Skip to comments.Senator Collins says Proposed Food Stamps Cut Too Deep
Posted on 09/20/2013 2:16:17 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Senator Susan Collins say a proposal in Congress to slash food stamps funding would hurt Mainers who need it most.
House lawmakers passed a bill Thursday that would make around $4 billion dollars in cuts each year to the almost $80 billion dollar-a-year food stamp program.
Maine is among the top five states with the biggest share of people on food stamps at 18-percent.
Collins says the program needs to be reformed but the proposed cuts are too deep.
We have a lot of elderly people living in rural Maine who really depend on food stamps in order to get proper nutrition. We also have a lot of children living in poor families that are also dependent on food stamps.
Collins predicts the Senate will reject the cuts to the food stamp program.
Let’s put a picture and address on the SNAP and EBT cards.
Just think: if we didn't have 8 to 10 million illegals on food stamps (conservative estimate), you might have enough cash left over to take care of Americans stuck in poverty.
Whatta concept, huh?!
Collins predicts the Senate will reject the cuts to the food stamp program.
Of course they will
The House more closely responds to the people.
The Senate more closely respond to the Government.
“We have a lot of elderly people living in rural Maine who really depend on food stamps in order to get proper nutrition. We also have a lot of children living in poor families that are also dependent on food stamps. “
Well then I suggest the rest of that state of loons get together and take up a collection to make up the difference if you care about them as much as you like to pretend.
5% is to much?
This is all Kabuki Theater. The House proposes the cuts, the Senate will strip them out, and the compromise package will fund EBT cards, so strip club- and liquor store-owners need not worry. All is well.
This like other problems would be solved by a robust economy. The biggest obstacle to prosperity is not economic forces but the paralyzing ideology of the White House.
Well in that case you won't mind if the government then limits food stamps to foods that are nutritionally proper. That way Michelle can strong arm people on the dole into eating broccoli and leave the rest of us alone.
They can’t find 5% of fraud?
RINO Collins at it again.
That should solve Maine's food stamp problem. It's called earning your keep. We should make a list of RINOs who are as disgusting as McCain.
Susan: Resign in protest... that’ll show ‘em!
“Senator Susan Collins say a proposal in Congress to slash food stamps funding would hurt Mainers who need it most. “
Those who need it the least would still get food stamps? What exactly is this doorknob saying?
These aren’t even cuts
Laz, I love you dearly, but you (and other FReepers) need to stop pushing that myth. Yes, strip clubs and liquor stores can accept SOME EBT cards, but not all. When what is now called Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) was issued via a paper welfare check those same purchases were being made once those checks were cashed. Now they can be tracked electronically, but TANF is not the same as food stamps - which are also issued on the same Ebt cards.
Don’t cut the food stamp program, KILL IT TOTALLY!!!
Outside of a city or two or three ... what's the population demographic?
Elderly people have SS and I would wonder ... how many live in homes or on property already paid for .. no mortgage ?
If the argument is; "Welll .. they gott'a pay their taxes "... then the taxes are too much .... period.
I'm retired with less than a thou SS, my house paid for on 3 acres and all I have is electric, internet/phone bundle, food, car expenses and taxes.
I don't like the taxes, but I've learned how to pay 'em.
I cut firewood and burn fuel oil.
Bottom line ... I live ... not extravagantly, but I'm overweight (I eat well), I'm warm in the winter, can drive to the store and church and we go out to China Buffet twice a month (sometimes MORE !)
What's this poverty thing anyway ... especially among elderly in a state that has more land than Carter's got Little Liver pills ?
I know, hon. I was just pokin’ a little fun.
Was it Maine or New Hampshire that was the shoe capitol of the world at one time ?
Cash is cash and businesses like cash.
Susan, Susan I guess you didn’t read the Bill? It exempts families with chillren from any cuts to SNAP!
Say, they can track them better now with the EBT card...I’m wondering if I can lobby to get a new program started? Every time someone buys lobster to feed to their dogs, I get a lobster sent to me. Dittos for crab legs. Call it Seafood to Cyber Liberty (StCL). I’m gracious...I’m willing to accept one lobster tail for every two. I’ll pass on the shrimp, they can send those to the Humane Society.
I promise, no strip clubs or pole dancing. I will buy my own beer.
Who do I call? ;^)
Get tough with those who abuse the food stamp program by purchasing steaks and lobster then selling their card for half of its cash value to buy drugs and you will save far more than $4 billion a year.
Maine I believe. Maine was also known for all leather goods.
LL Bean, which has become despicable and the founder must be rolling is his grave, still sells some of the traditional made in Maine high quality boots. They sell as little made in the USA merchandise as possible, just enough to try to patronize disgusted customers. If they brought back more manufacturing for their business, it would be huge for the state. I really can't understand why its politicians aren't pushing for that. A lot of us customers complain about it and refuse to by their made in China crap.
Repeal the 17th! The senate was designed by the Founders to represent the states and to defend the constitution against a federal takeover! The 17th destroyed the constitutional balance of powers.
#2 Fraud Prevention - Good Post
#3 Anti-Immigration which is clearly part of the unemployment problem- Good Post
#4 Cold Hearted post - that wrongly assumes most Americans are for cutting the benefits before the unemployment issue is dealt with.
#5 Cold Hearted post - that assumes all unemployed Americans are lazy and ignores the government policies that offshored their jobs.
#6 Cold Hearted post - that wants to push all benefits to the state level and assumes those wanting to help the unemployed are “loons”.
#7 Cold Hearted post - that thinks a 5% cut is fine.
#8 Fatalist or possibly realistic post - that says nothing will change.
#9 Pragmatic post - that recognizes a good economy would fix this problem, and blames government policy but short on details.
#10 Pragmatic post - wants to limit food stamps to nutritionally valuable foods.
#11 Cold Hearted Post - that assumes there is at least 5% of fraud. I’m sure there is fraud, but I don’t know how much. Find and cut the fraud first, don’t make arbitrary cuts assuming they will find that much.
#12 Partisan Post - Blames democrats for being democrats.
“What exactly is this doorknob saying?”
She’s saying she didn’t actually read the bill so she is just running with the first thing she pulled out of her butt.
Here on KLBJ, the local talk show station, a guy called in today and said he saw a Schwans truck with a sign that said: We accept EBT payments.
Well, let’s see. LBJ, the communist who started the war on poverty and paving the road to Hell with good intentions. The only thing that has changed since LBJ is the number, names, and methods of the the thieves.
You also have a lot of freeloaders who will have to find a job Susan. Oh yeah, that is a foreign concept in the District of Corruption.
Pray America will wake Up
Same tired old phrase from the Left (and the "news" media, who will push this false line). It's "always" the neediest who get hurt to them, not cutting off the top recipients, who most could be proven to not need the benefits.
Sounds like a Maine problem that can be fixed by raising taxes in Maine. Collins is as dumb as Pelosi. Why are the taxpayers in Wyoming and elsewhere responsible for Maine’s problems. Collins is a big GRUBM ‘T DemocRat Plantation Liberal.
Ugly thread part 2
#13 Angry near miss post - that almost identifies off-shoring as the problem, but focuses on the criticizer of the cut instead.
#14 Sarcastic post - that calls for Collin’s resignation.
#15 Twist her words post - that pretty much slanders the critizer.
#16 Denial of cuts post - I’m not sure but I think they are really cuts.
#17 Warm hearted Love for lying Laz post - LOL
#18 Cold Hearted post - wants deeper cuts.
#19 Sub Zero hearted post - wants to eliminate food stamps altogether - Ebenezer Scrooge reborn.
#20 Cold Hearted post - Self sufficient elderly, expects all other elderly to be as successful as himself.
#21 Laz returns the love post
#22 Irrelevant Shoe Capital post
#23 Doubtful benefits are all cash post
#24 Family with children exempted from cuts post
#25 What’s in it for me post
#26 Curb abuse post
#27 Blame the 17th post
"The bill's savings would be achieved by allowing states to put broad new work requirements in place for many food stamp recipients and to test applicants for drugs. The bill also would end government waivers that have allowed able-bodied adults without dependents to receive food stamps indefinitely."
So are the senior citizens drug users, Susan?
Ugly thread - part 3
#27 Correction - identifies imports as the problem!!!
#28 Correction - blame the 17th by Jim Robinson no less
#29 My Recap part 2
#30 Graphic alliteration post
#31 Anti EBT for Schwans Groceries post.
#32 Anti LBJ and War on poverty post.
#33 Cold hearted post - Assumes most are freeloaders.
#34 Cold hearted Anti-fraud post - blames fraud but seems to be supportive of arbitrary cuts instead of prosecutions.
#35 Cold hearted tax Maine post.
I was going be aggrieved you did not judge my post #25, but I see now you have. Grade Accepted! That was exactly my intent....
I actually liked your post a lot better than I’ve liked most.
Not all of them are, which was my point.
Sorry senator Collins but food stamps have been turned into a giant bad joke as millions and millions of people now get them.
And many are able bodied and capable of working. You remember “work?” It’s a great concept. Makes for happy prosperous people. People who do t have to beg Obama’s trolls to put them on the dole. If you have needy people in Maine then take care of them in Maine Free food is not a federal function.
Now food stamps and welfare are for artists and others who will then be able to devote time to their endeavors without starving. Just ask Pelosi
What she is really saying is it would cut to deeply into her cut of the money.
How, then .. does the non-cash card work ?
If a person is only getting food stamps(SNAP), there is no cash availability. But someone who is getting both food stamps and welfare(SNAP and TANF,) does have cash availability on the welfare (TANF) portion.
How about spot-investigating the recipients....and then PROSECUTING the fraudsters?Collins is so dumb that when she went to buy a color TV I'll bet she asked the clerk what colors they come in.
I can’t ask pelosi. Her staff said they won’t answer any inquiries or letters unless your name is on their contributors list. This when she was majority leader and thus in a position to impact the entire nation ( such as “you’ll fi d out what’s in it after we pass it” commiecare. ).