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A Grim Record: One In Seven Americans Is On Food Stamps
NPR ^ | 12/8/10 | Jacob Goldstein

Posted on 12/10/2010 12:59:19 PM PST by Gabrial

The number of people on food stamps keeps hitting new all-time highs; as of September, nearly 43 million people were using the program, according to figures out this week.

Of course, because of population growth, absolute numbers only tell part of the story. The best way to look at the numbers over a long period of time is as a percentage of the population. And when you do that, you see that we're also hitting new highs.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government
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How many bodies can hang off the government teat before the the whole government falls over?
1 posted on 12/10/2010 12:59:22 PM PST by Gabrial
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To: Gabrial

In the immortal words of Congressman Cleaver:

“’TAINT ENOUGH! ‘TAINT ENOUGH!”


2 posted on 12/10/2010 1:00:52 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Gabrial

Pelosi thinks the answer to getting the economy going is to get more people on food stamps. I’m not making this up.


3 posted on 12/10/2010 1:01:46 PM PST by Spok
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To: Gabrial

I think we need to bring back shame. If you need food stamps, you should get FOOD STAMPS, not a cute little debit card that you can use in strip clubs as well as grocery stores.


4 posted on 12/10/2010 1:02:19 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: All

I’ve never been sure of how this is measured.

Is it households or people? That would mean babies and elderly former store clerks with no pensions or savings and whose SS check is only $750/mo.

If it’s households, the number is much uglier.


5 posted on 12/10/2010 1:02:30 PM PST by Owen
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To: Gabrial

The Defense Commissary Agency reports that more than $31 million worth of food stamps were used at commissaries nationwide in 2008 – an increase of about $6.2 million, or more than 25 percent – from the $24.8 million redeemed in 2007. That contrasts with a 13 percent overall increase in food stamp use by Americans for the same period, according to the Department of Agriculture, which administers the food stamp program

I believe this includes retirees also.


6 posted on 12/10/2010 1:02:53 PM PST by stuartcr (When politicians politicize issues, aren't they just doing their job?)
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To: Gabrial

We are about to find out.


7 posted on 12/10/2010 1:04:18 PM PST by Frantzie
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To: Gabrial

Damn Republicans!

Oh, wait...


8 posted on 12/10/2010 1:04:29 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Owen
That would mean babies and elderly former store clerks with no pensions or savings and whose SS check is only $750/mo.

How many of those are people driving Cadillacs or Hummers who make $50K a year dealing drugs or hooking?

9 posted on 12/10/2010 1:05:35 PM PST by CholeraJoe (Eat moer DUCK! War Eagle!!!!)
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To: Gabrial

Zero’s 43 million strong civilian army.


10 posted on 12/10/2010 1:06:24 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Gabrial
Heh, I recommend to everybody to steal back every last dime you can from the scumbag politicians who stole it from you in the first place. Grab everything you can before the parasites and the rest of the Democrat party "base" eat it all up and then shake you down for more. Food stamps? Okay... Where do I sign up?

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11 posted on 12/10/2010 1:06:41 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: MrB
The graph is the article is frightening. In 1971 (when I bought my first car) less than 2% of the US population was on food stamps. Now the number is 13%. This is out of control.
12 posted on 12/10/2010 1:06:52 PM PST by Gabrial (The Whitehouse Nightmare will continue as long as the Nightmare is in the Whitehouse)
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To: Yaelle

In my state, if you see some fat biatch with a cart full of trash groceries, two-three lil future societal dependents in tow, and welfare grandma along for good measure, you can be she gots a “green card with two peaches” on it....EBT card.....(BTW, welfare grandma is there to provide the cash for the cigarettes that her EBT peach card don’t cover!)


13 posted on 12/10/2010 1:08:34 PM PST by Gaffer
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To: Gabrial

Thank you President Obama.


14 posted on 12/10/2010 1:09:40 PM PST by Realman30 ("I've already made a donation to Haiti. It's called taxes". . . . El Rushbo.)
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To: Gabrial

Sad. There are a lot of folks unemployed and under employed either by fate or their choosing. The whole issue with the welfare state is that there are a bunch of moochers who could manage without government assistance ..but take advantage of it anyway.

After all, this is the land of fraud and opportunity for moochers. USA voted best place to live if you like to mooch.

Not saying there aren’t those who really need assistance - like the elderly...

What is the current income threshold for getting assistance? Anyone know?


15 posted on 12/10/2010 1:12:08 PM PST by nagdt ("None of my EX's live in Texas")
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To: Gabrial

It’s absolutely being done on purpose, for a number of reasons.
Living at the expense of others saps the character of the population.
The Marxists intend on crashing the system, and inflicting as much hardship as necessary so that people BEG for a strong totalitarian system in order to restore order and provide for a basic level of order and sustenance.


16 posted on 12/10/2010 1:12:20 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Owen
“Is it households or people?”

I think it is people. I think you file as a household (even if you are a household of 1), state the number of people in your household, and the amount you get is based on your income and the number of people in your household. The lower your income and the more babies you drop, the more you get.

17 posted on 12/10/2010 1:13:57 PM PST by Gabrial (The Whitehouse Nightmare will continue as long as the Nightmare is in the Whitehouse)
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To: MrB

Cloward & Piven showed the way over 40 years ago. Their disciples are carrying out the plan now.


18 posted on 12/10/2010 1:15:58 PM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Gabrial

How many are illegals? I suspect probably over half.


19 posted on 12/10/2010 1:17:07 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Gabrial

Yet another unconstitutional federal program, taking my money at the point of a gun and giving it to other people.


20 posted on 12/10/2010 1:17:44 PM PST by thesharkboy (<-- Looking for the silver lining in every cloud, since 1998)
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To: nagdt
“What is the current income threshold for getting assistance? Anyone know?”

The article states the threshold is about $29,000 per year for a family of four.

21 posted on 12/10/2010 1:17:50 PM PST by Gabrial (The Whitehouse Nightmare will continue as long as the Nightmare is in the Whitehouse)
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To: Gaffer
“In my state, if you see some fat biatch with a cart full of trash groceries..”

Dang I see that ALL the time. Why do you need food stamps if you are obese? Can't the have weigh-ins or something? As in no qualification for food stamps until you are less a specified body mass index?

Giving food stamps to an obese person is like handing a fifth of whiskey to a drunk. It's going to kill them quicker.

22 posted on 12/10/2010 1:23:47 PM PST by Gabrial (The Whitehouse Nightmare will continue as long as the Nightmare is in the Whitehouse)
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To: Gabrial

Food stamp recipients = thieves.


23 posted on 12/10/2010 1:25:28 PM PST by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: Gabrial
Just because someone is collecting food stamps, doesn't mean they actually need them.

I once got into an argument with someone in the online chat section of a very popular online computer game. This person indicated that they used food stamps. When I asked why/how they were online playing a computer game - which requires a pretty decent computer, the purchase of the game, a high-speed internet connection, and a $14 per month subscription - they got terribly indignant, and started saying that I was violating their right to free speech! What?!

They went on to say that they had as much right to "relax" as anyone else, blah, blah, blah. Utterly typical entitlement mentality. Further discussion with this individual was, as you can imagine, entirely pointless.

24 posted on 12/10/2010 1:25:43 PM PST by Sicon ("All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - G. Orwell)
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To: Gabrial
Giving food stamps to an obese person is like handing a fifth of whiskey to a drunk. It's going to kill them quicker.

Well, I could be crass and unsympathetic and say something like, "they'll just download a future dependent or two before they become a medical problem"..... you have to realize, unless it's an out-and-out death dealing heart attack, these heifers can linger on, taxing our medical system, stressing our disability system for a very, very, very long time...all the while living on our tax money.

25 posted on 12/10/2010 1:30:30 PM PST by Gaffer
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To: Gabrial

“Food Stamps” provide all of the groceries for us here in the repeal household.
My son; daughter-in-law; and two grand kids live with me and they qualify.

We’re glad we have them.
But there is something inherently wrong with a program
that lets you buy canned chili, but not toilet paper.


26 posted on 12/10/2010 1:31:56 PM PST by Repeal The 17th
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To: Sicon
“Just because someone is collecting food stamps, doesn't mean they actually need them.”

There are two apartment buildings across the street from each other near where I live.

One is Section 8 housing (government assisted). The other is not - just a regular place where you have to pay your own rent.

The Section 8 housing has about twice as many Direct TV satellite dishes than the other complex. I know because I counted them.

I kid you not.

27 posted on 12/10/2010 1:32:12 PM PST by Gabrial (The Whitehouse Nightmare will continue as long as the Nightmare is in the Whitehouse)
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To: upsdriver

And the other 50% of Americans that voted for Obama. You’re in good company.


28 posted on 12/10/2010 1:37:51 PM PST by Soothesayer9
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To: Gabrial
How many are illegal?

They should limit food stamps for 6 months and have the recipient actively job hunting, in a jobs training program, or at the very least volunteering 30 hours a week.

29 posted on 12/10/2010 1:38:37 PM PST by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: Owen

At one time I worked for our County Welfare program, in Food Stamps...eek!
We did not count households, we counted people as the food stamp allotment is figured per person. Example: the case would be Jones but they would be getting $470 a mnth in food stamps since the number in their household was 3.
I doubt if they have changed it.


30 posted on 12/10/2010 1:40:10 PM PST by sheana
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To: Gabrial

That is the way it was done when I worked for food stamps. Doubt if they have changed it.


31 posted on 12/10/2010 1:43:34 PM PST by sheana
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To: Spok
Pelosi thinks the answer to getting the economy going is to get more people on food stamps.

Read Young Rissa, by F.M Busby, for a view of Total Welfare. It seems to be way out of print according to Amazon, but I'm always seeing copies in thrift stores. If you see a copy of Rissa Kerguelen, that's Young Rissa plus 'older Rissa' - that title escapes me at the moment.

32 posted on 12/10/2010 1:45:24 PM PST by nina0113
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To: Repeal The 17th
“But there is something inherently wrong with a program
that lets you buy canned chili, but not toilet paper.”

Now that's funny.

““Food Stamps” provide all of the groceries for us here in the repeal household.
My son; daughter-in-law; and two grand kids live with me and they qualify.”

I am genuinely interested in something, and if you don't want to answer or would prefer to answer privately - either is fine. I don't want to start any flaming and I won't flame.

I am curious on items like multiple cell phones, computers, cable TV subscriptions, cameras, flat screens, - in general - things that some would say are very nice to have, but not necessary to have. Do you have all these things?

Again - please don't answer or answer in private if the question is uncomfortable to you in any way. I have worked my entire life and have never had a need for a program like this. I am genuinely curious.

33 posted on 12/10/2010 1:51:08 PM PST by Gabrial (The Whitehouse Nightmare will continue as long as the Nightmare is in the Whitehouse)
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To: Gabrial

I just did the online eligibility thing for my state and found out we were probably eligible for food stamps and medical. Not only that, but that we were so bad off they would expided it and send out emergency food stamps. Well, la tee da! No, thanks. It’s a struggle but if we can make it, then others in our situation can as well.


34 posted on 12/10/2010 1:56:00 PM PST by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: bgill

expided = expedite

Blah!


35 posted on 12/10/2010 1:57:37 PM PST by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: Gabrial

Of course they are.

When I throw bread crumbs on the ground, am I surprised that pigeons follow?


36 posted on 12/10/2010 2:01:53 PM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: Gabrial

hard to have sympathy on that headline when they are out actively RECRUITING new recipients


37 posted on 12/10/2010 2:09:19 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Spok

Hopenchange!


38 posted on 12/10/2010 2:10:28 PM PST by juliej
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To: Gabrial

The Wee Wee is doing for food stamps what he has done for gun sales

39 posted on 12/10/2010 2:11:30 PM PST by Zakeet (Always trust in the five G's: God, Gold, Guns, Grub, and the Government screwing up)
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To: bgill

I just did the online eligibility thing for my state and found out we were probably eligible for food stamps

One of the very best things that had ever happened in my life was the day some do-gooder came into my then-place of employment and hung up a recruiting poster for the Food Stamp Program. When I read it and realized how close I was to qualifying, it gave me the swift kick in the rear which I needed to get off my butt and go look for a better-paying job.


40 posted on 12/10/2010 2:12:07 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Yaelle

“I think we need to bring back shame. If you need food stamps, you should get FOOD STAMPS”,

...good point! Although a large portion of these people have no shame.


41 posted on 12/10/2010 2:17:42 PM PST by albie
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To: Gabrial

There was a time when I undoubtedly qualified for food stamps. I didn’t apply for them. My girls and I ate a lot of ramen and scrimped to make ends meet. I worked two jobs and went to grad school. I was not going to be a welfare mom. It was a lean couple of years, but we made it.


42 posted on 12/10/2010 2:22:39 PM PST by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: Zakeet
Wow is that a graph.

Just DANG.

One word sums it up:

Unsustainable.

43 posted on 12/10/2010 2:23:09 PM PST by Gabrial (The Whitehouse Nightmare will continue as long as the Nightmare is in the Whitehouse)
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To: Gabrial

“...cell phones, computers, cable TV subscriptions, cameras...”
-
No, I don’t mind telling you about it.
Yes, I do have all those things, and I also have a full time job.
My wife has lost her job and collects unemployment while she looks for work.
My son and daughter in law both lost their jobs and have no income or assets.
They and their two kids live with me and my wife while they look for work.
My youngest son also lives here.
He is a full time college student w/ a part time job.
So there are 3 generations in the house...5 adults and 2 toddlers.
The family of 4 qualifies for “food stamps”
and all of us here eat the groceries that they provide.

We are neither proud or ashamed of what has happened.
We are trying to do the best we can in a bad situation.
We curse democrats and blame socialism for our plight.

My wife and I feel blessed that we have a house for them to live in.
We know many people who are in worse shape than we are.

The married son finally found a part time job last week.


44 posted on 12/10/2010 2:29:19 PM PST by Repeal The 17th
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To: Hoffer Rand
“It was a lean couple of years, but we made it.”

Bully for you!

When I got my first job out of college, I was so far in debt from student loans I had a very weird diet.

I had read in some book somewhere you could survive almost indefinitely on a diet of rice, beans, bananas, and sardines. So that is all I ate for quite a while. I had one pot. No dishes, just ate right out of the pot. I ate the sardines out of the can, and you don't need any dishes to eat a banana. My mother almost died when she came to visit me the first time.

45 posted on 12/10/2010 2:35:08 PM PST by Gabrial (The Whitehouse Nightmare will continue as long as the Nightmare is in the Whitehouse)
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To: Gabrial

46 posted on 12/10/2010 2:40:11 PM PST by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: Gabrial
So what did we get for that $10-12 TRillion we spent on the Great Society, then? No improvements in the poverty rates... no improvement in charitable giving (government is their biggest competitor, and can coerce donations at any time... and is openly adversarial to faith-based organizations)... no improvements in health or education (our poor have unconscionable illiteracy rates... and our poor are the first poor in the history of the world to have wide-spread obesity issues.)

The "new" GOP has to hammer this theme hard, and start to scale back the Nanny State.

47 posted on 12/10/2010 2:46:12 PM PST by Teacher317 (really?)
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To: Repeal The 17th
“My wife and I feel blessed that we have a house for them to live in.”

Thanks for that. It appears things are looking up with your son finding work. I hope your entire family has a blessed Christmas!

48 posted on 12/10/2010 2:47:19 PM PST by Gabrial (The Whitehouse Nightmare will continue as long as the Nightmare is in the Whitehouse)
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To: Gabrial

Even MORE after first of the year. And seniors would bet between $10-30 per month depending on income...illegals get a lot more.

2011 MEDICARE COST SHARING (SENIORS TO GET LESS in SS CHECK)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2640005/posts


49 posted on 12/10/2010 3:07:44 PM PST by GailA (NO JESUS, NO CHRISTmas!)
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To: Gabrial

And this is something to brag about to them?


50 posted on 12/10/2010 3:18:50 PM PST by Baladas ((ABBHO))
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