Skip to comments.Hipsters on Food Stamps
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...shes 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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print is dead.
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.
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.
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.
Six dollar a pound rabbit from the specialty market. Hipsters do not hunt
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?
You're not real familiar with the Hampden area of Baltimore, I can tell.
Does that include not signing up for Social Security?
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.
“Of course he BOUGHT the rabbit. Shooting/hunting would take too much self reliance and effort.”
Besides shooting the rabbit could cause it to suffer, they prefer to use the meat manufactured for food, causing no animal to suffer or be harmed.
Capitalist theory said the price should drop. You wouldn't believe how many Freepers refused to believe a price could ever come down due to oversupply and competition.
Same thing here ~ salmon is not currently a luxury food. Steak is. The price of beans is up. So is wheat. So is corn. So is rice, but if you shop carefully you can nick a buck off here or there.
Some prefer soup kitchens and bread lines.
But now we make sure no one has to sink to the shameful level of doing a job that isn't one's preferred job. Indeed, we have to maintain them in the style to which they have become accustomed.
Welfare changes people, it really does. I'll never forget when one of my former best friends went on welfare. Her attitude gradually went from "I just want a job, any job," to "I'm not driving 20 miles each way. I'm not giving up my benefits for something that pays less than my previous job. I've got six more months of benefits coming, I'm not doing this, or that, or ..."
NO! Of course he didn’t shoot it! Bite your tongue! He gets it in the organic meat department at Whole Foods where you can get meat that doesn’t come from real animals. Only cartoon animals are used as food. PETA would ban you from their membership list.
An assumption but I’m guessing Mom and Dad. They probably helped while he was in school. Now his “Mom and Dad” are us. Great.
I am praying and fasting for Jesus, the Son of God, to have mercy upon us sinners, not “eating better than I ever have”
I think the print industry is in total shock now ~ they know what happened to their jobs ~ and Salon has some former print industry folks around. BTW, that’s an electronic periodical.
There are a lot of part time positions opening up in the restaurant industry.
All the relevant facts we need to pass judgment on this guy just aren’t there in the article ~ that’s when a resourceful Freeper would give him a call and find out.
I recently got some work, and bought 40 pounds of pinto beans, 30 pounds of rice, and 5 pounds of grits, and 25 pounds of other such dried staples.
Food stamps sound pretty good, I could use some meat and vegetables, and juice and milk.