Skip to comments.Nation headed over ‘food stamp cliff’
Posted on 10/26/2013 3:31:25 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Millions of people are in for a shock at the end of the week when their food stamp benefits will be cut across the board.
There is little chance that Congress will act to avert what hunger activists call the food stamp cliff a cut to benefits that will affect some 47 million beneficiaries, including children and the elderly.
The cut takes effect on Nov. 1, and will bring an end to a funding increase that Democrats wrapped into President Obamas 2009 stimulus law.
For a family of four, the cut will be $36 per month, or about 20 meals under the Department of Agricultures estimate for the cost of a thrifty meal. Single adults will see their monthly benefits reduced to $189 per month, for a cut of $11.
We have never seen a cut like this affecting all beneficiaries, said Lisa Davis of the food bank network Feeding America. With the government shutdown and other national and international issues going on, many people have no idea this is coming.
Davis said that food banks are bracing for an influx of the needy as the holiday season approaches, and are concerned about keeping up with demand after donations wane in January.
Were hugely concerned this will affect 23 million kids, said Tom Nelson of Share Our Strength, a group focused on child hunger. At a minimum we cant accept more cuts.
Conservatives argue that food stamp spending has spiraled out of control under Obama, creating a disincentive to work and ballooning the budget deficit.
Food stamp cuts have emerged as the flashpoint in the fight between the House and Senate over farm bill legislation.
Hunger groups are fighting a House proposal to cut an addition $40 billion from food stamps in the farm bill. Those cuts come primarily from provisions that would make it harder to qualify for food stamps when receiving other aid, such as home heating assistance, and by stopping states from waiving work requirements.
Conferees from the House and Senate will begin negotiating the farm bill on Oct. 30.
Republicans defend the proposed $40billion cut, and say that even after the food stamp cliff is tacked on, projected spending on food stamps will never return to pre-recession levels.
Republicans also argue that overall means-tested welfare benefits will continue to rise even as the cuts take effect.
Welfare spending at the end of this year will total out to $217 billion more than welfare spending in 2008, said Stephen Miller, a spokesman for Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.).
He added that in some states total benefits exceed $40,000.
The current structure of welfare in America depresses cash wages and punishes work. Our compassion should compel us to reform welfare and promote wage growth," Miller said.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) said the food stamp cliff was ignored by Congress because of the fiscal fights that gripped Washington.
Members havent been talking about it but Im talking about it, she said. Budget negotiations, sequester, the government shutdown. These are big issues but the food stamp cut should also be an issue.
But while DeLauro called the cuts deplorable, she conceded Congress wouldnt be reversing them.
It is not going to be averted, she said.
Instead, the action appears to be in the conference committee on the farm bills. The Senate version cuts $4 billion from the program, on top of the reductions going into effect on Nov. 1.
We have to fight any cuts in the farm bill, DeLauro said.
"..........Tanners report, SNAP Failure: The Food Stamp Program Needs Reform, finds that in 2000 the cost of the food stamp program was just $17 billion. It has risen in cost to $78 billion today.
Spending on advertising and outreach for food stamps by federal and state governments has also increased, now amounting to $41.3 million a year.
States like Florida have hired food stamp recruiters, who have a quota of signing up 150 new recipients each month. Rhode Island hosts SNAP-themed bingo games, and the USDA tells its field offices to throw parties to get more people on their rolls......"
Welfare, Not Full-Time Work, Is Now America’s No. 1 Occupation
Gee no lobster on Friday. Boohoo Boohoo. Maybe they will have to eat at McDonald’s.
Jack Kemp with 5X the brain power?
I can’t take this crap anymore. Whining and complaining about “free” money and a 5% cut.
Gee, thought everything was gonna be Sunshine, Lollipops and Skittles under President Blather-On-Endlessly.
It’s not a cut. It’s the end of a temporary increase.
Actually, we'll all be drinking free BubbleUp and eating that rainbow stew...
There is absolutely no honesty in the MSM or any politicians
It's all about the children! Taxpayer money was used once again to pay street solicitors (drug dealers) to sign people up (drug users) for food stamps. They have created a senario that they will benefit from when the stamps stop and the riots ensue
Dey ain't got time fo' dat!
And on Nov 13, 14 there’s going to be the Grid Shutdown. How much can we take?
Oh good, another financial crisis. Yay. I was getting sort of bored.
It doesn’t cost anywhere near $189 a month for a single person to eat well. With families, it’s even more insane. Keep in mind if they have kids in school, those kids get free breakfast, lunch, and healthy snack. On a full week of school, that’s 10 of their 21 meals for free in addition to the food stamps.
This is more about setting the table for the 2014 elections. Dems can now say Republicans cut food stamps and their LIVs will eat it up.
“Maybe they will have to eat at McDonalds.”
McDonalds is going to need the business to replace at least some part of the business they are losing because of their lobbying of lawmakers to hire illegal aliens as workers to avoid hiring the jobless Americans enrolling for foodstamps paid for by the taxes of working Americans.
You can add this: the GOPe will blame Conservatives like Cruz for the cuts.
Foodstamps should be cut 5.5% a month until they are ended (18mo). Then fire and revoke the pension of every Federal parasite that "works" on the dozens of these destructive, wasteful welfare programs.
Our Republic cannot sustain this evil socialism.
Is it any wonder, when some politicians think that earning $8.50 per hour is worse than earning nothing at all?
In other words, the cost of advertising (outreach) which neither produces nor consumes food, is 2-1/2 times the TOTAL amount of the program in the year 2000?
What can go wrong?
Instead of 243%, it should be "only" 0.24%.
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Are food stamps cut when school starts? Should be!
A single adult on the dole ought to get by onless than $189 a month for food.
she is alread y pretty upset..from 39 buckeroos down to a tad under 37 a day...
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I went to a local grocery store yesterday. When I entered a woman who had the 1000 yard stare of libtardism accosted me and handed me a list of things I could buy for “the food bank.”
When I came back out I handed her a 4 pack of Ivory soap.
“Thank you sir, but bars of soap weren’t on the list.”
“I know. Most of the people I have encountered who use the food bank smell like cigarettes and body odor. You might have to teach them how to use this, bless their hearts.”
As I walked away I looked back to see if she had picked her jaw up off the ground yet...
People are fatter than they have ever been.
What’s the problem? They won’t be able to buy as much potato chips as they used to?
Yeah wow...that’s quite a cliff!
OMG ! the HORROR !
No more crab cakes, etc ! !
Boo hoo. They may have to sell one of their Escalades for food money.
“Maybe they will have to eat at McDonalds.”
Maybe they’ll have to cook and eat at home like any sane person who is pinching pennies would do.
“For a family of four, the cut will be $36 per month, or about 20 meals under the Department of Agricultures estimate for the cost of a thrifty meal. Single adults will see their monthly benefits reduced to $189 per month, for a cut of $11.”
$189 a month works out to $6.20 a day. That is nearly double what my family spends per person per day. No wonder the EBT people are always getting the most expensive food at the store, they have more in food stamp money than those of us who actually work and pay taxes can afford.
Now Jones ain’t playin no possum; he’s a number one country man. Charlie run the devil outta Georgia and the South’s gonna rattle again.
We should pro-rate food stamps to reduce the portion given to children who also receive free meals at school.
I don’t want to be a grinch. Shouldn’t those on food stamps be weighed. If they are above the BMI...cut their freebies. This will also cut the diabetic rate and save money on medicaid. This everything-is-free crap is unsustainable.
I feed my family of 5, including 3 children, for about $450/m. It could be way less but I manage to feed my kids all organic, including meat.
The catch? I prepare everything myself from scratch.
And we haven’t been through a drive thru in about 5 years now.
What on earth is she BUYING for a THOUSAND DOLLARS a month????
If I had $189 a month for food I’d be in the lap of luxury. My weekly grocery bill is usually about $30, I shop the specials and usually have chicken, pork, ribs, spaghetti and the occasional steak or shrimp.
With obesity being the biggest health problem among our hungry this should be haled as a saving for ObamaCare.
So they triple the food stamp program, which is over 300%, then cut it back by 5% so they can claim they cut something.
The federally-funded grocery assistance coupons -- which are issued by states in the form of debit cards under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) -- are being sold on the online bulletin board as well as auction sites like eBay. FoxNews.com found several offerings at Craigslist sites around the country, where the sellers offered the welfare benefits at large discounts from face value."........
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