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No junk food for food stamps, Rubio [D-CA] says
bakersfield californian ^ | Tuesday, Feb 08 2011 11:00 PM | STEVEN MAYER,

Posted on 02/12/2011 5:17:15 PM PST by BenLurkin

This week, state Sen. Michael Rubio will introduce legislation that would prohibit food stamps from being used to purchase "junk food" or prepared meals at fast-food restaurants.

"The question is what should we be using taxpayer funds to purchase," the Bakersfield Democrat said Tuesday. "In my opinion, we should be focusing on what people need, not what they want."

Those needs include foods found in the traditional food pyramid, he said, including breads and cereals, meats, beans, nuts, dairy products and other protein sources, and lots of fruits and vegetables.

Rubio's idea is not yet an official Senate bill. But it came to light Tuesday when he appeared before the Fresno County Board of Supervisors to argue against a proposal that would have allowed disabled and homeless recipients in that county to use food stamps -- now accessed through a debit card -- to purchase restaurant foods.

(Excerpt) Read more at bakersfield.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: beans; car; cash; cereals; debitcard; democrat; disabled; fastfood; food; foodstamps; freechildcare; funds; healthcare; homeless; meats; nuts; protein; restaurant; rubio; senate; taxpayer; welfare
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Seems like a no-brainer to me. But see below....
1 posted on 02/12/2011 5:17:17 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

“It’s crazy because you’re telling me what I can and cannot spend my food stamps on?” said Tamara Beverly, whose daughter receives food stamps. “If I’m the type of person that wants some chips, I should be able to buy chips with food stamps.”

“They need to not make that a law because it’s not fair to the kids. Some kids, that’s their only way of having any type of money,” said Adriell Coleman, who grew up in a household that relied on food stamps.

http://www.news10.net/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=122744&catid=2


2 posted on 02/12/2011 5:18:10 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: BenLurkin

How about banning them from being used at any restaurant? Make them go grocery shopping, jeesh.


3 posted on 02/12/2011 5:20:41 PM PST by GeronL (http://www.stink-eye.net/forum/index.php for FR backup site!)
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To: BenLurkin

I am thinking that the food stamp program needs to be erased from the govt. If a state wants to give away food I have no problem with it, but the FEDS? WinTheFuture?


4 posted on 02/12/2011 5:20:59 PM PST by runninglips (government debt = slavery of the masses)
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To: BenLurkin

There should be no such thing as food stamps.

You’re needy? You get what you need “in kind”.

Go to the food bank and get your bag of beans, rice, meat, cheese and vegetables. Then go home and cook them.

If you don’t want to eat it, then go hungry. It isn’t complicated.


5 posted on 02/12/2011 5:22:00 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s ( If you can remember the 60s....you weren't really there)
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To: BenLurkin

The foo stams biggest supporters and their lobbyists, are not the poor, as MSM would have you believe, it’s the manufacturers of the garbage. It was no axident that the King of Foo Stams was your one time Republican Presidential candidate.


6 posted on 02/12/2011 5:22:20 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: BenLurkin

They need to test every food item with a SKU number on it to make sure they can’t make meth from it.


7 posted on 02/12/2011 5:24:27 PM PST by printhead
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To: BenLurkin

When I was in L.A, I was shocked to see food stamps redeemed at the local Wendys.
The advertisement for them was right in the window.

Never heard of such a thing.


8 posted on 02/12/2011 5:25:05 PM PST by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: BenLurkin

We knew this was coming. Maybe Moochelle got to him.


9 posted on 02/12/2011 5:26:04 PM PST by dforest
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To: BenLurkin
Here's an even better idea:

NO FOOD STAMPS FOR FAT PEOPLE !!!

10 posted on 02/12/2011 5:28:14 PM PST by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: BenLurkin
Sen. Michael Rubio....Bakersfield Democrat?

.....no shiite....don't sound like a 'rat to me...

...there must be something here we are missing....

11 posted on 02/12/2011 5:30:36 PM PST by B.O. Plenty (Give war a chance...)
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To: BenLurkin

I’ve seen some proposals where food stamps could only purchase staples... meat, milk, cheese, bags of beans, vegetables, etc. I’d be down with that.


12 posted on 02/12/2011 5:31:56 PM PST by DesScorp
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To: B.O. Plenty

He’s a ‘Rat from a small city in an agrcultural area of the state.


13 posted on 02/12/2011 5:32:32 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: BenLurkin

My advice to the leftwing deadbeats....

Yip yip yip yip yip yip yip yip
Mum mum mum mum mum mum
Get a job Sha na na na, sha na na na na


14 posted on 02/12/2011 5:33:30 PM PST by meyer (We will not sit down and shut up.)
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To: BenLurkin
Food stamps should be restricted to institutional foods, and the basic items.
15 posted on 02/12/2011 5:34:25 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: BenLurkin

Any Government food ‘assistance’ should take the form of 2 MRE’s per day.


16 posted on 02/12/2011 5:34:56 PM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: BenLurkin
In that bill Rubio ought to add the requirement for mandatory drug tests to qualify for food stamps - or any public assistance, for that matter.

Why should the taxpayers provide some of these people "free" food if they are spending their other income on drugs? Let them make the choice.

17 posted on 02/12/2011 5:34:56 PM PST by Gritty (Entitlement is a disease, much like cancer - Herman Cain)
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To: BenLurkin

Coleman get a damn job and stop getting knocked up, end of problem.


18 posted on 02/12/2011 5:36:05 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: bill1952
In the mid 1970’s I was working in the Cleveland, OH area.
Even then, there was a black market for food stamps. Recipients would sell the stamps for cash-30 to 40% of face value and use the cash for whatever they wanted to buy.
19 posted on 02/12/2011 5:37:01 PM PST by Maine Mariner
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To: bill1952

>>”When I was in L.A, I was shocked to see food stamps redeemed at the local Wendys.”<<

Please tell me you’re kidding. Is this only in CA or nationwide?


20 posted on 02/12/2011 5:37:13 PM PST by panaxanax (*Memo to Jim DeMint: Check your mail. Your DRAFT NOTICE will be arriving soon!)
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To: bill1952

See post #2.


21 posted on 02/12/2011 5:38:20 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: bill1952

I saw a woman at Safeway buy 7 cases of Pepsi with her food stamps card.

The clerk did not blink.


22 posted on 02/12/2011 5:38:47 PM PST by Selene
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To: bill1952

It’s statewide.

They use EBT cards, looks like an ATM card. They can use them at any location that accepts them.

The liberal argument is that the poor shouldn’t be denied fast food.


23 posted on 02/12/2011 5:40:22 PM PST by SZonian (July 27, 2010. Life begins anew.)
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To: BenLurkin

I think the slavery of dependency should hurt.


24 posted on 02/12/2011 5:42:05 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: bill1952

When I was in L.A, I was shocked to see food stamps redeemed at the local Wendys.
The advertisement for them was right in the window.

Never heard of such a thing.


Most in CA also receive cash every month, which is loaded on the same card. That ‘money’ has been used in every ATM in las vegas.


25 posted on 02/12/2011 5:42:43 PM PST by maine yankee
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To: BenLurkin

Good.............


26 posted on 02/12/2011 5:42:43 PM PST by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: GeronL
I was involved in a charitable situation with a private group ~ had Catholics, Lutherans, Baptists, Presbyterians, etc. involved ~ the Lutherans owned the building.

There are people who have children who don't own a pot, nor have the slightest idea how to use it.

It's not a rare occurrence, but it's a pretty good explanation of why they continue to be impoverished year after year.

The Lutheran building was an old church with a good church kitchen with many stoves. The church groups involved sponsored numerous Boy Scout troops and Girl Scout troops for inner city kids. They taught the kids cooking.

All I did was provide recipes handed down to me by my mother who grew up in a particularly large impoverished family during the Great Depression.

The recipes were great. The kids were great. A group of young priests and nuns came to visit with me about that.

Poor children must learn to do the cooking their mothers can't or won't. Get them a pan. Get them some recipes. They'll do it.

27 posted on 02/12/2011 5:45:22 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: panaxanax

Food stamps, in general, are no longer in use. They use electronic credit cards just about everywhere.


28 posted on 02/12/2011 5:48:26 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: BenLurkin
We've all heard the stories -- true or not -- of food stamp recipients filling their grocery carts with potato chips, doughnuts, soda pop, candy and other products commonly known as junk food.

Oh brother. As if there are only second-hand friend-of-a-friend urban legends. It's a rare Californian indeed who hasn't seen a cart mostly full of junk food being paid for with food stamps.

The amount of soda, chips, dip, and ice cream I saw in a cart being bought for a Memorial Day party last year with food stamps far surpassed any amount I have ever been comfortable paying for with my own money for my own party.

29 posted on 02/12/2011 5:50:57 PM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: BenLurkin

I do not agree with this. Most junk food are the cheapest. They provide the most energy for the least amount of cost. People can survive on this.


30 posted on 02/12/2011 5:54:38 PM PST by 4rcane
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To: BenLurkin

Forcing the the poor to only buy “healthy” food will only cost the tax payers to pay more. The government SHOULD NOT be micromanaging ppl’s diet. If we’re to pay for food, so ppl don’t starve, its to pay for cheap food, not expensive ones


31 posted on 02/12/2011 5:57:10 PM PST by 4rcane
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To: DesScorp

Ive been in the grocery store where the people in front of me, a man a woman and a small child had steak, ribs, live lobsters, and crablegs..and I mean a lot! I figured they were having a very nice BBQ until she whipped out a Bridge card, which in Michigan is what food stamps are..

I was totally outraged, and the woman had a very nice engagement ring on.They were very well dressed. The system is a scam. I felt I was paying their grocery bill as well as mine, since I have to pay cash.

But an even worse story is this..a Muslim woman was in Farmer Jack’s, and she was loading up on all kinds of canned pop, bottled water, cheese, baby formula and stuff like that. She had a flat bed cart for all of it. When it came time to pay she whipped out a Bridge card (food stamps) and a WIC card for the rest.

The cashier was pretty upset, she was older and on the verge of crying it seemed..she said she was trying to retire and she couldnt and could she vent to get it off her chest..Sure!

She said the Muslim lady owned a gas station/convenience store up the road and that everything she buys, and she comes there often, goes to stock her store! We get to pay for that on welfare, and then again when someone buys it. She stocks her store for free.


32 posted on 02/12/2011 5:57:25 PM PST by Debi911
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>Most junk food are the cheapest. They provide the most energy for the least amount of cost. People can survive on this.

LOL You are plain nuts. This post belongs in a can in the peanut aisle.
Next you will be saying that a bag of chips can feed more than a 1 buck bag of rice,
Who knew all those Asians were wrong? Send em Chips!!


33 posted on 02/12/2011 5:59:17 PM PST by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: BenLurkin

Before food stamps there was the surplus food program for indigents. Every month they got a supply of flour, grains, peanut butter, lard and sometimes sugar. You could make a lot of good food from that.


34 posted on 02/12/2011 6:01:50 PM PST by AU72
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To: BenLurkin

I just watched the video. The irony is that Rubio(D) is a lib do-gooder, trying to force people on foodstamps to eat
“healthy.”

People that tend to get dependent on these social programs
also tend to make poor choices with whatever money they manage to get especially when they know that there will be more next month.

If I didn’t have to buy and cook my own food, I could probably aford
a cell phone, bling out my pickup truck, and eat out at McD’s too.


35 posted on 02/12/2011 6:02:04 PM PST by paint_your_wagon
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To: 4rcane

Healthy food tends to be inexpensive compared to pre-processed or junk food.

A 42 ounce box of oatmeal will give you healthy breakfasts every day for the better part of a month — for the price of a single McDonald’s “value meal”.


36 posted on 02/12/2011 6:02:08 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Bottom line is this: He who pays the bills, calls the shots. If the gubmint gonna give you money, the gubmint gonna tell you how and when you can spend it. The sooner the dependents learn this, the sooner they’ll understand what we “teabaggers” are talking about when we say we are fighting for liberty.


37 posted on 02/12/2011 6:04:00 PM PST by Wife of D28Man
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To: muawiyah

You are exactly right. My mother was a home extension agent who moved to rural eastern North Carolina in 1950 to teach poor women how to plan meals and cook them as economically as possible, how to raise children, and in general how to keep house. Since that time the home extension program in North Carolina has evolved into a middle class affair teaching middle class women how to raise roses.

I am not familiar with the extension service in any place, except for NC, but if our state is a proxy for the rest of the country, we need to stop paying middle class extension agents to teach middle class folks how to play as long as there are so many poor people (who may be poor and ignorant of their own volition, but who are none the less charged with raising children) how to do what needs to be done.

I am a lawyer who eats beans and rice for supper at least 2 or 3 nights per week. Beans and rice are quite affordable, they are very good when cooked right, they can be made in a multitude of ways, and they are quite healthy. Unfortunately, I consume much beer, so my general diet is not the best in the world, but the point is we can have good, healthy food that is reasonably priced.

It infuriates me to see heaps of expensive potato chips and soft drinks in grocery carts that get paid for with government (read taxpayer) largess. Those items are expensive, deadly, and worse than useless.

I am not a big fan of the government telling we what I can and cannot eat, but it does not bother me a whit for the government to refuse to pay for food that is worse than useless. I understand that some folks just do not know how to cook, but it is pretty easy to learn that. We would be money ahead to remove extension agents from rose gardens and put them back in kitchens and nurseries.


38 posted on 02/12/2011 6:08:02 PM PST by Tom D. (Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. - Benj. Franklin)
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To: bill1952

A what? A $1 bag pf rice. You are going to have to tell us all in detail where to find such a thing. We just went through a severe world wide rice shortage. Check these charts: http://www.indexmundi.com/commodities/?commodity=rice&months=120


39 posted on 02/12/2011 6:09:40 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: ChildOfThe60s

In Florida you can’t use them at restaraunts or for buying prepared foods. However, I do agrees with the homeless arguement. Where are they to store meat and a pack of asparagus?


40 posted on 02/12/2011 6:11:18 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: bill1952

http://www.indexmundi.com/commodities/?commodity=bananas&months=120 Bananas are quite remarkable. They track inversely, more or less, with rice. Rice up; bananas down. Rice down; bananas up. Potatoes are contracted for ~ they are not offered as a commodity.


41 posted on 02/12/2011 6:13:56 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Gritty

“Why should the taxpayers provide some of these people “free” food if they are spending their other income on drugs? Let them make the choice.”

Because then we’d be obligated to pay for their drug tx and pay for placing their kids in foster care.


42 posted on 02/12/2011 6:14:16 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: GeronL

No prepared meals in TX. Could use them when we were were on Hurricane watch. On olden times , you couldn’t buy any snack foods, but now OK.


43 posted on 02/12/2011 6:17:06 PM PST by barb-tex
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To: Tom D.

potato chips are hardly the worst thing on the shelf. Ever read the label on your basic bag of ripples? It should say potatoes, oil, salt.


44 posted on 02/12/2011 6:23:02 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: SZonian

And the EBT card was to take away the “stigma” that they’re on welfare!!!


45 posted on 02/12/2011 6:29:13 PM PST by The SISU kid (I feel really homesick all the time & so do all the other aliens.....)
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To: BenLurkin

Oh Jeez. I don’t see a big problem with this. If you’re going to be on the take from the government then you can’t bitch when they tell you how to spend it. If you want some Fu**ing chips then go to work.


46 posted on 02/12/2011 6:30:22 PM PST by youngidiot (Don't let the name fool ya, toots.)
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To: BenLurkin

I think it’s real easy:

Rice, corn, or fresh vegetables - really, really, easy.


47 posted on 02/12/2011 6:31:17 PM PST by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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And anything else - make the boyfriend pay, out of cash in his pocket.


48 posted on 02/12/2011 6:32:28 PM PST by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: BenLurkin
Our FLOTUS has said that we shouldn't be eating junk food so why should taxpayers be paying for junk food?

Blame it on FLOTUS!!!

49 posted on 02/12/2011 6:32:55 PM PST by lonestar
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To: muawiyah; bill1952

Well, I bought a two pound bag of rice at Walmart the day before yesteday and it was only $2.69. That’s 20 servings for ...uh ...(counting on fingers) about 14 cents per serving.


50 posted on 02/12/2011 6:36:54 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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