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Hipsters on food stamps (Meet the 0bama Voters)
Salon ^ | 3/15/2010 | Jennifer Bleyer

Posted on 11/12/2012 12:47:47 PM PST by mojito

In the John Waters-esque sector of northwest Baltimore — equal parts kitschy, sketchy, artsy and weird — Gerry Mak and Sarah Magida sauntered through a small ethnic market stocked with Japanese eggplant, mint chutney and fresh turmeric....

“I have $80 bucks left!” Magida said. “I’m so happy!”

“I have $12,” Mak said with a frown.

The two friends weren’t tabulating the cash in their wallets but what remained of the monthly allotment on their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program debit cards, the official new term for...food stamps.

Magida, a 30-year-old art school graduate, had been installing museum exhibits for a living until the recession caused arts funding...to dry up. She applied for food stamps last summer, and since then she’s used her $150 in monthly benefits for things like fresh produce, raw honey and fresh-squeezed juices from markets near her house...and soy meat alternatives and gourmet ice cream from a Whole Foods a few miles away....

Mak, 31, grew up in Westchester, graduated from the University of Chicago and toiled in publishing in New York during his 20s before moving to Baltimore last year with a meager part-time blogging job and prospects for little else. About half of his friends in Baltimore have been getting food stamps since the economy toppled, so he decided to give it a try; to his delight, he qualified for $200 a month.

“I’m sort of a foodie, and I’m not going to do the ‘living off ramen’ thing,” he said, fondly remembering a recent meal he’d prepared of roasted rabbit with butter, tarragon and sweet potatoes. “I used to think that you could only get processed food and government cheese on food stamps, but it’s great that you can get anything.”

(Excerpt) Read more at salon.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: ebt; foodstampnation; foodstamps; obama; obamanomics; snap; takers; welfare
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It's a real life episode of "Portlandia."

h/t Vanderluen.

1 posted on 11/12/2012 12:47:57 PM PST by mojito
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To: mojito

everyone should apply for food stamps, lets break this government so we can end it and start fresh.


2 posted on 11/12/2012 12:51:00 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: mojito
but it’s great that you can get anything.

I think this is part of the problem...

3 posted on 11/12/2012 12:51:19 PM PST by MAexile (Bats left, votes right)
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To: mojito

Yeah, It’s a great lifestyle... until it isn’t.

Just wait until the ‘necessary’ pullbacks on food stamps occur. Fifty bucks here, (Ohio), fifty bucks there and then you’re doing dumpster diving and raiding other people’s gardens for food.


4 posted on 11/12/2012 12:52:29 PM PST by The Working Man
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To: mojito

In light of what I did during my twenties, I just want to smack the spoiled brats. Two jobs, school, and ramen were my life.


5 posted on 11/12/2012 12:52:59 PM PST by grimalkin (Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself. Friedman)
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To: grimalkin
“I’m sort of a foodie, and I’m not going to do the ‘living off ramen’ thing,”

...then starve, loser. Or go with basics like beans, rice, and potatoes.

(I'm referring to the quoted speaker, not you, grimalkin.)

6 posted on 11/12/2012 12:58:53 PM PST by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: mojito

So, Magida got a useless degree in college. Mak left a real job (albeit one that could have been in trouble) for an incredibly low-paying job with no actual future.

I’m with you guys—smacks for both of them.

I didn’t get to read the entire article—going to salon.com will cause my IQ to drop.


7 posted on 11/12/2012 1:01:09 PM PST by JeffChrz (ObamaCare causes layoffs? Who knew? (I did.))
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To: The Working Man

They start raiding gardens and they’re going to get either a buckshot enema or a canine ankle bracelet.


8 posted on 11/12/2012 1:01:31 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: mojito

Shame is underrated.

SnakeDoc


9 posted on 11/12/2012 1:03:00 PM PST by SnakeDoctor (Texas survived one Obama term, and we'll survive another. The rest of you are screwed.)
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To: mojito

I don’t object to people buying good ingredients with food stamps. It’s often cheaper to cook gourmet stuff from scratch than to buy junky boxed, precooked, or frozen dinners with little nutritional value. In fact, I occasionally teach a class for low-income mothers and try to convince them to do just that.

The issue is not what people use food stamps for, it’s who uses them.


10 posted on 11/12/2012 1:04:10 PM PST by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: mojito

That article is from March 15, 2010!!! WHEN there were ONLY 38 millions people on food stamps. NOW there are 47.1 million!!


11 posted on 11/12/2012 1:04:10 PM PST by Cricket24 (Telling the truth is not attacking someone!)
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To: mojito
It's a real life episode of "Portlandia."

LOL! If any of yinz have never seen this show, it captures the essence of the leftist hipster doofus crowd in our more unsalvageable cities to a "t".


12 posted on 11/12/2012 1:05:39 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: grimalkin

same here. 2 jobs... Kraft macaroni and cheese and canned green beans (generic) every night of the week except weekends, when I allowed myself to grill hamburger. this was my way of life and I didn’t think to go on the dole.


13 posted on 11/12/2012 1:06:45 PM PST by Chuzzlewit
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To: mojito

Wow. Only $350 between the two of them? We saw a lady at a grocery store yesterday that had that much in two carts and paid for it all with the SNAP/grifter card. Nary a hint of shame either.


14 posted on 11/12/2012 1:07:16 PM PST by subterfuge (************ Believe Barry Obama's Propaganda At Your Own Peril **************)
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To: grimalkin

Powered off-brand Mac-n-cheese here. During college, it was all I could afford.

When I had a few extra dollars, I’d add canned chili to the mix and have “gourmet chilimac”

This is the New Normal, people. No disincentive to get off the dole. “You can buy anything with food stamps now”. If I gave you free stuff, would you turn it down???

Wait until austerity comes. The public leeches will go nuts because their EBT cards wonk work for Brie, Endive, or imported Spanish olives.

Public Assistance used to be an embarrassment. Now it’s an expected public allowance.


15 posted on 11/12/2012 1:10:46 PM PST by MDspinboyredux
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To: grimalkin

Powered off-brand Mac-n-cheese here. During college, it was all I could afford.

When I had a few extra dollars, I’d add canned chili to the mix and have “gourmet chilimac”

This is the New Normal, people. No disincentive to get off the dole. “You can buy anything with food stamps now”. If I gave you free stuff, would you turn it down???

Wait until austerity comes. The public leeches will go nuts because their EBT cards wonk work for Brie, Endive, or imported Spanish olives.

Public Assistance used to be an embarrassment. Now it’s an expected public allowance.


16 posted on 11/12/2012 1:10:46 PM PST by MDspinboyredux
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To: grimalkin

Powered off-brand Mac-n-cheese here. During college, it was all I could afford.

When I had a few extra dollars, I’d add canned chili to the mix and have “gourmet chilimac”

This is the New Normal, people. No disincentive to get off the dole. “You can buy anything with food stamps now”. If I gave you free stuff, would you turn it down???

Wait until austerity comes. The public leeches will go nuts because their EBT cards wonk work for Brie, Endive, or imported Spanish olives.

Public Assistance used to be an embarrassment. Now it’s an expected public allowance.


17 posted on 11/12/2012 1:10:50 PM PST by MDspinboyredux
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To: grimalkin

Powered off-brand Mac-n-cheese here. During college, it was all I could afford.

When I had a few extra dollars, I’d add canned chili to the mix and have “gourmet chilimac”

This is the New Normal, people. No disincentive to get off the dole. “You can buy anything with food stamps now”. If I gave you free stuff, would you turn it down???

Wait until austerity comes. The public leeches will go nuts because their EBT cards wonk work for Brie, Endive, or imported Spanish olives.

Public Assistance used to be an embarrassment. Now it’s an expected public allowance.


18 posted on 11/12/2012 1:10:50 PM PST by MDspinboyredux
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To: grimalkin

Ramen was a luxury. I lived on oatmeal.


19 posted on 11/12/2012 1:11:15 PM PST by oldsicilian
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To: TexasFreeper2009
everyone should apply for food stamps, lets break this government so we can end it and start fresh.

Agreed. A Cloward-Piven scenario will actually benefit conservatives. Bankruptcy and/or hyperinflation seems to be unavoidable anyway, so we may as well make it work to the benefit of the producers of society, not the losers featured in this article.

20 posted on 11/12/2012 1:13:46 PM PST by PGR88
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To: Chuzzlewit

Heck, we ate Hamburger Helper without the Hamburger.


21 posted on 11/12/2012 1:13:51 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: mojito

“but it’s great that you can get anything.”

Self respect?


22 posted on 11/12/2012 1:15:35 PM PST by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: The Working Man
raiding other people’s gardens for food.

In Baltimordor?

They might be raiding people's gardens for weed ... not so sure about food.

23 posted on 11/12/2012 1:16:22 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: dfwgator

We used to call ground beef Hamburger Helper Helper.


24 posted on 11/12/2012 1:17:55 PM PST by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: mojito

ugh

living large on YOUR dime


25 posted on 11/12/2012 1:18:39 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Yup, get everything you can. Lets ram that iceberg at flank speed.
I’m now convinced there is no saving the od Republic.


26 posted on 11/12/2012 1:22:29 PM PST by Kozak (The Republic is dead. I do not owe what we have any loyalty, wealth or sympathy.)
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To: mojito

You want a quick education in the conscience of a young nation? Read the comments that accompany the article.

You would think that people would be outraged and calling for an end to this. They’re not. They’re just chatting about how it is and how to get it.

Mooching is now a virtue. Up is down.


27 posted on 11/12/2012 1:23:40 PM PST by lurk
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To: mojito
“I’m sort of a foodie, and I’m not going to do the ‘living off ramen’ thing,” he said, fondly remembering a recent meal he’d prepared of roasted rabbit with butter, tarragon and sweet potatoes. “I used to think that you could only get processed food and government cheese on food stamps, but it’s great that you can get anything.”

Yeah it's great that this U of Chicago grad (how much did that education cost? Apparently he never took any econ classes...) is just living large off the fat of the land, and proud to be featured in Salon.

28 posted on 11/12/2012 1:36:04 PM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: dfwgator
Heck, we ate Hamburger Helper without the Hamburger.

LOL! That's rough!

29 posted on 11/12/2012 1:39:04 PM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Kozak

The only way “out” is “through”.
We can’t go back - this last election showed that.
The “taker” vote outnumbered the “maker” vote.


30 posted on 11/12/2012 1:41:38 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: mojito

Sounds like Orwell in `Down and Out in Paris and London,’ before he went to Spain and got a good look at the Soviets in action and eventually wrote `Nineteen Eightyfour’.
They’re both taking Vitamin S(tupid): “Useless eaters,” as the fascists phrased it. A person who won’t work should not eat (2 Thes. 3:10) Even Lenin agreed with that thought.


31 posted on 11/12/2012 1:42:02 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: mojito

It’s like these moochers are the new “mobsters”. The takers stealing from the makers while bragging about it. I keep thinking of the line in the movie “A Bronx Tale” where “C” (Lorenzo) tells his dad, “Sonny was right, the working man’s the sucka”.


32 posted on 11/12/2012 1:43:41 PM PST by freeperkiki
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To: subterfuge

We saw a lady at a grocery store yesterday that had that much in two carts and paid for it all with the SNAP/grifter card. Nary a hint of shame either.

Did you see any shame in the (Obama phone lady) during the election??? This is the “go get yours, they owe it to you” attitude


33 posted on 11/12/2012 1:46:23 PM PST by BobinIL
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To: mojito

“The working man’s the sucka”
True now more than ever.


34 posted on 11/12/2012 1:54:18 PM PST by I want the USA back
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To: mojito

If they are truly eligible I see nothing wrong with them deciding to spend their allotment on more expensive food provided it is healthful food and they understand that once the allotment is gone it is gone. Better than buying junk like potato chips and snack cakes.


35 posted on 11/12/2012 2:06:43 PM PST by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: mojito

Lazy bums. Cut em off.


36 posted on 11/12/2012 2:10:36 PM PST by Darren McCarty (If most people were more than keyboard warriors, we might have won the election)
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To: MDspinboyredux
Powered off-brand Mac-n-cheese here. . . . When I had a few extra dollars, I’d add canned chili to the mix and have “gourmet chilimac”

I once worked with a guy who ran a gold mining operation in Arizona. One day he hired a drifter (great welder) who was living in his car. He let him sleep in an old trailer used to store parts. The next day the guy asked for a few bucks for groceries to tide him over.

He came back with some boxes of Kraft Mac 'n Cheese - and a couple of cans of Alpo. Said they made a GREAT casserole and offered some to the owner. He declined.

And now I read of these slackers dining on gourmet rabbit.

37 posted on 11/12/2012 2:12:16 PM PST by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: mojito
art school graduate...
38 posted on 11/12/2012 2:20:58 PM PST by 4Liberty (Some on our "Roads & Bridges" head to the beach. Others head to their offices, farms, libraries....)
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To: mojito

go back to giving them actual stamps for food


39 posted on 11/12/2012 2:31:57 PM PST by stylin19a (Obama ->The Jayson Blair administration)
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To: subterfuge

Is there a difference between food stamps and the access card?


40 posted on 11/12/2012 2:44:54 PM PST by angcat
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To: stylin19a

Go back to giving them a sack of rice, a sack of eans and some Gubmint cheese...


41 posted on 11/12/2012 3:00:03 PM PST by Kozak (The Republic is dead. I do not owe what we have any loyalty, wealth or sympathy.)
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To: mojito

When you make people comfortable in their poverty they will never get out of it. Why should they? They have a roof over their head, heat in the winter, AC in the summer and plenty to eat.


42 posted on 11/12/2012 3:25:05 PM PST by Brooklyn Attitude (Its finally happened. The parasites can out vote the productive. Welcome to bankruptcy.)
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To: angcat

No. They get the benefit put onto their card each month. Get this:http://www.kansascity.com/2012/11/12/3912822/missouri-to-audit-food-stamp-program.html
Using them in foreign countries ...


43 posted on 11/12/2012 3:38:16 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: subterfuge

There is a grocery (chain) store on the way to my seasonal home and I would stop there before of got to the house.

I stopped going in there, as I would pay in cash and the register never had enough money in it to make the proper change for the bills that I tendered. It was nerve wracking in that I actually had cash and they would have to get a manager to bring change. Everyone would look to see the guy paying in cash.

Everyone in the store used EBT cards to pay for their bottled water, strip steaks and Edy’s ice cream.

Have started packing a cooler with perishables purchased at the grocery store near my primary residence and would buy milk, eggs and frozen stuff from the old lady who runs a small bodega type of country store nearby.

The two POS’s should be exposed for the leeches they are. College degrees in basket-weaving and they are surprised that they can’t get jobs.


44 posted on 11/12/2012 3:45:51 PM PST by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: MDspinboyredux
Powered off-brand Mac-n-cheese here. During college, it was all I could afford.

Same here and would suppliment it with a can of cheap spaghetti. Was on the meal plan during the week and it was rare that I ate off campus. Tonight, just put a bought on sale chicken in the oven. Cut off the wings to add to the bag in the freezer for hot wings when there's enough. Also, mustard greens and a salad with chopped onion tops, bell pepper and banana pepper from the garden (which is going to get hit with freezing weather tonight). Which it's a pretty decent dinner, once in a while I'd like to be able to add imported Spanish olives to that salad, switch out the chicken with steak and lobster and finish it off with some gourmet ice cream with fresh berries drizzled with raw honey but I'm not Moochelle nor do I have an EBT card.

45 posted on 11/12/2012 3:48:18 PM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: La Lydia

I feel like applying for the hell of it.


46 posted on 11/12/2012 4:05:04 PM PST by angcat
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To: Darren McCarty

With SO MANY BUMS on food stamps we need to lower the poverty rate average!!!! Rock their worlds.

When I was off work for 3 weeks on Unemployment Comp. in the 80’s, I lived in Houston, TX. After an afternoon run I’d go to happy hours that fed you well!!! For $3 you could get two drinks and whatever they were dishing for happy hour!! A guy in the next apartment had a list of the places near and what they served on what day!! LOL!!

I was too embarrassed to go to the unemployment office for 2 weeks to apply as I did not understand then that I paid for this. I think benefits were only for 6 weeks then so you had to keep looking and didn’t have time for your brain to numb. We’ve lost Christianity in the ole USA...always just one generation away and we are almost there.


47 posted on 11/12/2012 4:09:57 PM PST by YouGoTexasGirl
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Oh, those hipsters- they are so cool. (not) I have started to openly mock these people, in public.

Just stand behind them at the store and roll my eyes. Talk about how stupid obama voters are when I see Obama stickers on their car, squish my nose up at them like they smell, and let them know I don’t think they are so hep.

No more Mrs. Nice guy.


48 posted on 11/12/2012 4:17:02 PM PST by Truth2012
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To: TexasFreeper2009

I was thinking of doing that. going back and forth.. on the idea. I would get $700/month.


49 posted on 11/12/2012 4:20:16 PM PST by Truth2012
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To: mojito

The weakest generation.


50 posted on 11/12/2012 8:51:01 PM PST by NoLibZone ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic")
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