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More Americans Will Use Food Stamps For Thanksgiving This Year Than Ever Before
US News & World Report ^ | 11/20/12 | Elizabeth Flock

Posted on 11/21/2012 9:59:30 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway

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

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

Usage of food stamps among low and no-income families has spiked since the collapse of the U.S. financial system four years ago. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, average participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamp program, has increased 70 percent since 2007. And economists have warned that usage of food stamps won't go down until unemployment improves.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: bhoeconomy; ebt; entitlements; foodstamps; obamalegacy; snap; welfare; welfarestate
Wild Turkey that is...
1 posted on 11/21/2012 9:59:37 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

‘The Food Stamp Challenge, which challenges higher-income families to live as if they are on food stamps, estimates that a person on food stamps has a budget of about $1.25 per meal.”

Bullsh**.


2 posted on 11/21/2012 10:05:49 AM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: headstamp 2

Liberal bull$#^t sums it up...


3 posted on 11/21/2012 10:06:58 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: headstamp 2

“economists have warned that usage of food stamps won’t go down until unemployment improves.”...

What is this? A circular firing squad?...And who’s fault is the high unemployment?...Bush?...and what turd just got re-elected that’s causing unemployment? Where do these rocket scientists come from?


4 posted on 11/21/2012 10:12:11 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: headstamp 2
The Food-Stamp Crime Wave http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304657804576401412033504294.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

From the USDA website :

“Thirty-five states have abolished asset test” sounds like you can have a home and lot, but not more than $2,000 (or $3,000) in a bank account.

“Households may have $2,000 in countable resources, such as a bank account, or $3000 in countable resources if at least one person is age 60 or older, or is disabled. However, certain resources are NOT counted, such as a home and lot..”

So just go spend down your bank account and buy some 22” spinner rims for your Escalade, and you’ll be fine.

5 posted on 11/21/2012 10:12:30 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: headstamp 2

The media and all liberal suckers will never connect the dots for the dumb asses that put Obango back in the White House...


6 posted on 11/21/2012 10:15:28 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: headstamp 2

I see these heifers in WalMart all the time. Their buggies are jam-packed full. The milk, butter, bread, eggs, cereal and cheese are all WICs certificates. No charge.

The rest is a collection of the biggest set of junk food and easy-lazy food prep items one could imagine. Cheese doodles, chips, ribs, hamburger (lots), nachos, hot dogs, macaroni, Frozen Pizza, frozen chicken wings, any kind of quick junk food you could imagine. It is why these lazy ass girls are so fat.

None of them will EVER work again! It’s why the vote for Obama. Section 8 rent (they won’t call it Section 8 anymore because it ‘stigmatizes’ so they call it ‘housing vouchers’), TANF - more EBT charge up money in addition to SNAP, Heating assistance, free telephone, EITC for when they actually claim over $600 for babysitting, etc. (nets up to $4-5K free and clear if they file). The sad part is the children they use to maximize their booty. They will grow up just like them.

This country won’t last 50 years with the likes of these.


7 posted on 11/21/2012 10:16:21 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer

This country won’t last 50 years with the likes of these.

Why do libs hate this country so much? Just what the hell are they going to be in charge off when it’s all in ruin?


8 posted on 11/21/2012 10:18:49 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: headstamp 2

I saw a blurb about a breakdown of a welfare queen compared to a working man with a family of four in MS making $45-50K/year.

The welfare queen actually had more spendable income with all the federal programs that threw money at her vs. the poor working man. This is disgusting. She should be in prison and ‘fixed’.


9 posted on 11/21/2012 10:19:04 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

What do you expect?
What’s easier to get, A or B?

A) Food Stamps
B) A job

Daily I see people with the “disability” tags hanging off their mirrors and they are in damn better shape than I am!


10 posted on 11/21/2012 10:22:10 AM PST by djf (Conservative values help the poor. Liberal values help them STAY poor!!!)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Actually, the majority of them are not that smart to think that far in advance. The ones in control now, the elite liberals want power and money and control over conservatives. They also want revenge against the white ‘man’ along with their idiot constituency.

Look at Slick Willie. He’s content to suffer the embarassment of hawking for Obama (one who he’d joked should be getting him coffee years before) because he wants to maintain his power right up until he dies, which BTW shouldn’t be too long - he looks like he has aids.

The others, the voters just don’t give a damn. They don’t give a damn about their kids, because if they did, they would marry their momma and provide for them instead of using them to get more government benefits. They don’t think past the next pack of Newports, the next ‘40’, the next lotto. They may or may not know all their kids’ names, but you can bet your ass they know their Social Security Numbers when it comes time to file for EITC HoH.

In short, they are just plain too friggin stupid to comprehend what the impact is of what they are collectively doing. A damn shame, but the epitaph for our country, I’m afraid.


11 posted on 11/21/2012 10:28:13 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
More Americans Will Use Food Stamps For Thanksgiving This Year Than Ever Before.

Since when are illegals Americans?

12 posted on 11/21/2012 10:30:44 AM PST by SMM48
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To: Gaffer

You see these heifers in the store? I thought a heifer is a female which hasn’t given birth, but a cow is a female which has given birth? Aren’t they really cows then?


13 posted on 11/21/2012 10:37:15 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego ('s)
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To: djf

Didn’t the liberals lecture us that it is racist to talk about food stamps???


14 posted on 11/21/2012 10:39:31 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego ('s)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Millions thanking King Obama for the handout. Promised to vote to extend President term limit to infinity and reelect him as permanent dictator in 2016. We haven’t a chance since Rush and others have it right. King Obama purchased millions of voters and they will never change back.


15 posted on 11/21/2012 10:40:13 AM PST by Logical me
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To: Gaffer; AngelesCrestHighway

The New, Newer, Newest Normal.

Last 4yrs were only a “prep course”. Next 4yrs are the “main course”. So-called “Fiscal Cliff” won’t do squat; they’re already factored-in to benefit 0bummer&CoRegimeFromHell. SHTF might.


16 posted on 11/21/2012 10:45:02 AM PST by carriage_hill (America - a great idea while it lasted.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Yeah...semantics I guess. They act like they’re single when they trying to get knocked up with another meal ticket, though. Curious, I hardly ever see them with their kids in tow nowdays. They must be in government day-care (Pre-K) in our state....


17 posted on 11/21/2012 10:49:46 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: headstamp 2

Ok. I haven’t posted in a long time, though I’ve been lurking.

I lost my job in June. Since I didn’t have much savings, and I knew the miserable state of the economy, and that I probably wouldn’t find a job very quickly (my field is one of the worst to be in right now), we signed up for food stamps right away. I can say from my experience that the statement in the article you’re citing is complete garbage. It’s the height of journalistic dishonesty. We’ve never had more money to spend on food than we’ve had since going on food stamps. It’s not only well over 1.25 per meal, and not only adequate, it’s luxurious.

I’m not naive about the media’s lies but I’m shocked by that paragraph. That number has to be completely made up. Most higher income people won’t know how much food stamps provide, and most food stamp recipients won’t reveal what suckers people who pay for their own food are.

All one would have to do is look at how fat virtually all food stamp users are.


18 posted on 11/21/2012 10:51:48 AM PST by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Gaffer

When I was working next to the welfare office, their secretary told them what they could do with her job. She had worked there for years and finally got fed up with all their clients taking home more freebies than what was in her paycheck.

Monday, after doing the grocery shopping, I posted here that the entire cost of tomorrow’s meal came in at just shy of $35. That included a 21 lb bird, all the sides and a guess at about $5 for seasonings, celery, milk, flour and various incidentals I already had on hand. Nothing, other than the $1/lb turkey was on sale or had a coupon so that was all regular prices. That will feed us all and there will be plenty of leftovers and more for the freezer. IOW, Thanksgiving shouldn’t cost anymore than any other homemade meal and should be less with the birds always at a good price.


19 posted on 11/21/2012 11:04:44 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
The media and all liberal suckers will never want to connect the dots for the dumb asses that put Obango back in the White House...
20 posted on 11/21/2012 11:09:58 AM PST by Stand Watch Listen
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

The libs have successfully removed serious eligibility standards to qualify for a SNAP card. No stigma either, they’re just a government-paid super discount coupon that can be used for anything.


21 posted on 11/21/2012 11:35:32 AM PST by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: Gaffer

A damn shame but true. Split the country up and let that half go to hell run by liberals...


22 posted on 11/21/2012 11:49:22 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: headstamp 2

$1.25? Raaaaaaght...

Is that why those paying taxes for the foodstamps are in line with their hamburger helper
waiting for those with the EBT card in front of them to purchase their steak and shrimp?


23 posted on 11/21/2012 11:52:28 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

They plan on remaking it “closer to their hearts” after it crashes.


24 posted on 11/21/2012 11:54:23 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: bgill

Incredible! What propaganda filth this government spreads about food stamps. No point in going to work. Just let all of us working support the voters who vote for more freebies! F this bullshit!


25 posted on 11/21/2012 11:55:13 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: carriage_hill

SHTF... pronounced “shift” around our house.


26 posted on 11/21/2012 11:55:30 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

But The Poor can certainly afford beer, booze, cigarettes, drugs etc., so they must be doing great on that meager amount per meal. This is particularly true if the children are being fed at least two meals per day for free at school.


27 posted on 11/21/2012 12:21:42 PM PST by txrefugee
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To: Gaffer

I worked as a cashier back in college, and I saw those every day. It got to where I could tell at a glance which payment method people would be using.
(I never said it out loud, of course. Just kept a little scoresheet in my head.)

Only once did I get it wrong. A woman came through with a cart full of things like oatmeal, flour, fresh vegetables. Her 2 kids were well-groomed and very polite, and when she handed me her EBT card she couldn’t meet my eyes.

I’ve often wondered what happened to her. I’m guessing she didn’t stay on food stamps for long.


28 posted on 11/21/2012 12:25:56 PM PST by Ellendra (http://www.ustrendy.com/ellendra-nauriel/portfolio/18423/concealed-couture/)
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To: Ellendra

Interesting. What are your thoughts on all this? I’m one of those working poor folks that lives quite well on not that much.

I would always trade work for food stamps, since their benefits are so generous!


29 posted on 11/21/2012 12:32:29 PM PST by JCBreckenridge (They may take our lives... but they'll never take our FREEDOM!)
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To: JCBreckenridge

I’m really curious where they pulled that $1.25 number from, because other than that one woman, I have never seen a skinny person using EBT.

Food stamps might be generous, but a person needs more than food. There’s something in the human spirit that yearns for that pride that comes with accomplishing something on your own, I think that’s why so many people on entitlements are angry all the time. There’s something missing and they can’t name it, so they just keep demanding more and more.

I’ve had several medical issues over the years that have kept me from working for months at a time. And while I’ve never qualified for government benefits, I can tell you that it chafes to have to take charity, even from family. I’d rather be working. Dignity is something nobody can give.


30 posted on 11/21/2012 12:44:24 PM PST by Ellendra (http://www.ustrendy.com/ellendra-nauriel/portfolio/18423/concealed-couture/)
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Yeah, agree with you wholeheartedly. I’m really not sure what the solution is - the folks who care about food stamps are the folks who aren’t taking the help - many of them folks who need help.


31 posted on 11/21/2012 12:52:29 PM PST by JCBreckenridge (They may take our lives... but they'll never take our FREEDOM!)
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32 posted on 11/21/2012 12:53:35 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: djf

You can’t judge peole with disability signs by the way they look.


33 posted on 11/21/2012 1:28:06 PM PST by sheana
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Food stamps just serve to hide the bread line.

There are nearly 50 million people in today's 'bread line'.

34 posted on 11/21/2012 1:33:37 PM PST by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

More Americans will use food stamps

Obama’s Fault


35 posted on 11/21/2012 1:39:15 PM PST by bikerman (What ever happens from now is all OBAMA's fault. Obama lied,economy died)
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To: JCBreckenridge

There was a FReeper who had a good idea about that, I forget who it was. But the idea was to use the surplusses caused by farming subsidies to create a food that would be cheap, and would have the nutrients necessary for survival, but would be as tasteless as can be. Then, make that food readily available to anyone who wants it, whether they’re Warren Buffet or homeless on the streets. That way, the truly poor would be able to get enough to live on, but at the same time it wouldn’t make “poverty” so pleasant as to take away the incentives to get out of it.

Even if that food giveaway were abused it would still cost less than the food stamp program is now.


36 posted on 11/21/2012 1:52:09 PM PST by Ellendra (http://www.ustrendy.com/ellendra-nauriel/portfolio/18423/concealed-couture/)
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To: headstamp 2

A $1.25 average price per meal is quite good ... when you figure that your typical Breakfast and Lunch fall well below that amount leaving a good amount for Dinner.

Breakfast , 2 eggs ($0.30) , juice (6 oz. ,, $0.20) , bagel ($0.20)
Lunch , PB&J , bread $0.08 , PB $0.15 , Jelly $0.15 , milk 8oz. $0.22
total so far $1.30 ,, @ $1.25/meal that means $2.45 for dinner ..
Dinner ,, 2 chicken legs ($0.60) rice ($0.10), can of veggies ($0.59)

Besides Food Stamps are “supplemental” nutrition .. they aren’t meant to be your entire food budget..


37 posted on 11/21/2012 3:51:50 PM PST by Neidermeyer
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