Guest

    Oh , if only the politicians would take the time to read all our statements.
    Oh , if only the politicians would take the time to read or listen to any of our statements without paying them thousands of dollars.Love my country,hate my government….both parties!

  • B-Bob

    Is the food stamp program run amuk?  Yes, when it comes to recipients buy lobster, steak and crab legs.  Do most people on food stamps really need them deserve them?  I think the program has much more positive than negatives.  In tonights story it showed a full-time working mother, working for the State of Georgia.  She has two children, but it was not mentioned if the father is supporting them.  Her annual earnings was $19,000/year and she recieves $300/month in food stamps.  A neighbor of mine has two disabled children with a non-curable disease.  With doctor visits, therapy, surgeries, etc., she is able to work one full day a week as a nurse.  Her earnings plus SSI is $1800/month and her foodstamp allotment in Idaho is $92 per month.  Point being, each state has a role in determining how much a recipient recieves and what are the qualifying requirements.

  • Pam Andrews

    I think that your costco experience is not the norm for most food stamp recipients.  I doubt most can afford the membership or the means to get to your store. 

  • Guest

    They must be Republican yuppies who recently lost their job , but haven’t yet adjusted.Oh rue the day.Food stamps don’t make the payments on my BMW.

  • Pam Andrews

    Anyone who stretches the truth so that it is unrecognizable as the truth, but nothing more than the vitriolic rhetoric of the right wing.  Does that answer your question? 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q7O5E6DJMFOCAHAQCR32HUNW3I R

    They need to establish rules like they do for WIC, women infants children.Fresh fruits and veggies.How often do you see them buy flour sugar and other basics, they go for more expensive prepared foods.In Illinois they talked of allowing fast food into the program!

  • Pam Andrews

    What are you talking about?  Never mind…it’s a sympton of our society…attack the person.

  • Guest

    They must be Republican yuppies who recently lost their job , but haven’t yet adjusted.Oh rue the day.Food stamps don’t make the payments on my BMW.

  • Pam Andrews

    Report them.

  • Kdou

    I work for Walgreen’s and you see people purchase candy, soda,chips, (and some energy drinks are eligible) daily and most recently items like candy heart boxes for valentines day. Easter baskets that have candy in them as also eligible ect. I do not have a problem with people having food stamps but our system should only provide meats, fruits/veg, dairy, breads and grains  junk food should not be part of the food stamps program not only is this food unhealthy but how about the growing number of obesity in our country. I was on food stamps in the late 1970′s and at that time you had to purchase them such as pay $50.00 for $100.00 just a example and at times I could not afford them and would chose to receive surplus foods instead. Anyone remember them? Why pay farmers not to grow food to stabilize the market instead provide surplus foods again. Just my opinion:) 

  • Elainem2763

    I feel the biggest reason that the food stamp program is too be is that benefits are being given to not just illegal aliens, but to non-citizens in general.

  • Robmcc1

    I find it hard to believe that you are so well informed about the private finaces of this unnamed couple. Perhaps they are just a figment of your misguided conservative imagination.

  • 2002ram1500

    I think it should be scrapped as it is a waste of resources as it depends on people buying wisely and most do not. I say turn it into as voucher programs like wic, no more frozen pizzas, soda, chips, cookies ect.. No more name brand items. Vouchers would give serving size foods like oatmeal, box pancake mix, ect. This would make sure they are not bieng sold or spent stupidly. Before you say it’s not fair or it’s a violation of your freedom to buy what you want remember you are under no obligation to take the help. I’m not trying to be mean but know first hand if a mother of two children is getting food stamps her boyfriend is helping himself to some of it. It’s impossible to say he is not especially if he there as lot. I think serving size items and vouchers is the way to go

  • Guest

    Yep you’re right.They should all be put in the same pot of boiling oil as the CEOs,bankers,and politicians.No one receiving food stamps should have a human urge to splurge,whether they can afford it or not.Hey aren’t you part of the 99%? I thought I recognized you.

  • Loandnancy

    The guest from Houston was unbelievably out of touch with the reality of the present economy.  He seemed to imply that there are many people receiving food stamps who don’t really “deserve” them.  I can say from personal experience that it is both difficult and demeaning to even apply for food stamps.  The vast majority do it only when there is no alternative

  • Guest

    You are a waist of our resources (time).

  • Tangiersmith

    thank god for food stamps. There is a lot of poor people in this country. Like it or not is a reality created by all this conservative arrogant people that are either out of touch or intentionally wanted that way. Most people on food stamps really need them…and most people on food stamps buy the right things and are frugal and go hungry sometimes too because is not enough..anyone that says other things are just making things up….

  • Snowdann

    If you are not a Native American you are an alien

  • Robmcc1

    perhaps all members of congress should be required to participate in a program where they
    must apply for food stamps, live on $19,000 per year for a month or two, apply for various welface programs by standing in line like everyone else and apply for jobs using the employment history and education qualifications of the average poor person, live on their own in a low rent appartment with a couple of young children, take public transportation, etc.so they can see why the unemployed poor and the working poor cannot get make any headway under the current govenment policies in this country.

  • Anonymous

    As long as minimum wage is where it is most people who make min. wage and work 40 hours will not be able to ‘get by’ or ‘thrive’.
    As long as we have millions of seniors retiring with depleated retirement funds and a seriously shrinking middle class …we will have a growing need for food stamps.

    I do think the Fed needs to continue to address fraud in all social programs.  I like this plan:
    So, how about infusing some common sense Strategies or legislation that would help to reduce the costs of these programs?  Here is one.
     
    Start by identifying perhaps a dozen programs we all know are rife with fraud.
    1.      Medicare
    2.      Medicaid
    3.      SSI- Social Security
    4.      SSDI-Social Security Disability Insurance
    5.      WIC
    6.      FMNP WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program
    7.      Food stamps/SNAP
    8.      Government housing
    9.      Student loan program
    10. Disaster assistance
    11. Federal pensions
    12. your choice
     
    Now, Legislate a simple rule that says:
    ANYONE who is determined to have committed fraud in ANY of these dozen programs will be permanently (permanently means for the rest of their lives) banned from participation in any of these programs (banned from ALL twelve programs).
     
    ‘ANYONE’ means:
    -RECIPIENTS
    -PROGRAM ADMINISTRATORS or CONTRACTORS who looked the other way or encouraged fraud 
    -THIRD PARTY BENEFACTORS OR CONTRACTORS, someone who knowingly received these benefits without earning them (ex: people who buy WIC coupons at a discount and resell them)
     
     
    -A SMART and simple deterrent, before the crime is committed.
    -An EFFECTIVE cost reduction that could save billions of dollars
    -A SIMPLE way to and make the programs more sustainable without punishing the honest hard working Americans who need them most.

  • Guest

    I was talking to Columbus about this……Tell me Christopher,how can you “discover” a land that is already inhabited?

  • Guest

    What about fraud in banking,investments,government???? There is also people  who are part of the intellectual welfare.Right Adopsalot of Fox News?

  • Tangletoe

    People surviving on food stamps should be given choices, but not be subjected to items lobbied in by Agribusness. If one is half starved, living in a vehicle and the closest place to buy is miles from a food bank or there is no way to cook,then what? Potatoe chips and pnut butter cookies on a couple of $ a day.  even a chocolate valentine is important.  We should be ashamed to have children and their mothers/fathers put in this position of begging and stretching to truth to cover need.

  • John Pacyna

    Your program on food stamps is very informative and believeable.  Right here in my community of Stevens Point, WI ,  we have a food pantry called Operation Bootstrap, that supplys thousands of meals per month to needy families.  This is in addition to food stamps and other charities who feed the poor as well.  We have a huge hunger problem here and there is no doubt in my mind that other areas are suffering as well.

    In addition we have lost over 1800 jobs in the last couple of  years to our area that will not come back! 

    To name a few:  New Page 340 jobs lost.  Domitar 550 jobs lost.  Wausau Papers 400 jobs lost.
    Ramada in 103 jobs lost.  Journs Furniture 200 jobs lost.  Crestline 300 jobs lost.  There are other jobs related to the building industry that are too numerous to mention.

    My point being, the hunger and the competition for food will in fact continue to increase..

    I also felt oddly disturbed that you had a pundit from the Republican side, who unfortunately comes from a country with a caste systym, add his comments to the program.  Neither the republican or caste systems care about the poor.

    I fear that we are loosing our humanity if we do not take care of the needy. 

    This just will not do nor is this sustainable.

    John Pacyna

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q7O5E6DJMFOCAHAQCR32HUNW3I R

    Keeping people down and poor makes them easier to manipulate.

  • Guest

    Yep George W. , you are right about that, but no one died when Clinton lied.

  • Tangletoe

    Most people on medicare/medicaid and yes, food stamps are more than legal.  They have survived more demeaning questions and “fraud oversight” than you can probably imagine. 

  • Tangletoe

    Try serving size pancake mix and oatmeal with no electricity.

  • SusanEst

    I think programs like this (to feed the hungry, for example) should be our priority instead of wars and “defense”.   

  • Guest

    But how do you think Halliburton will survive if they can’t covertly cause wars and then profit from them? Just kidding.I totally agree with you!

  • Bob Rushford

    The USA is not the only country having economic problems.  The latest country is Greece, preceded by Iceland, then Italy, Spain etc.  The US Congress is too busy trying to make Obama a one term president, but the conservative team, after taking an unpatriotic stand last summer (2011) with refusing to raise the debt ceiling, which caused the US rating to drop, were shamed into cooperating with the latest vote to extend unemployment checks and food stamps.  Let’s hope they continue to cooperate and forget about their pledge to the Libertarian, Gilbert Norquist, not to raise the national debt during these economically difficult times.

  • Bknight

    Only those who have never needed or have known anyone
    that needed the support those food stamps afford those in need. I wish the need
    for food stamps was less but at this time in our nation economic downturn.  We must offer more help to the young and hungry
    not less.

  • Guest

    AMEN!!!!

  • Bill West

    The bigger question is, when are we going to realize that it will never again be possible to arrive in the work world uneducated and without any special marketable skills and live a comfortable middle class life. What kind of manufacturing jobs do we think we’re going to bring back? High tech products are made by robots and low tech must compete with foreign labor. Think you’re going to build homes or lay brick? Think again. Look around. These jobs are being done by hard working people from Mexico and Central America who make $10-15 per hour with no benefits. Millions of Americans will be on food stamps for permanently.

  • wb2ldj

    Good story you did. I really think most people in the USA would do better to stay single, building a strong life while helping others. Perhaps someday if you have it all together with the right situation for marriage, have everything paid for and money in the bank and a secure job or two (p/t as an extra).Develop a good Christian foundation and live right. Get a good education in high school. Find every answer on how to live a frugal, practical life, and stick with it. I haven’t driven a car much at all for 24 years nor owned a car for 14 years and love it. As a Vegetarian i eat well, never put anything in my mouth that was bad for me in a seriously dangerous way and since being Veg, nothing even a little bad for me. It all adds up !    GS

  • Marlouparker

    People have to eat.  I’ve never received food stamps or welfare assistance myself.  We need to feed the children who are born into the world.  

  • Giantsbigblue

    We are raising 3 children. When we hit hard time, the system failed us. We both became unemployed. Unemployment was less than one of our incomes. A system we paid into failed to help us in our time of need. It took  4 months to get an answer on our application, by this time we were back to work. We could not accept the foodstamps that we never got. To top this off we received a letter stating we failed to report our income and could face fraud charges if we did not report it promptly. We got this 5 months after the application and I had already ended the process due to our employment. I did everything right and got nothing. We both hold College Degrees, we own our home and we have 2 vehicles.It felt like the system frowned upon us for not being poor enough. We are not wealthy, we worked many years to get where we are. What make our situation any different than a “poor” person. I needed to feed my children too.

  • Hrgeor485

    Two things that should be taken  into consideration is !)the jobs drain. I have never seen a total of the amount of jobs lost to overseas or the buying from overseas  because it is cheaper to buy ready made rather than produced  the goods here 2) machines that are replacing people.We must find a system of distribution that can exist without capitalism and a government that can deliver it..And what’s more important is the people reconizing it, accepting it and putting it into motion.The fact that a few have gained a strangle hold on Americas resources and wealth that has created a blockage that cuts off Americas bloodflow..A different type of Democracy must come into existence if America is going to stay healthy .the dollar has outlived its usefulness. If we make machines that can make machines, find a cheap energy , recycle our resources so that there is no waste and with the proper statesman and scientist we can look to the future.It will not come about in a day but we can get started in a day
    There is no future in the past.Politics and Politicians are holding us back Now is the time for campaign finance reform.We can no longer afford greed and selfishness.America has always been a leader and can remain a leader.

  • uncle george

    The criticism of the newtman is like a raper blaming the person who was raped for being raped and then criticising them for what they are doing to survive .The shame should be on him and not on the people who are trying to survive.the greedy people who cause the problem.

  • LMargien

    My social security is $787/month.  I am grateful for the $200/month I receive from the food stamp program.  It is difficult to make it streatch for the entire month, but I make due.  Without the program, I simply would not eat. 

  • Jane

    There are those who have much and are able to entertain or party with friends.  May I suggest that when we have parties we also help others in need.  During the past four years I have been having a holiday party every December and in lieu of hostess gifts, requested checks to the Hawaii Foodbank and canned goods. Yes, we all can help and we should try to help those in need.  

  • Shaun

    There’s no question that there are more people in the welfare program than ever before, but that doesn’t mean that the program is “out of control”. It’s “The economy, Stupid!”…. a multi-year, world-wide problem that will take dedication, perseverance and many years to get out of – and we’re on the right path to do so, imho!

  • Bettymarsha10

    It never ceases to amaze me how these individuals come on these shows and give there expert opinion on subjects they know nothing about first hand. The able bodied would love to work. Unfortunately, our last president screwed the citizens of this country making sure that the rich could get richer at the expense of the middle class and the poor. I am also infuriated at the Republican party for trying to pitch that same line that the rich need to keep getting tax cuts to free up monies to expand and hit. They truely is an insult to my mentality. I have a masters degree but cannot find a job in social work because programs and organizations that once hired me are not being funded. So, I hope that Black and low income whites will show how displeased they are at the poles. They are now getting a taste of the African American Experience! George Bush left a related legacy of poverty that our current President could not possibly correct in one term.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VUA2A3RLV4MKGYBMOHPH5BBR7I Old timer

    I work for Walmart and do not know what you see but back it up. You are why the people that truly need the help are being ridiculed. 99% of the people on food stamps need them. You see the 1% that is ruining for the rest. It is always easy for the ones that have to say that the ones that do not are not doing what they need to do. Quit the criticism unless you have walked a mile in the shoes of the one you are making the statements about.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VUA2A3RLV4MKGYBMOHPH5BBR7I Old timer

    You are an ignorant ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Odindick

    The food stamps and other Federal programs are created not for helping the poor, but for maximizing profits of corporations by letting them reducing wages soon close to zero as a hidden subsidy to the employers and agribusiness and the difference in labors needs to compensate from their own pockets  from multiple overt and covert taxes, fees, etc. even if they not paying income tax. The rest is paying shrinking middle class since the fall of the USSR in 1991, because this days neither rich, nor their servants in the government don’t have to worry very much about a powerful Soviet Empire which will help American labor for their own benefits to overthrow the American government and the capitalist system. Without this constant threat since the Red Scare beginning October 1917 of the Bolshevik  coup d’état and rise of Communism in the USA supported from Kremlin, the ruling upper class  decided to create a significant middle class of highly paid labor aristocracy to prevent a Bolshevik coup d’état in The USA. As soon this threat disappeared, at least in minds of the upper class, immediately started on assault on everything what the middle class gained during the Cold war and it will be even worse than it is now, because the appetites of the rich to reverse history, is growing by hours and it is no end of the tunnel.  But they are very short-sided pushing people to a corner of the economical ring toward Chinese, Vietnamese and even prison wages of .25 C p/o. Very soon the economy will totally collapse because the majority of labor class wouldn’t be able to buy even bread, not to mentioning “cheap” but over-prized junk from China and then the current Occupy Wall Street childish chaotic movement will look like a happy days picnic united with the Tea party armed to the teeth.

  • Markkaempfer

    My sister worked at Wal-Mart for many years.  Instead of providing decent working wages and health care, she was instructed on how to take advantage of welfare and food stamps to make up the short fall. 

  • Phil Pesch

    I seem to remember that at it’s inception, the food stamp program was blocked in congress until it was repositioned as a farm subsidy.  When it was perceived as a farm subsidy, food stamps were embraced.  Food stamps support food retailers, food brokers, wholesalers, transportation, growers and agricultural workers.  If you don’t care about the hungry, you can at least care about the economic consequences of cutting back on food stamps.  It’s very bad ethics and economics.  

  • Markkaempfer

    The comparison of the USA to Greece is not exactly correct.  Greece’s problem is far beyond a simple economic downturn.  Even in good times they were having trouble.  Greece aspires to be a wealthy northern European country, which means Greece provides 1,000 euro monthly welfare checks, nice retirement pensions, and provides many other nice benefits that such a poor country could never afford to provide in good times or bad, and many Greeks do not pay their taxes and the tax office often doesn’t hunt tax dodgers down.  If Greece were wealthy like its wealthier northern European neighbors and actually collected all the taxes due, then this wouldn’t be so much of an issue.  However, instead of doing that, they have spent years borrowing money they can not ever hope to pay back. 

  • Markkaempfer

    Outsourcing won’t change.  Corporations like to make more profits and Americans like to save money by buying cheap products.  It needn’t be that way, but the retailers and consumers seem to like it that way, although they don’t seem to realize their behavior leads to the loss of jobs and the loss of consumers who can afford to buy so many products. 

  • Edie

    Thank you for highlighting the stories of who uses food stamps and why putting faces on a political football from the Republican conservative politicians and think tanks. The representative from National Review who you interviewed re. food stamps spoke nonsense and propaganda which bears nothing to reality. They live in the world of riches and can’t understand that a nation that doesn’t feed its people is not a democracy but an oligarchy. The inequality between rich and poor is the greatest it has ever been in our history due to the political power of wealthy plutocrats who donate billions of dollars to politicians. We must get money out of our politics and  bring the 99% back into power.

  • struggling

    I find it interesting how many republicans want it both ways; money for business so they can provide jobs, but not medical benefits or a living wage; then they legislate in ways that minimize choices for people.  For example, in one of my jobs, I am required (through legislative action) to pay union dues, but do not have voting rights.  I work three jobs in the private (educational) sector and qualify for food stamps (averaging $6.70 to feed 9 people for each meal).  We also qualify for state medical coverage, which covered birth control pills and female sterilization (both medically impossible for me) but does not allow male vasectomy.  My husband’s business of 20 years failed due to the housing crisis (he was in construction) and our county has faced 28% unemployment, so at his age, with no “current” job skills, he has been unable to find work for the past 6 years.  Unfortunately, if he tries to go to school for retraining, we risk losing benefits because financial aid will be counted as income.  We have been in the same boat as the gentleman who can’t afford gas to get his son to school.  Without food stamps, we would have to choose between gas to go to work or food for my children.

  • Markkaempfer

    I get my health care through Healthy San Francisco, which is health care intended for low earners.  In order to qualify I had to show bank statements, picture ID, proof of household income, proof of liquid assets, and proof of residency.  While applying, I was sitting next to a woman and her children who apparently just arrived in California from Guatemala.  They somehow seemed to qualify for these benefits, although I have no idea how they were able to provide the same documentation that I was required to provide.  If it’s that easy for her to get health care without apparently having the same documents I am required to provide, then how easy is it to get so many other things? 

    In January of this year in St. Joseph, Missouri, a group of men and women were busted for using fraud to obtain 3,500 Missouri driver’s licenses and other state IDs.  I seriously doubt illegals were getting these driving licenses just to drive. 

    Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/01/12/135643/illegal-immigrants-across-us-obtained.html#storylink=cpy

  • Hurt in CA

     yes, so true. The last thing I want is to do is apply for this program. I want a job so badly. I have a bachelor’s degree and close to 15 years of office experience in administrative roles. I hate that no one wants to hire me – not even county government which in my state there are lots of jobs if I’m willing to move 2 to 4 hours away. And I am. But I’m not being selected for positions in which I feel either well qualified or over qualified.  This country has made it so people with degrees and experience can’t even get a job. Only people I suppose who are getting jobs are either employed or not long unemployed, &/or perhaps under 30.  It is terrible what’s happened to this country. :(

  • Concerned

     I think the reason the contributions to politicians – like the presidential candidate & Prez Obama too – is so out of hand is b/c of the money required for ads and running campaigns so expensive -and they all want to beat each other out & hopefully win. I don’t agree with it all either. The millions of $$ raised could be put into better use in helping the country’s poor for one thing.

  • Odindick

    My dear, for profit and not for profit corporations are not in business to hire people and to help them to make a living. For them a person is just a tool to make money from money combined with this person’s health and skills. A employee is nothing more than a expense, a overhead, a necessary evil what they must to tolerate like a chicken which is making golden eggs. As soon as someone developed a new technology with more productivity and no need for people’s involvement, or, at least much less involvement, or somewhere in the world exist a brutal totalitarian regime which will give them an opportunity  to make money with wages close to nothing, no lawsuits, no need to care about the environment, no healthcare and pensions, tan they will threw their labor force on the streets and will move their capitals to other strange but much profitable land with no, or much less taxes.  Because of our very big intentional diversity of the population, they are not associated themselves with the rest of the population. Only wit the Old WASP elite, mostly, ultra conservative   About the rest of us, they pretending,  that they they last trip to conquer the World without even a need  of a notice in advance..

  • Mad

     I am a single woman in my late 40s with no children. I may have to resort to getting food stamps (though it’s the last thing I want to do). I’d rather be working two jobs. I have the time & the energy. I’m currently even taking classes (to possibly chg careers) -while continuing to look for work, though I’d love to be an Admin Assistant or Office Assistant and work nights/weekends at a Whole Foods or library. I am so angry at the government though – both state & federal. They created this mess with their reckless policies and standing up for companies outsourcing jobs, bringing in cheap foreign workers (issuing of H1Bs), and I hate to be mean – but we do have a lot of illegal workers too who got in b/c of no border control in previous yrs.  If government can be so careless to have allowed all this to happen, I will be too & buy myself the most expensive treats. After all, I feel as though I’ve been cheated out of a job.

  • jan

    Going back to my grade school years, we need food, water, shelter, and something else that I can’t remember because its been (mumble, mumble) years since I was in grade school.  I’ve been told since then that it was public grade school so it wasn’t a first class education.  Whatever.     

    So many thoughts and unhappy memories brought to mind by this program.  We had to go on food stamps during the Reagan era.  The people at the food stamp office were nice and they didn’t point any fingers but it was still embarrassing and humiliating and yet, without it, we wouldn’t have had anything to eat because my husband lost his job and we were living off my salary at a fast food restaurant.  Going into a store to buy food and pulling out the food stamps to pay for it was also a embarrassing and humiliating experience.  Getting off the food stamps was a relief.  I continue to be amazed at how low an opinion the GOP has of the American public and their insistence that we build a palace of gold while being given only straw and mud to build it with.  

    I would suggest that most people would be more than happy to get paid a high enough salary to pay for a roof over their heads, the ability to buy their own food, and put gas in their car for the drive back and forth to work.  Most people are competitive by nature and are more than willing to not be dependent on someone for food and/or the roof over their heads.  The problem is not the people asking for help.  The problem is the corporations.        

    People are asking for more help now than they used to because the corporations have outsourced so many jobs and because wages and benefits have been suppressed and/or cut for the last 30 years, maybe more.  Thieves like the Silverado Savings and Loan scandal , Enron mess, Madoff, and the Wall Street bailout have made it clear that investing is not a guarantee that the money will be there for those fortunate enough to have enough to invest or put aside for old age.  The fact that, other than Madoff, no one ever seems to get punished for what they do also hasn’t escaped our attention.  That’s what makes the GOP (and more recently, the democratic) agenda of privatization so transparently false.

    To be fair, both parties have completely lost touch with the public.  From where I sit the American Dream appears to be either already dead or on life support with the doctor’s hand on the off switch.  If the economy is getting better I’m not seeing it.  Jobs certainly aren’t coming back.  Congress (both parties) have dedicated their lives to serving those who can afford the most lobbyists and all the current and future benefits that come from listening to those lobbyists.  I suspect Obama’s trip to Boeing in Washington yesterday to talk about companies hiring Americans was viewed with a rather jaundiced eye and little or no positive impact by the people who live in Kansas, given the fact Boeing is leaving Kansas and no new American jobs were actually created where he was giving his speech at.       

  • jan

    Obama’s big mistake is that he never addressed or tried to correct anything.  Instead he continued the bad programs and added new bad programs. 

  • jan

    And just what are those without jobs and money supposed to do over the many years it takes to get out of the mess?  Buy insurance when they don’t have any money?  That isn’t helpful.

  • danfromMN

    As an Independent (and former Republican), whose experiences and a combination of traditional and real world education have proven the folly of a political party that used to be focused on making a strong, efficient America for all Americans, but since the time of their hero Pres. Ronnie Reagan-who by the way carried some of the largest budget deficits and debt in our nations history, is focused primarily on just the many advantages for the wealthiest 2% (CEO’s and others in the elite business executive councils and boardrooms), the Wall Streeters-the hedge fund and derivative managers, the ponzi schemers, the real estate, stock and commodity speculators, the old money and the profit-uber-alles-neuvou riche, etc.. And also a party that is filled, sadly, with two key groups, one is the many people who call themselves Christians, but have no apparent idea what Christ really talked about and stood for and this primarily because they are so caught up in the first smidgen of new life, that they can’t see the headlights of the Mac truck heading straight for them (so to speak) because of their un-Christian lack of support for necessary things like living wages-thus removing or limiting the working poor from the government doles; lack of any effective support for public educational funding (primary, secondary and post-secondary levels) for any people, including the teenage or poor mothers who choose to keep their baby, but now needs government housing and food assistance just to make ends meet and to give her child(ren) and herself an equal opportunity to better themselves in the future-nutrition wise, education wise and real wages and benefits wise.
    Also, the other group is made up of two more smaller (thankfully) groups of people, one is so out of touch with reality that they think they are paying 50% of their income, in taxes (as compared to the reality of often paying way less than one quarter to third of their income and totally ignoring all of the many benefits those taxes that they do pay, bring to them and to all Americans) and shockingly, in the face of this singular bizarre belief, they also choose to support a political party that starves the very middle class that used to be common in America and listen enthralled like frenzied zombies to the misleading and sometimes totally false rhetoric of politicians and pundits who are also ignorant and so completely out of touch with the reality for the “Median American” (we can’t even use the term “Average American” anymore, because it gets so skewed by the wealthiest 2% and their obsessive, excessive spending habits) that they totally forget that political discourse is supposed to be a negotiation, with an eventual consensus agreement for the betterment of all constituents, not just the upper 2%.  The other members of this last group are the lowest dregs of society, the racists, the bigots, the flim-flam artists, the anarchists, the low life people whose only focus is on disrupting our society with their extremely short-sighted vision, with no factual basis what-so-ever and a total breakdown and destruction of America as we used to know it as their only goal (although when it happens-primarily from rolling back and dismantling the needed effective and efficient rules and regulations that have proven, over our history, to be vital and necessary to keep the “Free Market” businesses at least somewhat honest and above board (they forget how we used to eat our air in many cities and towns, it was so thick and dark from pollutants; that we used to have to drink a lot of alcoholic beverages to help keep down the many diseases from our water and food systems, etc.),though they will fiercely blame the other parties when the demise comes). 

  • danfromMN

    As an Independent (and former Republican), whose experiences and a combination of traditional and real world education have proven the folly of a political party that used to be focused on making a strong, efficient America for all Americans, but since the time of their hero Pres. Ronnie Reagan-who by the way carried some of the largest budget deficits and debt in our nations history, is focused primarily on just the many advantages for the wealthiest 2% (CEO’s and others in the elite business executive councils and boardrooms), the Wall Streeters-the hedge fund and derivative managers, the ponzi schemers, the real estate, stock and commodity speculators, the old money and the profit-uber-alles-neuvou riche, etc.. And also a party that is filled, sadly, with two key groups, one is the many people who call themselves Christians, but have no apparent idea what Christ really talked about and stood for and this primarily because they are so caught up in the first smidgen of new life, that they can’t see the headlights of the Mac truck heading straight for them (so to speak) because of their un-Christian lack of support for necessary things like living wages-thus removing or limiting the working poor from the government doles; lack of any effective support for public educational funding (primary, secondary and post-secondary levels) for any people, including the teenage or poor mothers who choose to keep their baby, but now needs government housing and food assistance just to make ends meet and to give her child(ren) and herself an equal opportunity to better themselves in the future-nutrition wise, education wise and real wages and benefits wise.
    Also, the other group is made up of two more smaller (thankfully) groups of people, one is so out of touch with reality that they think they are paying 50% of their income, in taxes (as compared to the reality of often paying way less than one quarter to third of their income and totally ignoring all of the many benefits those taxes that they do pay, bring to them and to all Americans) and shockingly, in the face of this singular bizarre belief, they also choose to support a political party that starves the very middle class that used to be common in America and listen enthralled like frenzied zombies to the misleading and sometimes totally false rhetoric of politicians and pundits who are also ignorant and so completely out of touch with the reality for the “Median American” (we can’t even use the term “Average American” anymore, because it gets so skewed by the wealthiest 2% and their obsessive, excessive spending habits) that they totally forget that political discourse is supposed to be a negotiation, with an eventual consensus agreement for the betterment of all constituents, not just the upper 2%.  The other members of this last group are the lowest dregs of society, the racists, the bigots, the flim-flam artists, the anarchists, the low life people whose only focus is on disrupting our society with their extremely short-sighted vision, with no factual basis what-so-ever and a total breakdown and destruction of America as we used to know it as their only goal (although when it happens-primarily from rolling back and dismantling the needed effective and efficient rules and regulations that have proven, over our history, to be vital and necessary to keep the “Free Market” businesses at least somewhat honest and above board (they forget how we used to eat our air in many cities and towns, it was so thick and dark from pollutants; that we used to have to drink a lot of alcoholic beverages to help keep down the many diseases from our water and food systems, etc.),though they will fiercely blame the other parties when the demise comes). 

  • jan

    And, by the way, the father who went without eating at times because there wasn’t enough to feed both himself and his son?  Been there, done that.  Like I said, so many bad and unhappy memories.  They leave the mental equivalent of scars.     

  • jan

    And, by the way, the father who went without eating at times because there wasn’t enough to feed both himself and his son?  Been there, done that.  Like I said, so many bad and unhappy memories.  They leave the mental equivalent of scars.     

  • Maria Arndt

    I go shopping for my family every week-and I know that I spend more and more money to make sure they eat healthy, but it gets more difficult to do so. Even going to different stores, comparing prices and using coupons, food prices are raising, We are fortunate because we both are full time employed-but what happens to people, families if something goes wrong? What if you can’t work because of health issues, or you lose your job? Everyone of us could be faced with something unexpected happening, something that changes the way we live, the way we think.Do we not all then want to know that there is a safety net, that will support us from falling too hard? With our taxes, our money, our work,we are supporting the government, we vote, we are part of the economy. When we, as a society cannot take care of equal education for every member, healthcare, and essentials that every human being needs….then we cannot say we are a United Nation.

  • Notsifancyfarm

    I live in central georgia where many good paying jobs have gone to old mexico leaving people ubable to find work. What jobs are available are eight to ten dollars an hour. My father always said “give the politicians a welfare check and put them in the getto and see how long they last”

  • Punxsy

    On Valentine’s Day I decided to stop at WalMart during my lunch hour from WORK to pick up a cake for dinner.  I was in line behind someone who I thought must surely be buying groceries for a personal care home because there were 6 gallon containers of Rich & Creamy Ice Cream (not the kind I buy – I buy generic – sort of ice cream).  The cart was overflowing and I continued to watch as I stood in line with my cake from the “must be used by today” clearance bin, along with my bananas which were from the same clearance bin. I continued to watch as she placed Delmonico steaks and shrimp on the counter. She then announced they were for her Valentines Dinner that evening. To my surprise she paid all this with an ACCESS food stamp card.  What is wrong with this picture that I, as an employee of the state, am buying clearance groceries while I am providing steak and shrimp for, the NON WORKERS?  I am not saying we should not provide for those in need, however, there needs to be limits in place.  I am from Pennsylvania and we have a WIC program which provides food for Women, Infants and Children which allows you to buy only nutrious food items and basic essentials.  The food stamp program needs operated in this exact same manner! It is past time to get serious with this program and set limits! 

  • Fruits of labor

    So the solution to the nation’s economic woes is raising the debt ceiling? If that’s the case, why doesn’t the government create and distribute $1 million to each American. Then we can all be “millionaires” and no one would need food stamps. Wonders never cease!

  • Challenger0816

    I have been there and I am still there.  I can not get food stamps.  If you would get a job in the grocery industry and see for yourself the incredible abuse, you would think differently.  It is not the 1% that abuse it, it is a least half of the people that are getting food stamps.  I would love to eat like the many people I see using food stamps, but I can’t.  I don’t get that luxury of eating steaks and seafood.

  • Give Peace a Chance

    Too bad Obama likes wars as much as Bush.

  • fruits of labor

    Yet the government claims inflation is not a problem. Wonder why?

  • Donjr

    My wife and I are blessed, we’re both are black, and we both make a six figure income. However it has not always been like this for the both of us. Her family were immigrants, arriving in America in the late 70′s. They received government support aid, medical care. While on this aid my wife had to have emergency surgery. Her father, well educated would not apply for any cash aid; he had to accept work in construction. There were days that they went without a nutritions meal. Once her mother was able to find work about two years later, they no longer needed the aid.
     My experience come, while being a young soldier in the U.S Army. I was a E-3, married with three kids, when I was informed that I was eligible for food stamps. My family had never went without, I managed my income very well. It was great although this aid was for only two months. It helped for us with food and we were able buy clothes for she and I, which had not been able to do for over a year. I must say our kids had clothes, there needs ALWAYS can first.
    These programs for help. 

  • Jagray

    Like the man said, the program is doing what it was designed to do. If we had taken the 1.5 trillion dollars in bailout money and invested it in jobs instead, we wouldn’t be having this discussion. And the banks would have had deposits to shore them up instead of loans, and we might ave good roads, bridges, and schools.

  • R_o_graham

    There is almost no incentive to get off of most government entitlement programs. Furthermore, the government employees are only motivated to distribute more efficiently, not to ensure appropriateness or receipt. There are cottage industries of consultants who know how to exploit the various free programs. We make it easier and easier to distribute and spend the money. We can no longer afford the luxury and are destroying the country’s finances.

  • Futur101

    The program needs to be tweaked to prevent recipients from buying steak instead of hamburger. How  do you stop recipients from buying cake, ice cream, potato chips and other unnecessary (unhealthy) items??? With the technological knowledge today, it would be quite easy to itemize categories of food items that cannot be purchased with food stamps and then I AM SURE monthly
    allocation will last even longer. Countability of purchases will definitely have a positive outcome, financially as well as more heathy diets.  Finally, we scrutinize our recycling of garbage more than we
    scrutinize the purchases food stamps are being used for.

    As an aside, it is interesting when non-minorities use food stamps it is soooo humiiating and they sooo
    hate having to use them. However, when minorities used food stamps, it was they don’t want to work and love spending food stamps because they are lazy. It was seen as part of their culture but now that the shoe is on the other foot,white americans now state  it’s simply desperation and totally humiliating.

    Don’t judge people if you have never been in their shoes because you will be in for a great enlightenment. Who WANTS to be dependent when they have other options????

  • Jagray

    What you didn’t see is that a reckless purchase like that will make that family go without for the last two weeks of the month. It is frustrating, but you are painting a picture of yourself as a hard-working saint and pointing the finger at someone less fortunate than you and in essence blaming them for your own innability to do better financially. when you point fingers you have three pointing back at you. Like Ghandi said, Be the change you want to see in the world. I mean clearance bin or not, you are still buying cake.

  • Mortreport

    Your segment on foodstamps completely ignored the empirical data collected by the US Census Bureau on this matter in enliu of highly subjective phrases like “enough”. the Heritage Foundation compiled and analyzed much of the government’s statistics on this subject. It would have been good to have brought their extensive study into the conversation.

  • Christanne Schey

    I don’t care about the empirical discussion…i just want the address of the single man with a child.  Every month around the 20th they should receive a gas card and some cash to tide them over – i can do that.

  • justcommonsense

    It is amazing to me that PBS can do a show on food stamps and not address the fact that those recipients also,now, receive a free cell phone.  This is just another example of PBS presenting the Obama viewpoint and ignoring the facts.

  • Caroline

    Food stamps are absolutely necessary for people who are in need.  However, there is no defensable reason why any foods devoid of nutritional value (sugary, salty snacks and soft drinks) should be included.  I can’t tell you how often I have observed people checking out with all manner of sugar, fat, & salt laten items who proceed to pay with an EBT card.  It makes my blood boil

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VUA2A3RLV4MKGYBMOHPH5BBR7I Old timer

    What is it with the six figure income people being critical of the poor? I have an associates degree and cannot find a job in the field. I had to resort to working for Walmart and I do not make enough money to pay my bills let alone feed my kids. Walmart offers no benefits for the first year of employment and even then you cannot afford the premiums of insurance. It is not just the uneducated that are needing the help. We are all trying to live the American Dream which in reality does not even exist anymore. How sad is it that people have to decide whether or not to pay bills or eat. This Country is going to crap and the ones with money feel the need to critisize the ones without. GET OFF YOUR H
    IGH HORSES and try to put yourself in the shoes of the ones that need help to survive we are all Human Beings with worth. You have no more right to breathe air than ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • S_a_mcallister

    Those items are much cheaper than healthy food.  Isn’t that ironic?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WEJAZPFNQJKEPYK3HGKZW2OQPQ Jay Amsterdam

    I am a 25 year old single male who has a Bachelor’s degree. I just graduated in 2010. I had a temporary full-time job for three months and was laid off due to lack of work. I put in over 80 resumes in three months and was struggling. Finally, I decided the only way I could afford a roof over my head was to go back to Graduate school and use student loans to pay for my housing. Then, however, I realized I need money for food. It was the most humiliating experience in recent memory, but I had no choice but to apply for food stamps. I have been on food stamps now since August 2011, and use the funds to buy nutritious food. It is embarrassing going to the cash register, so I even stopped shopping at my discount grocery store and go to the more expensive Safeway instead, where they have self-checkouts. I am not on food stamps by choice, but by necessity. For people like Newt Gingrich, it is so much easier to appeal to people’s emotions by labeling Obama a “food stamp” president when food stamps is a minute factor in our national budget….

  • MKEgal

    Overall, I agree, but everyone needs something nice now & then.
    Would you prohibit people from buying oil/shortening & sugar, a cake mix, or just a ready-made cake? Is apple juice OK (mostly devoid of nutrition), or should people only be able to buy apples?

    How about putting a cap on price per ounce? That would lead people toward healthier, less expensive foods like grains, legumes, fruits & veggies, and even allow some low-priced meats.

  • Ratpin72

    Food lacking nutritional value & with a long shelf life tend to be some of the cheapest things in the supermarket.  Not to mention, many food stamp recipients probably lack knowledge of good nutritional practices or don’t care about nutrition.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WEJAZPFNQJKEPYK3HGKZW2OQPQ Jay Amsterdam

    Uhm, in California people do not receive a “cell phone” for food stamps. Not sure where you’re getting this information!

  • erieside

    How can you expect people to find a job in this economy?  Republicans have been blocking every attempt to create jobs, they just want taxes lowered for businesses (corporate welfare) which has actually never created jobs. What does steak and cell phones have to do with this conversation?  Do you really think the poor are living it up on steak?  Wake up!  This only shows how out of touch you are with how the poor live.  If you think they have it so easy, living so well and not having to work, maybe you should try trading places…. 

  • MKEgal

    Link, please? Data, please?

  • Genises2

    Most of the high ratings for people getting food stamps is because this country feeds illegal immigrants.  First take care of the natural citizens of this country and only provide food stamps
    to illegals immigrants for one month than send them back to their country.  How dare this country not take care of its own but feeds all foreigners, how ignorant is that??  Have our lawmakers read our Constitution and the 14th Amendment as they let the people of America down by treating illegals better than its own people.  Anyone can come to America and be well taken care of but Americans cannot go anywhere–who need lawmakers/lawbreakers running anything other than their own shoes over.
    Let’s get real in our country.

  • Imcnotu

    I agree that no one should go hungry, but it is very hard for me to watch people buying soda pop and chips with taxpayers money. These things should be dissallowed.

  • Stephanie

    It is none of your business what that person buys.  How do you know they haven’t saved up leftovers so they could splurge on V-day?

  • Wasnwmn

    At least some part of the government is helping to feed the need instead usual feed the greed!

  • Mac13131

    I lost my drivers license and no one will hire me regardless of my many skills! I’m a veteran of the navy worked on navy jets when i was a teenager yea i applied they give me 16.dollars per month about fifty cents per day . Are you kidding me? Our great country can air lift food to any other place meanwhile I struggel my a## off ! I’m a proud american let me work ,something is very wrong with our country.

  • Crystalstewart65

    Im a single mother of two and I’ve had to stop with snacks for school. I work 40hrs and I’m struggling I don’t like having to take time to fill out this paperwork to get help this is ridiculous. I don’t buy a bunch of junk food but when its my kids birthdays I will buy cake and ice cream I dont feel that my children should be debribed of having a good birthday. If barack knew what he was doing instead of talking about what he was going to do then there wouldnt be such an increase in assistance from the state. I pay taxes like everyone else and yet everyone is struggling unless there are two adults working 40+ each and yet they think that we are not capable of knowing what we should and should not buy. When is the madness going to come to an end and for food and everything going to stop increasing in price?

  • Anonymous

     What a bunch of crap! Where do you get that illegals are treated better than citizens?
    Did you know that there are American citizens living off welfare in other countries?

  • Fenceman

    I dont understand why you cant eat healthy on food stamps this i really dont get, Food stamps come from dept. of ag. soda pop has corn syrup in it potatoe chips have potatoes in it , which all helps that corn farmer idoha potatoe grower, i know folks on food stamps who have went to a butcher house an bought a half of beef ,, an last i knew all veg, you can buy with food stamps,  Then you hear folks say if every one would get an education this wounldnt happen yea right, Education in what physics, Is the guy whos works cutting down trees for a living un educated or the guy who works on cars un educated. Anybody who works with thier hands is un educated, or they would be sitting in an office passing judgement, try paying 800 month on home. 300 a month on electic. 250 o month on car, phone bill, homeowners , car insurence, health care, gas to an from work , how money money does one need to make in america these days just to get buy, think about, oh i forgot heat bill, try all of this on 11 dollars an hr,

  • Dobreadayn

    In Texas a lone star card is issued and cash can be obtained with this card.
    While waiting in a store check out line, I have seen people get cash and give it to someone behind them that buy beer and tobacco with the cash.  Also the food purchased with the card consisted of prime cut beef steaks.  While following this group into the parking lot, they boarded a brand new Cadalic.
    I think the debit card needs to be replaced with the former food distributuion system.
    Allan

  • average spud

    What’s happened historically, the other times the economy has tanked, unemployment has been high, etc.? Once things turned around, people get off food programs, right? (And why are the R’s whining about so many people on food stamps now, when their darling added more people to the lists?)

    I’ve been struggling financially for several years, despite being educated, able to use English well, & willing to take jobs that are well below what I’m capable of (in order to pay bills). Even after I paid for a job training course (the other students were paid for by some gov’t agency) I can’t get work. I’d love to be able to go to work, even part time, be able to pay my bills, not fall asleep worrying if the bank is going to foreclose on my house, etc.

    ***

    As for changing what foods can be bought, OK, how would you do that? 
    Would you prohibit people from buying oil/shortening & sugar, a cake mix, or just a ready-made cake?
    Is apple juice OK (mostly devoid of nutrition), or should people only be able to buy apples?

    I agree that expensive meats, soda, potato chips, etc. shouldn’t generally be allowed.
    Once in a while (for a birthday party, maybe) getting some non-nutritious things should be OK. Most people can make a cake from scratch, but ice cream isn’t as easy.

    How about putting a cap on price per ounce? That would lead people toward healthier, less expensive foods like grains, legumes, fruits & veggies, and even allow some low-priced meats. But then what do we do about spices, to make that food taste better? Other than salt, those are expensive.
    Or with computer technology, how about requiring that the overall cost per pound of someone’s groceries (at the time of purchase) be $3 or less?

    When I spend my food ‘stamp’ allocation, I generally buy things that are under $2/lb.
    Try that next time you go shopping.
    Yes, once in a while I get a piece of salmon or some fig newtons or even orange juice for a treat, & those are more expensive.  But by spending carefully, I often have money left over from month to month.  When, eventually, I do get a job & lose food assistance, that will carry me over until I really can pay for it myself.
    I wish I could do the same with medical care! That will be really hard to lose, since there are prescription meds I must have.

  • Merick Chaffee

    You need to give people better instructions about how  to get to  this site. Without this it’s almost impossible

  • MKEgal

    Apply online. Often you just need to mail some verification, sometimes get an appointment.

  • MKEgal

    See if the judge will give you a work-only driver’s license.

  • GYSIMPSON

    FOOD STAMPS AND OTHER AID PROGRAMS SUCH AS MEDICAID, HOUSING ASSISTANCE, ENERGY ASSISTANCE, AND ETC. HAVE HUGE NUMBERS OF AMERICANS ENROLLED BECAUSE THE ECONOMY IS BAD AND LARGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE ARE UNEMPLOYED OR UNDEREMPLOYED.

    TO REMEDY THIS WE TRY TO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY BY SPENDING BILLIONS AND BILLIONS AND MORE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS ONLY TO HAVE CONTINUED HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT.  WE WOULD HAVE TO CREATE ABOUT 100,000 JOBS EACH MONTH IN THE U.S. JUST TO KEEP UP WITH THE INCREASING POPULATION OR HAVE 100,000 PEOPLE A MONTH GIVE UP AND STOP LOOKING FOR A JOB.  BUT NOONE SUGGESTS THAT WE TRY A GOAL OF ZERO POPULATION GROWTH AS A REMEDY TO THE SITUATION BECAUSE IT WOULD TAKE TOO LONG AND EVERYONE WANTS INSTANT PROSPERITY.  AND, IT WOULD HAVE OPPOSITION FROM MANY VOTERS.  BUR, IF WE HAD ZERO POPULATION GROWTH FOR THE LAST FEW DECADES WE WOULD NOT HAVE THIS PROBLEM AND MANY OTHER PROBLEMS THAT WE FACE TODAY.

    AND, NOBADY EVER ASKS IF THERE ARE ANY CONSEQUENCES ASSOCIATED WITH CREATING JOBS.  THIS HAS BEEN THE CASE THROUGHOUT HUMAN HISTORY BECAUSE THANKS TO OVERPOPULATION THERE HAS ALWAYS BEEN SO MANY PEOPLE IN POVERTY AND SO MANY PEOPLE NEAR POVERTY AND SO MANY PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT TOO FAR REMOVED FROM POVERTY AND USUALLY A FEW  PEOPLE THAT ARE GREEDY THAT WE ALWAYS TRY TO CREATE PROSPERITY TO REMEDY THE SITUATION AND NOT WORRY ABOUT ANY POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES THAT MIGHT BE CREATED WHEN WE CREATE PROSPERITY.  WHEN WE HAVE A CHOICE BETWEEN PREVENTING POVERTY AND PRESERVING THE ENVIRONMENT FOR INSTANCE, WE ALMOST ALWAYS CHOOSE TO PREVENT POVERTY.

    SO, OUR CONSTANT NEED TO AVOID POVERTY AND CREATE PROSPERITH HAS RESULTED IN SPECIES OF ANIMALS AND PLANTS GOING EXTINT AT ALARMING RATES, AND FORES AREAS BEING CONSTANTLY CUT OR BURNED DOWN, AND  OUR RESOURCES BEING DEPLETED AT A FAR TOO RAPID PACE WITH EVEN FISH IN THE OCEANS BEING DEPLETED.  NUMEROUS OTHER PROBLEMS HAVE BEEN CREATED BY OVERPOPULATION AND THE NEED TO AVOID POVERTY AND TO CREATE PROSPERITY SUCH AS SOIL EROSION, WILDLIFE HABITAT DESTRUCTION, GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE.  AND, WE OFTEN HAVE WARS AND CONFLICTS OR MASS MIGRATIONS OF PEOPLE FROM ONE AREA TO ANOTHER. 

    WE MUST RECOGNIZE THAT ARE PROBLEMS WITH FOOD STAMPS AND MOST OF OUR OTHER PROBLEMS ARE CREATED BY LONG TERM OVERPOPULATION, AND WE MUST INITIATE LONG TERM PROGRAMS TO ACHIEVE ZERO POPULATION GROWTH OR WE WILL CONTINUE TO MORE AND MORE SERIOUS PROBLEMS INCLUDING BEING TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS MORE IN DEBT.

  • Anonymous

     Sadly, I agree. This planet cannot sustain the amount of people living on it today and the population is growing at an alarming rate. We are going to see disaster after disaster all over the world in the near future if things continue the way they are. But where do you start to stop population growth? It’s not only birth rates that causes the planet to have more people. It’s also the fact that we live longer and, which I think is a big thing, we can now cure diseases that used to wipe out a large part of the population. But what are we going to do about that? Stop giving antibiotics because we need to cut the population growth? Should we have one-child-only rules like China? There just aren’t easy solutions to this problem and either way it’s going to hurt, a lot.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VUA2A3RLV4MKGYBMOHPH5BBR7I Old timer

    Why do you feel the need to be the moral compass of the world? What is it lacking in your life that leads you to think that you have a right to be mad when some food stamps are being used for some junk food? The issue is not even being addressed. The food stamps is not what has made the country go into the crapper. Have the words never been said to you that you should do unto others as they would do unto you? Have you been in a position to need help? Do you have first hand experience? Does someone stand behind you in line at the store and judge what you buy? You think that just because the food stamps are assistance that people should spend it on what you dictate to them? Are people questioning you on how you spend your money on the food you buy? Do people think they have a right to go into your home and judge how you eat? You seem to think the people that get food stamps should be watched and told what they can and cannot buy. Who do YOU think YOU are? You make these comments based on seeing a few people and not the big picture of all the people that make right choices and do what they should.

  • GYSIMPSON

    PLEASE EXCUSE THE SPELLING ERRORS IN MY COMMENTS.

       GY SIMPSON

  • Vic

    We’re talking about feeding people – we can feed people.  The alternative – let them starve?  Don’t think so.  By the way, our food is cheap, very cheap.  Why?  Because our farmers are subsidized.  I don’t have a problem making grains, legumes, and rice subsidized – corn?  That’s inexcusable – it is NOT a source of food for people – it’s junk food and in plastics, and fuel, etc

  • Vic

    I’m always surprised at what parents send their children to school with.  These are employed, college education, have homes and vehicles…yet they think fruit roll-ups are fruit, nutella is a healthy nut spread, and chocolate milk is healthy.  We have a huge population of people who have been misled by media to believe packaged food is healthy. 

  • Caroline

    I voled yes because I believe that people don’t know how to eat cheaply anymore.  How to cook “from scractch” as the saying goes.  Much healthier, less processed foods.  Instead of Hamburger Helper why not a big batch of my favorite meatball soup.  Plant a backyard garden or join a community garden to fill the hours without work.  Make your “work” learning how to cook with basic ingredients.  I see what people on food stamps buy at the checkout and it is sad.  Very little nutrition for the dollar, out of ignorance.  I don’t know what the solution is but it does need to change.

  • Mike Hassard

    This is one program that impact those that need it most. Few programs do as good a job. 

  • Mike Hassard

    This is one program that impact those that need it most. Few programs do as good a job. 

  • Vdslaw

    Great Need to Know on the food stamp question. I am revolted by the right wing assault on food stamps. The right always goes after the low hanging fruit when they attack the poor and needy. The economy is steadily and slowly healing. The food stamp rolls will fall as soon as the economy is stronger. We would be well served by raising revenue by allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire, as opposed to reducing food stamps to the neediest among us.

  • Fenceman

    In some states you can buy garden seed with food stamps, On the other hand who wants to work a garden these days an put up all that food not many i know this first hand ,

  • Georgeodjungle

    as history shows us the worst times are when “progressives” are in power & whenst the  best times? yes cut cut cut 

  • Georgeodjungle

    & ever notice that most folks on food stamps are over weight we could save money of medacrap to.at least make-em work for it

  • Anonymous

    we need regional living wages and a more robust social safety net. the dad in your story should not accept that he has to go hungry. we have been blinded by our “work ethic” and brainwashed to think that any job at any pitiful wage is better than none. the fact is there are far more people who need help who do not qualify. (for example, in california if you are age 18-64 and not disabled or the parent of a dependent child you will get NO help other than a ONE TIME $300.00 LOAN, yes, loan. even if you have zero income and zero assets.)

  • Anonymous

     reply to georgeodjungle…”liked” by mistake, thought i was hitting a reply button…can you provide some proof that people on food stamps are overweight? do you realize that cheap over processed food makes people fat? if there were jobs they wouldn’t be on food stamps. guess you didn’t pay attention to the program.

  • Anonymous

     pictures? video? this sounds an awful lot like a rehashed reagan era welfare queen description, right down to the cadillac…

  • workingdaily

    The food stamp program has had a significant impact on my ability to feed myself during tough economic times.  When I was marginalized working part-time, the program benefits provided food on the table.  I want to work to support myself, however the opportunity has not always been available.  I worked for a grocery store chain that takes a while to become a full-time employee (where the number of hours worked is relatively consistant).  Today companies continue to reduce full-time employees making it difficult for the working poor to grow out of their economic situation.

  • Brenda31654

    No, because it is filling a very serious need for people.

  • Dale Jones

    I feel the food stamp program is totally out of control. here in indiana, people can buy  products full of sugar, such as Soda,  Candy, Donuts,Ice cream, During  Dec ,2011, I witnessed a woman buying atleast 13  12 packs of 12 ounce coke, and paid  for them with food stamps. At another time, I witnessed a woman buying some food items, and 4  2 litter soda pops, she paid feo these with  food stamps, then  bought  a carton of cigerets  and paid for them with cash.  if she  has money to smoke ,,,, do I really need to pay for her food??/ something just seems  like the tax payers are getting ripped off.

  • Bluewaterssi

    Most of the people in this world would love to have a job making $8 to 10 dollars an hour> How do you come off saying this is such a miserly wage? 

  • classof78

    The purpose of the taxes we pay is to provide social service programs such as the  Food Stamp program. As a civilized society, we are morally responsible to provide for those in need in our country – the poor, children, the elderly, the disabled – without question. If one is looking for spending that is out of control they need to look no further than the tons of money the government provides in CORPORATE welfare, corporations that don’t pay taxes on multi-millions of dollars in profit, the corruption and vast spending by Congress, Senate, and the government. THAT is where the money is being wasted.  And let’s not forget war after war, and the wasteful and fruitless “War on Drugs” which spends vast fortunes taking down doctors for writing legitimate prescriptions for their own patients. It is foolish to prey on the most vulnerable and the most helpless who are fighting to survive on a government pittance! Our society in this country has gotten selfish since at least the 80′s and it does not look good on us. We should get rid of the “let ‘em starve” and “who cares if it’s not me” mentality that has become far too common in this country and embrace the good part of the past, the Johnson years, the kindness, caring and consideration for others. We desperately need to get our hearts back.

  • Jatd

    The food stamp  program needs to changed to only provide healthy food. Not pop, chips, high end meats, ready made cakes ,candy. The program should have been  made from a grocery store cashiers view of what is really purchased. It should be along the lines of the WIC program. I have worked as a cashier in a high food stamp area for 19 years. as purchases of food with food stamps increase sadly fresh fruits and vegetables sales do not increase. But sales of pop, chips, frozen pizza have increased. When the WIC program changed and people were given vouchers of say $10 for fruits or vegetables. They didn’t know what to buy. There is a choice of fresh, canned and frozen. They would buy banana’s . And not spend the full amount. 

  • Ecomsites

    The cost of the Food Stamp program is NOT the problem – NOT even a concern.  There is more than enough wealth and resources in this country for everyone to be very comfortable.   The problem is the distribution, and it is NOT that the wealthy are not paying enough taxes, though many of them pay much less than most others, they do pay a lot of taxes, and everyone should be paying MUCH LESS.   The PROBLEM IS -  we are being raped by the money masters – the banks – in multiple ways!  The FED is sending trillions of dollars to criminal banks around the world – some (about 17 trillion) is known, most not known.  http://www.tnns.org/government  They have license to create money and credit out of nothing and, THEY ARE NOT EVEN AUDITED!!!  Someone like Ron Paul is who/what we need. 

  • Susan

    I f people can only find low paying jobs (and mostly part-time at that, without enough income to cover their essential bills and to buy food too), what are they to do if Republicans (mostly weathly ones at that) do not think the government should be helping them to purchase food through food stamps?
    I think that program was created during the depression to keep people from starving.  How else are people to eat who cannot find enough work to buy food, and to pay for their housing bills too?  The Republicans should create jobs that impact every low-income and middle income worker…..and then they can say we can cut the number of people on food stamps. 

  • Giantsbigblue

    You seem to “know it all”. People have the right to their opinions. You strike as if you are 100%. Yet, I have read you contradicting yourself. Where do you stand I cannot read it.

  • Anonymous

    We are told rugged
    individualism is worth more than collective good and sacrifice (unless of
    course the wealthiest among us or corporations NEED us for something. We are
    told that health-care for all is a privilege and that in this, the wealthiest
    country on earth, it is not a right. So 50 million have no health insurance
    (the #1 reason for bankruptcy in the U.S. is due to medical bills). In this,
    the wealthiest country on earth many of the very rich own multiple mansions,
    some they never use, while 1.7 MILLION children in this country will go hungry
    tonight as you shut off  your lights to go to
    sleep. We are told that if we work hard all our lives and we need the
    assistance of OUR democracy we are “WELFARE” recipients. Many espouse
    a ‘Christian ideal’ yet allow (by n large) the right tells you that it is someone’s
    fault if they need help.

    A bit of
    perspective: Presently, the Walton family (just 5 people)
    is worth more than the poorest 100,000,000.00 (that is 100 million) Americans
    (The Economist, 2010). How is this morally okay? Perhaps, if they provided good
    jobs that allowed people to lift themselves up-to reach the long dead American
    dream-I might feel differently. They do not and they are not alone. Moreover,
    the anecdotal story told of a great life is meaningless because the facts of
    downward trending mobility are not in dispute. 

    This is not the fault of ‘the
    right’ or ‘the left’ (although, by far the policies of the right are now
    antiquated economic ideas that have been proven to not work in our form of
    capitalism. Trickledown economics? Don’t tax the job creators? Treat Hedge fund
    earnings as investment gains? This is craziness, it is amoral, and it conveys
    the underlying lack of independent thinking that is done in this country.

    And now we see, in the last few
    years, this growing contempt for government fomented by the likes of the Koch
    brothers via funding of the Tea Party. We also see increasing popularity of Ron
    Paul. The Last thing this country needs is a smaller government yet one still
    controlled by corporations (via the infusion of money, lobbying, or outright
    fraud)…what we need is to fix our government not suffocate it. Because let me
    assure you the bastion of hope we have is to repair our government and restore
    a form of economic policy that is sane and that helps all our brothers and
    sisters. We are our brothers’ keepers.

    And, who cares if we, as a
    society, take care of a few free-loaders, or a few who ‘game’ the system (are
    you suggesting Romney hasn’t gamed the system as he systematically destroyed
    companies) if we take care of the many-the majority-who might need help as the
    rich have stolen our national riches. It is a small price to pay (both morally
    and economically) for a society that views its members as more than rabid dogs.

    Sadly, we have top down
    plutocracy & no reason for optimism as Americans click to an ideal that is
    a delusion – the Horatio Alger idea – the nonsensical thinking that the playing
    field is level. In this, the wealthiest country in world history-by far-it
    leaves me sick to think what this nation has become.

  • socialworker

    I work for Dept. of Social Services.  To receive Food Stamps in our State, resources (money in the bank, etc…) is no longer figured into the monthly income to qualify for Food Stamps.  We have several clients that have over $100,000.00 in the bank and still qualify for Food Stamps.  Yes this is correct.  Some States do not use this money in figuring monthly income.  This is not considered monthly income unless the account receives over $50.00 in interest a month.  Only then is the interest alone on the account used as monthly income.  Clients are not required to use money in the bank.  Another problem with the system is everyone in the household does not need to be on the same Food Stamp case.  Multi people in the house can have their own Food Stamp case.  Sometimes having two different Food Stamp cases in the same household.  Now, in NY State, if you have anyone in the household on Food Stamps and the rest of the family members are not on Food Stamps, the complete household is categorically elligible for the Heap program.  Reguardless of the total household income.  Because not everyone in the household is required to be on a Food Stamp case the other household members income is not counted.   For example: If a househould of 6 people all working have an monthly income of $9,000.00 a month and only one of them is on Food Stamps.  This household can not be over income for Heap. It is categorically elligible.

    One more thing before I get off my soapbox.  If a Food Stamp household has a child out of High School and is going to college, but living home.  This child is required to do 20 hours of work study or lose the Food Stamp benefit for them.   A Family that has a child out of high school that does not go to college does not have any requirements at all.  They do not need to work.  Should the child going to college not be concentrating on studies?

    I am not saying there is not a need for this program.  There are many many cases that need this program.  I just think the system needs a serious review making sure the money is going for the right people.   

  • socialworker

    I work for Dept. of Social Services.  To receive Food Stamps in our State, resources (money in the bank, etc…) is no longer figured into the monthly income to qualify for Food Stamps.  We have several clients that have over $100,000.00 in the bank and still qualify for Food Stamps.  Yes this is correct.  Some States do not use this money in figuring monthly income.  This is not considered monthly income unless the account receives over $50.00 in interest a month.  Only then is the interest alone on the account used as monthly income.  Clients are not required to use money in the bank.  Another problem with the system is everyone in the household does not need to be on the same Food Stamp case.  Multi people in the house can have their own Food Stamp case.  Sometimes having two different Food Stamp cases in the same household.  Now, in NY State, if you have anyone in the household on Food Stamps and the rest of the family members are not on Food Stamps, the complete household is categorically elligible for the Heap program.  Reguardless of the total household income.  Because not everyone in the household is required to be on a Food Stamp case the other household members income is not counted.   For example: If a househould of 6 people all working have an monthly income of $9,000.00 a month and only one of them is on Food Stamps.  This household can not be over income for Heap. It is categorically elligible.

    One more thing before I get off my soapbox.  If a Food Stamp household has a child out of High School and is going to college, but living home.  This child is required to do 20 hours of work study or lose the Food Stamp benefit for them.   A Family that has a child out of high school that does not go to college does not have any requirements at all.  They do not need to work.  Should the child going to college not be concentrating on studies?

    I am not saying there is not a need for this program.  There are many many cases that need this program.  I just think the system needs a serious review making sure the money is going for the right people.   

  • Emmett7266

    I have been to several stores, like wal-mart and the will be mexicans, with half a dozen kids there buying there food with Long Star cards.   Then they pull out the 100 dollar bills to get the beer and smokes.  at tax payer expence,  and driving 50,000 dollar, SUV’S,   Hitler had the right idea, he just gased the wrong race of people. 

  • Bill Jefferys

    I do not know why you “balance” your program by promoting the opinions of hard-right people like Ramesh Ponnuru when the only “left” folks you present are basically center. 

    This is not balance. It is promoting a hard-right agenda.

    Let’s see you put my senator, Bernie Sanders up. Or Paul Krugman. Let’s hear from some people who are actually on the “left”.

    I am very disappointed in this show.

  • Emmett7266

    Send the wet-backs back to mexico, that would lesson the burden on the tax payer, as long as the wet-backs can drop anckor babies, noting will get any better.

  • Leranzo

    The ,money gap. is diving our nation to the dogs. If the people could only remember. The rich take care of themselves and live off the big food stamp. Your know, their political flunkies. That just spreads the wealth thinner for the poor.  I’ve noticed one thing in addition that is hurting the Nation, That is a fixed Cost of living allowance for all. That cause a bigger spread between the lowest pensions and the upper end pensions. I believe the cost of living allowance should be larger for the low end and reduce the percentage and stop copletely at about $50,000.00 a year.  Think about it!!!

  • Hart

    Get rid of the mexicans who coss the border and use social services,they are not intitled, that americans pay for, but have to jump thougth hoops to get, because they are not wet backs.

  • Dredklein

    Just do the math. $9/hr…subtract FICA, rent, utilities, car payment, insurance, gas, minimal health/dental care , toiletpaper, soap, shampoo…there’s not much for food. I want the politicians to do the math solution OUT LOUD.

    The US dollar has devalued..and everything cost more…and wages have deflated. For the upper class to afford iPhones and iPads,maids, and boutique pets, there has to slave wages for the 10 people to work for their happiness.

    And foodstamps are for US poor people…and there are many too proud to use them. My mother lived on 12K and did not qualify..if I hadn’t helped, she would have eaten peanut butter.  Others in my family qualify but do without foodstamps and  a balanced diet. Many are too proud. They work making $9/ hr for a shortened work week. My grandparents lived on $250/month because they had a garden and family. They were too proud having lived thru The Depression. I was lucky to have worked my way thru University using GE’s  assembly line. My son has loan debt..and works with no benefits, commission only.  In contrast,  I had my choice of jobs with health insurance…and sent my husband thru law school. The Bush tax cuts and Medicare D ( a boondoggle for Bigpharma ) were nails in the coffin…but the beginning was the creation of HMO’s into monsters…making money off of sick people…the industry of healthcare..hospitals owned by doctors…advertizing drugs…profiting off ill people.

  • Dredklein

    Just do the math. $9/hr…subtract FICA, rent, utilities, car payment, insurance, gas, minimal health/dental care , toiletpaper, soap, shampoo…there’s not much for food. I want the politicians to do the math solution OUT LOUD.

    The US dollar has devalued..and everything cost more…and wages have deflated. For the upper class to afford iPhones and iPads,maids, and boutique pets, there has to slave wages for the 10 people to work for their happiness.

    And foodstamps are for US poor people…and there are many too proud to use them. My mother lived on 12K and did not qualify..if I hadn’t helped, she would have eaten peanut butter.  Others in my family qualify but do without foodstamps and  a balanced diet. Many are too proud. They work making $9/ hr for a shortened work week. My grandparents lived on $250/month because they had a garden and family. They were too proud having lived thru The Depression. I was lucky to have worked my way thru University using GE’s  assembly line. My son has loan debt..and works with no benefits, commission only.  In contrast,  I had my choice of jobs with health insurance…and sent my husband thru law school. The Bush tax cuts and Medicare D ( a boondoggle for Bigpharma ) were nails in the coffin…but the beginning was the creation of HMO’s into monsters…making money off of sick people…the industry of healthcare..hospitals owned by doctors…advertizing drugs…profiting off ill people.

  • Dredklein

    You were beaten as a child? What culture has tarnished your charity for those children?  Are you for Prohibition of beer and cigarettes..hey, I’m there, but history says it’s ineffective. And I’m betting that SUV will be repo’d when gas goes to $5. Will that make you more satisfied with their foodstamps…or do you want some of the kids gassed? Think about you being that poor kid.

  • Anonymous

    @e7dd1bf172b799bf11d474136867291b:disqus . Here’s a thought – fine those who hire illegal aliens $250,000 per infraction. Four illegals working in a field -that’s a million dollar fine. Someone cutting your lawn is illegal – 250k, illegals on your construction site…the. The problem (which it is) of illegal immigration would be solved within months. Yet would either party vote to do that? No. Republicans clearly want the free labor because it benefits the class they most represent – the rich and corporate America and the democrats want the votes. Lastly, effective taxation is at an all-time low so this idea of ‘lesson the burdon on tax papers’ should be taken in historical context. Illegal immigration is not a party problem – it is a problem of priorities and as long as companies profit from this cheap ‘in the shadows’ economy things will not change. Illegals are not the root problem the root problem is the Republicans (and Democrats) who will not take steps to address illegal immigration. Your racist comments while an attempt to agitate – serve only to convey your desire to blame illegals for a problem we could fix but will not because of the desires noted above…greed.

  • Dredklein

    If people lose their jobs, they shouldn’t have to deplete all their assets, sell their possessions, cash in their IRA’s…if that happened, they’d be on foodstamps forever. Foodstamps are TEMPORARY while you are unemployed, etc; That’s why it is dependent on INCOME.

  • Dredklein

    Amen. We are part of the 3rd Party, based on math and science.

  • Dredklein

     I apologize for any racist ,nonChristian, uncharitible attitudes of my fellow Americans who our education system  has failed.

  • Anonymous

    Many of the programs being attacked by Republicans, which you call ‘entitlements’ are better seen as a social contract that people feel they worked for as part of our social fabric -.e.g social security. Additionally, want to cut waste from medicare? want to make it viable for forever – simply institute a single-payer system that take the profit out of health-care. Problem solved. Afford what luxury? You mean the luxury of allowing more than 80% off ALL wealth generation the past 20 years to go to the top 5% of Americans? You mean the luxury of having families like the Waltons who pay horrible wages amass a fortune between 5 members of the family that is worth more than the poorest 100 million Americans (The Economist, 2010).?? No longer afford these luxuries? or shall I assume that you think those things are ‘fair’ and ‘just’ and ‘reasonable’ and not ‘luxuries’ as the rest of the country drowns under the weight of an uneven playing field. pfft.

  • Anonymous

    You really need to stop drinking the cool-aid of the right. Sure, we can better address issues of ‘fraud’ but fraud costs represent a conversation that is a canard.. The real elephant in the room is the inequality. As the rich get richer the rest of us slip into lower classes and are left behind. We are either a society in this struggle together or we are not. NOBODY in this country became rich absent our social fabric and the fact is many of those who did become uber rich are now paying no or disgustingly low taxes (there are years General Electric pays no taxes) (Romney hides, legally (but immorally) his monies in foreign bank accounts) etceteras. Want to address the real problems of ‘fraud’ it is the fraud sold to the American people that the playing field is level, that their voice matters, and that we shoudn’t ‘tax the job creators’. The real ‘fraud’ is a form of capitalism that cannot continue upon the course it is on.

  • Hart

    You must benfit from the wet-backs, they are only good for the drain on social services, nose pollution, and crime, they breed like roaches, at the expence of the american tax payer, they also know there will always be some dumb ass like you to defend them.  while they are taking over the united states of america. eather you are blind to notice what is going on around you, are you have NO wet-backs where you live.

  • Dredklein

    Pennywise, why are you looking at some poor schlub buying icecream for $2000/yr? Why don’t you look at some affluent guy who drinks/takes drugs and gets a liver transplant which cost a MILLION more than his premiums paid? We all pay for that. I don’t blame you for your warped vision but I  have a vision of a  country where BASIC healthcare and food  are a starting point for everyone. …and we all pay taxes for it.

  • Hart

    the tax payer must buying your food, while you use your money to buy beer and cigarettes   

  • Dredklein

    Isn’t everyone mystified that corporations make unanswered claims about High corporate taxes ( ignoring loopholes and the effective rate) , hysterical fears about the environmental concerns ( arsenic is a “fear word”) ,  burdensome regulations ( unlike Chinese slave workers ), … let’s just show them by selling one of their stocks en masse.

  • Dredklein

    Isn’t everyone mystified that corporations make unanswered claims about High corporate taxes ( ignoring loopholes and the effective rate) , hysterical fears about the environmental concerns ( arsenic is a “fear word”) ,  burdensome regulations ( unlike Chinese slave workers ), … let’s just show them by selling one of their stocks en masse.

  • Dredklein

    I am totally in sync with your situation. Look for a food coop in your area. They exchange food for time.

  • Dredklein

    Do the math. I make soup from everything. You are privileged to have gas to tool around to pick up all those gardening supplies. I have a garden. I could not afford to sell the produce! It cost more at a smal scale to grow your own produce. Frozen is cheaper., Have you added up the cost of your garden? And cooking from scratch? It definitely cost more if your ingredients are fresh! I have cooked for 40 years…and I eat reasonably…often vegetable soup from scraps, but let’s be honest. Add it up It’s more than $10/day to cook 3 meals. 

  • danfromMN

     Fruits of Labor:
    You must be one of the many people who zombie like, listen to and eat up the ignorant rantings of the economic morons (political and pundit based) without taking a few minutes to do the proper, unbiased, multi source research to find out how full of B.S. that they really are (also called Republicans and Tea Party (RP&TP) folks and sometimes Democrats and Independents too).  If you take the necessary and vital time to do the basic research (which every able-minded American needs to do) you will find that our country has had debts for a majority of our history (over 230 years now and hopefully for many more years as an economic power), so do many of our very successful businesses that help support our economy, year after year.  If a country or a business wants to expand, they often have to go into debt (take out loans) to cover that expansion.  The hope is always that the country and the businesses will have more business at some point in the future (hopefully the near future) and then make more money than the debt they have taken on (some loans are for up to 30 years, just like most homeowners take out-it’s called long term debt). Ronald Reagan’s presidency and the huge military build up that he chose, forced the U.S. to carry some of the largest debt load in our history.  If we all have the confidence in our fellow Americans, that we can and will climb out of this unregulated, profit-at-all-costs, “Free Market” disaster that was caused by many in our financial industry especially, was heartily endorsed by those in Congress (both Houses) and the G.W. Bush White House (over 8 long years and two very, very long and expensive wars, a seriously flawed tax policy that totally ignored economic reality and historical precedence and a refusal of many Americans to exist in reality, rather than pretending they are wealthy too (because it’s shoved in our faces by so many TV and Internet commercials, R.E. agents, etc.). 

    What can you say about a people that are willing to support and keep electing a political party and a failed economic process, one that is so pessimistic about American’s and the economy, including their ability to become more fully employed (across the country) and profitable and at the same time is so skewed in who ultimately benefits the most from a majority of their bills and policy focus (the wealthiest 2%-who they consider the Average Americans and their peers)–totally delusional.  But there is an easy cure, simply promise to only support politicians and pundits who speak the truth, a truth that can stand up to unbiased, multi source research and do not ignore or mislead people away from the real facts of any situation (and if they do, simply stand up and call them on it).  Always ask the tough, specific questions and demand specific, long term, well thought out answers that benefit the majority of the people who live in the actual Middle Income level and those who need the all important safety net, that all truly caring and compassionate societies fully support (including preventing fraud and misuse as much as possible). And lastly, support tax fairness that mandates permanently, the old expression that goes something like the following, From those who have the most, much will be demanded!, regarding in the way percentages of their excess income (as opposed to the Middle Income and Lower Income level folks, who often have to use their necessary income to pay for everything) go for the greater good of the real majority (which ultimately does benefit the wealthy too, by having a smoother and well functioning society).  And if the wealthiest 2% will stop focusing on greed long enough, they’d realize that when you bring everyone that wants to work up to a sustainable level of affluence (I am not talking about the rampant greed like they employ), the whole society benefits.    I am talking about sustainable living wages and benefits for everyone who works, so that all workers can concentrate on their work and be more productive, knowing that their families are well taken care of-nutrition wise, health care wise, day care wise, etc..

  • Everyonewhoisahumanbeing

     You really are the scum of the earth!  Crawl back under the slimy rock you came from!

  • Anonymous

    Wow. That’s all I’ve got to say. Just wow. It’s scary that the likes of you are walking our streets. You’re a pathetic excuse for a human being.

  • danfromMN

     GYSIMPSON:
    You really need to do some or some more, valid research on population growth.  If you were to study countries like Japan, China, Germany, etc. you will find out that by dramatically reducing any population all you do is find out that your country will not survive without a heavy influx of foreigners (heck, we aren’t dramatically reducing our family sizes and yet we still need foreign nationals to help us in a variety of ways to make our nation function-Do the unbiased research, ditch the prejudice). They are needed to fill all the vacant positions and jobs that no one else will take or do (sound familiar) to make a country function effectively and then the once dominant population often uses their prejudicial feelings to vent against these very useful and necessary people, whenever there is a recession work cut backs, etc.. It always sounds like a great idea until it is many years down the road and the society’s fertility rate is crashing. Voluntarily limiting families can be helpful in some instances, but if the death rate exceeds the birth rate you will find the country on a slippery slope.

    Having an open, honest and transparent (all cards on the table) national conversation is the only way to help solve the many diverse and difficult problems that we Americans face and have to deal with.  The biggest problem that we have is when we allow our ignorance and prejudices to ignore or avoid the true facts (Yes, I have to say that because of the huge amount of B.S. that the RP&TP folks throw around all the time and try to pass off as facts) and the complex nature of so many of our most pressing problems. If we do not get our local, State and National politics back on equal footing, where everyone realizes that all effective politics and governing only occurs effectively and efficiently when negotiation and consensus happens regularly. 

    Also, as a supposed United States of America, until we all face the facts that our country has to be treated just like any other large business (which is why the RP&TP folks are so often full of B.S. and misleading information).  And if  any business (and our country) wants to get larger, gaining synergy and efficiencies of scale, by combining as many relevant functions and putting effective safeguards and oversight in place, to try their best and avoid fraud and crime as much as possible, then smaller/individual departments (States) have to understand that they are not losing stature by lowering the overall costs of operations and actually is the only way to operate and survive with a quality standard of living.

  • SandraBeltran

    YYes,poor elders work all there lives and some only qualify for 10 fopodstamps,people it’s not mexicans only who come to America its other countries why cause this Country is so generous to others instead of the actual people who are born and raised here.I thank God for my parents who came to give me a better future.My mom is 75 and still working and retired With 30 years Asas a cafeteria worker and cares my 99 year old grandma who by the way came to America for a better tomorrow…..so stop blaming just Mexicans….

  • BeingReasonable

    People need assistance at times, but America is creating a culture of dependency. We should help those who truly need help, but we must reduce the escalating abuse . . . for example: single, teenage moms with multiple children – some view it as a “job” – have a child get a check; also, providing assistance to non U.S. citizens is inappropriate. Let’s create a culture where people are once again self-sufficient; let’s discourage people from having children they cannot afford; let’s return America to the land of opportunity rather than the land of opportunists.

    Hard work, personal pride, determination, and a desire to succeed were responsible for making America the greatest nation. And, it is a great nation - there are reasons people flock to this country in droves. Is there anywhere else Americans and immigrants would seek out? No. So, let’s return to a strong work ethic. We need to help in the short term, but encourage a willingness to return to personal responsibility. If that means working two or three jobs that some may consider “menial,” do it. That’s how this country was built. I’m sure there are countless readers who have family that came up through the ranks. And, if we want to sustain this great nation, we need to return to that mindset.

    We all know there are many people who honestly need help, but we all must recognize that there are also many who take advantage of the public assistance programs. So, don’t deny there is abuse. And, let’s remember . . . give a man a fish feed him for a day, teach a man to fish feed him for life.  

  • Anothersunnyday

    I watched the program and it was obvious it was produced by bleeding heart liberals.  Why?  Because of the questions asked of the food stamp recipients. Why didn’t anyone ask the wife of the one couple why she doesn’t work?  Why don’t any of these people work 2 jobs?  I worked an average of 12 1/2 hours a day the last 14 years.  Why?  To pay the bills and feed my family.  I personally know many people who work a single job about 7 or 8 months of the year and then collect unemployment the remainder of the year, because they like having the time off.  The one guy in the episode on food stamps sat in the parking lot 8 hours waiting for his kid to get out of school because he couldn’t afford fuel for his truck.  Why?  Why didn’t he walk around looking for work?  You can find a job if you want a job.  But you have to get your lazy butt up and go find a job.  I know.  I do it.  And why are all the people on food stamps fat?  Not enough to eat makes you fat?  While in the service of this country I traveled other parts of this world and saw a lot of poverty.  People who get very little to eat are not overweight.    

  • Patrickw1950

    No….I dont think the program is out of control at all ….But, I,  do think the program needs to be changed and reformed !!     The rules use your “Gross Income”   not your  “Net”  Income which
    Truely is what you have left after, Taxes, ETC !!   Prices have Sky-Rocketed also in Food which is a  Necessary thing in Life !   This is why People on Food Stamps run out “Before”  the end of the month !!!    The Income levals Need to be Adjusted for Inflation as Well !!!!!

  • art black

    i think that if we truly want to feed the rising number of low income people nutritious meals, that we will need in the future to to cut back food stamp money to individuals  and have neighborhood food kitchens (1 kitchen every 4 blocks) which will feed the low income.And maybe have individual warped frozen meals. In that way we will provide food for those really in need and also provide the daily nutrient requirement required  just as we do now in school meal programs. and would eliminate GRAFT from meal servers or preparers . And  then also we need to determine what value that we can take from able bodied educated non working people who receive food assistance ( like work1 hour per day per meal ) to help pay for their meals .But if they have children we need to balance the work required from them for their meals to the child care  they need to give their own children,

  • janis thompson

    When I go to the store, there are carts filled to the brim with food, the people have 3 kids, they walk out to their car which is an escalade or some high end car. I cannot afford a nice car and all that food. People are totally able to work, but take advantage of the system!

  • Mzitoon

    As long as our government continues the policy of cutting taxes on the so-called job creators, which encourages them to bank their profits rather than reinvest in their businesses, the percentage of our population that is poor will continue to grow. The government has a responsibility to help those adversely affected by those policies in whatever way it can. Especially with the most basic needs like food.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3ET5ORYM4USUHZGGHRVRMWH6AI Ping1

    Having worked most of my life with a chronic illness – I was laid off and had to go on disability because of the dibelitating symptoms of this chronic illness, coupled with new illnesses and their symptoms.  Because I worked most of my adult life, my SS paycheck is too much to qualify for “food stamps”, yet I have a difficult time making my paycheck last for the month – many others are in my shoes.  Most people would be shocked on what we have to live on!  So many more of us need food stamps but don’t qualify.  So, for us, we need the program’s income limits to be increased.  What bothers me most, outside the need for assistance, are polititians who use the much needed food stamp program in negative ways to boast their political appeal.  The greater majority of people on this program didn’t want to be on this government program – they would rather be working, if possible.  CEOs who sent jobs overseas helped produce this need!   Most polititians are out of touch with reality.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3ET5ORYM4USUHZGGHRVRMWH6AI Ping1

    If you think there’s fraud going on here, then YOU should have reported it!  Don’t complain on this board to give the illusion that everyone on food stamps doesn’t truly need it or is carrying out a scam or something.  Did you watch the show and the expert opinions presented?  That’s what is wrong with people today – quick to judge! 

  • Arlo

    Joan, Your brother is the type of person that FS were made for! I have relatives that center their lives around collecting all the programs and they are not disabled or handicap! They work enough to get a huge EITC back, come up with fake illness to get SSI, get section 8 housing, foodstamps, WIC, food pantries (multiple), free breakfast/lunch from school, and then they give the parents a free phone! They sell part of their food stamps for money. I’ve seem $200 of Easter candy on the table brought with food stamps! We need more investigation systems for these services!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3ET5ORYM4USUHZGGHRVRMWH6AI Ping1

    Boy, it’s obvious that you have already formulated your opinion – ignoring several facts highlighted in that show.  One of the women is disabled!  And, many of those people want to work, BUT CAN’T FIND A JOB.  Someday, you may be unfortunate enough to find yourself in a similiar situation and then you’re wonder, how am I going to feed my family?  Boy, was I being a jerk.

  • Ucby

    Get an education, learn a skill/trade.  Nobody owes you a life style.  There is so much opportunity here but you have to get it, not have it handed to you!  The poor are not not poor for lack of opportunity.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3ET5ORYM4USUHZGGHRVRMWH6AI Ping1

    Wow!  Looking at some of the comments re-inforces my observation that many people are so ignorant around this problem of people not having enough food – and NOT as a result of their own doing.  It’s like saying to a person with a chronic illness – that is no fault of theirs, “Why are you ill?  I don’t have a chronic illness – this must be your fault!”  The amount of ignorance in this country by people who would call themselves educated never ceases to amaze me.  And, then when shows like this come around, they LOOK for any reason NOT to accept what is being presented.  Personally, I believe it’s more than ignorance.  People today are so judgemental, when things are going fine with them! 

  • Mzitoon

    I disagree. I owned a store for many years, and yes some routinely bought junk food. But not most. And why should the child of a poor parent be denied the occasional treat?

  • Dmitryd9

    many people of this country consider sociolism a bad thing. Consider countries like Finland and Belgium where sociolism and capitalism work together to make a better life for their people whereas here in the U.S. it’s all about capitalism, beurocracy and some mutated form of democracy. The wealthiest country in the world has the worst healthcare system, staggering unemployment and underemployment, a working middle class that is on a downward spiral into severe poverty and the wealthiest 1% pay less than 15% of their taxes whereas the majority pay between 25 and 45 percent. in those countries, the government makes the company pay for re-educating an unemployed worker into another field, the unemployment check is the last rung in the ladder and the healthcare is guarunteed with or without work. this is why they rank so high in living standards and overall quality of life than any other country in the world. I’ll take sociolist capitalism anyday over this heaping pile of democratic capitalist beurocracy!

  • Ucby

    48% of the workers in this country pay NO income tax.  Many in fact receive the EIC-Earned Income Credit, another hand out from the government.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3ET5ORYM4USUHZGGHRVRMWH6AI Ping1

    I think what gets people mad is when irresponsible teenagers/young_adults get pregnant and then have to go onto medicaid and food stamps, because either they didn’t get married or if they did, can’t find a job or don’t make enough - this is complicated when the two parties are addicted to something.  They have never paid into the system!!!  Then, they have additional children WHILE on public aid!  This is where the program can do better.  Are there parents of the aforementioned?  Why don’t these parents (or close relatives) contribute to their finacial need (instead of the government)?  Do you see how this differs from people who have worked most of their lives and then fall onto hard times because of circumstances BEYOND their control, yet have paid into the system for years, if not decades.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3ET5ORYM4USUHZGGHRVRMWH6AI Ping1

    You missed on thing… after showing the man to fish/feed for himself, don’t let the CEO’s send jobs overseas!

  • http://twitter.com/max843 max843

    Very strange.  In 1986 I had no money in the bank and was unable to work for 16 months after 10 days in hospital (almost fatal reaction to Inderal and a bronchial med – both from the same doctor).  Maryland allotted me $89 in food stamps for one (1) month – it was very rough.

    Late 1990s in upstate New York my mother had no money in the bank, was on total Medicaid and still did not qualify for food stamps due to the size of her Social Security check.  We even had to pay for Meals-On-Wheels.  Her rent, utilities and groceries were not allowable deductions from the amount we sent Medicaid – only meds, doctor visits co-pay, etc.  So we had to send in almost her entire check.

    Have regulations eased that much?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3ET5ORYM4USUHZGGHRVRMWH6AI Ping1

    While we are at it, let’s send all the executives responsible for the Real Estate bubble to jail to pay for their crimes that caused so much heart-ache to my fellow Americans and causing many of them to lose their job, necessitating the need for these public programs.  They are partly responsible for the swelling need of these programs – they should be required to supplement these programs with THEIR millions!  Remember, there is a lot of shared blamed in any social problem - yet, those responsible for the white-collar blame, rarely answer for it.   They need to pay for their blame financially!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3ET5ORYM4USUHZGGHRVRMWH6AI Ping1

    This is not the norm in my state.  I doubt it is in yours!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3ET5ORYM4USUHZGGHRVRMWH6AI Ping1

    Good points, but I think you missed some of the points on the program.  Some people want to purchase healthy foods, BUT CANNOT AFFORD FRUITS, as an example.  Have you been the grocery store lately and checked the prices?  It’s like one citizen who raised this point on national TV news coverage: “I don’t think any these polititians running for president could tell you what a gallon of milk costs!  They are so out of touch with reality.”

  • Vampear

    if any thing we dont get enough for example those that are ssi we get a 12 dollar living increase but they take that or some times near double that from our food stamps so we have to use our rent or electric money to get the food we would have gotten with the food stamps its not that its out of control its poorly structured the only smart thing they did was the cards. its one thing for the people on social security they get several hundred more then us that are on ssi its not the same thing we get a little under $700 a month they get over a thousand so yes they can make it on what they get on food stamps but the ones that cant live with out the food stamps those that are on ssi we have to go to churches and other places but more and more churches arent giving out food any more or the amount that they do give is gone down drastically these programs need to communicate with each other more and share there files with each other though they have to be able to make sure that it is secure. are we abandoning our disabled how cant work they way the system is set up we dont get enough to live now a days i’m not talking about thrills i’m talking about just paying rent and electric but what about cleaning supply’s or just washing cloths do we whant our disabled living in filth or on the street the goverment needs to get back in touch with its people. i know people dont like to see the disabled out in public it makes them feel uneasy but we are people to and as such we have rights as well.  

  • Hardupworkinhard

    Most people don’t understand what not having food in the house means. We are a family of 4 who are under poverty level. We own a small business that is afloat. We don’t qualify for food stamps and pay a portion of our medical assistance to the state. In order to rise above poverty level, the logical thing seems to be a degree, right? Now we are paying about 1/2 of a mortgage payment every month, and I am enrolled in school full time. We have always paid our bills and didn’t take out the popular “A.R.M.” loan…. We have a single vehicle payment and have never been “bailed out” by anyone. I can see my graduation in the distance and pray there will be a job when I do graduate because I will have taken about $40,000 in loans. It would be a Godsend to qualify for food stamps but student cash payments are not taken into acount when determining eligibility (it doesn’t matter if you are under the poverty level before your school payment is made.) Wish us luck! :)

  • Melissa

    I believe with out the food stamp program there would be more deaths and killings. The crime rate has already went up because of our suffering economy, now imagine if people were killing for food as well it would be uncontrollable.

  • Just_sayin

    Food stamps should be limited to 50 lb bag of rice, 25 lb bag of beans, fruits and vegetables… Instead all i see at the grocery store is the purchase of processed foods, high end meat cuts and sugar fill treats… A little bit of nutricinal education would go a long way and really stretch MY dollar.

  • Roadguy07

    I don’t believe charity should be coerced from working citizens. It is admirable to help the needy- but it shouldn’t be mandatory. Doesn’t ones right to liberty (retention of ones disposable income) supersede another s “need” for a handout? Charity should be voluntary, NOT mandatory. Wealth redistribution is SOCIALISM! Mr. Marx would approve.

  • sanswhitewingerz

    thia is just one more example how corporate america privatizes their profits and socializes their expenses. America’s largest private employer pays just over minimum wage.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.weber3 Bob Weber

    The fact that so many Americans are on Food Stamps is a symptom of what IS out of control in America: the income gap and shrinking middle class workers wages.  A lot of this can be explained with millions of jobs lost to China which creates pressure to keep wages low, or else: “there goes your job too.” Americans don’t need minimum wage jobs or low wage jobs, American workers need and want better-paying jobs. If we can no longer provide those jobs then those “workers” on the top of the income scale have to provide for a safety-net for those at the bottom through higher taxes; this may just be a necessary by-product of globalization and capitalism.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.weber3 Bob Weber

    When the capitalist system fails over and over again, more and more workers are thrown out of jobs, then forced to take jobs with lesser pay. That cycle strips them of any wealth they may have accumulated, homes, savings, 401k’s etc. You have the “temporary luxury” to look down on the less fortunate, call programs to help “charity”, and the programs we create, socialism. Every penny we give these folks, goes back into the economy that props up “red-neck” truckers like you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.weber3 Bob Weber

    In reading your comments, what surprises me most is that ignorant people like you watch intelligent programs….nothin’ else on the tube?

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.weber3 Bob Weber

    Do you really spend your time following people around the store, watching how they pay for their food and then follow them out to the parking lot. Have you done a representative sampling that enables you to draw such conclusions? 

  • Melissa

    I believe if the people who ran this country had to have just one month like the rest of us, these comments of cutting back would inconceivable. There are those of us who have two different college degrees and are still working for less than what they should be and still need help because companies don’t pay for medical insurance and after the bills and covering the insurance you need for yourself then there isn’t enough to cover the food so with out one or the other? It amazes me how  people on the outside looking in who make thousands of dollars a month can say the people who work just as hard if not harder don’t need help but make 10 times less than they do……

  • Dawnmom3

    The statistics that the program just showed that the gap between the have and have nots are way to big. The average American can no longer afford the basic necessities. Our rates of pay have not increased as much as the rate of inflation. There need to be reforms on employers to allow people to work full time, get benefits, and make a living wage. My employer that I worked for for thirteen years would not give me full time employment. I had asked for six years for full time. I had to leave. I found another job with full time hours. I had to take a dollar twenty five less in pay. Something has got to give. The American economy will not survive long term if the majority of its citizens cannot afford to live.

  • Dawnmom3

    So what is your real response? Do you want to let these people starve? Maybe 46 million Americans can come to your house for dinner every night!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.weber3 Bob Weber

    Did you listen to the program Art, the highest % people receiving foodstamps are WORKING.  The new working poor; people who work for minimum wage full-time, pay rent, pay utilities, pay car insurance so they can drive to work, etc. Do the math. So you want them to go to the local food kitchen for meals, work another hour for the meal? I’m curious Art, what state do you live in?

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.weber3 Bob Weber

    Sounds like you want a medal for being a “hero”. I guess you were too tired from working 12 1/2 hrs /day for 14 yrs to really listen: the majority of foodstamp recipients are working full-time jobs! The woman you refer to was disabled and does the book-keeping for the church inexchange for the use of the home.

  • Jatd

     answering to the 2 posts below mine.  I work in a grocery store now! If you can buy a 12 pack of pop. You can buy a 5# of oranges ,what is better for you or your children. Checking out a  cart for a person with fresh fruits and vegetables is cheaper then a cart with pop and chips. You just don’t want to believe that this program needs to be redone. Older  persons tend to buy well, but the younger ones on the whole do not know how to buy to make a meal other then fast foods. I have in the past been with little money for food for my 5 children and no health insurance for 8 years. . I didn’t buy a ready made cake for their birthdays, I made it from scratch. You watch sales.

  • Anon

    Food Stamps are based on income and fill a real need. There is little abuse and without Food Stamps, people who can not find a way to earn survival income would go hungry. As the economy improves and employment and income rises, the Food Stamp program will shrink as it has historically.

    Requiring some sort of income to qualify for food stamps defeats the purpose entirely. The people with no income need Food Stamps the most!
    I would like to see some education on smart, economical shopping for food and inexpensive but nutritious food choices to help the Food Stamps go further. The example in the program of $16 a month minimum could be increased to make more of a difference, but the example of $369 for a man and his son seems like quite a bit. I could feed 2 on well under $200 a month by shopping wisely.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.weber3 Bob Weber

    Can you share with us where all those jobs are? If there are 2-3 jobs for everyone who is able to work, then why are there so many unempoyed? Not as smart as you, not the same work ethic? Just wondering, are you a union person or are you one of those who “made it all alone”?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Melissa-Stegall/1576160590 Melissa Stegall

    This economy is getting worse and cutting people off benefits that they desperately need will only encourage more people to revert to there more primitive states of mind. What I mean by this is if the government continues to raise prices on everything and continue to cut more and more benefits people are going to start doing what they have to, to survive. This will increase the crime rate as well as create a rebellion. There are more people in the world who are struggling than not!!!! Just food for thought…..

    Oh and these comments on President Clinton Amaze me, look at the numbers when he was president the economy was doing so much better and less people were hurting for money……

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.weber3 Bob Weber

    This is complete bullshit, you are not a social worker, you are a fraud.

  • Roadguy07

     No, of course I’m not advocating that they be allowed to starve. I’ m saying poverty is not supposed to be comfortable- that’s why most of us work.Feed them with surplus government supplies, like flour, soy meal, powdered dry milk. etc. Cut out the welfare cell phones and fluff. There is no constitutional right to technology.

  • Roadguy07

     No, of course I’m not advocating that they be allowed to starve. I’ m saying poverty is not supposed to be comfortable- that’s why most of us work.Feed them with surplus government supplies, like flour, soy meal, powdered dry milk. etc. Cut out the welfare cell phones and fluff. There is no constitutional right to technology.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aaron-Hill/1156782771 Aaron Hill

    As Americans we are forgetting the personal responsibilities
    we take on as self governed citizens and what it means to be an American. It’s
    not the government’s responsibility to feed, cloth or shelter the people. It’s
    the government’s responsibility to protect our liberties so we can feed, cloth
    and shelter ourselves. Socialism has never made a poor man wealthy; it only makes
    the rich and the poor poorer. The government controls all the wealth and in
    turn controls everyone, better known as Communism, Socialism, Nazism, Fascism,
    Dictators and Kings and Queens. Liberty is rare and precious,
    best not loose it over a free meal.
     

  • Roadguy07

     Only the ignorant and uneducated resort to name calling and foul language because they are incapable of intelligent discourse. You’re showing your true self, Bob.

  • Roadguy07

     Only the ignorant and uneducated resort to name calling and foul language because they are incapable of intelligent discourse. You’re showing your true self, Bob.

  • Roadguy07

     At last! Someone who gets it! Well put, Aaron.

  • Roadguy07

     At last! Someone who gets it! Well put, Aaron.

  • lookbeyondyourownexperience

    It’s actually $367..(small detail, I know).  However this is the maximum amount a family of two can get and this happens when there is no other income coming in or often due to a housing cost that eats up a large portion of whatever income there may be..

  • Caroltype6

    Food stamps should only be used at grocery stores. Not gas stations or papa murphys or to buy
    ice(frozen water)Junk food is not real food. Also the card is a joke! People simply give out their cards and pin number for x amount of dollars in return for food. Examlple: You give fifty dollars cash to a person on food stamps. In exchange they give you their card and pin number and you go out and purchase one hundred dollars worth of food. It happens every day in America. The cashier at the grocery store is not required to ask for ID. At least not in the state of Indiana.

    I also cant stand the fact these food stamp people are allowed to buy soda; candy; chips; cakes; t-bone steaks; expensive frozen name brand dinners and even ice! While hard working non food stamp people cannot afford this luxury. People like me.

  • Caroltype6

    I agree

  • Caroltype6

    I have no problem helping people who are truly in need. I just don’t think they should eat better
    than me. I spend about seventy dollars per week on food. We are a family of three. My husband myself and our fifteen year old son.

  • jan

     People used to die from the effects of starvation and near starvation.  Another thought for you to chew on:  Food deprivation weakens the immune system of the individual.  They get sick.  If you are exposed to them when they’re sick, you’ll get sick.  That’s the same reason vaccinations are or at least were, free for children.   

  • Caroltype6

    Well Said!!!

  • jan

     The cost of groceries varies from region to region, state to state.  Setting $50 as adequate (actually it isn’t adequate even here)  may work well for you in your state but chances are it won’t go as far in other regions or states.

  • Mike H.

    Another question I’d like to ask:
    Do you think the corporate welfare program is out of control?
    At least the food stamp program has good intentions.

  • Caroltype6

    This country was built on capitalism. That is what makes it great!
    Nobody has to take a minimum wage job. This is the land of opportunity.
    If you want more go out and get it! My daughter put herself through college and is now a successful attorney. All you need is drive, ambition, and desire. Ever hear the true story about
    the young girl who went from homeless to harvard. Her mom was a crackhead, her father was
    useless. But she had drive ambition and desire.she did not let the economy, the messed up
    system or anything else get in her way.

  • Caroltype6

    The gov’t does not raise prices. The cost is  incurred by everyone down the line.
    Farmers grocers truck drivers ect. ect.

  • Chip_pruett

    I get Food stamps as I am unable to work I am allowed approx 6 dollars per day to eat on or 2.22 a meal figuring 90 meals a month.  Some of these people are trying to call OBAMA “the food stamp president” well I am here to let you know and it was never mentioned on the show that while food stamp usage has gone up appreciatively due to the economy there has been NO increase in foods Stamp benefits since 2008 right before OBAMA took office. In fact some families benefits have been reduced.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aaron-Hill/1156782771 Aaron Hill

     

    Jan, you don’t get the point. The former USSR government controlled food production,
    distribution and prices, in America
    this is done automatically via the free market. You see in Russia people used
    to stand in line for hours for one tomato, a cotton shirt and if they were
    lucky a pound of potatoes, government controlled all that. Here in America we can
    get what we need, when we need it and how much all thanks to the God given Laws
    of Supply and Demand. Fact: Americans have always been better fed than Russians
    under Soviet rule. But my original point is this, Liberty is my right from God, not the
    government. With that liberty I had options and choices. I worked, bought land
    and built a home. I have a vegetable garden and hunt for meat, on MY land. I used
    my freedoms and liberties to provide for myself and would rather die than trade
    that God given right for a free meal. You really need to study the Declaration
    of Independence, the Constitution, free market economics and history.

  • Ldreeves45

    Out of control food stamps is no more out of control than the top 0.01% earners clamoring for further tax breaks at the expense of the rest of the nation of middle and poorer earners.

  • Caroltype6

    By corporate welfare are you talking about tax breaks on corporations, corporate subsidies, welfare payments…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aaron-Hill/1156782771 Aaron Hill

     What’s out of control is the Federal Government and the 48% of Americans that don’t pay taxes

  • Chip_pruett

     Churches either cannot or will not fill the needs of the hungry I live in a small town of what i would guess are very generous people and the local food bank restricts visits to 4 times a year and only gives out enough food for a couple of days at a time. So if the government didn’t step in someones children would go hungry and malnourished.That’s why i am glad we live in a democracy with empathy for the poor but for the grace of god goes you.

  • Chip_pruett

     Yes and when there CEO makes 16,000 dollars a minute and there avg employee less than 16,000 a year it is high time for a revolution that is why i support the Occupy  movement.

  • Caroltype6

    Those top earners went to college and worked hard to get where they are.
    Sorry I dont hate the rich for being rich. After all this is America.
    They only make what people are willing to pay them. This is no different that pro athletes
    making millions every year. I bet there are more pro athletes making millions than there are CEOs

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aaron-Hill/1156782771 Aaron Hill

     First off we live in a Republic not a Democracy, don’t let politicians
    fool you. I believe in giving and feeding the children. Just don’t make a habit
    of being dependent on government.

  • Caroltype6

    Yes this is a republic not a democracy.

  • Chippruett

     one cannot afford fresh produce or everyday healthy meals on food stamps i am diabetic and when i once decried the cost of a healthy low carb item the store clerk laughed and said yeah healthy stuff costs a lot more than junk food.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aaron-Hill/1156782771 Aaron Hill

     

    Here’s what you do Mr. Occupy, educate yourself, work hard,
    get a CEO position and make $16,000 a minute. Then you can give all that money
    away towards food stamps, give your employees a raise too.

  • Caillou

    Ihave seen a lot of this going on, some families have two carts filled to the brim with groceries
    and two or three children with them, and yet they, walk out of the store with all those groceries and put them into a chrysler three hundred!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aaron-Hill/1156782771 Aaron Hill

     

    That’s the problem with government hand outs, you will always
    have corruption.

  • Caroltype6

    Why should the average employee make as much as someone who worked their way up through higher education. Those CEOs didnt graduate high school one day and start a job as CEO a week later.

  • Caillou

    Iam a SS reciptient and i also receive food stamps, 93$ worth, my mortgage and utilities  run far
    more that my SS check, the 93$ in food stamps is not nearly enough to feed me for a month, but i make then work for me, i`m a single mom,. Most people need help because their  mortgage or rent
    is very high, not to mention the cost of utilities today, i don`t think food stamps are out of control, the
    reciptients aren`t spending then wisely, and others just aren`t getting enough to spend wisely.

  • rudy

    It was said one time here in america that the poorest of the poor in this country are wealthy compared to the poor in other countries. However iam not a well travel man so i dont know if this is true or not just a quote i heard from a englishman .     Even if you did tax the rich how is that going to solve any of the food problems. Why cant the 40 plus percent who pay no tax pay thier fair share.. An as far as over population goes take away the earn income tax breaks for having kids, or move to Alaska an see how populated it is. Maybe some may think one should pay for them going to school ,while they are reciving food stamps, give them min. for every hr they go to school oh iam sorry Jimmy Carter did that  It didnt work out so well, Get these gas prices under controll an this ecomny will pick up. mAYBE MIN.wage should be 20.00 per hr. I also heard on tv that last fall places were paying 10 plus an hr to pick apples beeats an so on so fourth but that was bennett any decent american to do that kind of work,

  • Roadguy07

    Just a thought- wait until Obamacare fully kicks in! We’ll see taxes and fees SOAR! The medical insurance pie is finite- all the total money paid for health care by individuals, businesses, and government agencies. The only way to cover those without is to decrease the quality of existing coverage for those who have it now, and to exponentially increase the cost. A little bit of western Europe right here!

  • Caroltype6

    I agree fresh produce is expensive but is no excuse to use food stamps on junk food.
    You buy the cheaper cuts of meat. Always buy plenty of canned fruits and vegetables.
    Frozen vegetables are usually affordable. junk food is expensive, no matter where you live.

  • Bay Area anonymous

    It’s not the food stamp program that’s out of control, rather the political elite (no longer do we have political leaders) have hijacked a topic they apparently know NOTHING FACTUAL about (or at least are unwilling to admit to facts if they do know them).  Also out of control, the massively expanding, crushing and demoralizing impoverishing of the American middle and ‘working’ classes!  The biggest problem with the food stamp program as it exists now is that it is insufficient.  It has not kept pace with increased food prices, and is too easily removed when circumstances change – even a TEMPORARY change requires one to start the ENTIRE process of application over!  (even if only a single month for a temporary job, for example)!  However, despite the short-comings of the program, it is better than no program!

  • Bay Area anonymous

    You obviously know not of which you speak!  Many would like to eat healthfully, but when your – or worse, your children’s – stomach(s) are grinding with hunger, interrupting sleep, interfering with concentration at work or school, as much as you’d like to buy fresh produce, unfortunately those dollars will only buy a feeding (not full meal’s worth) or two which can alternatively purchase thousands of filling, though sadly not healthful, calories.   Did you know that the average 4 person family receives approximately $1.00/day/person?  Can you feed a family of 4 for twice that in the manner to which you are accustomed?  Even with every couponing trick in the book, I couldn’t…and I’m just one.  Hope you’ll consider these things when you’re shopping for food bank donations this week.

  • Bay Area anonymous

    So the 1 in 4 American children who are hungry each day should just outright starve?  And consider this, like most parents, poor parents put their children’s needs first.  So if this many American kids go to bed, to school hungry, how many more parents go to bed, to work (or to look for work) – though many of you posting here seem not to know how many people *ARE*WORKING*POOR* – meaning that they work 1 or 2 or more jobs, but whether due to low hourly wages, or to employers working the system to keep them part-time, thereby avoiding additional costs from health insurance to unemployment insurance, etc., they STILL are unable to get by!  Also, the majority, over 70% (I believe this is actually a gross underestimate) are white with approximately 2 kids/household…and more and more, these are 2-working parents’ households! 

  • Bay Area anonymous

    I commend you for sharing your story…I know one gal who was on SSDI and therefore INeligible for food stamps until about a year ago do to a loophole – her SSDI was $750/month!  It was that she got SocSecDisabilityINSURANCE as her income that made her ineligble.  Once this was finally rectified, she received $36/month…that is, until this year when a COLA (Cost Of Living Allowance) was given (for the 1st time in btwn 2-4yrs, if I’m not mistaken)…Her COLA increase of $30/month reduced her food stamps by $15 to $21/month!  How do people like this – speaking of people such as my aquaintance and Caillou and the (far too) many others, each with unique circumstances, make these wonderful ‘wise choices’ without becoming hungry, going without medication (due to non-approved, high co-pays, etc, etc), with the high costs of utilities & transportation (energy), etc., etc.???  What’s truly broken are not the things that are available, but the penalties for trying to climb above one’s circumstances…and the misinformation perpetuated by the uninitiated, the uneducated (try direct sources as well as NON-partisan orgs such as FactCheck.org for help in digging out the truth), and the petty sound-bite-slinging political climbers (for there really are very few political Leaders at the state & national levels these days)…

  • Caroltype6

    Families with children on food stamps also qualify for other things. School children get free breakfast
    and lunch at school. Free book rental. I payed 227$ this year for my sons books. People on food stamps in this area (southern Indiana)eat much better than cash paying people. A family of four in the state of Indiana can get up to 420$ in food stamps per month.

  • Bay Area anonymous

    …and dragging their feet, crying into their $uit$ while glancing at their watche$ to continue giving back approximately $1000/yr to a family of 4 earning $36k (aka as the extension of the payroll tax relief)! =S 

  • Bay Area anonymous

    and furthermore, the FACTS are that #1 – BUSH added MORE PEOPLE to the food stamp rolls than any President in history…while President OBAMA just added a few dollar$ per person *already* eligible/receiving – i.e. your $2.22/day was likely about $1.90 – $2.10 before his so-called massive increases…for those who don’t know, the facts, sans the political mud-slinging and ignorance perpetuated as fact can be sorted through by each of us by going to places that share raw data – in the case of food stamps, the US Dept of Agriculture is the place to start…and furthermore, places like FactCheck.org, one of several NON-political/NON-partisan “keepin’ it real” fact-checking orgs/sites often has – or will get, if the topic is big enough (sure this one qualifies) will even check into it!  It’s up to us to educate ourselves more than ever!  And to those who are so anti-food stamps (and similar aid), I ask, how much time and/or money have you given to food banks, feeding the hungry in your neighborhood, your church, in the cubicle next to you at work…poor people, WORKING poor people, in particular, not only don’t have big red “P’s” on their chests, but they go out of their way to hide the reality from the harsh judgements of the ignorant (not a slur, a description meaning uneducated – in this case, sadly, too often it is willful)…

  • Caroltype6

    Bush also served eight years in office. Obama has only been in office a little over three.

  • Bay Area anonymous

    Papa Murphy’s?!?  food stamps can only be used for NON-prepared food – even at the grocery store!  as for judging what it’s spent on, let me ask a question: Who gets to judge the shopping carts of the obese – not knowing whether from stomach-ache-stopping empty calories, or high-income self-indulgence?  Who gets to judge the shopping carts of the well-to-do who find it beneath them to use coupons – with which savings they might even help out a person in need directly (or through a food bank)?  Who gets to judge who is worthy of dessert and who isn’t?  I could get sillier, but I think I’ll stop here…and wait…

  • Bay Area anonymous

    seems to me that we as Americans are forgetting our humanity and how to care for one another…in an ideal America, if I become disabled, widowed, etc., my extended family should help me…and if they live too far away to care for my kids, well, my neighbors could help – oh but wait, we can’t trust each other to even reprimand a rude child (without risk of a law suit, or worse)…what about our churches?  Oh, but by-and-large, they too seem to think it’s someone else’s job…so, we as a supposedly self-governing people should take care of our own…but we aren’t doing that either….You’re right, no one promised riches, only “the freedom to pursue Life, Liberty, and happiness”…but in addition to the codified in writing, were the codified in society…and as society has changed (not all for ill, don’t get me wrong – just different, in many cases – like people not living in same state, never mind town, as their families, school mates, etc, etc) so too changes the way we care for – or don’t care for – one another….For now, don’t get me started on who was entitled to these rights in *DEED* – white, PROPERTY-OWNING men only – at the start…do you really want to go *that* far back(wards)???  I doubt it…

  • Caroltype6

    I live in a city of about 45,000 people. We have our share of low-income families in need.
    We have charities and such to help out those who dont qualify for assistance but need it just the same. We have charity called exit 0. It was put together to help the homeless in our city. Its very hard to qualify for anything if you dont have a place of residence. They help people with getting IDs, SS cards
    Paperwork needed just to off the streets. People also donate blankets and clothing for the homeless

  • Bay Area anonymous

    Oh, Aaron, Aaron, Aaron!  You disappoint!  read further down/back – seems you said Free Market on our produce!  ROFLOL!  Didn’t you see any of the interviews with the farmers in Iowa who said they’d rather the government STOP paying subsidies to *ALL* American farming orgs (including themselves and corporations) because it now is NO LONGER necessary and sometimes even prevents them being able to compete w/Big Agra!  these were the family farmers themselves!  …and you seem a bit too educated to really be ignorant to not have at least a passing awareness that many, many commodities grown and sold here in the US are SUBSIDIZED and/or PRICE-FIXED (or would you prefer prix fixe) =)     btw, I haven’t yet come across anyone on this page today who advocates any other form of government – just some tweaking to the existing government, a right we as the self-governed, have a right to CONSENT or NOT consent to – in this here awesome republican-democracy! =)

  • Caroltype6

    papa murphys  is a place you can purchase a prepared but non cooked pizza.
    You cook it at home. You call tell them what kind of pizza you want, they put together, you take it home and bake it in your oven.

  • jan

    Well I guess if they outsource your job and you can’t find another one job or two jobs that supply the needed income you’ll stick to your guns and refuse to apply for food stamps, right Aaron?   That would leave you with a choice of either starvation or begging food from your relatives, friends, and neighbor.  Let us know how that works out… 

  • Caroltype6

    The taxpayer should have a say in how there tax dollars are spent.
    As a taxpayer I should have a say in what food is bought with foodstamps.
    If the shopper in front of me in line is using a food stamp card I will know.because I know what the state issued cards look like..

  • Iamchicoboy

    I worked for the county qualifying people for calworks (food stamps, cash aid, medi-cal).  I have seen people turn down promotions and raises to stay on food stamps. I have seen people stay on for as long as possible and then return as soon as they qualify again.

    I see the need for the programs, they are vital to get people the start they desperately need.

    I also see the total abuse of the program, something must change for the program to be acceptable.

  • Guest

    I have seen individuals buying bags of food, with the old stamps, and loading the food into new Cadillacs.  Government programs have drastically raised the cost of food by making food products fuel for vehicles.  Big government gets bigger by creating the need for more government programs to help the “poor.”  I am sick of big government and their schemes to get bigger and more involved with our lives.  Food stamps are another “entitlement” to make citizens more dependent on big brother.  I was not impressed with your program.

  • Roadguy07

    I live in south east Michigan, and if a certain percentage of a school districts students qualify for free, or reduced cost lunches, EVERY student can get them to preserve the poor children’s’ “dignity. What a huge waste of tax money! This is happening right now in the Detroit school system.

  • firemanswife

    Didn’t you see the majority of people on this program? And really how many of them drive Cadillacs. Most people do need these to even survive. We have a Governmenet that I hope will always be there. You never know when you might be the one who needs help. As long as large companies don’t want to pay a decent wage, we’ll need Gov. in our lives. People can’t pay for health care, food, insurance, keeping there automobiles going to get to work, clothing for the kids. There are so many cost to just life these days. Might seem simple to some people, but not the majority!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Caroltype6

    I could not have said it better myself.
    Big Government will not be happy until they have complete control over how we live.

  • Caroltype6

    “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not” – Thomas Jefferson

  • firemanswife

    Obama is hardly the food stamp president. But if you want to call him that, God Bless him.
    What we need!!!!!!!!!!!!! is money out of politics so the people have more voting power, than corporations.

  • firemanswife

    Mike, I liked that alot. Your so right. People I don’t think realize alot about whats going on. I read alot & there is so much for us to learn. Gas for instance do people realize how much they really pay. Our tax money pays the Air Force for the gas companies. They make so much money & get tax rebates, they should pay for this. Add the cost of gas & the Air Force together & see what the cost of a gallon of gas comes to. I believe we pay about 7.8 million.

  • nell

    I work for community mental health agency in OH.  I know for a fact that unemployed  single persons without children are expected to work 30 hours weekly to obtain food stamps.  I know that many persons unable to work need food stamps and do not abuse the system.  We need a safety net.  I am 69 years old, still working due to being single myself.  I am frightened of a time when I will not be able to afford to live–I have seen people who are seriously chronically ill or in severe accidents or suffered death of children or loss of employment who need assistance.  The idea that anyone who wants a job can locate a job is just not true. I believe there will always be persons who take advantage of any system that is helpful, but there are many many more deserving persons who need and receive help.

  • Luke Francis

    Exactly.  All these richies at the top who get the real income redistribution.  What do they do? Play tennis while flying to Paris.  I agree, keep the food stamps program intact and do the “Christian”, “right thing”, “Compassionate thing”, and help decent folks through rough times. 

  • Luke Francis

    Is dignity not important anymore?  Is feeding the needy during difficult times unreasonable?  

  • Luke Francis

    How many Cadillacs? Probably about as many as there were Ronald Reagan Welfare Queens (a myth yet to be documented).  Class warfare at it’s best.      

  • Luke Francis

    Tax payers do have a say.  Write your representative and vote.  

  • jan

     Its time to admit that charities are inadequate to the very real need and abandon the notion.  I’m getting tired of all these “fads” the conservatives keep propagating.  They harm people because they get in the way of addressing the need.

  • sanswhitewingerz

    prejudices like these here is what is fueling the class resentment which is spreading to the people in the private sector making half or a third what people in the public sector make. Look at Fairfax County Virginia. It has the highest median income in the nation. It is a favorite nesting spot of federal employees in DC. But even deeper in the people’s socioeconomic decline (or demise) has hastened the breakdown of families. Now single unmarried households outnumber marrieds and the only class of people mostly embracing marriage is the wealthy according to pew research center. And the right being devoid of fairness will likely give Obama a second term.

  • sanswhitewingerz

    prejudices like these here is what is fueling the class resentment which is spreading to the people in the private sector making half or a third what people in the public sector make. Look at Fairfax County Virginia. It has the highest median income in the nation. It is a favorite nesting spot of federal employees in DC. But even deeper in the people’s socioeconomic decline (or demise) has hastened the breakdown of families. Now single unmarried households outnumber marrieds and the only class of people mostly embracing marriage is the wealthy according to pew research center. And the right being devoid of fairness will likely give Obama a second term.

  • sanswhitewingerz

    prejudices like these here is what is fueling the class resentment which is spreading to the people in the private sector making half or a third what people in the public sector make. Look at Fairfax County Virginia. It has the highest median income in the nation. It is a favorite nesting spot of federal employees in DC. But even deeper in the people’s socioeconomic decline (or demise) has hastened the breakdown of families. Now single unmarried households outnumber marrieds and the only class of people mostly embracing marriage is the wealthy according to pew research center. And the right being devoid of fairness will likely give Obama a second term.

  • SJ

    We both work and are actually frightened with increases in food and gasoline prices!! How do people pay for food? Lots of people work minimum wage, there’s no way rent, utilities, gas, and food get paid for on minimum wage. The scarier part is this is an emotional attack on the numbers of people on food stamps without looking at these people as human beings who need to eat!! Ok so the outspken person about this would cut food stamp eligibility.. somehow I really do not see him increasing minimum wage… In the 70′s when prices went up it was all over the news… Why do we not hear concern in the news that many food items have gone up one to two dollars a piece, along with the huge increase in gas prices? How did a chocolate bar (not food I know but a common item..) a chocolate bar is now 1.19? And that is minoor… Oh I know, let them eat cake.. thet forget how easily many have lost their jobs, houses, how easily we can become them…

  • Roadguy07

    To Luke Francis: dignity is very important. Dignity and pride are earned. What dignity is there in the knowledge that you are a burden on society? I realize that in these turbulent economic times many need the extra help, and I would myself accept such help as a last resort if I really needed it. But at the same time, I would be ashamed to be a burden to my fellow Americans, and from day one would do EVERYTHING possible to again quickly become self sufficient. There is, and should be,  a stigma attached to being a dependent of tax- paying Americans for any extended period of time. If everyone that can would pull their own weight, there would be more for those who absolutely cannot.

  • Michiganthunder

    its not easy these days to survive in this world,im so worried about my kids because of the way the world is now and days.i dont know what to do, if i save my money i dont think ill have enuph for every one of them to start a life with, going to bed hungry yes i do that for my children, i tell them every day please stay in school learn and become somebody have a hard workeing family trate for yr children,nothing in this world seems to change for the better that means its just going to b worse for when our children today get old enuph to be on there oun. Theres nothing we can do iv tryed everything i can do to save money for my children but just ended up spending it on something we need..the world is the way it is now because parents haveing kids that have kids that have kids that stay on the system and not try 2 get off of it and show there children the real way of life..its sad because u would think the state would see that people like that dont need more foodstamps,cash or even other things they need school,taught how real people need to raise there children,

  • Asiansnow36

    theres people that stay on the system because it makes there lifes easyer,they can sleep all day,drink, or party all nite, and if people didnt stop and see this there on foodstamps cash and medical, insted of the state stoping this from happening they help by offering them new houses new cars more foodstamps,cash and even food because they cant figure out how to streach there foodstamps out.this world will continue to hurt the working people, the people that dont use the state and the people that keep trying to survive this dieng world by going to bed hungry..because theres to mutch free handouts to thoes who dont deserve it..

  • Anonymous

    Persons that have worked and are now on Social Security for whatever reason, but do not receive a big enough check and request Housing or Food Stamps, Should Get the Assistance.
    AUSTERITY  ON the  Wealthy,  NOT the Poor ! 

  • roger

    Every since gas has went up starting back in 05. Problems have begun with people making ends meat, Gas prices are an will be a problem for this recovery. Even those who have an education are out of work.  An not long ago everyone was bragging on home much thier property was worth.Well that ended. An not long ago everybody was bragging on how much they were making in the stock market on paper yes . Well THAT HAS ENDED, min wage went up to help the bottom earners, an its still min. wage.  Well claim to be the richest nation on earth, yet we borrow billions from china an japan..    EXPAIN THAT ONE TO ME.  I have heard we are a service ecomny, Was a manufacting ecomnony.  America it is what is was. Is it over what is the american dream we here about today. Everything is to high any more basic needs are off the hook in prices every thing is up,      I MYSELF AN MY WIFE she has full time job iam struggling my self , between  everything we owe on bills we go to bed hungry, Cannot get food stamps, We did can lots of veggies an froze some this year, that has help. GREEN BEANS AN TATORS AGIAN TONIGHT FOR DINNER AN SUPPER ,No matter what ? No kid in america AN i mean no kid should have to worrie about food , Today this country has many problems an issues, to many fronts to comment on. I live in rural  indiana, WHICH has i different out look on things than the city folks do , An yes i do when i can buy food stamps when i got the money for 50 cent on the dollars. easy to find easy to use, An i dont care what party you belive in niether one care about any   thing more than thier party, HOW MANY BILLIONS OF DOLLAR IS GOING TO SPENT RUNNING FOR OFFICE THIS YEAR total up all the offices for election this year in every state from locale to state to fedreal office an just think how many people could be fed with that money. Oh my i just farted iam sorry price of gas will up  gas leak ..HOW many excuses will americans keep taking before it ends.

  • Anonymous

    All these programs have stipulations.  Not everyone qualifies.  Why would there be a stigma?  The stigmas on the wealthy that refuse to pay taxes!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.weber3 Bob Weber

    Evidence( actual scientific study, not made up to to match your idiot ideology) shows that there is a very small % of fraud and abuse of the SNAP program(food stamps). The myths get perpetuated by ignorant people who are “certain” the poor and jobless are liars and cheaters out to get something for nothing. Caroltype6 mentioned above that anybody who worked hard could rise up the ladder of success if they just “went out and did it”. So why is it that you, your spouse and 15yo boy eat on 70bux/week? Just socking away the rest? Putting your wealth off-shore?

  • Lsvenneby

    People should not be allowed to buy junk food with food stamps at the grocery stores.  Junk food destrory their health, then we pay for their health care. Obesity is rampant, why are they buying junk food on food stamps and running to the emergency rooms with heart attacks?  Why do the taxpayers have to pay for their ignorance and laziness?  If you stop giving the obese ones food stamps, it would cut medicaid costs. Stop the insanity and stop the laziness!

  • Lsvenneby

    I think the U.S. obesity epidemic is brought on in a large part by the food stamp program.

  • lookbeyondyourownexperience

    Wondering why poor people need to pay for YOUR  ignorance and laziness?  Which is apparent from your argument that lacks in any logic, facts or fairness.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carnell.terry1 Carnell Terry

    The People Who Do The Most Complaining About Food Stamps Are The Ones Who Can’t Stand Paying For The Program. Nobody Wants Food Stamps Like Most People Don’t Want To Be Unemployed! …However, When People Need Assistance. They Need Assistance Bottom Line! …Sadly, We Can’t Change The Food Stamp Program For The Better As Long As We Have Rigid Mindsets and Stereotypes Who Lead In The Conversations and Discussions On This Issue (ad lib: …Just My Opinion, Just Sayin’!)

  • Guillerm3221

    I’m a New York City native, and I remember the days when nightclubs and Bars knew what day government checks were delivered and they would advertise “Welfare nights…”.   These places would be packed.  The most sucessfull clubs were the ones near a bodega where the superette would exchange food stamps for dollars sometimes as little as .60 cents for each food stamp dollar.  As people have become more sophisticated, can you imagine what schemes they’re using today.

  • Michael Martin

    I think you always are going to have some fraud in any government program, but the majority, well over 90% of food stamp recepients are in need of this assistance to get by every month.  I donate around $100.00 per year to my local food bank, because there are so many in my community that don’t have enough to eat.

  • Elisha_ramer

    Wow! People, people, people…look at the great big picture here. Yes, there are people on food stamps that need it, and they use it long enough to get themselves on their feet again. Personally I know MANY more people who completely abuse the system. They do buy tons of junk food and silly things like a small pack of precut apples with carmel dip instead of a large bag of apples that costs less than the precut. They don’t care because it isn’t their hard earned money. People today have such a great sense of entitlement that it makes my stomach turn. I volunteer at a food bank and I watch people filter in with their baskets to be filled. You can tell who needs the help and who is there just to get hand outs. I watch people go through the line wearing better clothes than mine, talking on their expensive gadgets, that even I can’t afford…and driving away in cars that probably have double the payment of mine. Seriously, and I am there serving them and the greedily take and pick and choose the best items for themselves without so much as a “thank you”. Unfortunately, I have come to see that these people make up much of our fabulous welfare systems. I believe that if food stamps were set up like WIC and time based that obesity rates would decline and people would start walking on their own two feet again. Our government has a huge problem with giving “hand outs” instead of “hand ups”. The main things Americans need to do, instead of complaining about the rising cost of everything, is start prioritizing what they need versus what they want. Everyone in a family doesn’t need a cell phone, or the internet, or cable…downsize your house, shop thrift…be economical. We don’t need to keep up with our neighbors, we need to realize that everyone has it hard sometimes and inorder to get out of the hard times we need to work and prioritize.

  • Sweetlilbigheart

     I too posted, as a resident of SD on the Pine Ridge Reservation, ( Sweetlilbigheart 02/17/2012 09:53 PM ) and how these programs are needed. It is hard because there IS room for improvement but not for cut backs. Many people have no idea about what life is like in Indian Country and pass judgement on it without knowledge. It is a fundamental issue of how this country operates, to look at how it handles treaties of the past as it tries to repeat the same acts over seas today. I say this only because this country has a debt to be paid/honored with its native peoples and if it could figure out how to work with native communities to encourage baseline life value and worth (I say that with great respect that native communities have their own great value and culture but fight the disrespect of that has been handed to them) and opportunity, then the same can be brought to the rest of the people in the country. Even the poorest of us bring value to this country and deserve to be able to have the choices to make, just as anyone else. Who is to say what is a wrong choice over a right choice, we all come from different place with degrees of knowledge and standard. I have seen where a bag of chips was a child’s food for a whole month. And that is a norm, as sad and scary as that might be, chips are a sustainable choice for kids that don’t know any different and don’t have much more.

  • Fbdiver

    The Great Recession has put millions out of work. The republicans in Congress have blocked efforts of the Obama administration to create jobs. They have blocked an infrastructure bank and insisted on cuts in taxes which have hurt 99% of the people in this country. Since 2010, republicans have attacked women’s issues and other cultural issues but no jobs programs. Their discussion of food stamps is, in my opinion, disgusting.

  • Carochip

    People are starving….that is why over 60% of adult Americans are overweight.  Yeah right.

  • Carochip

    In South Georgia where we live, the kids get free lunch and free breakfast.  The schools are pushing people to sign up for free lunches so they can receive Title 1 money from the Federal government.  There is so much abuse, it’s unbelievable.  Food stamps on top of this?

  • the kidd

    This is no lie.  I went to the grocery store tonight.  The women in front of me bought $267 in groceries using her food assistance card.  While I was walking out to the parking lot, I noticed she was loading her groceries into a late model Cadillac.

    In my opinion, this is disgusting…

    News Flash: The government doesn’t create jobs.  Business creates jobs (exception: gov’t jobs).  Gov’t creates an enviornment for business to create jobs.  Jobs Bills are smokescreens used by the administration to make it seem like they create jobs.  How many people do you know who landed a job via a government jobs program? 

  • lookbeyondyourownexperience

    Last time I checked, it was abusive NOT to feed children…

  • the kidd

    Your contribution to your local food bank is very gracious and yes there are many needy people who need assistance, but even 1% theft of the system is a dis-service to the taxpayer and is unacceptable

  • the kidd

    During his three years in office, Obama has increased our national debt by 33%, S&P has cut our nation’s credit rating to AA, and its been over 1,000 days without a budget.  Still, unemployment remains over 8%.  He himself said at the beginning of his term that if he didn’t improve the economy; he didn’t deserve to be re-elected. 

    He claims to be build an economy that is built to last but how can we last with such huge deficit spending?

    In my opinion, he is the most fiscally irresponsible President in our nation’s history…

  • the kidd

    News flash.  We’ll never solve our budget crisis by taxing the 1% (or .01%) more.  We need to increase the tax rolls of the middle class.  Businesses are scared to hire because they don’t know what to expect from this administration…

  • Emmebk

    I wanted to let the staff know that with this weeks increase in gas prices, that guy will be sitting in the parking lot a number of days. I also had to sell my tools, to make the bills. What your staff did not understand as a consequence of the economy besides the food stamps not lasting for the month is that computers and the ability to have DSL effect almost of us as well. If you can barely afford rent, and the utilities(telephone is now an accepted utility), but the way industry is setup getting access to DSL is extra and not included in the utilities part of the application. If you want to get a job from any major franchise, federal government, state government, and most employers, you have no choice you have to apply online. Do a test. If you go to any of the job sites and list in your resume’ that you were self employed for 10 years prior. No one wants to risk any thing on a new hire. The government wants to have verifiable I-9 for homeland security, they want to track you with facebook. 
    If you do not have access to a computer on DSL and your not a facebooker by smartphone, or your not knowledgeable about computer use (the older person), you may not be able to get  employment.
    Those who are unemployed may stay that way for a long time because of their access.  Most journalist use these as a tool and so easily dismiss that everyone does not have access to DSL and information that it provides. So maybe a show on the those that do not have computer access and those that do. It will shape the how social programs will be needed and the expense to both state and federal government in meeting the needs of the people. 

  • Mel1264

    Nobody is “blocking” efforts by the Obama administration to “create” jobs.  Obama isn’t interested in jobs.  He likes people being dependent on the government, they are easier to control that way.   The government doesn’t create, they destroy!  You need to get your head out of the mainstream (government run) media and get a clue about what is REALLY going on.  I have seen too many news articles, and have heard too many stories about people selling their food stamp benefits, for PENNIES on the dollar, to buy things like cigarettes and alcohol.  They’re more interested in feeding their habits than their children.  THAT is what is truly disgusting!!!!

  • Anonymous

    All I know is without them, my daughter and I would be hungry more often, eat less healthy foods. As a single working mother receiving no child support, they are instrumental in barely getting by.

  • PamAnne

    I know there are many who honestly need the help of food stamps, and I am glad the program is there to help them.  But what I cannot comprehend is how the system is constantly mis-used by freeloaders.  Daily in one local grocery store here there is the food stamp fraud scenerio.  One example of many in just one local grocery store:  Woman comes in with her food stamp card.  Buys $65.00 worth of steaks.  Takes them home, brings them back the next day and says she changed her mind.  Instead of being able to put the $65.00 back on her food stamp card, she is given a store credit.  What does she buy with it??  Booze and cigarettes.  I cannot believe that the government cannot put that money for returned groceries back on the food stamp card.  Really?  And the worst part?  The butcher cannot sell the returned meat and has to throw it out.  This type of scenerio happens a lot, and the lowlifes who are doing it are costing you and me, the tax payers, millions and millions in unneccessary taxes.  Makes me sick. 

  • Mowampa

    I defently believe that the food stamp system is out of controll. I work at a gas station that for some reason takes food stamps and 9 times out of 10 the person using food stamps is buying nothing but crap (chips, candy, and soda). I’m sorry but that’s not the reason why I pay my taxes, so some dead beat can pay for his snacks on the tax payers dime and then pull out his wad of cash and gas up his escalade (true story) I also get people who will slide one card and it be tapped out only to pull out a SECOND card and use that. We defently need to keep a closer eye on the money we just basically hand out.

  • Mowampa

    Yes but I think the point here is that the food stamp system needs to monitored a lot better. I.e. cracking down on households with multiple food stamp recipients, and taking the cards away from those who basically just sell their food stamps.

  • Avanhoof

    When my father and I had to move out of our house becasue it was considered unsafe, we tried Habitat for Humanity because we were in desperate need of a house and my father is on a fixed income. He served in the Air Force for 23 years. I was going to college for my degree in Health InformationTechnology. I graduated last year and I am looking for a job. You know how easy that is in this day and age. Not! Because my dad had retirement pension and social security, the food stamp office denied him saying he was overqualified. My dad was in the hospital in 2010 and he had to pay those bills. They did not consider the hopsital bills my dad had tom pay, the mortgage at the house, rent for an apartment, utility bills, food, gas, etc. Before my dad applied for food stamps and was denied, we wnet to Catholic Charities hoping that they would offer us assistance to help pay off our mortgage because we needed a house. They said that they were short on funds and the amount I was asking for was considered to be an extreme amount which I thought was bullshit. Our house was renovated with the help of my grandmother but she is the type not to let you forget it. What is insulting, with Catholic Charities we tried to apply for a nicer housing but was denied because my dad had mortage. They know how to kick you when you are down.

  • Kristin

    I too am a food stamp recipient and without them, my daughter, son and I would not be able to eat healthy raw fruits and veggies, as well as fresh meat. I have been known to buy organic foods and i get ridiculed for it, as if because im poor i should settle for low quality food. I am so sorry that I want to give my children food thats free of hormones, pesticides, and antibiotics. Meanwhile, I see some low life buying energy shots, slurpees and mixers to be used with alcohol at the local gas station and if his first food stamp card doesn’t have enough left on it, i see him pull out a second one, probably his room mate’s or girlfriend’s and pay with those stamps. He adds a candy bar to his purchase and then pulls out a giant wad of cash to fill up his old school caddillac! Or the woman who trades stamps for cash, right in front of the store! UGH!

    I am pro-check system. A food stamp system in which a combination of quest card stamps and food checks (Much like WIC checks) should be used. We could ensure that things like fresh meats and veggies are being purchased with government dollars and if we used the Quest cards as a suppliment to the checks, we could still purchase things like coffee, my kid’s birthday cake or an occasional bag of pop corn. I’ve also used my stamps in other states when we had to travel and I barely had enough money to get there to stay with family. Having part of the stamps, but not all, on a quest card would allow for these small convienences without allowing people like the dead beat to claim his/her kids that he/she doesn’t even visit to get additional food stamps to party with.

    I am also sickened by the level of childhood obesity, especially in lower income areas. These poor children being taught that TV Dinners are actual food. The rates of diabetes and behavioral issues that are mostly attributed to poor nutrition and lack of nutrition education. Im not saying that low income people are undereducated, im saying Americans are and one quick way to combat the health problem would be to regulate what the lower income families buy. Possibly setting the bar.

    Believe me, I’m all for food stamp reform. It is majorly abused and that threatens the whole program, especially for those who need it.

  • getaholdofyourself

     Yeah but with our tax paying money being able to feed kids that parents dropped out of high school and cant get a job is not our fault. Dont have a child if you cant afford it.

  • get a life

    Food stamps are over rated and the government needs to get a hold of them. Oh 60% of them would fail a drug test to.

  • Aabrams9

     whats unreasonable is that these children that we are paying for their lunches parents could give to craps about feeding them,

  • tgcallout

    The Repugnicramp House wants to cut food stamps so we can maintain the socialist program for the wealthy, the military industrialists. Thank god we have the Senate to say “no”.

  • tgcallout

    what does your gas station sell to eat and drink but chips, crap and soda?

  • vokman

    I feel we don’t have to feed the poor because they chose to be poor and they know that the Government or should I say ( the tax payers ) will take care of them. The children won’t go hungry because they already do since many parents sell part of their food stamps debit card to buy beer and smokes. I am tired of seeing obese women with their obese children getting two full shopping carts, while we barely have enough money to fill one half of a shopping cart. Eliminate food stamps and see how fast they will lose weight because they’ll be working to feed their children.

  • vokman

    If they would only be allowed to get beans, potatoes, flour, eggs, pork, and not cakes, shrimp, candy, sodas then I would agree to keep food stamps for the lazy people of this country. I have to pay for our food and for those on food stamps, so we are paying double, while these people eat like hogs. No wonder women keep having babies because they know we will feed them and their babies too, so it’s a cycle that continues until they work or die.

  • vokman

    If they would only be allowed to get beans, potatoes, flour, eggs, pork, and not cakes, shrimp, candy, sodas then I would agree to keep food stamps for the lazy people of this country. I have to pay for our food and for those on food stamps, so we are paying double, while these people eat like hogs. No wonder women keep having babies because they know we will feed them and their babies too, so it’s a cycle that continues until they work or die.

  • vokman

    Next time you make a baby do it with someone that will pay for the food of both you and your baby, and don’t expect us to feed you since we had no part in the baby being born.

  • vokman

    Next time you make a baby do it with someone that will pay for the food of both you and your baby, and don’t expect us to feed you since we had no part in the baby being born.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jmikereno Mike Reno

    posting falsely serves no purpose. 3 out of 4 foodstamp recipients have low paying jobs. And employees of big non-profits use food stamps to fill in their income gap since they are paid so little. Salvation Army comes to mind for starters….

  • Anonymous

    No Vokeman, u dont get it, unfortunately men dont come with a warning sign, although they should! The fact that my husband bailed on me, his wife, nd his baby daughter was in no way possible for me to forsee. I worked , i paid my own rent, nd pursued every legal avenue possible to have the child support order enforced (to no avail). I was grateful to receive 103$ per month in food stamps, i was paying 250$ a week in taxes. So dont give me your high and mighty, insensitive, comments! And i pray u fall on hard times one day and eat your words. Im sure theyl fill u up, seems like they do already.

  • vokman

    Many people that are on welfare don’t understand that we don’t care to provide for them because we have to provide for us too and why should they have things we may not be able to get ourselves. No one that is on welfare has paid $250.00 a week on taxes unless they own a business or were Millionaires at one time.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LYTUCEIORNBM773PTZEUMBKVTA Proud Kafir

    I think it is insane they give $540 a month to my neighbor who trades her stamps for cigarettes and money for her cell phone, gas etc..please WHO NEEDS $540 a month for food? Of course she is eating steaks, shrimp, crab legs etc…while I eat chicken..she has never had a real job in her 31 years has 3 kids one of which is on disability for being born a crack baby and she is rewarded with all the junk food she can buy her kids…Wake up America food stamps should be for ESSENTIAL FOODS…not seafood, sodas and junk food…want a hand out take what is given..dont like being told what you can buy..spend your own money for your food!

  • URIEGAS

    As long as we pay taxes our money will go to the people that parasite off the tax payers. If we paid taxes only for defense of our country then each family would have to work, if they want to eat and have a life such as that of the working class.

  • URIEGAS

    I saw a man get water from a store yesterday compliments of the Lone Star Card and he had a huge truck with weed eaters and grass cutting machines, but he had to get a free water bottle. This is why we don’t care for our tax money to go to people that don’t need the help. Water you can drink for free, if you ask for it. He looked to be pretty healthy, but to me he is just a parasite.

  • URIEGAS

    Next time make a baby with someone that is responsible and not just someone with nothing to give except a consequence to you.

  • URIEGAS

    People that have money have it because they worked for it, so they have the right to enjoy life too. I also take vacations because I worked 50 years of my life to have what I now have and others could do the same, but won’t do it since they still eat for free without having to work.

  • disgustedtoo

    I’ll be her nails are manicured and she’s wearing a ton of jewelry to boot!

  • tony

    Having been a checker for over 20 years, I have seen people abuse the system constantly.  People have told me they deserve to buy expensive steaks and seafood, which is why grocery stores have expensive meat “on sale” the beginning of the month.  People have bought wedding cakes, expensive party graduation cakes, spend 100′s of dollars on soda, and have given the fs card to their kids to come in and buy $100 worth of candy.  Since I have been working I’ve heard people say they wouldn’t do my job because it doesn’t pay enough, because on assistance, they also “qualify” for other government programs and health care. And why should they work when they really don’t have to?  And they are absolutely right.  They could never make working what they can get for free, and that’s been the situation for decades now. 

    I have had a young woman tell her child to stop talking to me because I have to work so she does not have to, and I have to work to pay for their groceries.   Tell me how hard it was not to say anything to that remark.  As checkers we are not to “offend” people.  What a crock…. 

    They are people who use fs to their good.  The majority feel it’s their right.  Had a kid who got fired from a job at the store come in with fs card and said it was his right to have a fs card because he had paid “into the system” and now he could get “his money back”.  Yeah, right, one job and gets fired.  But this is the mentality that the government is fostering.

    Another area of misuse is the people who sign up ”clients”.  Talking with 2 others in the breakroom one day I discovered both of the others knew that caseworkers had lied on the forms so this one gal’s daughter could get assistance, and the other gal said she didn’t originally quality either, but the caseworker said to change the fact that the boyfriend was living with her  and to put that she was alone, and voila, she got several hundred dollars a month. 

    And anyone else notice the amount of “immigrants” getting assistance?   No, they are not all legal, but with fake paperwork, and people working in the government offices working with them most of them are all on assistance anymore.  20 years ago, most Hispanics paid cash, now 95% have fs cards.  One young Hispanic woman had 6 cards in her credit card case.  The first 3 she pulled out were already used, the one she used not only paid for her groceries but still had over $500 left on it.  Can’t imagine what the other cards had on them.  But I wondered how she had so many and who helped her get them. 

    Also had a Hispanic couple come in from Idaho who told me they were working in the area and for coming over and working they had been alloted $1,000 worth of money for gas.  And this was several years ago.  I would love to get my gas paid for, but unfortunately, I don’t.

    And the guy from Ohio who came over to the west coast to spend the summer with his family.  With his wife and 2 children.  He told me his grocery bill was always over $300 each time, and I was shocked to see he had a fs balance of over $3,100.  And that is NOT a typo.  Don’t know how people do it, but it’s not unusual to see fs balances of $1100 to $1500.  Some just know how to scam the system, while others who need it cannot get it.

    Lots more stories, but you get the jest.  Bottom line is fs abuse is extensive, and much of it begins with the caseworkers and the paperwork.  I would like to see more enforcment of sending caseworkers to jail for misappropriately spending government monies.  And if parents are on assistance and not feeding their offspring, they should have their parent’s rights taken away and the kids should be placed in a situation where they will be fed and raised decently. 

  • tony

    Hi, I posted on lamchicoboy’s post on the next page, but I hear you.  A guy comes into the store and buys water on sale with fs – then goes out back and dumps the water and returns the empty bottles (the state has a 5 cent can return) so he can buy beer or cigarettes.  So the state has just now paid for the water – which he didn’t use – paid the deposits on the bottles which he now returns and get cash to pay for “ineligible” items. 

    And do most people know that people on fs with children also quality for WIC?   Which also doles out hundreds on dollars a month per family.  All one has to do to quality for WIC is be pregnant or have kids under 5 with a “nutritional situation”.   A local nurse told me she was pregnant and found out that she qualified for WIC, even though her boyfriend lives with her and makes good money and she also made over $31,000 a year. 

    Child refund tax.  One of our customers used the $5000.00 they got free from their refund to buy the husband a nice motorcycle he wanted.  This year they bought her one.  Of course, we’ll probably have to pay to send the kids to school, as I’m sure the parents won’t have enough money to that.  She also carts the kids to the free breakfast and lunch programs during the summer in between shopping so she doesn’t have to use her food stamp money.     

  • GUEST

    If the tax payers tell the Government enough is enough then we would see more people working and not getting free handouts from the tax payers.

  • Willievok

    They don’t qualify because they worked a lifetime and only those that are lazy qualify for anything the Government dishes out to them compliments of who else, but the tax payers.

  • Willievok

    If you work for minimum wage you get help and these people stay earning less, so they can eat better then those that pay for their food.

  • Willievok

    if you are unable to work then why aren’t you getting SSD or maybe you are, but didn’t have enough credits to get a good monthly check.

  • Willievok

    Our Government steals from us to give to the parasites of this country and it’s about time they stop helping them, and be there for those that do work and pay taxes.

  • Willievok

    People that get food stamps don’y buy the food. They get it for free and we pay for their food. I don’t understand why it’s so hard for people to say ( they get the food for free ) and we pay for it and also for our own food.

  • sjm

    Not at all. Screw you to all the people who are against it or judge people on food stamps. Obviously you or anyone who know have not been in desperate need of financial help. My family is on food stamps. Its my husband, my daughter, and myself. And we are not on them because we are lazy, stupid, or whatever else you would like to call us. My husband is a Veteran. He joined the Army when he was 18 and was injured a few years later. Since then he has had no job. Not even an interview. We  only receive his disability. As we all know the economy is rough and my family (among other several families) try our hardest to provide for our family in every way possible. Food Stamps is a wonderful program and I am grateful everyday to receive them. We would go many days without a meal if it wasn’t for them. Also, obviously there are people on Food Stamps that shouldn’t be, who somehow can slip through the cracks and scam the system. I can’t believe the things people are saying in these comments, do known of you have a heart? Your theories and opinions are based off of the cliche food stamp receiver….” the either black or white woman late 40′s who sits at home all day in front of the tv, 5 kids, lazy, unwilling to work, etc, etc, etc. We are all not like that. Just like I explained in the beginning of my comment. People go through rough patches in their life. Even you, the person sitting there writing the nasty comment, maybe one day your family might be put in the position my family is in. Just leave us alone and worry about yourselves, no matter what everyone has to pay taxes and always will. Even if it wasn’t going to things like Medicaid, food stamps, etc…it would be going to something else.  One last thing….To the person to wrote “poor people chose to be poor”..that is just sick.

  • sjm

    Not at all. Screw you to all the people who are against it or judge people on food stamps. Obviously you or anyone who know have not been in desperate need of financial help. My family is on food stamps. Its my husband, my daughter, and myself. And we are not on them because we are lazy, stupid, or whatever else you would like to call us. My husband is a Veteran. He joined the Army when he was 18 and was injured a few years later. Since then he has had no job. Not even an interview. We  only receive his disability. As we all know the economy is rough and my family (among other several families) try our hardest to provide for our family in every way possible. Food Stamps is a wonderful program and I am grateful everyday to receive them. We would go many days without a meal if it wasn’t for them. Also, obviously there are people on Food Stamps that shouldn’t be, who somehow can slip through the cracks and scam the system. I can’t believe the things people are saying in these comments, do known of you have a heart? Your theories and opinions are based off of the cliche food stamp receiver….” the either black or white woman late 40′s who sits at home all day in front of the tv, 5 kids, lazy, unwilling to work, etc, etc, etc. We are all not like that. Just like I explained in the beginning of my comment. People go through rough patches in their life. Even you, the person sitting there writing the nasty comment, maybe one day your family might be put in the position my family is in. Just leave us alone and worry about yourselves, no matter what everyone has to pay taxes and always will. Even if it wasn’t going to things like Medicaid, food stamps, etc…it would be going to something else.  One last thing….To the person to wrote “poor people chose to be poor”..that is just sick.

  • Tippy762

    I’m totally for food stamps for people that need them but I worked at Wal-mart as a part time job and I’m sorry but they are abused people using their cards for candy at every holiday and getting mad because they can’t get the ones with toys and they get all this high dollar items and then they are sporting new tatoos how does that work if you can’t pay for food then you shouldn’t be able to pay for tattoos. I had a person that owed me money and they are getting food stamps for their grandchildren they had daughter go get them and they spend them and had so much on their card tryed to pay me off with food stamp money that I work two jobs and help support thats what I’m talking about. I’m 49 years old and work 2 jobs at 76 hours a week you can’ tell me some of these people can’t find a job.

  • GUEST

    As long as there are tax payers there will be people that will parasite off our tax money. Change the Laws and see how fast they’ll look for work or die of hunger. You are one of many that are proud to work and there are others that are proud to not have to work because they know they’ll never go hungry in this country thanks to our stupid Government that gives away our hard earned tax money.

  • Willievok

    Maybe you can get a job and support the family because were you there in the War with him?

  • Tsentavia

    I wish that I qualified for food stamps,but I don’t and im not jealous of those that do nor do I watch what they feed their families.That just is not part of my concern.I pay taxes and oneday I may be in need of food stamps if anything was to go wrong for me at work,so why would I be envious of a low income family eating well?could be lobster tails?,so what,could be Delmonico steaks or junk food who cares? only you idiots who aren’t eating a fine line of foods.I am sick and tired of you ppl complaining and worrying about issues that don’t concern you.The non-custodial parent does wind up paying the GOV. back every $$$$ that is issued out to the family.Did you ever think about that? please check the facts,so why waste your time watching other peoples groceries in line?( give me a break)I don’t know your family,but in our family we have eat swell and enjoy seeing others do the same.Usually a cashier that does not get paid much, would be the one not qualifying for benefits and enveying the customers who do,especially the ones with large orders.While the cashier can barely afford lunch themselves.LOL!!!!!! 

  • Tsentavia

    Well did you expect the customer to buy gas with food stamps? maybe the truck was his brothers,or girlfriends? did that thought ever cross your mind?

  • Willievok

    The Tax Payers get nothing back from these Parasites. You say the Government, but in Reality we pay for what they get and they expect more every year like we expect in our hard earn social security checks.

  • Attrctd2air

    My family was working class poor.  It was frustrating to see people in line with no jobs buying tons of food we couldn’t afford as we eyeballed our own tiny cart we were buying with our hard earned money.  It does make you have a sense of anger.  Now we are in that boat.  I’ve hit a brick wall and can’t get employment.  Its definitely not from a lack of trying or being picky.  Every day I look and apply for anything and everything.  Finally had to apply for foodstamps because once we pay our bills.  There is not one dollar left for food.  My husband has to ride a scooter to work because gas in the car is too expensive.  We are humiliated having to go on the government handout, but we wouldn’t eat if we didn’t.  We’ve stuggled over the past 6 months to make ends meet on little to no income.  In the past two months my husband has lost 20 pounds, I have lost 8.  Having no money and being hungry in the USA is the best form of weight loss and we didn’t have to join any fancy gym.  There are real people out there with real problems fighting to survive in this economy.  If you have ever been hungry.  If you’ve ever been scared and you just didn’t know what to do anymore because you’ve tried everything.  There is nothing left in your home to sell.  Then judge the foodstamp program.  All I can say is not to wait until your cupboards are bare and you’ve exhuasted all your options to survive.  Apply as soon as you are in trouble because it can get worse.  I’m almost giddy with relief that the ‘card’ is about to come in the mail any day now as I have little to no pride left.  I’m hungry.

  • guest

    People like your family I understand, but those that parasite off the tax payers all their life are the people that will always be there for free food. I know people lose their jobs, but in reality they have to look and take whatever comes along otherwise they will do the same thing as those that have been doing it for decades. They have children knowing they’ll never have enough food to feed them, but they know our tax money will provide. The Government takes from us and gives to them, so it’s us that provide, and not the Government. I hope your husband finds a good paying job, but remember a College Degree does help and sometimes it doesn’t help. if no one is hiring.

  • Anonymous

    If there’s an obesity problem, it means people are eating too much – possibly because they’re handed their food withut having to expend any effort to work for it.

  • Anonymous

     Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=690730175 Don Swartz

    On the contrary: “Recent studies have found that SNAP participation does not increase either Body Mass Index (BMI) or the likelihood of being overweight or obese for the majority of SNAP participants—children, nonelderly men, and the elderly. For some subgroups SNAP participation has a negative association with the probability of being overweight. Nonelderly adult women, who account for 28 percent of the SNAP caseload, are the only group of participants for whom multiple studies show a correlation between SNAP participation and elevated BMI and obesity”

    http://www.fns.usda.gov/ora/menu/Published/SNAP/FILES/Other/BuildingHealthyAmerica.pdf 
    Everyone should read the whole thing before they start laying any judgments. Not enough info?
    http://www.fns.usda.gov/ora/MENU/Published/SNAP/FILES/Other/IOMHungerObesity.pdf 
    I seriously doubt that legitimate SNAP users (99% of them) become obese on an average of $134 a month. Now, the average middle class family that goes out to eat four times a week, twice a day, whether it’s In-n-Out, Chilis, Texas Roadhouse, Olive Garden, Outback, Taco Bell, or Denny’s/ Perkins, etc…Here’s a list of the main restaurants that most SNAP recipients don’t go to/ can’t afford but guess who does and can?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_restaurant_chains 

  • Willievok

    Do away with the food stamp program and watch these people migrate to a country that will feed them for the rest of their life ( there are none like the USA ) unless more people like me say it’s not right because we barely make it, and then we have to feed their children.  As long as we pay taxes there will be people that feel we should provide for them, but they should get off their rear end and look for any job that will pay them a salary.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jmikereno Mike Reno

    deadbeat fathers always knew when “mother’s day” was each month. When I lived in multi-family housing, i didn’t need a calendar to when that day was. “See you next month” was always my temptation to greet these sperm donors.
    The sad fact is 90% of welfare goes to females with families. female head-of-household has increased 500% since I was in high school in the 70′s. We need to rethink “family”, and not rush to punish children who were born no fault of their own to foolish parents.

  • URIEGAS

    They weren’t buying the food. They were getting it free and we had to pay for it by paying taxes,  and the Government buying the food for them with our tax money. When you buy it means you pay ( CASH ) and they they get it their food ( FREE ) .

  • URIEGAS

    People on welfare don’t give away free food ( they sell it ) because they think they earned it by making too many babies they knew they would never be able to afford to feed with their own income.

  • URIEGAS

    Blame the parents and not us the tax payers because we had no part in their baby making process.

  • URIEGAS

    Those that pay with cash know it’s getting expensive and those on food stamps only ask for more funds and don’t care about the price.

  • URIEGAS

    Give a man a fish and he’ll sell it for booze.

  • ………..

    calling people “parasites” is pathetic and you people make me sick. if your eating good, why shouldnt anybody else. its sad how passionate you people are about others not having the money to eat and feed their families as if getting a job is that easy. its not jus YOUR tax money thats helping people eat and its not just food stamps that the tax money goes to. If you feel that serious about your tax money going twards other peoples survival then leave the state. Yeah some people abuse the opportunity but there are others who really need it and use it wisely. Who are you to think of anybody as less then a human being just because they need help. Eventually EVERYBODY pays taxes anyways. Karma is a bitch and i hope that when its your turn to need something, you realize and regret how rude and selfish you are.

  • GuEsT

    Make an effort to find a job and then no one will call you a parasite. I worked 45 years and now have two pensions, so if I can do it then so can you and any man in this country. You would feel the same way, if your tax money was given to lazy Americans and illegals, so get a job and stop feeling sorry for yourself. Men live with single women, so they can have a place to eat and sleep,  and of course free sex.

  • GuEsT

    You have to screen your lovers, so you don’t have to feed the consequences from your own pockets. Oh, I forgot you don’t pay for the food. It’s free thanks to the tax payers.

  • Sela16v

    I know some people on the food stamp program that don’t even try to get a job, or work under the table so they don’t have to claim that income just in order to keep getting benefits.  I have been to their house and they buy food that I NEVER buy, and my household income is over $100,000 yearly.  I think it is criminal that this is allowed to continue.  I don’t begrudge anyone who truly needs help, but am very angry about providing the lazy lifestyle to those who just don’t want to work and provide for themselves.  We in South Dakota are very fortunate that our economy is one of the best in the country, and i see no excuse for people not providing for their own family.  I have been poor, without any assistance from the Government, and lived within my means.  I think people appreciate what they have to work for, and can have pride in themselves when they are working rather than sitting around with their hand out. I worked very hard to get where I am, and know it is possible for just about everyone.

  • Sela16v

    I feel for your situation.  I would like to know, after you get the food stamps, how you feel about how much money for food you get, honestly.  Is it just enough to survive on, or are you eating good?  No judgement, I just think that the amount that is given is more than is reaquired.  I’ve lived poor, bought day old bread and moldy cheese and bruised fruit to have food on my table (not on food stamps) but I’ve seen people in line on food stamps buying food that I would never buy even with a $100,000 yearly household income, and think that is wrong.

  • Lemmnicolette

    anyone who doesn’t get food stamps really needs to fuck off. you have no idea what it’s like for us. I am a single mother to a beautiful daughter, work full time and once paying the bills even with no car payment or insurance etc. I still don’t have enough to feed her properly and healthy. the gov’t takes over $400 a month in taxes from me. I get $307 a month in Food Stamps. So please I beg you to try and tell me how any of the money I get to feed my baby is from your fucking money you whining assholes. walk a mile in somebody’s shoes. 

  • Lemmnicolette

    anyone who doesn’t get food stamps really needs to fuck off. you have no idea what it’s like for us. I am a single mother to a beautiful daughter, work full time and once paying the bills even with no car payment or insurance etc. I still don’t have enough to feed her properly and healthy. the gov’t takes over $400 a month in taxes from me. I get $307 a month in Food Stamps. So please I beg you to try and tell me how any of the money I get to feed my baby is from your fucking money you whining assholes. walk a mile in somebody’s shoes. 

  • GuEsT

    The language you use tells me you use your mouth often and not for food.

  • GuEsT

    Correction. They get the food for free and we buy it for them. How hard is it to understand they pay nothing for the food, but do make a baby once a year, so we can provide for the hit & run sperm donor.

  • GuEsT

    You should have married an illegal and you would have qualify right away because all they do is get drunk and sleep with any obese woman they meet at the check-out counter.

  • GuEsT

    They sell for half the value because no one in their right mind will pay them dollar for dollar.

  • GuEsT

    They even buy ice.

  • patrioticchick

    I’m SICK of the abuse …  
    I take my mom shopping on my day off (she can’t drive) we go to Fry’s
    and to Sam’s weekly … the last three times young women in front of us at
    Sam’s pull out EBT cards … spending well over $300.00 and from what I observe
    mostly on JUNK!!  TODAY the young woman
    (under 30) spent $563.00 of OUR TAX MONEY on cakes, hotdogs/hamburgers, chips,
    sodas and other junk for a 4th of JULY PARTY !!!  her mom who was with her had a CHANNEL
    HANDBAG ….  WHAT !!????   Our nation has become nothing but a nation
    of TAKERS …. and those that give are getting SICK OF IT !!!  The FOOD PROGRAM needs to be revamped to stop
    the abuse … People in need should get help however enough with taking advantage
    of the program.   If you really need help
    then all that should be provided are meats, dairy, vegetables and fruits ….
    and if you want junk or fast food get a job and pay for it yourself …  IT’S not a right to be able to buy what you
    want you have to EARN IT !!!

  • patrioticchick

    Glad to hear you are working .. however I have a problem with people having kids they can not afford and then expect taxpayers to bail them out!   The reason the government takes so much money from you is because our government SPENDS to muchand also allows too many free loaders on the system.   You need to STOP your whining and let your representatives know you are sick of your hard earn money going to them rather than to you to put food on your table.

  • patrioticchick

    total BS …. DEMS ran congress TWO years BEFORE Obama got
    in and the first two years of his election… Harry REID can be blamed for not
    bringing bills to the floor submitted by both DEMS and REPUBLICANS … Give off
    your left wing web sites do some REAL research to find the facts!! The only
    party that keeps minorities and women down are the dems … they keep them on
    the system for ease of control… Both parties have FAILED the AMERICAN PEOPLE
    ! We need FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE Politicians who will create jobs and allow
    people to succeed in their own right.

  • GuEsT

    Eliminate the food stamp programs and see how everyone that gets them will protest as, if we had anything to do with the conceiving of their unwanted babies. If they really love them they wouldn’t expect someone else to feed them.

  • GuEsT

    If people didn’t want food stamps then why do they apply and have babies every year? They want food stamps and no one can tell me they don’t want them.

  • Willievok

    With an education and good common sense anyone can make it, so those on welfare know how to milk the system, and they show their children how to do it; so they can stay home and make more babies..

  • GuEsT

    Have you ever tried to but something from a bakery with a bank debit card? Oh, sorry we don’t accept that card, but if you have a lone store card or cash then we can sell you sweet bread. If this happens to you then the bakery shouldn’t be allowed to accept the lone store card because they are discrimination against people that actually pay for the parasites that get the sweet bread for free. Texas needs to change this because we pay for their sweet bread and we are being discriminated by the bakeries. Say something LULAC. 

  • Tam

     You cant leave the state because every state has them ,number one.
    Number 2 me and my husband work hard and exceed the limit to get benefits by not that much, sad thing is one more kid and I would get benefits, and my only child wouldnt have to live on hotdogs, mac n cheese. nuggets, balogna, and eggs. I dont call this good food or healthy.

  • GuEsT

    We don’t eat that good because, when you have to pay cash you have to choose and that’s why we don’t eat good. The people on welfare don’t eat good because they buy junk food for their children and that’s why they are obese and sick.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7W5X47MM7LWNQA5TKVZMBYKONU Anonymous

     Uriegas, you are disgusting.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7W5X47MM7LWNQA5TKVZMBYKONU Anonymous

     Who appointed you judge and jury? Who do you think you are? Generational poverty exists because republicans like you have suppressed income for the vast majority of Americans. In the last 30 years, more than 90% of all income gains have been hogged by the top 1%. Get off your high horse before you’re kicked off.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7W5X47MM7LWNQA5TKVZMBYKONU Anonymous

    God you’re stupid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=636748847 Shanika Moses

    The majority of the the people posting comments on here have probably never been in a position to need food stamps and God forbid you should ever need them.  You all are the people that are wrong with this country.  Selfishness is definition of this individualistic society in which it’s expected to be every man for himself.  You are the same people probably calling Obama a socialist.  Well quite frankly, America could use a little socialism.  You all also seem to forget that this country was built on immigration and illegal immigration at that.  You all also seem to forget that all those “illegals” do the jobs that we, Americans, think we’re above.  Apparently no one has heard of the misleading media.  Do your homework and you will find the majority of illegals don’t collect foodstamps/welfare, medical attention because they are afraid of being found out/deported.  We are at a very sad state when we stoop so low that we call people parasites and animals.  I am so sick of it.  I am so ashamed of you Americans who live in what once was the land of opportunity.  You sit here and belittle people for abusing/using foodstamps, how about the CEOs who are robbing us blind, or price gouging oil/gasoline.  They are reaping record profits while the middle class becomes low middle or not middle anymore.  The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.  Yet you sit here and cast stones at someone’s cart full of free groceries.  How about you cast some stones at Rex. W. Tillerson, CEO of Exxon Mobil, who earned $35 million in 2011 at YOUR EXPENSE!  Imagine how many carts of groceries he could have purchased… #sodisgusted

  • GuEsT

    That’s why people have to work for companies that offer a pension because social security won’t give you much, if you didn’t earn a good income during your lifetime. I budget our money and always have enough to eat. We never ask for help because we feed the children we conceived and never expected the tax payers to feed them.

  • GuEsT

    We need to feed our own children and the other people need to feed their children with money they earn by actually working.

  • Junette

    I don’t know $540 a month to feed four people.  I don’t see how she can be eating sodas and junk.  What’s with all the comments about seafood?  It’s not that expensive.  When you mix it in as a base food with pasta and the like, it’s quite inexpensive.

  • Junette

    It is also overlooked that some people like my Husband has worked over 35 years paying taxes.  Are we abusing the system if we fell on hard times and now need food stamps?

  • Junette

    This is such a nonsense.  If we bough junk food (which we oppose anyway) we could not afford to by healthy food.  Meat, vegetables and fruit are expensive enough.

  • Junette

    If what you say is true, you need to report them for fraud.

  • Dave Z.

    I see people “Addict / Alcoholics who sell their food stamps for 50 cents to the dollar to others or at stores where they fake the sales.  These Food Stamps are supposedly for people/families in need just scraping by but I see them buying candy, soda pops, and about every unhealthy food there is.  It’s like since they didn’t work for them they just abuse them.  Some folks have been using/abusing the system for so long they have no gratitude at all, they see them as an expectation, the state owes them. I also see folks who live together have children, he makes very good money and she works part time but gets food stamps, money, and free daycare because they lie to the state.  They own a beautiful house, motorcycles, big trucks, a camper on wheels.  The whole system just makes me sick

    Sincerely,   Dave Z.

  • Smgdmz

     Reno, where are you getting these stats AT?  FROM falsely reporting peop grew up on themle do to get on these programs.  The 3 out of 4 stat you gave is wrong…

  • GuEsT

    We are the people that care for our children by working and making sure they never go hungry. People that you refer as needing help are people that leech off the tax payers and never intend to do something positive for their family. How can women get together with men that will never provide for them is something I don’t understand? This country wasn’t built to provide for people that don’t care to provide for themselves. Sure, they provide for themselves with our tax money the Government steals from us to give to them.

  • GuEsT

    I think there are parasites in every State, so maybe they should go to another country and they would die of hunger since not too many countries help their people eat better then their tax payers.

  • GuEsT

    Poor people chose to be poor is the opposite of proud people chose to work and not have tax payers feed their family all their life. The Government only gives our money away because who gives them the money in the first place? My father died, when I was one year old, along with my two year old brother and our mother ( pregnant at the time ) went out to look for work, and didn’t expect the tax payers to feed her family; so you too can look for work and be proud, and not get mad, when you hear the truth. She raised three children on her on with her job and very little social security at that time, so yes people can work, if another family member isn’t there or can’t work anymore. This is why I am against food stamps for women having children and knowing there won’t be a man there to provide for them. The people that sit there and write the positive remarks ( that you call nasty ) have done something to prevent their family from depending on the tax payers, so others can do it, if they truly want to be people that care about their families. If you have no legs or arms then I would agree you need help, but this isn’t the case with most people on food stamps.

  • GuEsT

    Poor people chose to be poor is the opposite of proud people chose to work and not have tax payers feed their family all their life. The Government only gives our money away because who gives them the money in the first place? My father died, when I was one year old, along with my two year old brother and our mother ( pregnant at the time ) went out to look for work, and didn’t expect the tax payers to feed her family; so you too can look for work and be proud, and not get mad, when you hear the truth. She raised three children on her on with her job and very little social security at that time, so yes people can work, if another family member isn’t there or can’t work anymore. This is why I am against food stamps for women having children and knowing there won’t be a man there to provide for them. The people that sit there and write the positive remarks ( that you call nasty ) have done something to prevent their family from depending on the tax payers, so others can do it, if they truly want to be people that care about their families. If you have no legs or arms then I would agree you need help, but this isn’t the case with most people on food stamps.

  • gUeSt

    That won’t happen as long as our Government knows money will be coming in to give to them to have better food then the tax payers that pay for their food.

  • Ozziecx

    It is a good program to provide for folks who really need it but I think that there should be a situation where people who are able could do some volunteer work of some kind in return for their benefits.  I further believe the reigns should be tightened on verifying eligibility for assistance.

  • GuEsT

    Go to any Housing Project and women live there that get every benefit there is to give, and they don’t live alone with their children because they have a man there that isn’t even registered to live there. Who do you think is making the babies with those women? The man that lives there and pays nothing to live there for free. They are the fathers of the children, but aren’t married to these women, so the family can have a good life at our expense.

  • gUeSt

    People do have income, but they get paid under the table and then go begging for food stamps, and food at their church and no telling where else. If you tell the truth you get nothing and if you are a liar then you get everything there is to give.

  • GuEsT

    This will never happen because our Government is too stupid to understand people can eat rice and beans on a daily basis. 

  • GuEsT

    Imagine, if all lazy people decided enough is enough. We are going to look for work then we  would no longer give them free food and food stamps would be History. Just a thought and a good one too, but it won’t happen.

  • gUeSt

    That’s why people have to work for a company that offers a Pension because social security wasn’t meant to provide 100%, when someone retires. Having an extra check other then one social security check is better. So you people out there looking for work seek out a company that offers a retirement plan.

  • gUeSt

    I think it’s the responsibility of their parents to feed them and not from our tax money.

  • gUeSt

    Wow!  I do understand the anger that is being displayed on this discussion but it also seems to border on hate.  I have worked since the age of 13.  I was never without a job.  I was raised by parents that taught me to be proud and work hard for what I wanted in life.  I graduated from high school, served my country in the air force, went to college and received a degree in computer science. (And NO, I was not raised in the projects or have 50 kids by just as many men!) I have had my own businesses and worked for NASA, 
    (what I thought was my final job unto retirement).  Unfortunately, I was one of the ones who got laid off after working 11 years there.  I lost my insurance coverage and had to pay cash for my medicine and doctor visits until I exhausted all my 401K and savings. I paid my share of taxes and did everything right to maintain the “American Dream”.  I’m a little older than a lot of you.  It was hard for me to go back out into a job market that was vicious on older workers. In the meantime, I lost my home, which “I” purchased and lived in for over 15 years, I lost my automobiles, which “I” purchased and had to move to a less desirable place and area because of my loss of income. I developed medical conditions that has now made it impossible to get a job so now “I” am one of those people that discuss so many of you.  I needed help and I am now receiving FOOD STAMPS.  When I go to the grocery store, I buy foods that are healthy and will last the month and that are reasonable. Yes, I have seen examples of the abuse that you so indignantly speak of and I agree that it is wrong but not every one is out to USE the government or ABUSE you tax payers.  There are some of us on FS’ that actually need and use it properly. So before you condemn all recipients of the FS system, consider this….If a system is flawed, (which it definitely is) there will be those who will take advantage of it as in any other system but not everyone is guilty of that. 

  • Cooper_cherrie

    The world we live in is unbalanced! This topic goes beyond the welfare system being out of
    control or taking advantage of. The truth is everyone who receives food stamps are what U
    described. Also, the truth is the cost of living is unbalanced to the average working people
    income. As a single mother of three, worked two jobs before laid off, and currently
    working on my Bachelors, will say all systems isnt perfect, including the government itself.
    There is an advantage and disadvantage….U probably a few step away from receiving
    food stamps….smh

  • Cooper_cherrie

    Meant”are not” & “steps away”….typed from cell & wasnt so pleasant.

  • Cooper_cherrie

    Agree! The rich men taking from the poor and the poor taking from the poor! The human
    race of all kind have something in common, survival.

  • URIEGAS

    Yawn!

  • fourofmine

    Wow!  People are making quite a few generalizations and assumptions here.  My husband and 4 kids and I are on food stamps.  We are college educated.  Two of our children have some special needs, so I am a stay at home parent to care for them, bring them to therapies and homeschool them.  And yes, shockingly, all of my children have the same father.  My husband was laid off 2 years ago from a non-profit and just now secured a new full time job after applying for thousands of them.   He was overqualified for entry positions, and underqualified or had no experience for others. The only way we were able to survive was due to food stamps and unemployment, and  I am grateful those benefits were available when we needed them.  I do not buy convenience foods.  I buy inexpensive raw ingredients like whole chickens, carrots, potatoes, spinach, pasta and tomatoes and  I make healthy meals.  90% of what we eat is homemade.  Not all of us are out there buying soda and chips with food stamps.  Please don’t make assumptions that everyone on food stamps is lazy, on welfare, is uneducated, and lives on junk food.  It may be true for some, but certainly not for all.  You are simply showing your ignorance.

  • GuEsT

    People like your family I understand because you were on food stamps until your husband got a good paying job. We refer to those that take benefits all of their life and I mean the grandmother, mother and grandchildren that stay on it for life. They feel we owe them for having too many children and we have to pay for their mistake. This is what we are talking about and not of those that hit hard times, and rebound within a few months at the most.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rocky.l.roberts Rocky Lee Roberts

    I’m getting food stamps and my social worker gave me a whopping $26 how can I diet and eat healthy when the Kansas food stamp programs is giving me that to eat on monthly.  Also I’m overweight I’ve read articles and studies that proved poverty is causing a obesity epidemic in America and there is a link to food stamps and being low income disabled or physically overweight with various conditions such as sleep Apnea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and fatty liver.  My dream is that the government would give me enough food stamps to loose weight, make healthy lifestyle changes.   Because the truth is I’m a physical wreck with lots of weight related issues that can and will hurt or kill me.  I don’t blame my condition solely the government but I can’t afford some of the weight loss meal replacements programs it would be cool if I could use my food stamps to get the meals.  Also the physical and mental conditions that I’m stuck with until I can get the money to live a healthy diet.  Plus I’m on lots of medications cause of these overweight problems and the government pay for my medications.  Trust me I don’t want to be a burden on society and hard working tax payers thank god for a lot of the help that America has to offer, but I want to eat healthy and not eat pills and be a burden on the health care system.  I’m am worried about our nation and our freedoms and the debt or nation is in and that many hard working Americans are losing their jobs.  I’m waiting for a day when I have no help cause America is hurting and going fall apart if we lose our rights.  

  • GuEsT

    You need to push and push yourself far from the table, and start doing many sit ups. I know you can lose all that weight. Don’t depend on the tax payers to feed you. The Government has the money because they take it from us to give to those that feel we owe them.

  • Perrymarissa24

    You probably make to much.i don’t get foodstamps at all.but idc i get ssdi my gets ssi for his autism/adhd.he is 8 years old.i’m gonna apply for them to see if we can get some.if not.then O well.no big deal.

  • Perrymarissa24

    How can i get foodstamps.my son has special needs.he has autism.yes he is on ssi.so am i.but his dad works.

  • Podom38

    I am a 61 year old lady, glad to say, I did get food stamps. I worked for 41 years I got laid off from a job that I had for ever in 2008. Febuary 2012, I got laid off from a Company that had money problems. I worked for Methodist Churches which is non-profit– I could not receive unemployment. I have NO INCOME AT ALL. Bill collectors are calling, my Jeep is getting repoed. No medical insurance. I was told that I would get a certian amount of food Stamps, which was so unreal but I was very BLESSED. I do get grand childern (3 Teenagers BIG EATERS) on the weekends. Now the kicker is I am only going to receive the amount of $200. that is a $900 difference. I can do it but it will be very hard. I thought I would never be in this kind of spot. I have been told that this company wanted Younger people, Over qualified, No experience. I am so blessed for what I do have, and get on Food Stamps. I am still looking for a job. I have had to give up a lot, One day I will be back where I used to be. Good luck everyone & God Bless you all.

  • disgustedguest

    Did you know that non-custodial parents can include a child in their Food Stamps, even if they only spend one day out of the month in their home. Strikingly horrific.

  • URIEGAS

    In this country I believe it because we are here to provide for those that can provide for themselves, but refuse to do it since our Government uses our tax money to provide for them.

  • Anonamos

    I’m on food stamps and medicaid only. I’m not recieving what me and my child need. Her father has been recieving her portion of food stamps for the past 2 months. He hasn’t even seen her at all in 3 months. But the state worker say’s it’s who ever applies first LMAO.No answers wrong numbers most of the people that are working in these offices don’t care at all. How do you get help, when you don’t really have the money to pay for lawyers? And what if some people actaully do come from poverty and really need to get on there feet? Maybe get a proper education. Just so you know some people on food stamps etc do not know there rights. And all of the rest are commiting fraud, including the state workers. A friend of mine says. They give there friends vouchers for homeless people to have hotel bbq parties etc. And some are having family parties with your tax money food stamps lol. I can go on for days about this.

  • URIEGAS

    If you get cramps at night I have the solution to stop them within days. Get a bar of soap ( Dove would be my first choice ) and massage your calves, under each food and on the side for a few minutes every night and those cramps will disappear within a few days. Sure you may get one once in a while, but you will noticed less and less of them. I tried it and I can tell you it works. No more pain at night, so give it a try and hope you succeed in not having them every night. I may be against food stamps, but feel I can also benefit others to stop their leg cramps. 

  • URIEGAS

    There should be a limit on children. Let’s say three and if you have more then it’s up to you to work, and feed the rest of them with your hard earned money and not ours.

  • URIEGAS

    KONU: You must have everyone in your family on food stamps because you feel I am wrong in saying why should we feed the lazy that don’t want to provide for their family. You have to understand these people get free food and we don’t, so what is wrong in trying to tell the people we need to stop giving to those that only make babies and demand us to feed them.

  • Al

    Just for the record there is a story in today’s local paper. 
    Man sentenced in mugging death of WW II veteran
    It say’s the widow: Warren lives on $1,000 a month and used to live on $4,000 a month when her husband was earning a salary.
    I would bet she gets food stamps.
    Who would like to take them away.
    The decorated World War II paratrooper had been married for more than 60 years to his wife Betty, 83, who was devastated by the attack and her husband’s passing.She started dating the man in her life when she was 18 and he had turned 21.”In every way, it’s been bad, not just missing him from coming home every night for dinner to, of course, financially,” she said by telephone. “When I have two dollars in the bank in the middle of the month, it’s devastating.”

  • Al

    Just for the record there is a story in today’s local paper. 
    Man sentenced in mugging death of WW II veteran
    It say’s the widow: Warren lives on $1,000 a month and used to live on $4,000 a month when her husband was earning a salary.
    I would bet she gets food stamps.
    Who would like to take them away.
    The decorated World War II paratrooper had been married for more than 60 years to his wife Betty, 83, who was devastated by the attack and her husband’s passing.She started dating the man in her life when she was 18 and he had turned 21.”In every way, it’s been bad, not just missing him from coming home every night for dinner to, of course, financially,” she said by telephone. “When I have two dollars in the bank in the middle of the month, it’s devastating.”

  • URIEGAS

    Most Senior Citizens get an average of $15 to $20 in food stamps, so she needs to get more, but they go by what you earn or your pension and by being honest in your income. When I say I am against food stamps I really mean for those that get them their whole life and never try to improve their situation. I am glad this woman gets them, if she does, but as I mentioned it won’t be that much unless she has other mouths to feed. I am sorry for her loss.

  • Gopaperlesstowin

    Most people need help from time to time but living on food stamps not just ur whole life but for 3 or 4 generations is pushing it . It is so unregulated. Living on section 8 -eating better -(shrimp steak-) driving better cars-(cadilac escalades)- & having kids to get $ while living with with the father (both undocumented) but thats california so if you dont like it just move out

  • URIEGAS

    Once they start getting food stamps most family don’t want to lose that benefit, so they continue breeding a baby every year and a half, and decide we don’t have to buy food; when these dumb tax payers pay for our free food. Did you read about the family of two illegals that have five anchor children and the family gets $739 in food stamps, and the parents are paying two hundred dollars a month for a lot to construct a home in a colonial. These two people are here as illegals, but no one bothers to deport them. Obama would have a fit, if the parents were deported, so maybe he should make room at the White House for them to do some work in his garden.

  • Meatball

    I hope I win the PowerBall tonight, so I can stop thinking of the free giveaways, but you can be sure I’ll donate zero to the poor because they have more then the average Joe.

  • Meatball

    I hope I win the PowerBall tonight, so I can stop thinking of the free giveaways, but you can be sure I’ll donate zero to the poor because they have more then the average Joe.

  • moneyman

    Am I reading this right?  You are getting $26 a month on food stamps and you have a severe weight issue?  Whatever doctor is prescribing you all those medications should have talked to you about sensible food choices as crappy food with no nutrition is as expensive as “healthy food”.  I work grocery and see the choices people make that “they just can’t live without” – usually diet soda which actually makes many people obese.   

  • moneyman

    Unfortunately too many people are not like you.  But I will say this, too many people have kids  they cannot  support  and have told me that it’s a part of my job to work and pay taxes so that the ones who have children will have what they need to raise them, as this is their job.  And because I choose not to have children, this is what they say I should do to support them.  What a crock of crap.  My inlaws raised a daughter with cerebral palsy and 4 other kids with only dad working.  No outside money (government) was used until they got too old to lift her and only than did she move into an apartment with a caregiver…and they were over 65 years at the time.  A family I grew up with had a mother with polio and a son was born with mental difficulties, and a daughter had epilepsy. These folks never asked the government for help.  The son and daughter went to our community school and it was back when our school was a rural  2-room schoolhouse, an oddity by standards then.  When our classmate had a seizure, someone got up to help the sister give the medication the girl needed and sometimes we held her until she got tired and went  to sleep on her desk.   Our teacher taught 8 grades and had up to 37 students.   We learned how to read, everyone had legible handwriting, we learned math, did science projects, made our own lead soldiers, (yea – we were bada**es), we had art classes and learned the basics of playing the piano, learned of the world through reading National Geographic, Time magazine, Reader’s Digest, Science, etc.  We had rip roaring recesses where everyone played tackle football, softball, tag, kick the can, or whatever we choose to do.  We swung ourselves off the swing sets, fell off the monkey bars, bounced the teetertoter so hard we threw the kids off who were on the top and managed to have tons of fun and only had 1 broken arm throughout all those years. We were robust, and oh yeah, our parents made us walk to school if we lived within a mile or so.  We all  lived on farms and were driving trucks, tractors, and cars by the time most of us were 5 -  8 yrs.  My brothers drove when they were 5 and 6 as they were the first born.  We didn’t get coddled, and were taught that work was a part of living and that someday you would be expected to leave and make your own way.  We also only had wood heat in the schoolroom and everyone was expected to either chop wood or bring it in.  Tending the fire was everyone’s responsibility.  As kids we didn’t always like life, but looking back, we had the last rites of an era.  Our dad had guns in the basement, and yes, they were always loaded.  We were taught to keep our hands off of them unless they were needed.  We were taught many principles that many people lack nowadays.  It doesn’t help when the “government”  wants to save everybody.  To people like myself, I see twines of mental and emotional strings that wrap around the pschy to keep people from doing things and figuring life out for themselves.  And what’s to happen with all the kids nowadays who have all these “disabilities”?.  Do we as a nation want our kids to always be saddled with these negative connotations?     So that when they get older and are still disruptive, they can fall back and say, “I’ve always been like this”.   God, what an emotional         saddle to have on when one is so young.  And read what these drugs do to our children’s mental welfare.   Remember these young brains will be growing until in the teens.  What does it do to throw drugs at the rate we as a nation are going?   Cell phones used by children under 14 do all sorts of malfeasance to the brainwave patterns.  A toddler who uses a cell phone for 2 minutes will have altered brain waves for up to 2 hours.

    OK bottom line, if all hell breaks loose, don’t look for me to give you a ride.  My truck will be full.

  • moneyman

    The system was meant to help folks such as yourself.  But the system is broken and being in grocery I see what some people get.  One just shakes the old noodle.  Older people get less as a rule, younger people get f.s. before they have a job and unfortunately illegal immigrants who have a child on US soil get alot.   Migrant workers get more in fs then I make in a month.  I wait on people from Ca. who have fs from Idaho and WIC from Wash or OR.  How they do that is beyond me.  Also met some migrant workers who told me they got $1,000 towards gas money from Idaho to come to pick in WA and OR.  No one helps me pay for my gas but I guess I’m just not “special” enough.  We have too many programs that take from Americans and give to others without any balance at all.

  • moneymaker

    Oh how right you are!       Last year in a discussion on food stamps, 2 co-workers told me that they didn’t qualify for fs until the person doing the paperwork changed a few things and presto – they got benefits.  Yeah for honest goverment employees.  Can you see why Hispanics receive so much now.  Enough Hispanics work in government positions that they are able to falsify paperwork and you nor I would never know.   Also, I believe that many Hispanics within our system are here on illegal paperwork.  No one bothers to E-Verify them before giving benefits.     I  met a nurse some 4 to 5 years ago that was on WIC  (Women, Infants, and Childrens)  and she told me she made over $31,000.  She also lived with a guy who made tons of money but without his income she still qualified for WIC.  That’s such a waste of money.  Also met a young gal who told me she didn’t need WIC as her husband worked for the government  and  made enough money so she didn’t have to work and they were buying a house, but as long as she “qualified” why should they use their money when they could use government monies?  Yeah for integrity…..

  • moneymaker

    You are SO wrong on so many levels!  I’ve worked grocery for over 20 years and have seen the transition from money to food stamps.   Migrant workers coming into the area are on food stamps within a week or so.  Many of the Hispanics receive $1,200 to $1,400 a month!  That’s more then I make coming in to work every day.   They also are on WIC which can easily be another $800-$900 a month.  Try to get into the emergency room – well, have a seat, because it will be full of Hispanics and their children.  They get free medical services, trust me, not only from the hospital, but from a Spanish medical facility that’s in our town.  This clinic is run on government money – which is still tax money that comes our of  my paycheck every week.       But, good ole white folks like their bennies too and a couple came in a couple of months ago and bought $90 worth of  King Crab Legs and Lobster tails.  All paid with good  ole government food stamps.     Yeah I can understand your frustration with corporate America,  the company I work for has kept wages down for over 10 years, we pay a large co-pay for medical  and have money taken out our checks each payday to help pay for our insurance and the benefits have decreased.  Our dental care plan has not increased in the 20 years I have worked for them.  And the CEO cries because he’s down a milllion or so.  Poor guy, almost thought of standing at the door and taking a collection for him.         And the illegals, well, they do lots of work under the table, and they are not so crazy about picking strawberries either, they are on most construction jobs and gardening areas, as well as electrican and wood industry.      And I think more American should be doing menial labor, and they should start when they are young.  And I wouldn’t buy gas except then I couldn’t go to work.  Can’t afford an electric car as the price is higher than having a gas vehicle.  So I must ask?  How do you get around without supporting price gouging gas companies.  I would like to know.

  • moneymaker

    I’m aware that many people need food stamps right now because of the economy, but the basic eligilibility has been raised so often for the people that have been on for decades that they have been telling me for 18 years that there’s no incentive for them to work because not only do they get food stamps but they then are, in some states, automatically eligible for a host of other social programs, and they also get their health care.  So many people on food stamps know that there’s no way they could earn the money equilivilant and so why should they have to get up and go to work when they can make more staying home.  And so we have 5 and 6 generations of users who have been raised with this attitude.  And the offspring will also be “trained”.  Back in the 70′s a guy who moonlighted -under the table –  at the neighbor’s ranch told me he would never get a real  job because it wasn’t worth it to him.  When his refridgerator went out, he told the county and he got a brand new one .  When his wife needed new glasses, and remember, this was over 40 years ago, her new glasses cost the taxpayers over $200.   The social programs have a place, but over the good years, they have gone way out of balance.  People found lying should be off any program for 5 years in any of the states.  Let them figure out how to survive.  And I also believe the same should be said for any person working within the government.   At any level, especially Congress and the Senate and the House.    If caught with your hand in the cookie jar, NO more JOB and NO PENSION if caught stealing.  These positions were never meant to be what they have become. 

    Anyone applying for any government social program should be E-Verified.  Too many are on programs due to illegal paperwork that can be bought in any of the border towns.  60 Minutes warned of this over 20 years ago.

  • Meatball

    How can we be wrong, when we are barely making it and a family of obese people eat better then most tax payers. I feel one day this will come to an end because why should they eat better then the people that ( PAY FOR THEIR FOOD ). Tax payers need to SHOUT and tell Congress to stop this give-a-way because as long as they get free food there is no way they will look for work. This can be stopped, if we band together and demand our tax money be used to feed those that have no desire to work. I worked since the age of 16 and our family never got food stamps because my mother was a proud woman and she knew the tax payers didn’t breed us. Our father died in a wreck, when I was one year old, so she had to work and got a small  social security check for the four of us, so it wasn’t enough to support our family, but did she beg for food like women do these days? No! Every man should provide for their family and, if they can’t then don’t make babies and stay single like many do since they know they are too lazy to work. You make me think you are one of the people that depend on the tax payers because of the way your anger shows, but you must realize we are tired of seeing obese people with full shopping carts and paying cash for beer and cigarettes.

  • Meatball

    They are in need of food because they breed more mouths that they can’t feed, so who feeds them? Tax payers and not the Government.

  • Meatball

    People that stand in line do it because they will never stand in line to look for work.

  • Meatball

    People that work in the food stamps department will make sure their families get all the food stamps they want, so do you have someone working there and are you too getting food stamps?

  • Meatball

    People that work in the food stamps department will make sure their families get all the food stamps they want, so do you have someone working there and are you too getting food stamps?

  • Meatball

    You feed them out of your own pocket and this will be a better country.

  • Meatball

    They can find a job, but want one that pays them cash, so they don’t lose their free food compliments of us and not the Government.

  • Meatball

    I also get social security and a Pension, but I don’t beg for free food because you have to know how to budget and you can do it, but you must feel we owe you.

  • Meatball

    They want jobs that pay six figures without the benefit of a Degree and only a tenth grade education.

  • Meatball

    You must also be getting them because of trying to convince us it’s the best thing to happen to you.

  • Meatball

    One Senator for all the States would be nice and one Congressman also for all the States too would save the tax-payers millions. If we can have one President then this makes much sense.

  • Meatball

    One Senator for all the States would be nice and one Congressman also for all the States too would save the tax-payers millions. If we can have one President then this makes much sense.

  • Meatball

    If they are hungry ( it means they are lazy ) unless they are ( minus two legs and two arms ), and can’t work, but then they would be getting benefits; so they won’t go hungry for sure.

  • Meatball

    If they are hungry ( it means they are lazy ) unless they are ( minus two legs and two arms ), and can’t work, but then they would be getting benefits; so they won’t go hungry for sure.

  • Meatball

    So, you want a raise? Get a job that you don’t have to do any physical work and use your keyboard at home to work. Some people do their work from home and they support their families by working from home.

  • Meatball

    So, you want a raise? Get a job that you don’t have to do any physical work and use your keyboard at home to work. Some people do their work from home and they support their families by working from home.

  • Meatball

    If you can’t feed them then don’t have them because we end up paying for your sexual pleasure.

  • Meatball

    I know they hire mostly deaf employees, so maybe I am right. Try to ask them a question and they pretend they didn’t hear you, and it states in their uniform we are here to help.

  • Meatball

    As long as we have parasites such as ( Advocates ) candy will be sold to the food stamp people along with toys in the Easter Baskets.

  • Meatball

    If people on food stamps continue to buy food that will kill them then we may be rid of them within time and no one else will get them or face dying for bad choices in selecting their free food.

  • Meatball

    Bad Opinion, if I do say so.

  • Meatball

    I wonder, when our President will put us in the gas chambers for being Americans and not agreeing with his stupid decisions. So, vote him out before it’s too late.

  • Meatball

    We pay taxes, so we’ll be protected from invasions from other countries and not to provide for the lazy of this country. They will always be there for free food as long as the Government gives it to them by using our tax money that was meant for positive use.

  • Meatball

    You are already buying them food, so don’t do it twice.

  • Meatball

    Stop the food stamp program and people will resort to stealing because work they won’t think of doing, but do it or feed them all their life.

  • Meatball

    He is on his way out because, if he wins he’ll bring all the Illegals to this country to take your jobs. Romney is the man to elect, so those of you that want an improvement vote for Romney.

  • Meatball

    Why do you think it’s called the White House? 

  • Meatball

    PBS gets money from tax payers and not from people getting food stamps, Need I say anymore.

  • Meatball

    It is our business because we are paying for it, while it’s being given to them free of charge. Yes, free because did they not show the free food card? Only dogs eat leftovers, so maybe she has a few back home with two legs.

  • Meatball

    People now can go to Ross and buy clothes with their EBT card. I know because they have a sign outside their window in San Antonio, when we went to visit and passed by their store. The place was full and all you could see was lowlife shopping. I told my wife don’t go in because they may steal your purse.

  • Meatball

    If you get Medicare you are doing great, but once you hit the level you have to pay 100% for your medication, but people on Medicaid don’t pay a cent for life. Now, is that fair to someone that paid into Medicare all their life? I don’t think so.

  • fourofmine

     No, most of us would just starve.  You are so confident yours is the only reality.  I never, in a million years, thought we would ever be on food stamps.  Your (many) comments simply speak of pride.  You seem to be the expert in knowing what other people are thinking, or the reason for their actions.  Perhaps instead of spending so much of your time on the internet posting comments about the poor, your time would be better spent seeking counseling for pride and anger issues.

  • Charlie Company

    I’m glad the system actually worked for you in your time of need. And yes, people need to stop assuming. I myself had a tough time rejoining the work force after a deployment with the National Guard. I (hesitantly) had to swallow my pride and seek help to make ends meet.

  • tax payer

    I wonder what people would do, if suddenly no food stamps were given out and the Government finally agreed with the tax payers. People would stop making unwanted babies and the tax payers would be happy they don’t have to feed the people that think we should feed them all of their lazy life. This will never become a reality because our Government is to dumb to understand working people like the tax payers.

  • Uninvited111

    In response to your comment, which is very one sided, NOT everyone abuses the system. You are definitely stereotyping EVERYONE, that is sad. I am a single working mother of two (for 14 yrs) and I have a college education. I have been a nurse for 17 years. Unfortunately, I have fell upon hard times and was laid off from work. AND unfortunately receve NO HELP from their father. I literally had NO food for my children. I AM NOT “lazy”, as you say. I have worked my butt off for 23 yrs and have paid ALL my taxes. ( and DON’T MIND HELPING OTHERS IN NEED!) I receive food stamps( oh what a shame, right?) WRONG! I will do whatever it takes to make sure my children have what they need. And if it means “lowering myself) as you think to provide nourishment for them, well by GOD, I guess I am trash. Thank GOD for this help of 3 weeks. I honestly would cry myself to sleep WORRIED about my babies. So before you so harshly judge, you need to think twice because YOU could be in my situation one day!!

  • tax payer

    I hate to break the news to you, but these people weren’t buying the food. They get the food for free and you and I along with all the tax payers pay for their food, so remember they don’t pay for the food because we pay for it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carla-Wheit/100003640313274 Carla Wheit

    Seems to me if GWB hadn’t shown true conservative republican
    leadership because of his beliefs, moved the country forward with a second war
    in Iraq (unfunded) with the knowledge that his vindication in the future would
    be assured during his self proclaimed “Awesome” presidency causing
    the previous administrations surplus to disappear while running up the debt about the same amount (but in negative numbers) while throwing millions out of work… there’d be no need
    for so many (who were drug tested by the republicans to discredit those in need
    only to reveal the percentage went down because decent people are in need)  would need food stamps in the first place.

  • moneymaker

    No, I do not get food stamps.  People I work with told me that people in the dept. falsified their paperwork so they could get assistance.

  • guest

    TO Bay Area - the verse to remember with food stamps is: If it’s hot – it’s not, if it’s cold – it’s sold

  • http://princess-n-the-spree.com/ Elle & the Pea

    To “taxpayer” and “moneymaker” trolls: 

    Do you want to starve heavy people who are poor AND expect that to WORK? Eating too little just slows the metabolism and leads to weight gain once one eventually eats or just eats a little here and there (how long can YOU last [before going through trash or something to ease your pain & fatigue]?). No one can stand to live on a starving tummy with no energy. How can one get work or do work without the energy to even get out of bed and make dinner/breakfast after becoming that hungry and faint??? The reason dumb celebrities lose weight when “stressed” (depressed, with maybe stress) is because they have no appetite (depression, with possible stress) and somehow get by on Red Bull (don’t do it!). People who are just stressed (without depression or while still eating normally) have a serious risk of developing large stomachs… and thus later on, heart issues.

    And then NO they CANNOT lose weight by doing crunches! Geesh. We can’t spot treat fat and crunches with a thick pad of fat WILL add muscle, but not burn fat. People (especially with guts) need cardio more and healthier lifestyles, habits and nutrition (and to de-stress, because it’s difficult to not eat when TRULY hungry yet anxious).

    Oh and think of the stress of becoming poor or worrying about your future. This is the great recession!

    Everything costs money these days, including weight loss for many, because it’s SO hard for some.Fresh vegetables/fruits, fresh (lean or otherwise – $-wise) meats like fish & turkey, natural/organic foods (like grass-fed beef, no pesticides, non HFCS, etc.), and foods for special health-related diets (diabetes, lactose-free (HTF), etc.) ARE more expensive. Diet sodas? No one mentioned foods marketed for weight loss (stupid HFCS Special K and countless grocery junk) but instead HEALTHY food. Geesh. By the way, though, soda is addictive, so the FEEL of a “need” is REAL (water makes me vomit) and everyone deserves some treat and, I think, we ALL have at least one weakness with food (that’s why we’re lucky that moderation as a part of diet added to exercise works well – unless there are other obstacles/mental blocks like medications, disability, bad thyroid, low will-power, poor upbringing as a child [ex: bad habits formed while still skinny/underweight, with adults telling to gain-gain-gain] etc.) … or being POOR.

    Skipping the produce section because it’s “too” expensive is so sad. I know.

  • http://princess-n-the-spree.com/ Elle & the Pea

    People popping out babies on food stamps (and/or welfare) is not everyone. Couples who strive to remain childfree also can hit hard times (of course) or can be born or become disabled, etc. (or were just born into the vicious poverty cycle – it’s real – how much is college??!) and those who are decent and smart won’t change minds about offspring for some chump change, or whatever it is (left over??? after feeding the kids).

    I actually can’t imagine or understand how there’s profit in more kids + (more-) assistance unless they abuse and/or neglect (i.e. abuse) the kids. That’s what people should worry about more if that’s really happening.

    Live and let live; don’t discriminate the laid off, the physically OR mentally/emotionally disabled, the born too poor to rise up, etc.

    Some are against abortions, some against “welfare babies” – but how many are the SAME PEOPLE? Ugh. (And how many are confused about what to do with a pregnancy and worrying-about/fearing abortion “consequences” — because of those people or parents/church/elders/society?)

    “Pop that fetus out, but “forget” you, yourself. No health care to save your adult life, no food, I don’t care. … And then after the fetus is a baby, “forget” him/her; no free care, no nutrition, I don’t care; he/she’s just another person, bleh.”

    I don’t get those people.

    Lifelong poverty (and thus, assistance) is a shame BECAUSE these are youth born poor who can’t even educate themselves, catch a break, etc. OR disabled/new poor who can’t overcome obstacles to get (back) on track. Read about how the unemployed aren’t getting hired? Craziness!!! Also, many can’t afford to go back to school, even though they once afforded to start. Even after working!

    It’s NOT a shame because people can and do utilize help that keeps them alive, etc. 

    I actually believe we should all live DECENT lives, with even MODERATE “luxuries” that the individual finds most crucial to “THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS”* – including Internet and job-training, because the Internet can be a great way to find a job, actually perform work AND grow skills, find one’s self and discover talents, but not necessarily in that order – it’s like pre-college prep! The middle class life should be attainable for all (isn’t that the American Dream, without specifics?). And at least we should be TREATED decently.

    By the way, NO you probably WON’T become a pop star or famous rapper … no matter how well you perform or write songs, it’s like every other job: Whom you know, what you look like … LUCK … and not fair.

    Stay in school and get help for your problems (ex: blind hope like sureness one will be rich & famous sounds like bipolar to me, and I know that stuff). There are alternative schools and support out there if your actual school and/or peers are nightmares. You may suffer from some disorder and, with treatment, can later excel! Good luck and TRY! Don’t give up and go at your own pace, your own way as much as you are allowed (and fight for all you need!). (But, no, you don’t have to stay in a nightmare school; maybe you can switch and get personal attention, a better pace and maybe better peers. Ask parents, guidance counselors and more for help. Maybe see a therapist and/or get tested for disorders.)

    *Life and liberty? They say forget those, too.

  • tax payer

    People seem to forget we are against those that make it a career depending on the tax payers because without the tax payers the Government would have no money to help those that never want to be positive wage earners since we take care of them and their children. I am against food stamps for those people because how can they eat better then those that pay for their food? The children should have never been born into a family of lazy parents because that means we have to feed them, while we eat less and less then them.

  • Angiestew73

    I guess some of us have not fell on hard times, yet! Does anyone realize what caseworkers at the food stamp office put people through, case workers speak to individuals as if they are bottom feeders and lower than the dirt on the earth! Some people who go there actually need help, unlike the ones who run with their Gucci bags and gold look like Mr. T’s niece. The system works like this, I will give only three quarters of what you need so that you can keep depending on the system instead of having reform and educating you so your chances of needing assistance again will be slim to none! 
    Be careful not judge because someone’s today of needing help, may be your’s tomorrow!

  • tax payer

    Some of these people get up to $1000.00 in food stamps, so why do you think they keep breeding more unwanted children. Imagine one thousand dollars a month. That’s twelve thousand dollars a year, so no wonder they never leave the system, We barely have enough every month to feed our families and our tax money is feeding children we didn’t breed with the mothers.

  • tax payer

    The illegals do collect for their anchor babies, so it’s the same thing since the parents do the collection for their children. Once a baby pops out that baby has all the rights we have, but we don’t qualify since we work and earn a good income, so the parasites can feed their anchor babies.

  • tax payer

    People are in need of food because they breed too many mouths to feed and then they expect us to feed their children, and to me those aren’t good parents to their children. Their children will notice daddy doesn’t work and we have all the food we can eat, so they will do the same thing, when they become adults and the cycle is never broken. This is wrong, but you people feel it’s our obligation to feed them and to me it’s a way for these parents to stay home, and breed more mouths to feed.

  • tax payer

    Not true because they aren’t ashamed in asking for a free handout. They feel they earned it by being lazy and making children every one and a half years. Watch them at the stores and most of these adults have at least five to six children walking behind them, and each one of them has a bag of junk food in their hand. No fruits no vegetables only junk food.

  • tax payer

    Our Mayor in ( San Antonio ) now wants to give free Pre-K to most of the children of low income people and children of illegals and he wants us to pay for it by raising the sales tax. The school districts already have Pre-K since we pay school taxes. One thing our children don’t qualify because we work and won’t get to the level of the low income. Fair is letting every four year old child to qualify and then maybe we will vote yes. This is part of being low income and getting everything in a Silver Platter. I am Voting no and it’ll be defeated in a landslide just like Obama will lose in November.

  • The-gathering

    ignorance is bliss

  • Deleoucar

    I have seen standing in a Shell Station
    in central Florida take food stamps for beer and cigarettes…Now today a girlfriend told be there is a gas station in FLL that takes ebt for GAS???  They are owned by india Indians.Isn’t this illegal??

  • tax payer

    Wait, It looks like someone did the same thing to you.

  • Chloe

    moneyman: Those people who have fs in different states are actually in violation of the law. If you can, you should report them! They more than likely have fs in many neighboring states. I’m right there with everyone else on this board who has hit difficult times. I was laid off and found myself out of work for the first time in my life when I was 3 1/2 months pregnant 3 years ago. I was the bread winner for the family. My husband worked, but didn’t make much. At first, we were ok with just my unemployment and my husband’s pay. Then he was laid off 2 years ago. My unemployment ran up, we had a new baby, and only he could find sufficient work. We’ve been on food stamps ever since. But, all is not lost. I’m almost finished school, and hopefully that will leave me with some more hope for the future. I too wish that people wouldn’t stereotype us. We’re not all alike. One day, you too may find yourselves in this sort of predicament. “You never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.” – Atticus Finch from “To Kill a Mockingbird”

  • AmericaTaxPayer

    it is way out of control. drug testing and a better handle on how to use it. druggies get them from their prostitues for drugs and go in and buy beer with them. total bs.
    I am ok to help a family struggeling but you have no business using my tax dollars to benefit your drug use. and stop giving them to illegals! Get proof of how much they make and stop giving to millionaires!

  • AmericanTaxPayer

    most people are fine with helping those who need it like you. it is illegals, druggies and people who refuse to work knowing they get handouts that we want to stop

  • AmericanTaxPayer

    oh and obama has done so much better HAR

  • AmericanTaxPayer

    my grandmother tried to get food stamps and got told no but if she was illegal then yes she could get stamps. my mother had to fight for what little bit she got which is like 50 bucks in food stamps a month and she works part time while helping her husband who lost a leg had open heart surgery and needs care. yet druggies and people who can work get hundreds of dollars a month in support and illegals. so yeah I find it a crapload of BS and needs some serious overhaul

  • tax payer

    I thought I was the only tax payer in this country, so I was wrong, so welcome American TaxPayer. Yes, there are people that feel we owe them for having too many mouths to feed and right away they blame it on losing their job. You can work and earn minimum wages, and then say I don’t need to be helped by the tax payers, but in reality it’s not going to be that way by these people.

  • Vw

    Poverty is out of control, not one of the few safety nets remaining for those in need.

  • just some guy

    I think it is important to have food stamps for those in need. However, abuse is much too high. I do not support giving food stamps to those who spend their money on tattoos and drugs.

  • tax payer

    They don’t buy the food. It’s given to then for free and you, and I and the rest of the tax payers pay for their food, So, never say they buy because they don’t pay for the food.

  • tax payer

    Every American is in need, but they do something about it such as working and not depending on you and I and the tax payers to feed his family. They are proud people and have to feed the low life of this country.

  • ~E

    I don’t think the EBT program is “out of control” but it would be understandable to limit some things that are currently covered. Junk food mainly as many people on other sites have brought up (and on here as well, though I didn’t read many of the comments yet.) Limiting or not covering junk/convenience food at all would completely be understandable as the money for these types of programs comes from people who work hard for their money.

    I am a college student on EBT who lives with retired grandparents. The card is in my name but I put who all was in my household and that we eat meals together. So the EBT buys groceries for our whole house. Some of those groceries are snack items, like a package of cookies and a bag of chips-but no more than an average household would buy/no more than we bought when we didn’t have EBT.

    I admit for a while I was a little bad at buying junk food-especially since I would offer to pay for a pop and snack for my friends as thanks for carpooling with them, or if they needed a thing of milk or something (I gave gas money but I felt like I should do more, and something got messed up with their EBT). But as I said, I understand people not wanting snacks to be covered, so I have focused on buying healthy snacks- like granola bars and protein bars. I have health issues and need extra iron and protein.

    So, even though I do sometimes buy candy and pop is part of our normal monthly grocery shopping (my grandmother drinks lemon lime soda), I am cutting down on these items-at least personally when I do my own shopping- because I understand where those who oppose them are coming from. And even though I would miss them (because I couldn’t buy them as much without EBT) I would understand if junk food/snacks at some point were no longer covered.

  • ~E

    I will say though that actually I think it’s good that more places are accepting EBT now-like some gas stations. You can get a thing of milk or a can of soup at a gas station-not just candy.

  • tax payer

    Did we breed you? No, so why are we making sure you have food on the table? Your grandparents must have worker, when they were young, so they should be getting social security unless they were like you and depended on the tax payers to eat all their life. Get a job because you are young and don’t stay lazy all your life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cncthompson Charlene Thompson

    why would you need food stamps then? If the dad is working and you receive SSI and your son receives SSI you should have enough a month to live off of.

  • tax payer

    Be glad you get ssi since many that really need it don’t qualify, if someone works and lives in the same household.

  • Joel Swanson

    Everyone should work. If you have money for alcohol and crack you dont need help buying food

  • Joel Swanson

    drug testing for all government money assistance, if you fail then no money

  • kellysage

    I think there is attack on single parents who receive food stamps, people seem to think that all the taxes goes to welfare parents, but I have been in the system myself and wish I could just get off their help, trust me I would rather work then be controlled by them. But can’t seem to find work. People call us lazy, But I do go to school to try to education to find work. I once got cash assistance and got less then 400.00 a month but had to work for them 30 hrs a week for that less then 400.00 a month which is less then min wage, I could not survive off that and was lucky enough to find a job at the time. my rent was more then that, I get food stamps to feed my child that is all I get, I am living off student loans in order to pay my rent which I have to pay back one day. I struggle and I would take a job just about anywhere at this point. I am not a bad person or lazy. People are always attacking parent but what about drug abusers, and dead beat dads that don’t want to pay. If you make parents work for just food stamps and medicaid they will not be able to afford rent, therefore they will become homeless with children, the economy will get worse because welfare parents will become slaves, therefore less jobs, the crime rate will go up. try to understand

  • kellysage

    some people on food stamp are out there every day looking for work, it is tough to find a job in a tough economy, people would rather go to work then get food stamps, they do it to survive, good for your mom but it was a different time when there was a lot more jobs, and sometimes the man is there and things happen like it don’t work out, taxpayers are not paying much in welfare most of taxes go to other things, the state take all the child support away from the mother and child if they are on food stamps. So why should a child go hungry I have worked since I was 14yrs old and then a couple yrs ago I got hurt on the job and I am looking for work but I have worked most of my life and I go to college to find a job. so screw you

  • kellysage

    I agree I wish I could have a job instead, and don’t know why people hate on parents that need a little help, but they are paying more money to congress and rich people then helping the poor children.

  • Ika Musume

    If all the so called poor people worked they would no longer depend on us to feed their accidents because you must know what goes in before you invite them in. Don’t think with your sexual senses because that doesn’t provide for your children since we have to pay and we had no part in the making of your accidents.

  • kellysage

    oh don’t think it could never happen to you, I had a good relationship and then it went wrong, I am more then willing to work but there is no work why don’t you tell us where all these jobs are asshole!

  • Ika Musume

    McDonalds is always hiring, so there are jobs, but most people prefer to not work; if they are going to earn minimum wages.

  • Rise of an Empire

    I say let em starve survival of the fittest orI got a better idea how bout they keep their legs closed if they cant afford it I have run into so many people that dont need it but they use it and drive better cars then I do and have better phones clothes hell ive seen kids about my age all jersey shores out carry EBT but are all tattooed and bro status makes me sick

  • Rise of an Empire

    Compassion will destroy this country tge weak will pull the strong down to their kness a man was arrested for selling heroin he used and EBT card for bail and then u got all these African americans on it who think its owed to them cause of slacery that is stupid irish ppl where slaves to u dont see them walking around with a sense of entitlement

  • Anonymous

    I just went grocery shopping for 1 and that’s myself, my groceries priced $118.00 which lasted me 8 days, second trip to the grocery store will cost 82.00 because that’s all I have left on my food stamps. That only about 6 days, There’s a average 31 days in a month, and I have 16 days left to eat genetically modified junk or starve. Our Economic gross income in Washington State should NOT determine the amount of food stamps we get. Either Food prices need decrease or minimum wage needs have a substantial increase nationwide. There’s also Internetocracy

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately SSI is just enough to pay CHEAP rent, they don’t count, cost of living a food expenses.

  • Anonymous

    The WHOLE WORLD is a victim of capitalism, it’s a FACT, if you don’t have MONEY you will starve. money should be a commodity if you need to exchange it for a apple.

  • Ika Musume

    We go to the store too and we buy food, so why can’t you pay cash, if you run out of food stamps? You buy soap, toilet paper, towels and so on with cash, so maybe you should also pay some cash for your food like we do. We work and buy our own food, but also we have to pay for your food, and that’s is what I don’t understand.

  • Ika Musume

    One thing for sure it wasn’t built by lazy parasites because they are more then the working class in this country.

  • kj

    I see the abuse of food stamps daily. I work in a high school and watch students with a huge Mt.Dew or Monster type drink. Yep…their momma’s food stamps provided that healthy breakfast.
    I have been in line behind a young women who bought a Red Bull and an ice cream bar…with what you say? Food stamps.
    I would support the food stamp principal if it was run like the WICK program, only providing healthy options such as milk, juice, low sugar cereals, cheese, legumes and other healthy options.

  • Ika Musume

    The Food Stamp Program will never stop people from getting free junk food because all the Activist in this country will cry foul. We as the tax payers should have a right to present an idea of what can be given to these people. I never want to say they buy the food because we all know they get the food for free at any store and we have to pay for it from the tax money the Government steals from us. One day food stamps will be terminated, but in the meantime all these people will eat junk food and then we have to pay for their medical as they get older, and will be a burden to us once again.

  • Ika Musume

    By reading your comment I am glad you are there to notice their wrong choices, but don’t bring it out in the open there at the school because it may result in the loss of your job.

  • Maria

    The government does not make a full investigation when people are applying for food stamps. I know a lot of home owners and married couples that get food stamps and they don’t need it. So many mothers having babies from the same dad constantly? Isn’t that a red flag?

  • Mad at the system

    The benefit system is out crap. They are willing to help the people that receive and sell the stamps for drugs, but when there is a family that is struggling they turn them away for 45 dollars over their limit. They also will not allow you to claim a child that lives with their parent 50/50 if the other parent clams him. So them your income as a family drops hundreds so you dont qualify. What happened to our society.

  • Maddd

    You should remember that there are families looking for work that have been laid off that LOVE their kids to death!! Its the system that is broke, helps all the ones that dont deserve it..

  • tax payer

    I told my sons go find a woman that no one loves and make as many babies as you can with her, and you’ll be able to take advantage of all the benefits. I see young slim men with obese women at the stores and the women do the shopping with their Lone Star Card, while the men stay outside, and look at the slim women passing by and dream of being with them, but these women don’t want lazy men. If you can’t beat them then be part of the crowd since I have been paying taxes all my life my sons might as well collect my part I have paid in taxes. People have been doing it for years, so why work and pay taxes, so others can parasite off your tax money. Isn’t this country great. I was against Food Stamps, but now I feel my sons shouldn’t have to work and pay taxes, so others can live, and not work a single day of their life.

  • Bobbie Dallas

    I cannot believe the 10-1-2012 cut in food stamps. I am disabled I CAN NOT MAKE IT LIKE THIS. I AM A LIVER CANCER PATIENT I depend on staying alive thru my nurtrition! I CANNOT BELIEVE IT my foodis my best medicine & it has been taken away, thls is like taking my life! Why can’t they firgure out a better way of knowing who really needs them and who doesn’t instead of punishing those who legally depend on them to survive!! It is a TRUE SHAME!!!!!!

  • tax payer

    Your illness qualifies you to be in a Nursing Home and they can feed you there. I am not being sarcastic, but only telling you that there are other ways to eat. You commented, so I gave you a solution.

  • Really

    Yes food stamps was meant to help displaced family/people/person for temporary help. I was on it….3 months. I was thankful for it, but I saw the potential for abuse…and it is being abused with no regard for it’s intended purpose. I think the guidelines for receiving any and all food support should be assumed into the equation of how much will be needed–alloted and recieved by a family-or person. Honestly–between Food Stamps, WIC, School Supplemented Breakfast and Lunch…how much food should be alloted out? Then there’s the churches and food banks that are giving FREE food out.

  • jack

    I watch all the time people buying steaks and other high end foods and then getting cash back at the register and going over to the liquor department in the same store to get their beer and other spirit’s with multiple food stamp cards. Why are our hard earned tax dollars being used and abused this way.

  • tax payer

    As long as we have to pay taxes these people will get everything free, so that means it will never stop. Our Government wants them to keep up with us and the only way they can do it is to not work, and parasite off the tax payers. It’s the lowlife of this country and we have millions of them living here and there’s nothing we can do about it as long as Obama is our President.

  • tax payer

    Love!!

  • the rock

    food stamps pays more if you have more kids.

  • tax payer

    If you are a responsible parent and have many children you don’t get food stamps, but if you are not a responsible parent, and have many children then you do get a lot of food stamps, so what would you rather be?

  • sami

    I am a mother of 3 on foodstamps my husband was laid off due to an injury and couldnt work so they let him. of course they said he was at fault and all that good shit and we almost lost his unemployment too. but no we dont “live” off of it….it is by all means a last resort for our family…i am a stay a home mother due to a child with minor disabilities (she’s young and cant do a lot on her own til she understands) and a 6 month old…..we also buy healthy foods since on of our kids has a hard time with most foods cuz of preservatives

  • tax payer

    I feel sorry for you, but they do have free daycare for children with disabilities which will free you to work. The husband can stay home and look out after the children, but most of them go to school, so he may be alone all day.

  • carmen are

    To multigenerational deadbeats and leeches: BEGGARS can’t be choosers….Tht is why you are so stupid, lazy, and promiscuous , You have created a vast underclass of dumb, violent, fat yet malnourished kids.Kids havin kids with zero brain food. Future criminals and druggies.

  • tax payer

    $470.00 a month each for the son and for her, and Medicaid and the husband works. This is enough to live in Section-8 Housing, They qualify, but no one will call them and tell down you can have them. You have to go in person and request the food stamps. Enjoy the free food which is something my family will never qualify to get free.

  • icare

    Would you want to be in a nursing home???? Most of us are taxpayers. We are taxpayers. We have went hungry before because we did not want to ask for any help. You know what we were told? That if we couldn’t provide enough food with our jobs our children could be taken away from us. We were told we better ask or we were guilty of depriving our children of food. You can’t win we pay taxes too. And I think that you tax payers that bitch all the time probably have way more than any of us do and you have never done without or suffered in your lives. It is called greed

  • sickofit

    If they work at McDonalds they will still need food stamps ass. McDonalds doesn’t pay enough to support a family. Idiot. Why don’t you go work there?

  • sickofit

    WE are raising children we did not bring into this world. They are our grandchildren. We were not prepared for that. We didn’t know that my husband would get hurt so badly at work that he would never be able to work or play again. Wake up. There are people out here that only ask for help out of despair . After going through their 401k and all of their savings , losing their insurance, and spending for heart surgery because we had to. We paid taxes all of our lives that is why we paid taxes. Because someday we might need them like when we got old. Didn’t work out that way tho. I feel sorry for all of you that judge others the way you do. Someday you may find yourself in the shoes of the ones you have judged so harshly. Judge not lest you be judged.

  • sickofit

    Hey Hitler hope you get the real message out there someday. Read your bible. Or do you not believe in that either?

  • tax payer

    I believe you don’t have to read the Bible to believe in your Lord. Wait outside a church and see how these people act before walking inside the church. They run stop signs, park on the grass, double park sometime and these are people that enter a church every Sunday. They answer their cell phones, when they know no it;s against the church rules. I walked out one day, when I was told to move to the left, so someone that came late could have my place and that person should have stayed home instead of coming to church late, and expect to get the best seat in the house.

  • tax payer

    We have more because we don’t feel sorry for ourselves. Get off that fat rear and look for a job, and maybe you too will be mad, if your tax money helps the lazy ones in this country. It’s not called Greed. It’ called doing something to improve our way of life and not have to beg for food like some of you do all your life.

  • tax payer

    Most poor people have options such as almost free housing and most of them have their baby makers living with them, but don’t report their income since they aren’t married. These are the people you see dressed in the best Fashion, when they go to get their free food compliments of the tax payers. You may qualify for housing, but they don’t come to you, so make an effort to ask around.

  • tax payer

    If you and your children are obese than you need to cancel your free food cards.

  • Anonymous

    We have a renter who is 75. We purposely rent her a (separate) extension to our house at a cheap rate because she is very poor, yet does what she can to help us out…like water the plants outside, protect our property as need be, etc. She is also on food stamps. In these hard times, people need to help others out if they can. We planted all kinds of food for her so that she can have healthy items to eat. We try to make her life as comfortable as possible. We figure that what we give out goes around; one good deed deserves another. Every time she has an opportunity, she thanks us for watching over her. She has told us if she dies, she would feel comfortable because she is “at home”. I’m sure all of us would desire the same when that time comes, regardless of the time frame (i.e., you don’t have to be old to be down on your luck).

  • nurse

    It is a lifestle. You see them in the grocery store in their pjs, with a litter of kids. Buggie full of meat and name brand milk. No generic items here. Food stamps should be limited to 6 months at a time except for the disabled and seniors. I’m not responsible for your bad choices. Get a job and get your hand out of my pocket!!!

  • tax payer

    There would be Riots, if that were to happen because these people feel they were born to parasite off us. I would get mad, when I would see this happening, so I would wait outside for my wife at the store since I would talk loud enough for these people to hear me say they are nothing, but leeches. The Government will never do what we ask of them only what they want to do as long as they have the money ( tax money ) to give to the leeches of this country.

  • roadguy

    If greed is wanting to hang onto and enjoy the fruits of one’s labor with one’s own family, rather than share with some lazy scumbag who chooses to have children they can’t afford, then YES, i am greedy! Even Bill Gates has NO OBLIGATION to “share” with others, unless he CHOOSES to do so.

  • ExistingHere

    We are in the same situation, but with two older cognitively disabled adults (one has severe mental illness and needs supervision so he gets and takes his meds, takes showers, etc.). Neither has any family locally or who would be willing to take them in, without eventually putting them on the streets. Neither can cook or clean or shop or drive. We have to go through ridiculous conversations to explain the situation to DSS for them to get their measly hundred bucks a month each so that we don’t go bankrupt taking care of them. It would cost the govt. ( taxpayers) thousands more per month if they were in long term care facilities, yet we get hassled when we try to re-certify them every six months for food.

    Bless you for what you do. Who was it who said that the character of a person can be seen in what they do for those who can do nothing for them?

  • tax payer

    We have always been barely making it, but do we go and apply for help? No! We look for a part-time job, but most people are happy staying home and crying they need more Food Stamps because they are breeding too many babies to feed with the food allowance they already get in food stamps. We done have more. We just try our best to not be depended on the tax payers.

  • tax payer

    So, get a part-time job and you can eat the rest of the month.

  • tax payer

    Fast Food Places are always hiring the uneducated, work there until you get your College Degree,

  • tax payer

    Yes, but to tell your friends I am working and have no need for food stamps would be nice to hear.

  • Anonymous

    Thank YOU. Just one act of kindness can make a huge difference. Hanging in there for the long haul is different, no doubt…but, if one is able to do that, why not? When we help others, we help ourselves. Bless you!

  • ExistingHere

    Are you implying that larger people don’t feel the same suffering (hunger pangs, lack of ability to concentrate, etc.) that the rest of us do when they haven’t eaten in several hours? Food stamp money doesn’t go far, so people tend to choose higher calorie foods so they don’t get hungry between meals, and because high-carb foods are often cheaper, so they can buy more food throughout the month. Further, weight and BMI are not a strong indications of overall health. Many, many thin people are unhealthy.

    Your argument is invalid.

  • ExistingHere

    No, it pays the same amount per individual in the household. For a rough example, if you are a single parent of one child who earns 900 a month and pays say, 500 in rent, you might receive $200 per month. That’s 100 per person. If you happen to have 3 children, you might receive $400 a month, still 100 per person.

    Math. It really isn’t so difficult.

  • ExistingHere

    One cannot buy alcohol or tobacco with food stamps. If you know for a fact that a business is finding a way around the computer system by ringing up alcohol as food, then you should report them.

  • tax payer

    I am implying people should pay for their food like we pay for our food. Why do they expect us to pay for our food and theirs too? We barely have enough money for food, but the income we get doesn’t qualify us for free food.

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    a pair of closing prices, a pair of vender concessions, and
    probably jointly return from repairs. Before repairs, these prices add up to
    $10,000; repairs square measure anyplace from $0 to $20,000 or immeasurable. As
    you’ll see, Mr. vender can have thousands of dollars in owed prices as he makes
    an endeavor to sell his house. He can got to return from the repairs before
    closing the sale and/or he can got to write a reasonably hefty check and convey
    it to closing to pay off the bank. In today’s market, mercantilism a house on
    the open market will take 6-12 months, if you sell the littlest quantity bit.

  • Anonymous

    wrong. My ex sister in law gets 500 dollars at least just for her two kids from her previous marriage. so are you saying she is lying and deceiving the government? i know she is. Maybe i should report her for fraud…. I am not saying to get rid of food stamps. but there are plenty out there that lie and abuse the system. Those people I have no pity for.

  • Will Robertson

    What planet did they send you from?

  • Robert Roberto

    I am a senior citizen and disabled, but never have I gotten food stamps since I have my Social Security and pension, so that’s enough to not qualify me for food stamps.

  • Robert Roberto

    If you earn $900 a month we the ( Government ) will pay your rent since you would qualify for Section-8 Housing and those $500 would help pay for your food, and you wouldn’t need that much food stamps for food.

  • Toya

    My daughter is a cna she works hard and all her patients love her.
    She does recieve food stamps but never does thing illegal like others
    My problem is they are so rude to her cause she’s white. The office women are
    Mexican. When others walk in of their race. Their like oh Mija what do u have. And they don’t even have jobs and like 6 to 8 kids. But my daughter walks in to turn all her stuff in and all honestly done. They look at her like why are you here . No greeting nothing nice.
    And so every one knows I’m not racsist because all three of my grandchildren are half Mexican and look it 100 percent and I’m proud of it. And I’m married to a Mexican man.
    My daughters children’s father ran off to Mexico never to be seen again. So my point is
    If you have a job and you do all u can to help yourself then it’s ok to get a little help. But
    The decriminating needs to stop. Does not matter what color you are it’s about your deeds
    And showing hard work. Not laziness .