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Government wants more people on food stamps
CNN ^ | June 25, 2012: | Tami Luhby

Posted on 06/25/2012 1:54:16 PM PDT by kingattax

More than one in seven Americans are on food stamps, but the federal government wants even more people to sign up for the safety net program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been running radio ads for the past four months encouraging those eligible to enroll.

The campaign is targeted at the elderly, working poor, the unemployed and Hispanics.

The department is spending between $2.5 million and $3 million on paid spots, and free public service announcements are also airing. The campaign can be heard in California, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, and the New York metro area.

"Research has shown that many people -- particularly underserved seniors, working poor, and legal immigrants -- do not understand the requirements of the program," said Kevin Concannon, a USDA under secretary.

The radio ads, which run through June 30, come amid a bitter partisan fight over the safety net program. Republican lawmakers want to reduce funding for the benefit or turn it into a block grant program, which would also minimize the cost. Democrats, however, are not willing to make major cuts

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: debt; entitlement; food; freecheese; lobbying; stamps; welfare

1 posted on 06/25/2012 1:54:23 PM PDT by kingattax
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To: kingattax

The easiest way to buy votes is to use other people’s money.


2 posted on 06/25/2012 1:58:17 PM PDT by chrisser (Starve the Monkeys!)
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To: chrisser

Definition of Irony!

The Food Stamp program, part of the Department of Agriculture, announced that it is pleased to be distributing food stamps to the greatest number of people ever.

Meanwhile, the Park Service, also part of the Department of Agriculture, asks us to “Please do not feed the animals” because they may grow dependent and not learn to take care of themselves.


3 posted on 06/25/2012 2:02:04 PM PDT by SubMareener (Save us from Quarterly Freepathons! Become a MONTHLY DONOR!)
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To: kingattax

That 2/5 or 3 million Smackeoos would feed a lot of people for a long time.

I’m betting that there aren’t many “needy” people in this country who can’t figre out where to go for their food stamps and other gummit programs in some Robin Hood scheme or another.


4 posted on 06/25/2012 2:07:48 PM PDT by basil
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To: kingattax

That 2/5 or 3 million Smackeoos would feed a lot of people for a long time.

I’m betting that there aren’t many “needy” people in this country who can’t figre out where to go for their food stamps and other gummit programs in some Robin Hood scheme or another.


5 posted on 06/25/2012 2:07:48 PM PDT by basil
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To: kingattax

Big Food has a vested interest in this too.


6 posted on 06/25/2012 2:08:27 PM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: kingattax

“Government wants” is classic “reification”...

It’s not “government”, it’s the socialist leftists that are IN government that “want”.


7 posted on 06/25/2012 2:11:06 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Menehune56

In addition to buying votes for Dims - from those on food stamps - grocery merchants from big so small are benefiting (compliments of the taxpayer), as well.


8 posted on 06/25/2012 2:15:52 PM PDT by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: basil

In California they have radio advertisements soliciting people to come and get some Calfresh (foodstamps)... The ads say if thou art low income or slow income come get some and be healthy with calfresh food.... freaking unbelievable


9 posted on 06/25/2012 2:17:00 PM PDT by Breto (The Establishment party is killing our country)
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To: Jane Long

I’d not shop anywhere they have the “we accept EBT/Food stamps”.

My own form of protest. Are there any such stores in existence?


10 posted on 06/25/2012 2:20:53 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: kingattax

the more parasites, the more rat voters


11 posted on 06/25/2012 2:22:23 PM PDT by hecht (restore Hetch-Hetchy, and screw San Francisco)
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To: kingattax

absolutely-despicable-ass-backward-fat-smothering-nanny-state-psychopath alert.


12 posted on 06/25/2012 2:23:38 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: TurboZamboni
I’d not shop anywhere they have the “we accept EBT/Food stamps”.

I don't think such a place exists any longer :(

13 posted on 06/25/2012 2:25:25 PM PDT by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: TurboZamboni

Once the govt gets in businesses like this without constitutional authority, then anything goes. I can envision details to make non-EBT stores non-existent. For example, and I don’t know if true or not, but I’d be surprised if it were not the case:

1. Govt reimburses the grocer for the product price, regardless of sales
2. Govt reimburses the grocer for the product list price,
3. Govt reimburses the grocer for 2x (or any factor) the price - after all, this is wealth transfer...2x, 3x, 10x is all the better agenda-wise.


14 posted on 06/25/2012 2:26:07 PM PDT by C210N ("ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate" (Breitbart, 2012))
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To: TurboZamboni

It’s a vicious circle, there are so many folks on EBT I don’t think any food business could afford NOT to take it, except maybe a very high end specialty shop.


15 posted on 06/25/2012 2:26:46 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: kingattax

The govt has those commercials here in Indiana (along with the Obama phone commercials) but this would be far more effective:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luo40WjBKWI


16 posted on 06/25/2012 2:29:42 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: kingattax

WABC radio just had another commercial for it.


17 posted on 06/25/2012 2:34:27 PM PDT by hecht (restore Hetch-Hetchy, and screw San Francisco)
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To: basil
I don't know if you heard the morning show on KLBJ a couple of weeks ago, but the Austin silly council is implying not enough eligible people are applying and have teams going into the “obama depression areas [i. e. East of IH 35]” to make sure they understand how to apply.
18 posted on 06/25/2012 2:34:40 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (It's time to take out the trash in DC.)
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To: kingattax

The campaign is targeted at the elderly, working poor, the unemployed and Hispanics


If that’s not racist, I don’t know what is...singling out Hispanics as people who need food stamps? The very idea of needing foodstamps or you even suggesting to me that I need food stamps is degrading. This immediately says there are no successful, rich Hispanics. If it explicitly said that it targeted blacks that would be called racist. Hispanic is not an economic status, it’s an ethnicity.

I thought that the liberals were supposed to be anti-racism?????

Here’s just another example that they are not.


19 posted on 06/25/2012 2:37:37 PM PDT by Conservaliberty (25 and conservative. I guess I have no heart, Oh, well, makes shooting the bad guys easier.)
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To: C210N

Reminds me of the current healthcare model...

dontchya love 3rd party payers?


20 posted on 06/25/2012 2:39:56 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: nascarnation
Thanks for making me almost barf up my lunch. Those hoes need to be in jail. I quit watching after the first 30 seconds. 0 bummer's state of restribution.
Further parts of my comment # *** self censored by Arrowhead1952

21 posted on 06/25/2012 2:53:30 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (It's time to take out the trash in DC.)
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To: kingattax

Not just radio ads but tv ads in TX.


22 posted on 06/25/2012 2:54:17 PM PDT by bgill
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To: kingattax

A Nevada village is missing it’s idiot.


23 posted on 06/25/2012 3:00:45 PM PDT by bgill
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To: bgill

Blah, wrong thread.


24 posted on 06/25/2012 3:02:06 PM PDT by bgill
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To: TurboZamboni

Whole Foods doesn’t.


25 posted on 06/25/2012 3:04:31 PM PDT by Patriotic1 (Dic mihi solum facta, domina - Just the facts, ma'am)
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To: kingattax


26 posted on 06/25/2012 3:33:08 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Patriotic1

“Whole Foods doesn’t.”

Liar.

Whole foods DOES take EBT/SNAP, they have to by law.

Idiot.


27 posted on 06/25/2012 3:35:15 PM PDT by wolficatZ ("We are no longer accepting comments on this article")
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To: stylecouncilor

I want my gov’ment cheese.


28 posted on 06/25/2012 4:23:56 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: kingattax
That's the Cloward-Piven Strategy.
I say let's join them. Elderly, unemployed, retired but receiving SS benefits of lesser and lesser value.

There IS NO limit to the Hussein stash fund.

Let's make it 100% participation in food stamps.
I want to get the same stuff that the parasites get. The same fancy phones and the same sports shoes... including the Escalade they drive up in.

29 posted on 06/25/2012 4:47:47 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: kingattax

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30 posted on 06/25/2012 4:51:23 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: kingattax; nickcarraway; neverdem; ProtectOurFreedom; Mother Abigail; EBH; vetvetdoug; ...
Long video but worth watching:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdyRrHGd9ck&feature=player_embedded#!

Try skipping ahead to review all of it and the go back later

31 posted on 06/27/2012 1:35:55 PM PDT by ex-Texan ((Ecclesiastes 5:10 - 20))
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To: kingattax; nickcarraway; neverdem; ProtectOurFreedom; Mother Abigail; EBH; vetvetdoug; ...
A short bio to review if you have any interest at all:

http://yowusa.com/planetx/2008/planetx-2008-05b/1.shtml

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing . . .

Read all my posts here if you want to review things that I will not post again on FR.

32 posted on 06/28/2012 6:49:37 AM PDT by ex-Texan ((Ecclesiastes 5:10 - 20))
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