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  • Democratic Congressman: We Need Food Stamps Because So Many Fathers Are In Jail

    02/28/2015 10:04:40 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 59 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/25/15 | Patrick Howley
    Democratic Georgia Rep. David Scott said that food stamps are necessary because of America’s “policy” of imprisoning families. “First of all, the situation regarding employment and jobs, poverty, all of that. All of that has been structured into our economic, social policy over the last quarter-century,” Scott said at Wednesday’s House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing to review the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), talking about the outsourcing of manufacturing jobs before turning to the incarceration issue. “Our policy of sending so many of our young eligible fathers to prison. Millions,” Scott said. “Our prison population went from 300,000 in...
  • 7 States With the Most People on Food Stamps

    02/16/2015 12:23:49 PM PST · by Kartographer · 99 replies
    Wall Street Cheat Sheet ^ | 2/16/15 | Erika Rawes
    3. New Mexico Number of food stamp recipients: 430,622 Percentage of the state’s population on food stamps: 20.65% Total cost of just these benefits alone (That is, how much do just the money on those EBT cards cost the state?): Around $53.12 million Cost of benefits alone per capita in this state: $25.47 per person
  • Biden: Running away from Obama in 2016 would be ‘mistake’ for Dems

    02/12/2015 9:52:51 PM PST · by PROCON · 40 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Feb. 12, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    Vice President Joseph R. Biden said Democratic presidential candidates in 2016 should embrace President Obama’s economic policies and “run on what we have done” instead of running away from the administration. “In my view, those seeking to lead the nation should protect and defend and run, yes run, on what we’ve done and own what we have done,” Mr. Biden said in a speech in Des Moines, Iowa. “Stand for what we have done. Acknowledge what we have done. And be judged on what we have done, if we have any chance for continued resurgence in 2016.” He added, “Some...
  • Welfare Payout Statistics That Will Make You Really Mad

    02/09/2015 5:43:26 AM PST · by blueyon · 11 replies
    Joe for america ^ | 11/015/14 | Joe For America
    Having trouble just making ends meet because of taxes that go to people who don’t work? Check your State and see how you’d do not working at all! [BELOW] Hit that share button and Tweet or send an email link to every working man and woman you know.
  • Teacher: I see the difference in educational privilege every day. I live it. I am disgusted by it.

    02/03/2015 8:06:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Washington Post's Answer Sheet Blog ^ | January 29, 2015 | Valerie Strauss
    Here is a post by a Colorado teacher who vividly explains the difference in the lives of fortunate students and the less fortunate students whom she teaches. Her last post on this blog was a nuanced look into the psyche of some students of color who live in poverty, which you can read here. This public school teacher often blogs anonymously under the name Shakespeare’s Sister at Daily Kos. She teaches 11th grade AP Language and Composition in the Denver area. Here is Shakespeare’s Sister newest post for this blog: Recently, events in Ferguson and New York have reminded us...
  • Living on Triple-Crčme Gourmet Government Cheese

    02/03/2015 1:37:50 PM PST · by Thistooshallpass9 · 16 replies
    Once upon a time, within the art-adorned walls of a lakeside mansion in Deephaven, Minnesota, there lived a lord and a lady. That’s what Colin and Andrea Chisholm often called themselves, anyway. The Chisholms’ total assets amounted to $97 million, including some $3 million in cash. The “lord and lady” spent lavishly on traveling, upscale restaurants, entertaining guests, massages, original works of art, a collection of purebred dogs and even a million-dollar yacht. In April 2011 alone, they shelled out more than $23,000 just on travel and luxury items. But there were some expenses—like groceries and health services—which they avoided...
  • Scott Walker Wants To Drug-Test Welfare Recipients (And the Left howls!)

    01/31/2015 2:18:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 115 replies
    Crooks and Liars ^ | January 31, 2015 | karoli
    Scott Walker has had a good week. The press is googly-eyed over him, waxing on about how he could just win this thing, and he's still rolling on his high from last weekend's Freedom Summit. Of course, that's not really something to write home about when you're besting the likes of Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee. He's got that populist message down pat just like his other friends on the campaign trail. Income inequality! Deteriorating middle class! And he's so concerned about those things he's going to govern on that basis, right? Walker has a real problem on...
  • Walker budget to bar drug users from getting food stamps

    01/22/2015 8:52:19 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 47 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 1-22-15 | Jason Stein
    Madison — Setting up a likely legal fight in the federal courts, Gov. Scott Walker is proceeding with his plan to ensure that drug users aren't getting food stamp or jobless benefits. Fulfilling a campaign promise, the Republican governor committed Thursday to putting the proposal in his next budget but provided few new details on how he would pursue a plan that could run afoul of federal rules in programs such as food stamps and unemployment insurance. For the first time, he did commit to offering free treatment and job training for those testing positive for drugs, but he offered...
  • CBO: ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS GRANTED EXECUTIVE AMNESTY WOULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR CERTAIN FEDERAL BENEFITS

    01/16/2015 11:33:22 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 16, 2015 | By Caroline May
    The Congressional Budget Office estimates that by 2017, some 2 million currently undocumented immigrants will be eligible for certain federal benefits under the Obama administration’s executive amnesty. In a report released Thursday, CBO considers how changes to immigration policy could affect the federal budget. Its estimates are based on President Obama’s expanded deferred action programs to provide legal status to undocumented immigrants. The office estimates that between 2 million and 2.5 million undocumented immigrants will “have received approval for deferred action” by 2017. The CBO’s estimate is less than the 5 million the Obama administration estimated its executive amnesty would...
  • A Million Americans Could Lose Their Food Stamps Next Year

    01/07/2015 3:11:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/07/2015 | Shane Ferro
    For some of America's poorest adults without jobs, there may be a downside to falling unemployment: they could get kicked out of the SNAP (food stamp) program, even if they are still looking for work. The left-leaning think tank, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, estimates that as many as 1 million Americans could lose their SNAP benefits in 2016*.Back in 1996, when the welfare law that includes SNAP was put into place, the government limited food stamp benefits to three months for unemployed adults between 18 and 50 without minor children or disabilities. The three-month time limit is...
  • [Maine] LePage official fires back over food stamp photo policy

    01/01/2015 11:03:23 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | December 31, 2014 | ALANNA DURKIN
    AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul Le-Page’s administration is firing back at the federal government over its policy of putting welfare recipients’ photos on the cards used to access food stamps, which federal officials have warned could cause Maine to lose some program funding. In a Dec. 18 letter to the Food and Nutrition Service obtained by The Associated Press, Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew responded to several concerns raised by the agency last month and blasted officials for consistently putting up “roadblocks and barriers” in the state’s effort to prevent fraud and abuse.
  • Michigan Has More Food Stamp Recipients Than Students

    12/30/2014 12:04:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 29, 2014 | Wynton Hall
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Michigan now has more food stamp recipients than it does public school students, an analysis of federal and state statistics by Breitbart News reveals. Michigan, which announced on Friday plans to begin drug testing some welfare recipients, currently has 1,679,421 individuals on food stamps (known officially as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP), according to the U.S. Agriculture Department. According to the Michigan Department of Education, the state’s total pupil count for K-12 is 1,564,114....
  • Montana's New Gov. Website Offers Obamacare, Food Stamps, TANF in One Stop

    12/28/2014 10:11:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2014 | Sarah Jean Seman
    Welcome to Montana's new one-stop wonder. The website where residents can apply for Obamacare, food stamps, and housing assistance in one convenient location. The Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services' recently launched website streamlines the application process for various government assistance programs. The new system allows individuals to enter their information just once to apply for these three programs: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - Formerly Food StampsTemporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) - Cash assistanceHealth Coverage Assistance - Medicaid, Healthy Montana Kids, health insurance assistance and tax credits through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace The website encourages applicants to learn more about...
  • Food Stamp Beneficiaries Exceed 46,000,000 for 37 Straight Months

    12/16/2014 9:57:29 AM PST · by yoe · 19 replies
    CNSnews ^ | December 10, 2014 | Ali Meyer
    The number of beneficiaries who receive compensation from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps, has topped 46,000,000 for 37 straight months, according to data released by the Department of Agriculture (USDA). In September 2014, which is the latest data from the USDA, there were 46,459,998 Americans who received assistance from the SNAP program. The number of beneficiaries has exceeded 46 million since September 2011, a total of 37 months, or more than three years. [snip]Households on food stamps in September got an average of $252.69 during the month, and the program benefits cost taxpayers $5,748,809,023....
  • There Has Never Been A Greater Portion Of America Living On Food Stamps

    12/08/2014 9:25:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/08/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Friday's jobs data proves it - America is back baby!!! Or is it all totally manipulated statistical shenanigans? A quick glimpse at the following charts two rather uncomfortably 'non-recovery-like' lines - of structural unemployment and the percent of the US population of Food Stamps - would suggest that for much of America, the recovery never happened... and in fact has got worse...  
  • Facebook post: Selling my leftover food stamps

    12/01/2014 1:15:58 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 16 replies
    Howie Carr Show ^ | 12/1/14 | raccoonradio
    Facebook post: Selling my leftover food stamps for this month, black Friday just killed my bank account. Interested? Message me." (Reply: "Just saying...you do know that this is a pretty public page and you can get stripped of your benefits if the state gets wind of this?") Rep. Shauna O'Connell is on the Howie Carr show now; probably not much can be done to the woman who posed the question.
  • Nearly 1 in 5 Households Will Celebrate Thanksgiving on Food Stamps

    11/26/2014 11:37:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    CNS News ^ | November 26, 2014 | Staff
    Nearly one in five U.S. households will celebrate Thanksgiving on food stamps this year, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on participation in the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program. Back in fiscal 2000, there were 106,061,000 households in the United States and, according to a USDA report published in November 2012, there was a monthly average of 7,335,000 households—or 6.9 percent—getting food stamps that year. As of this August, according to the most recent data released by USDA, there were 22,729,389 households on food stamps. That equaled 19.75 percent of 115,048,000 households in the country...
  • Illegal immigrants could receive Social Security, Medicare under Obama action

    11/26/2014 2:40:04 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 15 Nov 14 | Karen Tumulty
    Under President Obama’s new program to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, many of those affected will be eligible to receive Social Security, Medicare and a wide array of other federal benefits, a White House official said Tuesday. In his speech Thursday night, the president touted his plan as a means of bringing accountability to a broken immigration system, under which 11 million or more people are estimated to be living in this country illegally. “We’re going to offer the following deal: If you’ve with been in America more than five years. If you have children who are American citizens...
  • Maine risks losing funding over food stamp policy (welfare photo ID)

    11/21/2014 12:19:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 21, 2014 2:09 PM EST | Alanna Durkin
    Gov. Paul LePage’s administration is facing a potential loss of federal funding to administer its food stamp program over concerns about state’s decision to put photos on cards used to access the benefits. Federal officials said in a letter to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday that recipients are being given information that makes it seem like they’re required to have their photos placed electronic benefit transfer cards, even though the program is voluntary. The Republican governor’s administration must make it clear to recipients that their decision to not have their photo placed on the card...
  • Wal-Mart 'urgent' memo urges improvement at U.S. stores: NYT

    11/12/2014 5:36:14 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 152 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12 Nov 14 | Reuters staff
    Wal-Mart stores Inc issued an "urgent agenda" memo to its store managers across the United States last month, laying out guidelines to boost sales of "chilled and fresh" food, the New York Times reported. The memo, marked "highly sensitive", asks Wal-Mart marketing managers to make sure they discount aging meat and baked goods to maximize chances of selling them before their expiration dates, according to the report. Wal-Mart, which has posted six straight quarters of flat or declining same-store sales growth, has been battling a stronger dollar and a reduction in U.S. food stamp benefits, which has eaten into...
  • Food Stamp Recipients Top 46 Million for 36th Straight Month

    11/10/2014 10:18:12 PM PST · by PROCON · 43 replies
    cnsnews ^ | Nov. 10, 2014 | Ali Meyer
    (CNSNews.com) - The number of beneficiaries on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program--food stamps--has now topped 46,000,000 for 36 straight months, according to new data released by the Department of Agriculture (USDA). From September 2011 through August 2014, the latest month for which data is available, the number of persons participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has exceeded 46 million. In August 2014, according to USDA, there were 46,484,828 beneficiaries of the SNAP program. That was down slightly—2,060 beneficiaries—from the 46,486,888 who got food stamps in July.
  • Federal Committee: We Need Fat Interventions At Worksites

    11/08/2014 8:54:53 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 95 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 7, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal committee charged with creating nutrition guidelines for Americans is calling for fat interventions at workplaces.During a presentation at the sixth meeting of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) on Friday, the committee said government needs to take “bold action” to fight obesity.The solutions included “comprehensive” obesity interventions in “health care, the community, public health facilities, and work sites.”“The public should monitor body weight and engage with providers in evidence-based approaches aimed at achieving and maintaining healthy body weight,” the panel said in a presentation on “Food and Nutrient Intakes, and Health.”The committee, which is responsible for creating...
  • Suit Filed to Halt Work Requirements for Food Stamp Recipients in New Mexico

    10/28/2014 7:52:43 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 7 replies
    Brietbart ^ | October 28, 2014 | Awr Hawkins
    On October 27, the New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty, the Southwest Organizing Project, and a number of food stamp recipients filed suit to halt work requirements for food stamp recipients which are set to go into effect in November. The Associated Press reports the changes would require "some childless adults [to] work in order to receive food stamps." Other recipients would have to "search for a job or participate in community service or job training."
  • School lunch totalitarians don't think government should dictate what you buy with foodstamps

    10/21/2014 11:18:31 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 19 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 10-21-14 | The Looking Spoon
    Really...MRC recently produced a video (linked at the following sentence) at the Congressional Black Caucus conference asking attendees if the same nutritional standards imposed on kids via Michelle Obama should be applied to food stams. What ensues is three minutes and fifty nine seconds of liberal intellectual bankruptcy at it's finest.The money quote for me was at 1:27: "I don't think it's the government's job to dictate what you can and cannot buy." ...Seriously.It's an amazing quote from someone who would presumably follow those wanting to overturn Obamacare to the gates of hell...Hat tip to Biden for that one...The video...
  • The U.S. Economic Recovery Is Still On Food Stamps

    10/16/2014 7:08:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    RCM ^ | 10/15/2014 | Riobert Doar
    Something peculiar is happening to our nation's food assistance program. The recently renamed food stamp program - now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP - is supposed to respond to difficult economic conditions by providing financial assistance to purchase food to poor Americans. As bad times hit and more people need assistance, SNAP caseloads should go up. And as the economy strengthens, the number of SNAP recipients should decline - at least in theory.For most of the history of the program, that is what happened. As the accompanying chart shows, from 1969 until 2003, SNAP has been very...
  • Food Stamp Recipients Top 46 Million for 35th Straight Month

    10/07/2014 5:49:51 PM PDT · by Loud Mime · 12 replies
    CNS NEWS ^ | 10/7/2014 | Ali Meyer
    CNSNews.com) - The number of Americans on food stamps has topped 46,000,000 for 35 straight months, according to data from the Department of Agriculture (USDA). From September 2011 through July 2014, the latest month for which data is available, the number of persons participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has exceeded 46 million. As of July 2014, there were 46,486,434 beneficiaries of the SNAP program. Excerpt - - - Graphs at the source
  • Another $31.5 Mil to Give Food-Stamp Recipients Fruits, Veggies

    10/07/2014 11:15:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 7, 2014
    Enormous amounts of taxpayer dollars keep pouring into a scandalous Obama administration program that aims to provide low-income minorities—already getting free groceries from the government—with healthier foods. It’s part of the First Lady’s effort to eradicate “food deserts,” area’s with limited access to affordable and nutritious foods, and so far the administration has spent a fortune with no end in sight to the cash flow. Announced just a few weeks ago, the latest allocation is for $31.5 million to “create projects that increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers” that already get food stamps from American taxpayers....
  • USDA offers $31.5M for healthier food stamp diet

    09/30/2014 12:39:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 29, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    A division of the Agriculture Department is making $31.5 million in funding available to help people on food stamps obtain healthier foods. The department’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is making the funding available to help those enrolled in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which offers nutrition assistance to millions of low-income Americans. "Too many struggling families do not have adequate access to nutritious food," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday as he announced the new funding. "Helping families purchase more fresh produce is clearly good for families' health, helps contribute to lower health costs for the country,...
  • S.N.A.P Benefits to Increase In October

    09/29/2014 12:53:07 PM PDT · by mrsmith · 31 replies
    It's about a 4 per cent increase between the benefit increase and the increased expense deduction. Heard about this increase and searched 'Bing News' and Google News' and found nothing. Finally found this Pa. state welfare site that mentions it.
  • Food stamp system to go down across New York this weekend

    09/19/2014 2:21:45 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 62 replies
    Syracuse.com ^ | 9-19-14 | Marnie Eisenstadt
    Shop now if you depend on food stamps or cash assistance from New York. Neither will work starting early Sunday morning. The system will go down at midnight and isn't expected to come back online until noon Sunday. It's being shut down so the state can switch to a new company to run the program. It will take at least 12 hours to do the switch. Medicaid benefits are on the same card, but they will not be affected by the change. Nearly a third of the city's residents rely on food stamps, according to U.S. Census data. Toni Maxwell,...
  • Welfare Sign-ups Beat Job Creation 2-to-1 in Illinois

    09/16/2014 6:21:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Sarah Jean Seman
    For every job created in the state of Illinois, two people sign-up for food stamps—not exactly an encouraging statistic. The state ranked ‘dead last’ across America for job growth in 2014, according to the Illinois Policy.Not only is the economically-challenged state failing to create positions in the private sector, it actually lost nearly 6,000 jobs between January and July of this year. Since the financial crisis of 2008, Illinois has almost 300,000 fewer workers:  The pace at which Illinois has been creating jobs is simply not good enough for Illinois families, and policy mistakes, such as the historic 2011 tax hikes,...
  • Number of Michigan Residents on Food Stamps Finally Declining

    09/11/2014 5:24:44 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/10/2014 | Tom Gantert
    In 2000, Michigan had 580,000 people on food stamps. By 2011, that number had grown to 1.9 million people as nearly 1 in 5 Michigan residents were on the Food Assistance Program. But after 11 consecutive years of increases, Michigan has seen the number of people on food stamps decrease the past two years, according to the state’s annual reports. After reaching the high-water mark of 1,928,478 in 2011, the number of people on food stamps dropped to 1,828,384 in 2012 and then to 1,775,646 in 2013. Don Grimes, an economist for the University of Michigan, said the recent decrease...
  • Former New Orleans mayor to have public defender (Ray Nagin)

    09/03/2014 9:27:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 3, 2014 10:33 PM EDT
    A public defender will handle a former New Orleans mayor’s appeal of his conviction on bribery and money laundering charges. […] According to a questionnaire filed with the court, (Ray) Nagin has just $23.65 in the bank. He said he, his wife and daughter live each month off of $360 in food stamps and about $500 in gifts and donations. …
  • This Chart Disproves Republicans' Food-Stamp Nonsense

    09/03/2014 6:40:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    TNR ^ | 09/03/2014 | Danny Vinik
    When Republicans want to support their position that Americans have become dependent on welfare, they frequently point to the number of workers on food stamps. In 2012, Senator Rand Paul called the program “out of control.” In 2011, Senator Jeff Sessions told the Daily Caller, “There is no doubt, if this country isn’t willing to look under the hood of the food stamp program as we try to bring our surging debt under control, we are obviously not serious about what we are doing.”Paul, Sessions and their Republican colleagues are right that the number of food stamp beneficiaries grew considerably...
  • Funding gives EBT users access to online shopping

    08/29/2014 3:47:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Troy Record (NY) ^ | August 29, 2014 | Staff
    BERNE - A 21st-century Albany County initiative that combines farmers markets with online shopping is receiving extra funds to continue growth. State Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Paul Tonko announced Wednesday that FarmieMarket Online LLC, based in the town of Berne, is receiving $24,490 in federal funding. The SNAP’s monthly electronic benefit transfers (EBT) dollars, which 95,000 individuals and their families in the Capital Region currently receive, cannot be used in many online food stores, but only at authorized retail food stores. The new program will allow EBT users to order fresh food online with the benefit...
  • Food Stamp Fraud Rampant: GAO Report

    08/23/2014 6:23:25 AM PDT · by blam · 38 replies
    Published August 22, 2014 FoxNews.com Americans receiving food stamps were caught selling and bartering their benefits online for art, housing and cash, according to a new federal report that investigates fraud in the nation’s largest nutrition support program. Complicating the situation is the fact states around the country are having trouble tracking and prosecuting the crimes because their enforcement budgets have been slashed despite the rapidly-rising number of food stamp recipients, according to the Government Accountability Office report. Under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, 47 million people have been awarded $76 billion in benefits. State agencies are responsible...
  • Half of all New Mexicans now on Medicaid and Medicare

    08/23/2014 5:47:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    Albuquerque Business First ^ | Aug 22, 2014 | Dennis Domrzalski
    Since October, 155,000 New Mexico residents have joined the state’s Medicaid rolls, pushing total enrollment to more than 630,000, or nearly a third of the state’s population. On top of that, 410,000 New Mexicans are enrolled in Medicare, the federal health care program for the elderly. Together, total enrollment in those two federal programs are more than 1 million, or half of the state’s 2.1 million population. ... “It’s shocking, and when you add that to the outmigration of people and the lack of economic growth, it’s almost an incentive to stay poor,” said retired University of New Mexico economics...
  • The secret life of food stamps might get less secret

    08/11/2014 1:48:14 PM PDT · by Theoria · 47 replies
    MarketPlace.org ^ | 05 Aug 2014 | Krissy Clark
    Should the public know how much money Wal-Mart, or that convenience store down the street, takes in through the federal food stamp program? Or does that amount to a retail trade secret? Those are the questions at the heart of a request for public comment announced Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which runs the food stamp program. Here’s the background: Last year we spent $76 billion tax payer dollars on the food stamp program (officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP). That money goes to about 47 million low-income Americans, who use it to buy...
  • SNAP Overpaid $2B in Benefits; Program Dollars Up 115.6% Under Obama

    07/26/2014 1:28:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 22, 2014 - 9:39 AM | Ali Meyer
    The nation’s food stamp program, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), provided a record $74.6 billion in benefits to needy Americans in Fiscal Year 2012—paying out $2 billion too much, according to the annual quality control report for FY 2012, the most recent year for which data is available. And only in Washington could that $2 billion in overpayments be viewed as a good thing. […] The data show the payment error rate has declined over time, from 5.64% in FY 2007; 5.01% in FY 2008; 4.36% in FY 2009; 3.81% in FY 2010; 3.80% in FY...
  • LePage: Maine will no longer waive food stamp work requirements

    07/23/2014 10:57:31 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 30 replies
    pressherald.com ^ | 7/23/14 | Eric Russell
    Maine’s Republican governor wants all able-bodied recipients of the federal food stamp benefit to complete work or volunteer activities. Gov. Paul LePage announced Wednesday that Maine will no longer seek a federal waiver that allows some able-bodied adults to receive food stamps without working or volunteering. “We must continue to do all that we can to eliminate generational poverty and get people back to work,” LePage said in a statement announcing the change. “We must protect our limited resources for those who are truly in need and who are doing all they can to be self-sufficient.” According to the Maine...
  • A Hidden Weapon against the Entitlement State

    07/21/2014 7:29:32 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 18 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 21, 2012 | Noah Rothman
    NY Post Columnist: ‘Sense Of Shame Is Gone’ For Entitlement Recipients New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin appeared on Fox & Friends to discuss the increase in food stamp recipients and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s refusal to allow New York City to fingerprint residents who receive nutritional assistance to root out fraud. Goodwin said recipients of food stamps have ballooned while barriers to entry into the program have decreased; as a result, the “the sense of shame” among entitlement recipients is gone. “Shame used to be part of this,” said Goodwin referring to the culture that used to accompany...
  • Louisiana gave away $1.3 million in food stamps to deceased people

    07/09/2014 9:20:32 AM PDT · by topher · 24 replies
    NOLA - The Times-Picayune ^ | July 07, 2014 at 5:45 PM, updated July 08, 2014 at 7:28 AM | By Julia O'Donoghue
    Louisiana spent about $1.3 million on food stamps for people who were already dead between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2013, according to a report issued by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor Monday (July 7). In all, state benefits went out to 3,938 deceased people over the four-year period examined by the auditor. The Louisiana auditor only reviewed records concerning single people who had died. The total amount of money spent on food stamps for single people in Louisiana during this time was $1.08 billion.
  • Louisiana Gives Away $1.3 Million in Food Stamps to Dead People

    07/09/2014 2:59:48 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 7/08/14
    Louisiana spent about $1.3 million on food stamps for people who were already dead between 2009 and 2013, the Times-Picayune reports. A report issued by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor Monday revealed the government waste: In all, state benefits went out to 3,938 deceased people over the four-year period examined by the auditor. The Louisiana auditor only reviewed records concerning single people who had died. The total amount of money spent on food stamps for single people in Louisiana during this time was $1.08 billion. Much of the money — $556,000 — was spent on people who had been dead for...
  • Black Voters Saved Thad Cochran & GOP Establishment. Here's What Republicans Owe Them In Return

    06/25/2014 11:17:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The New Republic ^ | June 25, 2014 | Alec MacGillis
    Chris McDaniel, the arch-conservative state senator who unexpectedly lost his primary runoff election yesterday to unseat Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran, is dead right: The race was decided by non-Republicans. And not just that, but a certain type of non-Republicans taking advantage of the state's open-primary system: African-Americans, or, as McDaniel referred to them in his defiant non-concession speech, “liberal Democrats,” which appears to be the de-racialized code word of choice for some conservative Republicans when talking about black voters. The evidence is in the maps and numbers. Turnout was up statewide compared with the June 3 primary in which McDaniel...
  • Study: Banning Soda From Food Stamp Purchases Could Curb Obesity and Diabetes Rates

    06/10/2014 12:04:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 69 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 9, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    A new study by researchers at Stanford University is suggesting that making soda and other sugary drinks ineligible for purchase with SNAP funds could result in nearly a quarter million fewer diabetes cases in adults, and over 140,000 fewer obese children.
  • As predicted, Comrade de Blasio will show the nation what Democrats REALLY want to do to us

    05/20/2014 10:08:49 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 10 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/20/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Keep talking Comrade Bill; keep talking. There is now no question about whether this devoted Communist will damage the Democrat brand; the question is by how much? Comrade Bill de Blasio, New York’s mayor, is living up to predictions that he will serve as the foul mouthed three year old at the family Thanksgiving table. The child keeps saying embarrassing things while his parents act shocked and wonder out loud where he learned such words. Make no mistake about him he is a true Communist not a Democrat. But the D behind his name will hang him around Nancy Pelosi’s...
  • Welfare recipient ID required by more states

    05/14/2014 4:46:51 PM PDT · by usalady · 7 replies
    In an effort to stop fraud in the use of welfare benefits more states are insisting that federal benefits, including food- stamp cards, include a photo identification.
  • Challenging The Culture of Racism; What You Need To Know and Do Now (Cutting food-stamps is racism)

    05/01/2014 3:51:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    News One for Black America ^ | May 1, 2014 | Tamika D. Mallory
    Usually on The Lookout I share my views on at least five stories concerning Black folks in the media but this week, all anybody is talking about is Donald Sterling — the hopefully soon-to-be former owner of the L.A. Clippers. So, I figured, my column this week had to focus on what we should really ‘Lookout’ for in Sterling’s comments. As you know NBA commissioner Adam Silver threw the book at the longest tenured owner in franchise history Tuesday following TMZ’s release of a racist recording where — like a modern-day plantation owner — Sterling can be heard talking about...
  • Maine begins issuing photo ID welfare cards

    04/28/2014 9:37:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    ap ^ | April 28, 2014
    Maine is starting to issue welfare benefit cards with photos on them despite a request from the federal government to wait. ... the U.S. Department of Agriculture asked Maine to delay its plan, saying that it risks a loss of federal funding or litigation if it violates regulations in the program. But DHHS said it will move forward with its plan designed to combat fraud and abuse in the program.
  • What Cliven Bundy Knows About “The Negro”

    04/27/2014 10:02:19 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 35 replies
    Slate ^ | April 27, 2014 | By Jamelle Bouie
    Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is still a cause célčbre for the right-wing, drawing praise from Tea Party activists, Republican politicians, and conservative media outlets. Kevin Williamson of National Review called him a “dissident” like Mohandas Gandhi or Henry David Thoreau, Nevada Sen. Dean Heller hailed him as a “patriot,” and Sean Hannity has praised him as somebody that’s “willing to fight.” This was bad enough as an instance of conservative recklessness when Bundy was just a lawless rancher backed by armed militamen. It’s even worse now that we know that Bundy is full of racist bones. Here he is, as...