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Obama’s Hidden Bread Lines
Right Side News ^ | 24 September 2012 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Posted on 09/24/2012 11:52:02 AM PDT by arthurus

Americans are experiencing sticker shock and it is about to get a whole lot worse thanks to Obama. Between gas and groceries, our household is sinking fast. My husband works about 35 miles from here, so gas is an issue. For a household of three, where two drive for work, our gas bill this month will be close to $900. Groceries will come in at a modest $1000 since we have cut back. And folks, we live in a state that has reasonable pricing. Inflation is just clearing her throat and getting ready to sing, so this is going to get very, very disturbing.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Government
KEYWORDS: depression; poverty

1 posted on 09/24/2012 11:52:16 AM PDT by arthurus
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To: arthurus

I’m sympathetic, but spending $1000 a month on food for a family of three is unnecessary. And I say that as one living in one of the most expensive areas in the US.


2 posted on 09/24/2012 11:56:11 AM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: arthurus
Okay, she ain't going to get much sympathy paying a grand a month on food for three. Seems like steak and lobster every day to make that bill.

That said our food bill for four is way up over last year.

3 posted on 09/24/2012 11:57:55 AM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: arthurus

Forward her my tagline. $279/mo should be more than enough.


4 posted on 09/24/2012 12:00:31 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: arthurus

agree on the gas. 1k for food, though? I was mad when my family went above 500 a month. I mean, i don’t know your menu but that seems a bit much.


5 posted on 09/24/2012 12:00:35 PM PDT by HenryArmitage (it was not meant that we should voyage far.)
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To: ottbmare

Agreed. We couldn’t spend that much on food if we tried. Maybe they are eating out ALOT or having $20 restaurant lunches?


6 posted on 09/24/2012 12:01:05 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: HenryArmitage

She probably isn’t separating food from all the other things one buys at the grocery store; soap, tooth paste, etc.


7 posted on 09/24/2012 12:04:40 PM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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To: ottbmare
According to the phone contact on her website she lives in Hayden, ID. How on earth could you spend a grand a month there?
8 posted on 09/24/2012 12:05:10 PM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: ctdonath2
No kidding. $70 every 3 weeks is all I spend. That includes some luxury items. I've done it for less.

/johnny

9 posted on 09/24/2012 12:05:30 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: arthurus
“America is the greatest country there is. And someday we will all be driving to the poorhouse in the finest of automobiles''.-- Will Rodgers.
10 posted on 09/24/2012 12:05:30 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: arthurus

Just came back from a typical shopping trip with 4 days worth of food for me alone...$16 & change...living as frugal as I can


11 posted on 09/24/2012 12:06:48 PM PDT by Tuanedge
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To: arthurus
They aren't hidden per se....they're called EBTs, those non-stigmatizing little electronic benefit transaction cards low lifes like to pretend are real credit cards.

They're called WICs certificates that 'moms' use to buy bread, milk, butter and eggs for their chilren. Only I don't see much of that in the WallyMart nowdays.

They're called Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) - the new Welfare, now with NO work requirement per Obama's redefinition of what real work is.

They're called Section 8. You get your crib for 25% of your "spendable" income with the income part not including assistance dollars credited to your ubiquitous EBT account.

They're called SSI and SSDI for those unluckies who've had more than 99 weeks of bad luck finding ANY job (at least one that they'd deign to take)

They're called EITC -----"EARNED" (an insult to taxpayers) Income Tax Credit ---- money you get back you never paid in. THOUSANDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They're called Advanced EITC.....you can make your employer give you the prorated amount you'd receive from the above..he's responsible for the "float" until he files his taxes.

They're called Church Food Banks. Here in Georgia the Methodists are the most gullible....you can go there after you've pissed away your EBT cash on whatever, used your WICs and all the rest and you really need some food...they're good for a hit weekly....

Half our country have been hooked on this crap...they're becoming accustomed to sloth, laziness, leeching and getting more defiant about how they deserve a free load......

We cannot survive this.

12 posted on 09/24/2012 12:09:12 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: arthurus
I find it depressing that the article is about the very real problem of inflation, that this very real thing is remaining hidden and "not talked about" in official circles, and is likely to get much, much worse.

And about 90% of the comments here are scoffing at the woman's poor shopping habits.

It's a little bit like saying, "'Course you got raped honey -- look at what you're wearing!"

My focus is on the damage being done by Obama. Criticizing someone's grocery bill is not on my radar.

13 posted on 09/24/2012 12:09:39 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (ua)
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To: arthurus

Food stamps are the modern bread line.
There are nearly 50 million in that line.


14 posted on 09/24/2012 12:12:06 PM PDT by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Let me ask you though -

would you think someone would spend more or less money on any budget item, in this case, groceries, if someone else were paying for it?


15 posted on 09/24/2012 12:14:11 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

A fair comment. Government intervention is to “help people” and in my experience it primarily “helps” people to make bad decisions.


16 posted on 09/24/2012 12:17:35 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (ua)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Well, you’re right. And she does not live in a mansion—it’s just a modest little rancher on a cul-de-sac without much room for a serious garden, much less room for chickens, goats, fruit trees, and other things that cut the food bill. Inflation is a serious problem, and I’d be in real trouble if my son couldn’t go out and hunt his own game.


17 posted on 09/24/2012 12:22:52 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Just a simple “Sowellist profundity”...


18 posted on 09/24/2012 12:26:44 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: ClearCase_guy
And about 90% of the comments here are scoffing at the woman's poor shopping habits.

It's not her shopping habits that are the issue. It's her disconnect. Trying to demonstrate hardship while spending, after cutting back, $12000 a year on food doesn't help her point. In fact, it decries her point.

19 posted on 09/24/2012 12:42:09 PM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: raybbr
Okay. Let's play it that way. Obama's policies are not a serious problem. A mere bump in the road, you might say.

The real problem is that people do not know how to handle the money in their pocket. As Bill Clinton said, the government could give you more, but "you'd probably waste it". No, the solution is for government to have more say in how money is spent. Specifically on food. Government control would cut our grocery bills, and help us to be healthier and less obese. Yay!

That's the ticket. Let's keep the focus on the silly consumer who spends too much!! Bad consumer! Bad! Bad! Bad!

20 posted on 09/24/2012 12:49:15 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (ua)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Sheesh! SHE wants to focus on hardship while at the same demonstrating she is experiencing no hardship. What is so hard to understand?

She could have made this whole point without ever bringing up her grocery bill and we all would have said, "She's right. Obama is killing the U.S."

21 posted on 09/24/2012 12:53:03 PM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: arthurus

Yesterday was my birthday. My birthday present was a ribeye steak. No, I’m not kidding.


22 posted on 09/24/2012 12:56:25 PM PDT by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
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To: ottbmare

I spend about 660.00 a month for a family of 4, and we have a bunch of those food wholesale type grocery stores... Winco, FoodMax, Foods Co, it makes alot of difference. Granted a portion of this amount goes towards vitamins and alternative “medicine”.


23 posted on 09/24/2012 12:56:34 PM PDT by diamond6 (Freerepublic.com and Hillbuzz.org are my go to sites for conservative news.)
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To: ottbmare

I spend about 660.00 a month for a family of 4, and we have a bunch of those food wholesale type grocery stores... Winco, FoodMax, Foods Co, it makes a big difference. Granted a portion of this amount goes towards vitamins and alternative “medicine”.


24 posted on 09/24/2012 12:56:54 PM PDT by diamond6 (Freerepublic.com and Hillbuzz.org are my go to sites for conservative news.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Wow... you could probably teach me a thing or two.


25 posted on 09/24/2012 12:59:24 PM PDT by diamond6 (Freerepublic.com and Hillbuzz.org are my go to sites for conservative news.)
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To: arthurus
My wife informed me she had saved up some cash for my birthday hinting she was going to get me something expensive. (I am always joking about her getting me a 58 Gibson Les Paul Gold top).

So she asked me what expensive present I wanted for my Birthday and I told her, "How about a bag of groceries?" She didn't laugh. See I've been showing her what's coming down the pike as far as food and gas prices go. The clincher was when I had her watch "End of the Road".

26 posted on 09/24/2012 1:04:05 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: diamond6
My daughter feeds 10 (3 are small children) for $250 every 2 weeks. It takes work. She saves a good 10% by buying lots of whatever they use that is on sale, and skipping it when it is regular price.

Not much stuff is box stuff, lots of stuff cooked from scratch.

/johnny

27 posted on 09/24/2012 1:07:25 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: ClearCase_guy

0bama’s policies ARE a serious problem. But you are not going to get much sympathy that someone has “cut back” to spending $1,000 per month at the grocery store for a family of 3, even if it includes all of the non-food incidentals. Using this example takes any credibility away from the point of the article.

We have 3 adults in our household, rarely eat out even lunches, and we do not spend more than $500 in a bad month at the grocery store. IMHO it is not a good article to condemn 0bama’s policies and the inflation, which is very REAL, that we are enduring.


28 posted on 09/24/2012 1:08:41 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Excellence
Happy belated birthday!

During the middle ages, meat was generally reserved for feast days and Sunday. It looks like we're headed back to that mode.

/johnny

29 posted on 09/24/2012 1:09:53 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: ottbmare

A friend called me this morning to report he’d gone grocery shopping with his son in Manhattan. He was shocked that chicken was $7.95 a lb for the store brand, and $12.99 a lb. for “all natural”.


30 posted on 09/24/2012 1:23:48 PM PDT by sockmonkey (Of Course I didn't read the article. This is FreeRepublic, afterall.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
And about 90% of the comments here are scoffing at the woman's poor shopping habits.

Poor shopping habits are usually indicative of other problems that end up snowballing into one big problem.

It's a little bit like saying, "'Course you got raped honey -- look at what you're wearing!"

You forgot the Nazi references.

My focus is on the damage being done by Obama. Criticizing someone's grocery bill is not on my radar.

Obama is exacerbating damage that is mostly self-inflicted.

Obama didn't create the mortgage crisis. He is merely encouraging victimhood. Those people who bought houses they could afford, made their payments on time and paid them off are the ones who look like chumps now.

Obama didn't create the credit card crisis either. He is merely capitilizing on the crisis by calling people who overspent the good guys, and those people are all too happy to agree with him. The folks who don't ever pay interest because they pay off all of their bills on time are the ones who are called deadbeats.

Obama didn't create the student loan crisis. He is just telling the people who paid a lot of money for the privelege of ending up with no marketable skills what they want to hear. The folks who worked their way through college or paid off their loans are quickly becoming an oddity and will be considered stupid for not cashing in on their victimhood.

Now people who scrape, save and cut corners to feed their families on a modest budget are being compared to heartless people blaming rape victims for somehow bring the rape upon themselves. Do you see any sort of a pattern here?

31 posted on 09/24/2012 1:45:01 PM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: arthurus

We all live on a budget. Yeah I used to eat more steak and fresh seafood and eat out more often. So now I have scaled back, in other words not living as well as I used to.

The point here is not that she has not adapted to the increase in food prices but that she has to adapt to higher prices.

Want to know what the real tragedy is? When I go to the market and I see an old person or a homemaker with a couple of kids in tow with just a couple of store brand items in their cart pick a piece of fruit or a tomato look at the price and put it back.

No one is starving, pasta and Velveeta will fill you up but it’s not what I call living.

People like to brag about being thrifty but methinks that the puffery will change into a whine as more get pushed to the margin


32 posted on 09/24/2012 1:45:58 PM PDT by underbyte (TEOTEWAKI)
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To: ottbmare

I just came back from the grocery store. Paid $7 and change for a jar of Jif peanut butter and $2.19 for a can - one can, regular size, not large - of Campbell’s vegetable soup. A 2-pound bag of frozen mixed vegetables was $4.99. (!!) With these prices, I could see how a family of 3 could spend $1000/month on groceries.


33 posted on 09/24/2012 1:50:04 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: Tuanedge

I love Ramen noodles, even though I can afford a lot better...but there was a time.

;^)


34 posted on 09/24/2012 1:51:05 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: arthurus

Maybe she should try what we just got back from doing. That is going to Ingles for all the 2 for 1 sales then swinging past Kroger for all the 10 for $10 and using our $55.


35 posted on 09/24/2012 1:54:31 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: underbyte
Meals of choice for many in the "retired" community! $1.29-1.89!

Fettucine Alfredo...

Nutrition Grade: D+

450 Calories


36 posted on 09/24/2012 1:55:20 PM PDT by WVKayaker (I'm more than happy to be Obama's "enemy of the week" - Sarah Palin)
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To: Cyber Liberty

I did get some Ramen noodles, but some other stuff too...eating a ham sandwich right now

Even if I was rich, a big bowl of Ramen with red peppers & parmesan...Yum


37 posted on 09/24/2012 2:22:16 PM PDT by Tuanedge
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To: Fast Moving Angel

There’s the difference between us, I suppose. It would not so much as cross my mind to buy a can of Campbell’s vegetable soup, especially not at $2.19. Or a jar of Jif peanut butter.


38 posted on 09/24/2012 2:35:41 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: HenryArmitage

The significance is not in her level of spending for food. it is in the increase of spending for the diet to which she is accustomed. That translates to my food bill inexorably rising with smaller numbers but it is significant to everyone.


39 posted on 09/24/2012 5:27:24 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson)
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To: raybbr

“That said our food bill for four is way up over last year.”

If you think it’s high now, just hold on to your hat... Ranchers are culling their herds due to feed costs. You will pay more for all meats in the very near future....

So the meat supply dwindles, while fuel increases to bring it to market = increased prices.

An impending economic specter looms on the horizon.


40 posted on 09/24/2012 8:18:58 PM PDT by Bshaw (A nefarious deceit is upon us all!)
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To: Gaffer

I agree wholeheartedly!


41 posted on 09/24/2012 8:21:59 PM PDT by Bshaw (A nefarious deceit is upon us all!)
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To: Fast Moving Angel

Oh my God...I grew up poor and I know I now have cooking skills and grocery buying instincts that I never would have had otherwise.
Jif is not food. When you buy stuff at the grocery you have to look at the ingredients first and know what is in there that your body might react to negatively. Like soy oil or sugar. Look at the labels before you buy cheap food, please.
I’m sorry I’m not trying to be judgemental, just saying that you could buy Adams peanut butter and it would be real. It would cost more than fake Jif but you might want to invest in other organic foods as well which our government hasn’t yet made poison...but Jif is poison, pure and simple.
So there is a difference in your budget if you want to stuff supposedly edible foods in your body for cheap cheap cheap or if you want to feed it properly, which will cost a bit more.
BUT you can learn to make foods which are nutritious and will last a long time. If you want to invest a bit of time and learning and extra money in your future.
Research nourishing food if you’re interested and if you plan enough you can create many meals with your bucks which will nourish your body more than the peanut butter you are now espousing as food.


42 posted on 09/25/2012 12:29:41 AM PDT by tinamina
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