Skip to comments.A Grim Record: One In Seven Americans Is On Food Stamps
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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In the immortal words of Congressman Cleaver:
“’TAINT ENOUGH! ‘TAINT ENOUGH!”
Pelosi thinks the answer to getting the economy going is to get more people on food stamps. I’m not making this up.
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.
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.
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.
We are about to find out.
How many of those are people driving Cadillacs or Hummers who make $50K a year dealing drugs or hooking?
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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!)
Thank you President Obama.
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?
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.
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.
Cloward & Piven showed the way over 40 years ago. Their disciples are carrying out the plan now.
How many are illegals? I suspect probably over half.
Yet another unconstitutional federal program, taking my money at the point of a gun and giving it to other people.
The article states the threshold is about $29,000 per year for a family of four.
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.
Food stamp recipients = thieves.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
And the other 50% of Americans that voted for Obama. You’re in good company.
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.
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.
That is the way it was done when I worked for food stamps. Doubt if they have changed it.
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.
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.
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.
expided = expedite
Of course they are.
When I throw bread crumbs on the ground, am I surprised that pigeons follow?
hard to have sympathy on that headline when they are out actively RECRUITING new recipients
The Wee Wee is doing for food stamps what he has done for gun sales
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.
“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.
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.
One word sums it up:
“...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.
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.
The "new" GOP has to hammer this theme hard, and start to scale back the Nanny State.
Thanks for that. It appears things are looking up with your son finding work. I hope your entire family has a blessed Christmas!
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)
And this is something to brag about to them?
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