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1 in 7 Americans on Food Stamps

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Integral, May 4, 2011.

  1. Integral

    Integral Can't you hear it?

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    Should we be handing out more food stamps? Fewer? Should the monthly allotment rise, given how long the recession has been prolonged? The average food stamp payment is about $133 per month per recipient.

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  2. Earthling

    Earthling Deity

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    To be a recipient of such welfare I think citizens must pass a basic test. A test on ponies.

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    It's a big mess and I'd tend to think some reforms of how food stamps are used could help. And I'm kinda disheartened by the effects of lobnies, not to mention budget cuts, on general news in this area. Say, the recent New York debacle where all that trouble went into keeping sugary soft drinks etc... specifically allowed by food stamps but the real fundamentals of the program are far from perfect.
     
  3. Archbob

    Archbob Ancient CFC Guardian

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    How many Buffalos in Wyoming are on food stamps?
     
  4. Japanrocks12

    Japanrocks12 tired of being a man

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    $133 per month? I could live on that. I'd just have to cook economically and eat McDonald's... every other day.
     
  5. BuckeyeJim

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    Well if my food expenditure was only $133 a month the last place I'd be eating would be McDonalds...
     
  6. Defiant47

    Defiant47 Peace Sentinel

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    $133 is more than enough. As for food stamps, let the free market decide. I.e. let them starve to death in the streets and litter our roads with corpses. Then the corporations may consider handing out free food in order to keep the roads clean of dead bodies. But then again, the incentive may be insufficient.
     
  7. Cutlass

    Cutlass The Man Who Wasn't There.

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    $133 a month may be possible. But it's limiting. Some increase in it would be a good idea. And then broaden the availability of the program. I'm sure millions more need the program, if it was easier to get.
     
  8. amadeus

    amadeus Serenity now!

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    It's supposed to be supplemental, not a replacement for somebody's entire food budget.
     
  9. Cutlass

    Cutlass The Man Who Wasn't There.

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    For many people, it's that or no food.
     
  10. downtown

    downtown Crafternoon Delight

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    I don't think we have the money to really make it broader. If that many people are on food stamps, any extra money needs to be spend on job creation and redevelopment, not potato chip money.
     
  11. Disgustipated

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    Most people on food stamps don't really need to be. Many people just exchange them for cash (so they can buy alcohol or drugs).
     
  12. GhostWriter16

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  13. Cheezy the Wiz

    Cheezy the Wiz Socialist In A Hurry

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    CivCube Feelin' defiant.

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    That's the problem. We base these services off a short-term paranoia instead of long-term investment. Many states have cut TANF and other aid services down to the point where families are using this for their entire budget. The reason is the cut-off level for income; it's a sad irony that families are denied further services once they're almost out of the hole because their income is too high. It's a never-ending cycle for some people.
     
  15. Archbob

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    Didn't some senator from a hick state say that hunger is a good motivator?
     
  16. GhostWriter16

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    Whether he said it or not, he's right:p
     
  17. Tee Kay

    Tee Kay Silly furry

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    Undernourished people are less productive.

    True story.
     
  18. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    $130 a month is more than enough - I survive on about that if you exclude going to restaurants, etc. (which happens occasionally)

    What's with the U.S. being such a welfare state, though? I thought you guys were against handouts?
     
  19. GhostWriter16

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    Usually am, though its different depending on the situation.

    If welfare is going to exist though, food stamps are a pretty good way of doing it. Then, people are actually getting food instead of drugs off welfare...
     
  20. CYZ

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    1 in 7? Really, 1 in 7?!

    I didn't realize the US was that poor. I guess that's what you get with such a ''winners/losers mentality'' culture. You get alot of losers.

    Seriously though, is that a confirmed percentage?
     

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