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Hipsters on Food Stamps
http://www.salon.com ^ | MAR 15, 2010 | JENNIFER BLEYER

Posted on 11/11/2012 5:42:54 PM PST by huac

"...Gerry Mak and Sarah Magida sauntered through a small ethnic market stocked with Japanese eggplant, mint chutney and fresh turmeric...Magida, a 30-year-old art school graduate...she’s used her $150 in monthly benefits for things like fresh produce, raw honey and fresh-squeezed juices from markets near her house in the neighborhood of Hampden, and soy meat alternatives and gourmet ice cream from a Whole Foods a few miles away..."

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"...Mak, 31, grew up in Westchester, graduated from the University of Chicago and toiled in publishing in New York during his 20s before moving to Baltimore last year with a meager part-time blogging job and prospects for little else. About half of his friends in Baltimore have been getting food stamps since the economy toppled, so he decided to give it a try; to his delight, he qualified for $200 a month.

“I’m sort of a foodie, and I’m not going to do the ‘living off ramen’ thing,” he said, fondly remembering a recent meal he’d prepared of roasted rabbit with butter, tarragon and sweet potatoes. “I used to think that you could only get processed food and government cheese on food stamps, but it’s great that you can get anything.”

1 posted on 11/11/2012 5:43:02 PM PST by huac
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To: huac

“...recent changes made to the program as part of last year’s stimulus package, which relaxed the restrictions on able-bodied adults without dependents to collect food stamps, have made some young singles around the country eligible for the first time...”


2 posted on 11/11/2012 5:44:06 PM PST by huac ("We're not Communists, we're Democrats!" - Sean Penn's Mom)
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To: huac

Just a reminder of what your grandchildren’s debt is paying for


3 posted on 11/11/2012 5:45:26 PM PST by huac ("We're not Communists, we're Democrats!" - Sean Penn's Mom)
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To: huac

“before moving to Baltimore last year with a meager part-time blogging job and prospects for little else.”

Rice and beans, you idiots!! Rice and beans!


4 posted on 11/11/2012 5:46:50 PM PST by Dr. Pritchett
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To: huac

“sauntered” says it all.


5 posted on 11/11/2012 5:53:58 PM PST by A_perfect_lady
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To: huac
Sweet potatoes ~ a problem? They are far cheaper than rice or beans around here, and rabbit? Did he perhaps buy a rabbit, or shoot one a la Audi Murphy who fed his brothers and sisters by subsistence hunting.

Butter is pretty hum drum stuff ~ and so is tarragon.

6 posted on 11/11/2012 5:54:33 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: huac

When the end finally comes I’ll be living off rice and beans, but the schadenfreude of watching the abusers hit bottom will make it taste like steak.


7 posted on 11/11/2012 5:55:41 PM PST by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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To: huac

Dear Mak and Magida...

CHOKE ON IT.


8 posted on 11/11/2012 5:55:42 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: huac

These people can go !@#$ themselves, as far as I’m concerned. Lots of us who are paying taxes end up eating ramen so this whore can eat her fricking arugula.


9 posted on 11/11/2012 5:55:52 PM PST by dinodino ( MRS. Dinodino)
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To: muawiyah

These freeloaders can all go straight to hell. I’m sick of seeing “EBT Welcome” signs at fancy food places. Today I saw a place which sells gourmet pizzas had just put up an “EBT Welcome” banner. F*ck all of these people all to hell.


10 posted on 11/11/2012 5:58:19 PM PST by dinodino
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To: huac

I’m not certain that debt will be around. I think the US just missed its last chance to postpone a second Civil War.


11 posted on 11/11/2012 5:58:46 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Thought Puzzle: Describe Islam without using the phrase "mental disorder" more than four times.)
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To: huac

Well, I was ALMOST over grieving for America’s demise - but every few minutes I find another reason to continue...

I loathe these posers/grifters/morons. There. I said it out loud.


12 posted on 11/11/2012 5:58:46 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: dinodino

“...These people can go !@#$ themselves...”

The proper response from sane society. Unfortunately, the response from our society is to re-elect Obama, who supports this behavior


13 posted on 11/11/2012 5:58:46 PM PST by huac ("We're not Communists, we're Democrats!" - Sean Penn's Mom)
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To: muawiyah

“... did he perhaps buy a rabbit, or shoot one...”

Of course he BOUGHT the rabbit. Shooting/hunting would take too much self reliance and effort.


14 posted on 11/11/2012 6:00:02 PM PST by momtothree
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To: Rebelbase

This is the only bright point in a disastrous event.

You put it so well and I will remind myself of your comment when feeling down and abused when dining on tomato soup.


15 posted on 11/11/2012 6:00:30 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: huac
toiled in publishing in New York during his 20s before moving to Baltimore last year with a meager part-time blogging job and prospects for little else.

And now, less motivation to try.

16 posted on 11/11/2012 6:01:05 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: huac

He can go screw himself too.


17 posted on 11/11/2012 6:01:05 PM PST by dinodino
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To: huac

It’s the bennies, stupid.


18 posted on 11/11/2012 6:01:16 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: huac

46 million now on food stamps.
It’s pretty much impossible to NOT know somebody on EBT these days.
Baraq’s “new normal”

A local tv station got a digital file of where Indiana issued TANF cards were swiped in ATMs - NYC, Disney (Fl & CA), Vegas, Nevada brothels, Puerto Rico, etc etc.


19 posted on 11/11/2012 6:01:33 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's bankruptcy: 2016)
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To: Rebelbase

Actually, that’s quite an uplifting thought, seriously—thanks! :)


20 posted on 11/11/2012 6:02:43 PM PST by dinodino
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To: huac

“Magida, a 30-year-old art school graduate...”

Well, there you go.


21 posted on 11/11/2012 6:03:59 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: momtothree

So, how was he surviving before food stamps?


22 posted on 11/11/2012 6:06:12 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: huac

RED DIAPER DOPER BABIES


23 posted on 11/11/2012 6:06:40 PM PST by Fred (http://thebubblefilm.com/)
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To: huac

Foodstamps for hipsters is commonplace. What’s most amazing about this story is SALON is still publishing.


24 posted on 11/11/2012 6:06:52 PM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: huac
He earned income and paid plenty of taxes for 10 years, fell on hard times, signed up for food stamps.

Is it the proposal to cast this former taxpayer out on the street to starve now that we can't suck more taxes out of him?

25 posted on 11/11/2012 6:08:19 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: huac

They’re young, they’re broke, and they pay for organic salmon with government subsidies. Got a problem with that?
http://www.salon.com/2010/03/16/hipsters_food_stamps_pinched/


26 posted on 11/11/2012 6:09:38 PM PST by Fred (http://thebubblefilm.com/)
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To: huac
This is a perfect, disgusting, argument of why it is time to stop pulling the wagon full of looters. It really is time to go Galt and sign up for benefits ourselves if we can. This will not end well, but we are nothing but serfs at this stage.
27 posted on 11/11/2012 6:09:55 PM PST by Truth29
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To: muawiyah
Butter is pretty hum drum stuff ~ and so is tarragon.

Have you purchased butter lately? It's approaching $4.00. And if that's fresh tarragon, it's certainly not in my budget.

28 posted on 11/11/2012 6:12:30 PM PST by mplsconservative (Barack Hussein 0bama has American blood on HIS hands!)
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To: huac
"... toiled in publishing..."

Sure. The same way Obastard "toiled" at community agitating. It's hard work.

Somehow I don't think Mark was "toiling" at changing plates, refilling ink or changing 5 ton rolls of paper in the pressroom.

29 posted on 11/11/2012 6:13:17 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Fred
it's referred to as WILD SALMON. I've been buying frozen chunks at $4.75 a pound for the last year ~ each 1 pound chunk breaks up nicely into four full servings for adults.

Steak costs more, and hamburger, though available at lower price, doesn't go as far as salmon.

I shop at ALDI ~ along with the welfare mothers and hootchie mommas.

30 posted on 11/11/2012 6:13:47 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

It doesn’t sound like he “fell” on hard times. It sounds like he “sauntered” over to them, leaving a job behind (working is so 20th century) and discovered that not working is quite satisfying as long as others pay to support him.


31 posted on 11/11/2012 6:14:41 PM PST by A_perfect_lady
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To: huac

Did Gerry Mak and Sarah Magida, happen to tell you to get the hell off the computer and get back to work so they can eat better?


32 posted on 11/11/2012 6:15:54 PM PST by Typical_Whitey (The political mirage of something for nothing; has ruined many a nation.)
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To: mplsconservative
60 cents for a pack of seeds ~ I once had so much of the stuff growing around here the odor was making me sick.

Assuming you need to buy this stuff in a store is probably wrong with the former taxpayer. He was surviving somehow ~ and he may have turned to urban farming.

33 posted on 11/11/2012 6:16:20 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: huac

From the USDA website : “Thirty-five states have abolished asset test”

“Households may have $2,000 in countable resources, such as a bank account, or $3000 in countable resources if at least one person is age 60 or older, or is disabled. However, certain resources are NOT counted, such as a home and lot..”

So just go spend down your bank account and buy some 22” spinner rims for your Escalade, and you’ll be fine.


34 posted on 11/11/2012 6:16:34 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Being a pressman is not exactly ‘publishing’ ~ it’s more a vanishing semiskilled trade ~ the whole printing industry is going down the tubes


35 posted on 11/11/2012 6:18:01 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

What a retarded question! You must be a liberal. Only a liberal would seriously think that this guy has only two options:

1. Starvation; or,

2. Insist that us taxpayers buy him organic salmon, fresh turmeric, triple-creme cheese, and organic asparagus.

F**K THAT GUY! Anyone on aid who acts like that doesn’t need the help.


36 posted on 11/11/2012 6:18:03 PM PST by dinodino
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To: Truth29

I will never sign up for government benefits. I know it’s an old-fashioned artifact these cynical post-modern days, to be sneered at as being stupid, not taking what’s there to be had, but there is such a concept as honor. Useless, outmoded, almost a luxury item now, if there was a market for such a useless thing.


37 posted on 11/11/2012 6:18:33 PM PST by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: huac

I probably met their Dad on a chair lift in the Sierras in 1975. The guy next to me on the lift was bragging about how he worked only enough in the fall to buy a new pair of skis, boots and season pass. In the spring, he worked just enough to buy a new surfboard. He lived on welfare during the skiing and surfing season. At the time, I was working 60 to 80 hour weeks. I still have dreams of pushing the bastard off the chair when we were about 150 ft off the ground.


38 posted on 11/11/2012 6:18:51 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: huac

I probably met their Dad on a chair lift in the Sierras in 1975. The guy next to me on the lift was bragging about how he worked only enough in the fall to buy a new pair of skis, boots and season pass. In the spring, he worked just enough to buy a new surfboard. He lived on welfare during the skiing and surfing season. At the time, I was working 60 to 80 hour weeks. I still have dreams of pushing the bastard off the chair when we were about 150 ft off the ground.


39 posted on 11/11/2012 6:19:18 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: huac

I would tell Mak that I suggest that Atlas should shrug, go get his EBT card and Obamaphone head out to Colorado where he can smoke a joint while waiting in line for his Obamacare doctor to put him on permanent Social Security Disability after that he can head out to Washington State and marry his life partner Hercules where they can raise their eugenically created daughter Julia as a slave to government programs and assistance perpetuating the cycle of dependency.


40 posted on 11/11/2012 6:19:34 PM PST by Typical_Whitey (The political mirage of something for nothing; has ruined many a nation.)
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To: A_perfect_lady
knowing something about publishing I'm quite certain his job disappeared ~ most likely along with his former employer, and the jobs of all the other employees there.

print is dead.

41 posted on 11/11/2012 6:19:57 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Kind of hard to grow tarragon in Minnesota in the winter. I’m grow a huge garden in season so don’t insult me with your assumptions.

There are simply things I go without this time of year. My husband’s paycheck buys the groceries and I cook a lot. No EBT card here.


42 posted on 11/11/2012 6:20:36 PM PST by mplsconservative (Barack Hussein 0bama has American blood on HIS hands!)
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To: muawiyah

The issue is buying specialty foods that are costly luxuries on the public dime when prudence calls for cutting back to basics. It’s galling to see subsistence aid used for excess instead of survival. Either the individuals purchasing these items don’t really need the assistance, or the assistance is entirely too generous, in a time when we are facing cutbacks everywhere and potential tremendous tax increases. These people come across as self absorbed pigs, quite honestly. Rice and beans won’t kill them. Being humbled quite possibly would do them some good down the road.


43 posted on 11/11/2012 6:21:22 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: muawiyah

I was just comparing what a mid 20s slacker thinks is toiling vs. an honest (but disappearing) job.

Speaking of it being a disappearing trade, the San Jose Mercury News has reduced the ink in the Sunday comics to almost nothing. They are all washed out and faded now. Another sign of a dying industry.


44 posted on 11/11/2012 6:22:16 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: muawiyah

Six dollar a pound rabbit from the specialty market. Hipsters do not hunt


45 posted on 11/11/2012 6:22:47 PM PST by Chickensoup
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To: dinodino
Liberals know nothing of unemployment rates. Apparently you are unaware that we have over 23 million people who are unemployed due to the antibusiness practices of Obama and his running dog lackeys.

They mostly didn't chose to be unemployed ~ this guy has a college degree and a 10 year work record. At the moment 53% of recent college graduates (last 5 years) are unemployed!

I'm still waiting on Romney to begin his campaign where he will propose how we can deal with this Democrat caused apparently intractable unemployment problem. Did you hear him say anything about it?

46 posted on 11/11/2012 6:25:02 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
Did he perhaps buy a rabbit, or shoot one a la Audi Murphy who fed his brothers and sisters by subsistence hunting.

LOL

You're not real familiar with the Hampden area of Baltimore, I can tell.

47 posted on 11/11/2012 6:25:46 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: mrsmel
I will never sign up for government benefits. I know it’s an old-fashioned artifact these cynical post-modern days, to be sneered at as being stupid, not taking what’s there to be had, but there is such a concept as honor.

Does that include not signing up for Social Security?

48 posted on 11/11/2012 6:25:46 PM PST by Wissa (Gone Galt)
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To: muawiyah

Considering this is Salon, it seems reasonable that if his job had disappeared, they’d have made a point of letting us know, complete with violins in the background. The cagey way they phrased it smacks of something else entirely.


49 posted on 11/11/2012 6:25:50 PM PST by A_perfect_lady
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To: huac


50 posted on 11/11/2012 6:26:02 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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