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Congress May Tighten Food Stamp Eligibility As Participation Reaches Record Levels
TBI ^ | 11-2-2011 | Andrew Shen

Posted on 11/02/2011 7:43:41 AM PDT by blam

Congress May Tighten Food Stamp Eligibility As Participation Reaches Record Levels

Andrew Shen
Nov. 2, 2011, 9:28 AM

Anti-food stamp Republican Jeff Sessions. Image: AP

Congress is debating ways to tighten food stamp eligibility requirements to cut rising costs, according to Politico.

Costs have been rising due to food price inflation and participation in the program by a record 46 million Americans. Unfortunately this means that Americans need food stamps more than ever.

The Agricultural Department forecasts food prices to go up 3.5 to 4.5 percent, compared to 0.8 percent increases last year.

Meanwhile, the Budget Super Committee has to cut $1.2 trillion from budget deficits in the next ten years, and food stamps look like an easy target. A proposal to cut $23 billion from agriculture and nutrition programs was already submitted last month.

Check out why the UN is warning of another food crisis >

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: economy; food; foodstamps; inflation
I wish Jeff Sessions were running for president.

He would get my vote.

1 posted on 11/02/2011 7:43:47 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam
"Food Stamp....Participation Reaches Record Levels"

Obama feeds the poor - HURRAH!!

2 posted on 11/02/2011 7:46:23 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: blam

When they start creating jobs, Americans will stop looking to the government to help them put food on the table.

Politicians like to target us rather than cut wasteful spending.

Go figure.


3 posted on 11/02/2011 7:47:12 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Psalm 73

How do they craft the law such that white people can’t get food stamps?
That’ll be their big challenge.


4 posted on 11/02/2011 7:47:45 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: MrB; goldstategop
70% of the food stamp recipients in my state (Ala) have ZERO earned income.
5 posted on 11/02/2011 7:52:40 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

The food stamp program as currently designed is a JOKE.

I volunteer many hours at a local charity that provides food and clothing to around 30,000 people a year. A high percentage of our clients are disabled or elderly or, increasingly, unable to find work.

I see many who get $15 - $20 a month in food stamps.

Seriously? It costs the government more than that just to process their application.

Local food banks do a much better job. The government should shelve the Food Stamp program and put that money into grants to the local non-profits who know how to get the job done.


6 posted on 11/02/2011 7:58:05 AM PDT by Jedidah
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To: blam

Hmmm... considering a single person survives on $200 a month on food stamps and a family on of four on $800 a month, who are politicians to tell people that’s a luxury allowance? They should get out of Washington and see how the country lives! The talk about people living in mansions and driving Cadillacs collecting food stamps is pure fiction.


7 posted on 11/02/2011 7:59:22 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

From the Bangor Daily News, with my emphasis in bold. Who said we were failing our population when it comes to math skills?

The Bangor couple, a 23-year-old man and a 17-year-old female who turned 18 on Sunday, told the investigating officer that they had purchased two cases of water with funding provided by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program.

“They openly said they were dumping water” for the value of the returnables, Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday. “They said they didn’t think there was anything wrong with that.”

The bottled water cost around $6 and the duo got $2.40 back in cash from the redeemed bottles.


8 posted on 11/02/2011 8:00:47 AM PDT by NewinTexsas
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To: Jedidah

As someone who is disabled, I resent Washington politicians telling me to tighten my belt. When they gave up their cushy pay, perks and benefits, let’s talk.

I didn’t create the mess in Washington and I paid my taxes. I sure as hell want to know why people who can’t manage the federal budget presume to tell me how to manage mine!


9 posted on 11/02/2011 8:03:10 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: blam
The system is almost overwhelmed!

All Hail President Cloward-Piven!

10 posted on 11/02/2011 8:03:17 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (The enemy of my enemy is my candidate.)
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To: NewinTexsas

I don’t deny there’s waste, fraud and abuse in the program. Human nature being what it is, some people just aren’t grateful. I don’t like them.


11 posted on 11/02/2011 8:06:17 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: blam

70% of food stamp recipients in my state (Calif) are ILLEGAL ALIENS.


12 posted on 11/02/2011 8:08:05 AM PDT by Ernie Kaputnik ((It's a mad, mad, mad world.))
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To: Jedidah

I think they need to just have warehouses where people have to get off their duffs and go to get staples and grocery store surplus.

Let churches and private groups take over helping the truly needy.

Government handouts have to stop!


13 posted on 11/02/2011 8:08:23 AM PDT by GatorGirl (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: goldstategop

OK but with WIC, food stamps, and free breakfast and lunch at school, how the heck do we have all these HUNGRY CHILDREN the media is always talking about?


14 posted on 11/02/2011 8:08:31 AM PDT by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: goldstategop

Just be prepared as much as you can. This is all going to collapse in the next few years. This is where our churches, neighbors and other charitable organizations will fill some of the vacuum left from a reduced government role. The days of a broad-based welfare system is coming to a close...and sooner than many want to realize.


15 posted on 11/02/2011 8:10:29 AM PDT by Comparative Advantage
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To: Jedidah

Seniors rarely get much in food stamps. The big food stamp winners are the people who don’t work and reproduce like bunny rabbits.

I know at least on person with one kid that is getting almost 600 dollars a month.


16 posted on 11/02/2011 8:11:30 AM PDT by dforest
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To: blam

Drug test!


17 posted on 11/02/2011 8:11:44 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Obama is a Communist, a Muslim, and an illegal alien)
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To: blam

I will go out on a limb and predict right now...this will NOT happen.

The linguini-spined Pubbies won’t endure even the first extended 60 Minutes story about poor folk out in South Succotash someplace who are now eating grass and bark because of those Mean Eeeeeeeevil Republicans.


18 posted on 11/02/2011 8:17:10 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: MrB
How do they craft the law such that white people can’t get food stamps?

I grew up around what could charitably be called the "white trash" parts of town. Hate to break it to you, but there are a whole lot of white people there wearing out their SNAP cards every month. Numerically more than black people. We can't point our finger at them because when you go to these white trash neighborhoods all the same stuff is going on.
19 posted on 11/02/2011 8:19:43 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: blam

Amen to that!


20 posted on 11/02/2011 8:23:20 AM PDT by Himyar
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To: Psalm 73

Here in Atlanta on the local radio stations, commercials were run incessantly encouraging people to apply. ‘You may not even know you qualify’... was the recurring theme.


21 posted on 11/02/2011 8:23:20 AM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Psalm 73

Here in Atlanta on the local radio stations, commercials were run incessantly encouraging people to apply. ‘You may not even know you qualify’... was the recurring theme.


22 posted on 11/02/2011 8:23:26 AM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I was more referring to the 0bama administration’s demonstrated propensity for crafting programs specifically targeted to benefit favored demographics.


23 posted on 11/02/2011 8:23:58 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: goldstategop

Maybe the living in mansions is a stretch. The driving in Cadillacs while collecting food stamps, there’s plenty of that in any upstate NY city. I see it daily. Let’s not forget keeping the windows open all winter because the thermostat’s set to 90.


24 posted on 11/02/2011 8:33:03 AM PDT by printhead (Standard & Poor - Poor is the new standard.)
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To: printhead

I was standing in the grocery line, frozen dinners and discounted (sell-by date expiring) meat in hand. In front of me, checking out, was an Hispanic woman with three pudgy kids. Included in her purchase were steaks, ice cream, soda pop, chips, cookies and fresh salmon.

She handed the EBT card to the cashier. The bill totaled over $80. The cashier informed her that the card was $4 over the available credit.

She handed 3 Monster energy drinks back to the cashier.
All during this time, she was texting on her new i-phone.
I saw this woman out in the parking lot, loading her groceries and kids into a newer SUV.

I jumped into my 1992 pickup, my cell with a cracked screen in my pocket, and returned home to microwave and enjoy my TV dinner, still clinging to my dignity and pride. But apparently, that is not worth much these days.


25 posted on 11/02/2011 8:40:01 AM PDT by dmzTahoe
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26 posted on 11/02/2011 8:44:43 AM PDT by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC BY DONATING NOW! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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To: dmzTahoe

Don’t doubt your story but if any state or retailer is covering “energy drinks” under SNAP they are breaking federal law.


27 posted on 11/02/2011 8:44:43 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: blam

28 posted on 11/02/2011 8:47:27 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (See ya later, debt inflator ! Gone in 4 (2012))
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To: goldstategop
The talk about people living in mansions and driving Cadillacs collecting food stamps is pure fiction.

It really isn't since the 2008 Farm Act removed any asset test from the application process.

29 posted on 11/02/2011 8:49:59 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: Buckeye McFrog
The Safety Net has become a Hammock. There is no way to turn back the clock.

We are a Welfare Nation where the responsible people will always be expected to pay for the irresponsible people.

The average person has no clue how the ever increasing National Debt affects them. They only care when the Democrats and the Media tell them that the Evil Republicans won't raise the Debt Limit and will take away their Government Checks.

People have relied on Credit Cards for so long that having access to money has nothing to do with saving and sacrificing. The entire dynamic has changed since I was a child back in the 1950’s. Working hard and saving money for a rainy day by putting off things until you can afford them are passe.

People cry about BofA trying to recover costs due to Government Regulation by implementing a $5.00 monthly Debit Card fee have no trouble spending the same amount on a cup of flavored water at Starbucks every day. They pay $400 for a fancy iPhone along with $100 a month service plan and whine about Oil Companies making an 8% profit on gasoline.

Meanwhile they elect Democrats who make it their goal in life to take money away from hard working people to give to their Liberal supporters who are nothing more than envious losers. We give Food Stamp recipients Debit Cards so they won't be “embarrassed” using a paper coupon. Nowadays most people aren't embarrassed at all, they are proud to game the system because they think they deserve things that other people have.

I have always believed that you help people who CAN'T help themselves, not people that WON'T help themselves. Too bad I am a minority in having that viewpoint. My Father always told me “Nobody owes you a living”. I didn't realize how naive his statement was until I started caring about Politics.

30 posted on 11/02/2011 8:55:11 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
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To: blam

Drug test them!!! That would cut the program in at least half.


31 posted on 11/02/2011 8:58:38 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: goldstategop
Human nature being what it is, some people just aren’t grateful.

Being ungrateful is one thing. Thinking it is alright to rip off the taxpayers is another. The program has a long history of abuse.

32 posted on 11/02/2011 9:08:56 AM PDT by NewinTexsas
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To: blam

“May” tighten eligibility? Eliminate it!


33 posted on 11/02/2011 9:09:09 AM PDT by manic4organic (We won. Get over it.)
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To: steve86

Ralph’s in Van Nuys, CA. I am sure they are not alone.


34 posted on 11/02/2011 9:11:11 AM PDT by dmzTahoe
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To: goldstategop
who are politicians to tell people that’s a luxury allowance? They should get out of Washington and see how the country lives! The talk about people living in mansions and driving Cadillacs collecting food stamps is pure fiction.

No matter what they drive or where they live, why am I obliged to feed them through my taxes?

I have a moral obligation, of my own making, bible based, to help and I do as much as I can. I just think how much more I could help if the government wouldn't take my money and squander it on the administrative costs of food stamp and other "help the poor" programs and if I could do more on my own, I could also make a personal decision as to which "poor" deserves my help.

35 posted on 11/02/2011 9:23:46 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country but Herman Cain loves mine.)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice
"...commercials were run incessantly encouraging people to apply. ‘You may not even know you qualify’..."

He is bleeding us dry.
(And our Republican nomination process is turning into a circus....)

36 posted on 11/02/2011 9:55:15 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: dmzTahoe
I was standing in the grocery line, frozen dinners and discounted (sell-by date expiring) meat in hand. In front of me, checking out, was an Hispanic woman with three pudgy kids. Included in her purchase were steaks, ice cream, soda pop, chips, cookies and fresh salmon.

She handed the EBT card to the cashier. The bill totaled over $80. The cashier informed her that the card was $4 over the available credit.

She handed 3 Monster energy drinks back to the cashier. All during this time, she was texting on her new i-phone. I saw this woman out in the parking lot, loading her groceries and kids into a newer SUV.

I jumped into my 1992 pickup, my cell with a cracked screen in my pocket, and returned home to microwave and enjoy my TV dinner, still clinging to my dignity and pride. But apparently, that is not worth much these days.

I've had the exact same experience. I had hamburger helper and top ramen. In line ahead of me, an entire Hispanic family preparing for a big BBQ; huge steaks, potato chips, dip, cokes, all paid with a lone star card - over 100 bucks.

Exception, the "husband" paid for the beer and charcoal with a wad of cash he took out of his pocket. They were still loading up their new astro van, when I got in my 1997 buick with the groceries I hoped would hold out until payday.

Dignity and pride, yes. I have it. And it's worth a lot more than anything a bunch of lazy freeloaders will ever have.

37 posted on 11/02/2011 10:17:20 AM PDT by KittenClaws (A closed mouth gathers no foot.)
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To: blam
Remember the pictures of Bread Lines from the Depression?

People know that if you have long Bread Lines that times are hard. Surely if such a Bread Line existed today, it would shock people.

Well, 45.8 Million Americans are on Food Stamps. If you made those 45.8 Million people stand in a line like this one, if you were giving out the bread in New York City, the line would stretch, six abreast, all the way across the country to Los Angeles, California.

38 posted on 11/02/2011 11:02:44 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (We don't need to Occupy Wall Street... We need to Occupy K Street!)
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To: Haiku Guy

I saw a line just like that in the 1970’s.
They were handing out government cheese at a local junior high school.


39 posted on 11/02/2011 12:04:14 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: goldstategop
They should get out of Washington and see how the country lives! The talk about people living in mansions and driving Cadillacs collecting food stamps is pure fiction.

Nope.

40 posted on 11/02/2011 12:22:23 PM PDT by denydenydeny (The moment you step into a world of facts, you step into a world of limits. --Chesterton)
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To: dmzTahoe
I was standing in the grocery line, frozen dinners and discounted (sell-by date expiring) meat in hand. In front of me, checking out, was an Hispanic woman with three pudgy kids. Included in her purchase were steaks, ice cream, soda pop, chips, cookies and fresh salmon. She handed the EBT card to the cashier. The bill totaled over $80. The cashier informed her that the card was $4 over the available credit. She handed 3 Monster energy drinks back to the cashier. All during this time, she was texting on her new i-phone. I saw this woman out in the parking lot, loading her groceries and kids into a newer SUV. I jumped into my 1992 pickup, my cell with a cracked screen in my pocket, and returned home to microwave and enjoy my TV dinner, still clinging to my dignity and pride. But apparently, that is not worth much these days.

You're living my life!

41 posted on 11/02/2011 12:26:37 PM PDT by denydenydeny (The moment you step into a world of facts, you step into a world of limits. --Chesterton)
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To: Haiku Guy
Man O Man...what a line that would be.
(And, not nearly as orderly, I'll bet.)
42 posted on 11/02/2011 1:52:21 PM PDT by blam
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