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46,609,072 People on Food Stamps in 2012; Record 47,791,996 in December
Weekly Standard ^

Posted on 03/11/2013 6:35:57 AM PDT by Perdogg

On Friday, the United States Department of Agriculture quietly released new statistics related to the food stamps program, officially known as SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). The numbers reveal, in 2012, the food stamps program was the biggest it's ever been, with an average of 46,609,072 people on the program every month of last year. 47,791,996 people were on the program in the month of December 2012.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: democrats; democratutopia; economy; obama; socialism

1 posted on 03/11/2013 6:35:57 AM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Perdogg

The DemocRATS’ socialist utopia.


2 posted on 03/11/2013 6:36:54 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Progressive, Marxist liberals do not evolve, they morph into fascists.)
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To: Perdogg

The”Food Stasmp”POTUS?I don’t see why not??????????????????


3 posted on 03/11/2013 6:39:39 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: Perdogg

4 posted on 03/11/2013 6:41:11 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Perdogg

Who you gonna' vote for?


5 posted on 03/11/2013 6:45:45 AM PDT by Iron Munro (I miss America, don't you?)
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To: Perdogg

The reason the number of people receiving food stamps is increasing isn’t because there are more people in “poverty.” Its because Obama keeps expanding eligibility so that lower middle class and even some middle class people can get food stamps. He’s trying to get everyone hooked on government. If everyone is getting some type of government check, they won’t want to cut spending. Its more creeping Socialism that has little to do with actually needing food.


6 posted on 03/11/2013 6:48:14 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Perdogg

Hypothetical question for FReepers:

If we all believe that a total system collapse is almost inevitable then why don’t conservatives sign up for every one of these programs they can, use the extra money to prepare themselves for the coming economic doomage and go ahead and hasten the crisis? Why not reverse Cloward Piven on the socailists?

Of course that would require a willing suspension of morality and some people would have a harder time with that than others ...


7 posted on 03/11/2013 6:55:17 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Perdogg
The United States is the most obese country in the world with 34% of the adult population classified as obese


8 posted on 03/11/2013 7:05:25 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Perdogg

Full on pimp/community organizer.


9 posted on 03/11/2013 7:06:22 AM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: Perdogg

From article: “Obama administration is encouraging growth in the food stamps program as a way to stimulate the economy.”

Steal from the producers to give to the non-producer.
How does this help?


10 posted on 03/11/2013 7:10:06 AM PDT by stickandrudder (Another Bitter-Clinger! God-Family-Tribe)
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To: stickandrudder

For grocers and retailers - its a good deal - tax free income. Federal law prohibits EBT from being charged sales tax and processing fees.


11 posted on 03/11/2013 7:27:03 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Perdogg

College kids from Middle Class backgrounds get Foodstamps (EBT).

I know some. Because they are on Work-Study, they automatically qualify for Foodstamps.

As soon as they got the card, they went to Trader Joes and stocked up on organic goodies.


12 posted on 03/11/2013 7:54:49 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Due Process 2013: "Burn the M*****-F***er Down!")
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To: Perdogg

Was at Costco this weekend, where an African American gentleman ahead of us had a cart full of $300 pounds of only top quality meat.

His EBT (foodstamps) card was rejected.

He was pi$$ed.


13 posted on 03/11/2013 7:55:45 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Due Process 2013: "Burn the M*****-F***er Down!")
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To: Perdogg

My local fishmonger reports that people will come in and load up on lobster, king crab legs, and everything else that costs around $20 / pound.

Then they come to the register and try to pay with foodstamps (EBT).

He now has a sign saying “EBT NOT ACCEPTED.”

He tells me, “I’m trying to run an upscale place with great product for a high-end clientele. I don’t want to take foodstamps!”


14 posted on 03/11/2013 7:57:24 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Due Process 2013: "Burn the M*****-F***er Down!")
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To: Perdogg

My neighbor in Southern Oregon was getting more and more wealthy through the 0bama Recession / Depression with his pizza parlor.

I asked him, “How is it that you’re doing so well when unemployment around here is about 20%?”

Answer: “It’s TAKE-AND-BAKE pizza, so I can accept the EBT.”


15 posted on 03/11/2013 7:59:04 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Due Process 2013: "Burn the M*****-F***er Down!")
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To: Perdogg

My wife lined up behind a well-dressed woman in line with all the best organic and specialty food items. High end spices, French cheeses, etc.

She paid with the EBT.


16 posted on 03/11/2013 8:00:11 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Due Process 2013: "Burn the M*****-F***er Down!")
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To: Perdogg

I know of a school where all the kids are on Free and Reduced Lunch program, and all the families have the EBT card.

Nonetheless, the kids are picked up after school by mom (and sometimes “dad”, though not legally “dad” because that would reduce the welfare check).....

.... in the LEXUS that reeks of MARIJUANA.


17 posted on 03/11/2013 8:02:36 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Due Process 2013: "Burn the M*****-F***er Down!")
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To: Perdogg; cripplecreek; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...
Working Poor Eligible for SNAP 2008 2009 2010
State or territory Population estimate for July 1, 2012 Census population, April 1, 2010 Census population, April 1, 2000 Seats in U.S. House, 2013–2023 Presidential Electors 2012– 2020 2010 Census Pop. per House seat 2000 Census Pop. per House seat 2000 Census Pop. per Pres. Elector Percent of total U.S. pop., 2010
Alabama 356,295 458,902 440,069
Alaska 35,294 45,946 47,596
Arizona 506,250 601,598 611,496
Arkansas 226,596 253,938 263,984
California 2,800,853 3,115,342 3,254,731
Colorado 247,305 343,529 290,641
Connecticut 135,317 123,199 126,710
Delaware 50,448 56,298 56,508
District of Columbia 36,731 35,615 39,500
Florida 1,148,582 1,350,878 1,315,852
Georgia 796,969 875,720 895,175
Hawaii 82,550 104,817 113,611
Idaho 100,125 117,277 139,738
Illinois 777,419 851,047 1,006,431
Indiana 381,851 408,053 485,766
Iowa 145,383 185,259 191,689
Kansas 217,686 206,954 218,747
Kentucky 305,238 331,957 370,181
Louisiana 446,787 439,783 498,995
Maine 65,110 67,499 70,799
Maryland 261,491 273,288 299,506
Massachusetts 255,716 298,889 339,341
Michigan 607,873 649,546 636,876
Minnesota 270,264 312,710 275,210
Mississippi 323,118 328,026 336,632
Missouri 370,492 468,218 427,212
Montana 44,989 55,089 57,301
Nebraska 104,380 108,723 110,738
Nevada 133,369 157,296 187,889
New Hampshire 36,339 46,044 40,659
New Jersey 324,132 338,853 399,702
New Mexico 186,899 192,196 181,020
New York 1,308,760 1,442,742 1,426,140
North Carolina 645,867 766,331 840,196
North Dakota 32,551 32,615 30,112
Ohio 618,959 700,804 785,175
Oklahoma 259,492 293,862 331,635
Oregon 206,218 227,903 255,567
Pennsylvania 576,204 563,468 579,966
Rhode Island 55,310 68,638 62,728
South Carolina 294,765 296,973 361,542
South Dakota 49,382 52,712 56,549
Tennessee 575,376 625,018 585,878
Texas 2,452,660 2,788,871 2,780,425
Utah 118,470 183,390 203,724
Vermont 26,010 30,260 32,862
Virginia 398,869 444,097 434,963
Washington 253,341 325,128 320,708
West Virginia 91,633 97,605 113,263
Wisconsin 307,499 293,345 300,894
Wyoming 23,524 22,340 26,797
United States 20,076,740 22,458,595 23,259,429
Wyoming 23,524 22,340 26,797
Alabama 4,822,023 4,779,736 4,447,100 7 9 682,819 635,300 494,122 1.53%
Alaska 731,449 710,231 626,932 1 3 710,231 626,932 208,977 0.23%
Arizona 6,553,255 6,392,017 5,130,632 9 11 799,002 641,329 513,063 2.04%
Arkansas 2,949,131 2,915,918 2,673,400 4 6 728,980 668,350 445,567 0.93%
California 38,041,430 37,253,956 33,871,648 53 55 702,905 639,088 615,848 11.91%
Colorado 5,187,582 5,029,196 4,301,261 7 9 720,704 614,466 477,918 1.61%
Connecticut 3,590,347 3,574,097 3,405,565 5 7 714,819 681,113 486,509 1.14%
Delaware 917,092 897,934 783,600 1 3 900,877 783,600 261,200 0.29%
District of Columbia 632,323 601,723 572,059 [6] 3 190,686 0.19%
Florida 19,317,568 18,801,310 15,982,378 27 29 752,052 639,295 591,940 6.01%
Georgia 9,919,945 9,687,653 8,186,453 14 16 745,204 629,727 545,764 3.10%
Hawaii 1,392,313 1,360,301 1,211,537 2 4 680,151 605,769 302,884 0.43%
Idaho 1,595,728 1,567,582 1,293,953 2 4 783,791 646,977 323,488 0.51%
Illinois 12,875,255 12,830,632 12,419,293 18 20 675,296 653,647 591,395 4.10%
Indiana 6,537,334 6,483,802 6,080,485 9 11 720,422 675,609 552,771 2.07%
Iowa 3,074,186 3,046,355 2,926,324 4 6 609,271 585,265 418,046 0.97%
Kansas 2,885,905 2,853,118 2,688,418 4 6 713,280 672,105 448,070 0.91%
Kentucky 4,380,415 4,339,367 4,041,769 6 8 723,228 673,628 505,221 1.39%
Louisiana 4,601,893 4,533,372 4,468,976 6 8 647,625 638,425 496,553 1.45%
Maine 1,329,192 1,328,361 1,274,923 2 4 664,181 637,462 318,731 0.42%
Maryland 5,884,563 5,773,552 5,296,486 8 10 721,694 662,061 529,649 1.85%
Massachusetts 6,646,144 6,547,629 6,349,097 9 11 654,763 634,910 529,091 2.09%
Michigan 9,883,360 9,883,640 9,938,444 14 16 658,909 662,563 584,614 3.16%
Minnesota 5,379,139 5,303,925 4,919,479 8 10 662,991 614,935 491,948 1.70%
Mississippi 2,984,926 2,967,297 2,844,658 4 6 741,824 711,165 474,110 0.95%
Missouri 6,021,988 5,988,927 5,595,211 8 10 665,436 621,690 508,656 1.91%
Montana 1,005,141 989,415 902,195 1 3 999,243 902,195 300,732 0.32%
Nebraska 1,855,525 1,826,341 1,711,263 3 5 608,780 570,421 342,253 0.58%
Nevada 2,758,931 2,700,551 1,998,257 4 6 900,184 666,086 399,651 0.86%
New Hampshire 1,320,718 1,316,470 1,235,786 2 4 658,235 617,893 308,947 0.42%
New Jersey 8,864,590 8,791,894 8,414,350 12 14 676,300 647,258 560,957 2.81%
New Mexico 2,085,538 2,059,179 1,819,046 3 5 686,393 606,349 363,809 0.66%
New York 19,570,261 19,378,102 18,976,457 27 29 668,210 654,361 612,144 6.19%
North Carolina 9,752,073 9,535,483 8,049,313 13 15 733,499 619,178 536,621 3.05%
North Dakota 699,628 672,591 642,200 1 3 672,591 642,200 214,067 0.21%
Ohio 11,544,225 11,536,504 11,353,140 16 18 640,917 630,730 567,657 3.69%
Oklahoma 3,814,820 3,751,351 3,450,654 5 7 750,270 690,131 492,951 1.20%
Oregon 3,899,353 3,831,074 3,421,399 5 7 766,215 684,280 488,771 1.22%
Pennsylvania 12,763,536 12,702,379 12,281,054 18 20 668,546 646,371 584,812 4.06%
Puerto Rico 3,667,084 3,725,789 3,808,610 [6] 0 1.19%
Rhode Island 1,050,292 1,052,567 1,048,319 2 4 526,284 524,160 262,080 0.34%
South Carolina 4,723,723 4,625,364 4,012,012 7 9 770,894 668,669 501,502 1.48%
South Dakota 833,354 814,180 754,844 1 3 814,180 754,844 251,615 0.26%
Tennessee 6,456,243 6,346,105 5,689,283 9 11 705,123 632,143 517,208 2.03%
Texas 26,059,203 25,145,561 20,851,820 36 38 785,799 651,619 613,289 8.04%
Utah 2,855,287 2,763,885 2,233,169 4 6 921,295 744,390 446,634 0.88%
Vermont 626,011 625,741 608,827 1 3 625,741 608,827 202,942 0.20%
Virginia 8,185,867 8,001,024 7,078,515 11 13 727,366 643,501 544,501 2.56%
Washington 6,897,012 6,724,540 5,894,121 10 12 747,171 654,902 535,829 2.15%
West Virginia 1,855,413 1,852,994 1,808,344 3 5 617,665 602,781 361,669 0.59%
Wisconsin 5,726,398 5,686,986 5,363,675 8 10 710,873 670,459 536,368 1.82%
Wyoming 576,412 563,626 493,782 1 3 563,626 493,782 164,594 0.18%

18 posted on 03/11/2013 8:13:03 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Perdogg

The state with the highest average number of participants per month in 2012 was Texas, with an astonishing 4,038,440 folks drawing from the program.

Hmmm...interesting


19 posted on 03/11/2013 8:21:19 AM PDT by BubbaJunebug
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To: BubbaJunebug

Texas has huge numbers on Medicaid and Medicare also.
That’s why the talk of “secession” is so hollow.


20 posted on 03/11/2013 8:22:53 AM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Perdogg

Impeachment File for B. Hussein Obama.


21 posted on 03/11/2013 8:29:07 AM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Commune Obama"care" violates Anti-Trust Laws, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Uncle Miltie
His EBT (foodstamps) card was rejected.

He was pi$$ed.

I was in line at the local grocery store last week and a guy two people in front of me swiped his card. The cashier asked if he "needed cash today". I thought it was a debit card, but then I noticed the EBT on the card.

He got $75 when I was loading my bags into the pickup, he was walking into the liquor store a few doors from the grocery store. That was when I got pi$$ed.

22 posted on 03/11/2013 8:59:38 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dims are stupid, period. End of conversation.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

A local station here in Indy got a file from the state on locations and amounts where EBT/TANF cards were swiped.
Vegas, Puerto Rico, Disney (CA and FL), etc.


23 posted on 03/11/2013 9:02:24 AM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: SunkenCiv

I noticed something interesting when I scanned that chart. There are two states who had more than 10% of their “working poor” population eligible for SNAP in 2010.

Mississippi and Texas. I would have guessed the first but not the latter.


24 posted on 03/11/2013 9:05:09 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Uncle Miltie

You all raise excellent points, and we are quickly reaching a tipping point where even middle-class people who agree with us philosophically are going to start regarding themselves as suckers and fools if they don’t sign up too.


25 posted on 03/11/2013 9:16:20 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: BubbaJunebug

Can we say illegals?


26 posted on 03/11/2013 9:21:17 AM PDT by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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To: Pan_Yan

In Texas: Illegals


27 posted on 03/11/2013 9:22:37 AM PDT by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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To: Tammy8
In Texas: Illegals

Which makes sense however California according to the chart has only about 8% eligible for SNAP. I guess it depends on their definition of "working poor."

28 posted on 03/11/2013 9:35:47 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: SkyPilot

Our fat poor are the envy of the third world.


29 posted on 03/11/2013 9:43:43 AM PDT by Rebelbase (1929-1950's, 20+years for full recovery. How long this time?)
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To: SunkenCiv

Too bad they don’t break out illegal and non-citizens in those stats.


30 posted on 03/11/2013 10:21:33 AM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: raybbr

Amazing. They say we have only 11 million illegals, but SOMEHOW, our food stamp roles have swollen, almost IMMEDIATELY by some 40 million or so in a very short time period . . .


31 posted on 03/11/2013 11:09:58 AM PDT by LibsRJerks
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

Just like I know people who call themselves conservatives who see no problem spending down mom’s money to qualify for medicaid for the old folk’s home or ‘walking away’ from an upside down mortgage twice within the same decade.


32 posted on 03/11/2013 12:11:41 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: SunkenCiv

One very frightening and disgusting figure in this chart is population per House seat.

Our Founders wrote “Article the First” as a way to enumerate Representatives to Congress based on the decadal census. They arbitrarily froze the number of representatives at 435 during FDR’s reign, and it’s been stuck there ever since. Prior to that time, the number of representatives in the House rose based on the population numbers from the census.

One representative to a million people, for instance in Montana, is NOT a representative government.


33 posted on 03/11/2013 12:18:10 PM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Perdogg
Where's my stuff? I WANT MY STUFF!!!!!
34 posted on 03/11/2013 3:20:56 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

They take that kind of payment at Costco?!!!


35 posted on 03/11/2013 3:22:36 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude
They take that kind of payment at Costco?!!!

Food stamps now are essentially a second currency in America. A mass market food retailer who didn't trade in food stamps would be hard pressed to stay in business.

36 posted on 03/11/2013 3:28:06 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Pan_Yan

Don’t forget Texas also got refugees from New Orleans from Katrina and most stayed; in fact I read a magazine article that said most had their families left in New Orleans join them later in Texas instead of them going back to LA.


37 posted on 03/11/2013 6:20:24 PM PDT by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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To: Tammy8
Don’t forget Texas also got refugees from New Orleans from Katrina and most stayed;

I remember driving past "Reelect Ray Nagan" billboards here in Atlanta. They never left here either.

38 posted on 03/11/2013 6:40:53 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Buckeye McFrog
You all raise excellent points, and we are quickly reaching a tipping point where even middle-class people who agree with us philosophically are going to start regarding themselves as suckers and fools if they don’t sign up too.

Oh, I already feel like a sucker and fool. If I could get EBT I would. The Federal Gov't is stealing from me already, so I would like to get back anything I could.

39 posted on 03/11/2013 7:39:46 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: Perdogg

I know in Michigan they redid the eligibility requirements and college students were not allowed to receive foodstamps. The food stamp ebt in Michigan has been revamped whereby the recipient no longer receive food stamps at the beginning of the month, the state has implemented by the day of the month certain number of recipients receive the benefit for 22 days, whereby the number of recipients receiving the food stamps is spread throughout the month.


40 posted on 03/12/2013 2:54:19 AM PDT by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: Pan_Yan
If we all believe that a total system collapse is almost inevitable then why don’t conservatives sign up for every one of these programs they can, use the extra money to prepare themselves for the coming economic doomage and go ahead and hasten the crisis? ... Of course that would require a willing suspension of morality

On the contrary, it would require a willing application of morality. But they can't be bothered.

Signing up for welfare requires eligibility. One would have to divest oneself of much income and assets. Who does that for the sake of America?

If enough people did that -- just a substantial number of conservatives, together -- the government would cave before the EBT cards could be delivered.

But as I said, they can't be bothered.

41 posted on 03/12/2013 5:11:06 AM PDT by HomeAtLast ( You're either with the Tea Party, or you're with the EBT Party.)
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To: HomeAtLast
One would have to divest oneself of much income and assets.

Not all conservatives are that well off and the requirements for government assistance aren't that restrictive.

42 posted on 03/12/2013 5:20:15 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan
One would have to divest oneself of much income and assets.

Not all conservatives are that well off and the requirements for government assistance aren't that restrictive.

You're missing the point, but I have made it in numerous earlier posts. For "much income," read: "much of one's own income."

If one reduces one's income to the level at which one qualifies for welfare, one does not need to pay income tax. If the productive (not the "well off") people got together and did it in an organized way (reduced income to avoid income tax), with the purpose of restoring liberty, the government would surrender so fast there wouldn't be time to pay out welfare.

That would entail some inconvenience, though; even hardship for the sake of America.

43 posted on 03/12/2013 6:02:15 AM PDT by HomeAtLast ( You're either with the Tea Party, or you're with the EBT Party.)
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To: Perdogg

Think about how this works. The liberals (some of them)have honorable intentions, but they are incapable of seeing the unintended consequences.

When you subsidize those that can’t or won’t work - you sustain them to do something. Idle people tend (especially young people) toward a couple of activities - crime and procreation. So the act of food stamps, welfare, etc. results in even more people to sustain and increased crime - thus the crapholes that many of our inner cities have become.as long as we subsidize this, the worse the problem will become.

The so called “compassion” is not compassion at all, it is an increasing of the problem with no way out except bankruptcy and anarchy


44 posted on 03/12/2013 5:34:59 PM PDT by utford
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To: Buckeye McFrog

If my tax accountant tells me that my middle class family qualifies I would be a bad steward of my family’s potential recources not to jump in. These insidious Fabian socialists are realizing their dreams of the takers destroying the dreams of people like me working extra hard to move up the income ladder. Too bad commie socialist pigs- kicking ass is in our DNA!


45 posted on 03/12/2013 9:32:06 PM PDT by i get it (ans)
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To: Perdogg

What is the alternative to food stamps?

Food Stamps are a way of giving money to the grocery business as well as feeding America’s freeloaders.

It would make more sense if the money were given to soup kitchens. If people are really hungry they’ll eat there and pick up other items at food banks and other assorted charities/relatives/wealthier neighbors/etc., that feel sorry for them.

In return for the taxpayer given food they can clean and tidy up neighborhoods and be forced to grow vegetables in every vacant space in America.


46 posted on 03/13/2013 12:43:11 AM PDT by Born1941
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To: Perdogg

Obama is the entitlement guru! What a failure to establish a record with close to 50 million people on food stamps! Obama does not represent the working tax payer, he represents the entitlement people. Those who can’t work, who can’t feed their babies, who can’t afford a car, who can’t afford housing, who can’t get a job, who can’t keep a job, who can’t pay for their medical, and those who can’t be a productive member of this country! Obama does not represent the American’s, Obama represents the Americant’s!


47 posted on 03/13/2013 9:38:31 PM PDT by 57Chevy (Freedom is not Free!)
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