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States Circumvent Food Stamp Cutbacks; Draconian Cuts "Much Ado About Nothing"
Townhall.com ^ | March 3, 2014 | Mike Shedlock

Posted on 03/03/2014 7:30:20 AM PST by Kaslin

Flashback December 10, 2013: In Close Inspection of Alleged "Draconian" Cuts in Food Stamp Program I noted Mother Jones, the Nation, and the Daily Koz whined about "draconian" cuts in the food stamp program.

Close scrutiny showed the "draconian" cuts amounted to $4 billion in a close to $80 billion program. I further commented I actually doubt we will ever see those "cuts" in the first place.

Flashback January 29, 2014: Disgusting Compromise on $956B Farm Bill; In Spite of Massive Howls, No Actual Cuts in Food Stamps.

Proving that neither party really wants to do anything about escalating costs of anything, in typical D.C. compromise action, the House Passes $956B Farm Bill in a bipartisan vote.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) all voted for the bill.

Democrats are howling over miniscule cuts in SNAP (food stamps). For example, an inane headline on the Daily Koz reads House passes food stamp-slashing farm bill.

Supposedly there will be $8.6 billion in devastating food stamp cuts. Even if that happens it is less than a 1% cut in an economy that is supposedly in recovery.

Contrary to Popular Belief, No Cuts in Food Stamps

Will there be any cuts? I rather doubt it. In the "too stupid to make up category", this is how they determined the cuts.

The bill finds $8.6 billion in savings by requiring households to receive at least $20 per year in home heating assistance before they automatically qualify for food stamps, instead of the $1 threshold now in place in some states.

Amazing!

Now what do you think will happen? If you can't figure it out, I will tell you. States will give $20 per year in home heating assistance to everyone currently getting $1 per year in annual home heating assistance.

There will be miniscule (if any) savings at all at the federal level, and small increases at the state level.

States Make End Run Around Food Stamp Cuts

Flash Forward March 2, 2014: States Make End Run Around Food Stamp Cuts.

Connecticut and New York have found a way around federal budget cuts that played a central role in the massive farm bill passed this month: bump up home heating assistance a few million bucks in return for preserving more than a half-billion dollars in food stamp benefits.

The moves by Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo -- with the possibility that more governors could follow -- cheer social service advocates who say the deep recession and weak economic recovery have pounded low-income workers and the unemployed who rely on heating assistance and food stamps.

An order by Malloy will spend about $1.4 million in federal energy aid, increasing benefits for 50,000 low-income Connecticut residents from $1 to $20 so they do not lose $112 in monthly food stamp benefits. It will preserve about $67 million in food stamp benefits. New York will spend about $6 million more in federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program funding to maintain food stamp benefits totaling $457 million.

Cuts Much Ado About Nothing

That there would be no cuts in food stamps was the easiest call I have ever made.

Yet, we had to put up with incessant and ridiculous whining from democrats about ridiculously small cuts, even if they happened, when it was clear all along they wouldn't happen.

We also had to put up with Republicans pretending they were doing something about spending when they knew (or should have known) they weren't.

Since the time of Shakespeare seldom has there been so Much Ado About Nothing and from both political parties to boot.

This is how I ended my January 29 commentary:

Oh! The Horror!

Republicans and Democrats alike should both be ashamed, not only for doing virtually nothing, but also for howling at the moon as if they did.

Question of the Day

Republicans either didn't see this coming, or they did see it coming and simply didn't care. Which is worse?



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: ebt

1 posted on 03/03/2014 7:30:20 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

There were no cuts. It was supposed to be the end of a temporary increase from “stimulus”


2 posted on 03/03/2014 7:41:44 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Kaslin

In WalMart last week, early so I wouldn’t have to run into one of the EBT mouth breathers. Didn’t work. Got behind a woman old as me (64) with a cart full of stuff.

She’d already run through her ‘groceries’ and was in the midst of putting her cat food tins on the belt. Such a variety! Premium specialty canned meats, dry, mixed, differently packaged items - enough it looked like for a whole lot of cat gourmet meals.

What was the first card she pulled out? You guessed it. Georgia Peach EBT card. After the swipe, she had to pay $39.02 (I guess for the cat food) and she pulled out her MasterCard.

I’m just really happy this b!tch can get her food on me and you and still have enough cash/credit left over to buy her fracking cat gourmet food.

Way to go Obama. You’ve turned an old lady into another leech...


3 posted on 03/03/2014 7:45:30 AM PST by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Kaslin

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4 posted on 03/03/2014 7:51:43 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme),unemployment will necessarily skyrocket! Despite the % dropping. Period.)
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5 posted on 03/03/2014 8:08:47 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Kaslin
Food stamps and other welfare have gone WAY, WAY beyond what they were meant to do. NOW they keep a certain portion of the population DEPENDENT, WEAK, HELPLESS.

The folks on welfare KNOW this and won't acknowledge this in public. They spout the same old trite garbage, that the U.S. government owes them.

B.S.

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Personal stories:

1. I had a student once, an older African-American woman, whose food stamps and welfare were cut off. There was NOTHING wrong with her. She was SO ANGRY. She kept saying, "What am I going to do now?"

Since she was a student of mine (community college) I kept my big, fat mouth shut. I DID thank the Lord for that moment.
I DID sort of earn it by not saying: "GET A JOB, you big FAT, lazy SLOB!!" I DID think it.

2. I was down in the area of the cultural stuff and I passed an African-American woman who was panhandling. She was standing, speaking strongly and looked healthy.
WITHOUT THINKING I said (normal tone of voice) to her: Get a job.
WELL! I sure hit a sore spot. She came after me yelling and screaming! She followed me to the corner and I turned around and just looked at her. I DO have my father's brown-eyed LOOK. HIS was ferocious. Mine is quelling. She looked back at me, shut her big fat mouth and walked away.

She WASN'T pathetic, as I am NO bully. She was just a FREE-LOADER and I wasn't going to let her get away with it. What popped out of me was THE TRUTH. Her ANGER showed me how RIGHT I was. :o)
A victory for me. Thank you, Lord.

6 posted on 03/03/2014 8:12:17 AM PST by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain

Sometimes you have to ask, don’t they have no pride in themselves?


7 posted on 03/03/2014 8:15:48 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Food stamps are just a means for the Democrat party to buy votes. Yes, it may be just a few hundred bucks a month to a family, but a few hundred bucks from the US taxpayers frees up a few hundred bucks a month for other things like Choom and luxury car leases.


9 posted on 03/03/2014 8:24:07 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Gaffer
Funny. I recently stood behind a woman buying a bunch of food with her EBT card and credit card. She also got 20 dollars cash back from her credit card which she then promptly spent on instant lottery tickets.
10 posted on 03/03/2014 8:25:55 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Kaslin
A sense of defiant entitlement is a good substitute for pride.
11 posted on 03/03/2014 8:27:55 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Kaslin
Sometimes you have to ask, don’t they have no pride in themselves?

They do have pride...but I think it's NOT the good kind of pride that helps us to keep clean, sober and healthy.
It's the ARROGANT pride (one of the seven deadly sins). They will do what they want and the hell with the rest of the world. They know it because others of their family and friends TELL them: WHY are you doing that? You don't need the money. You get plenty from welfare. Why do that?
Her unmitigated FURY told me how RIGHT I was.

So they, in essence, are telling us, "whitey," to SHOVE IT, getting a little cash and being able to tell anyone who gainsays them to go to hell.

That is, until she panhandled ME: bigus mouthus.
That's Latin, ya know.

12 posted on 03/03/2014 8:28:03 AM PST by cloudmountain
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To: hinckley buzzard

Frankly, I don’t wanna hear about ANYBODY needing food stamps. They are an enabling crutch that allows them to meet the food needs they should be working for while also allowing them to indulge themselves with slothful vices - all for a vote. Whatweworry? It’s all good...


13 posted on 03/03/2014 8:31:46 AM PST by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: cloudmountain

The good kind is what I meant. I hope you realize that


14 posted on 03/03/2014 8:35:38 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
The good kind is what I meant. I hope you realize that

I do.
You've been around for a long time, Kaslin, and I know that your intentions are good. We all have an occasional "screed" and that is SURE ALLOWED as far as I am concerned. I take it all as is necessary for dealing with human beans. :o)
I USED to be on the FR years ago...got waylaid and I'm back!

Hmmm, now where have I heard THAT phrase before? :o)

Boy, I wish the governator would make another movie.

15 posted on 03/03/2014 8:42:34 AM PST by cloudmountain
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To: Kaslin

This program is working EXACTLY the way the lobbyists for Walmart/Kroger/Safeway/Kraft/Heinz/Kelloggs intended it to.

Wish I could come up with a way to sell my product to customers who have no money.


16 posted on 03/03/2014 8:42:34 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: blueunicorn6

Someone posted a chart (from Heritage, I believe), the other day, that showed 67% of the federal budget goes toward entitlements.

They’ve bought and paid their voting bloc with OUR tax $$!


17 posted on 03/03/2014 8:45:43 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: cloudmountain

You was almost right. It’s Magnus os ;)


18 posted on 03/03/2014 8:48:20 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

One thing I never see in these analyses is the inflation caused by food stamps.

Free money creating artificial demand causing higher prices.

We not only pay the taxes but suffer the price increases.


19 posted on 03/03/2014 8:48:30 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Kaslin
You was almost right. It’s Magnus os ;)

I were? Good for me. :o)

20 posted on 03/03/2014 8:50:08 AM PST by cloudmountain
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I wonder to what degree the rise in food prices is correlated to the increasing incidence of SNAP / food stamps.
If more people aren’t price conscious, are prices rising for everyone?


21 posted on 03/03/2014 9:16:52 AM PST by tbw2
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To: hinckley buzzard
A sense of defiant entitlement is a good substitute for pride.

Friggin' genius; consider this comment commandeered for later use.

22 posted on 03/03/2014 9:44:52 AM PST by Turbo Pig (...to close with and destroy the enemy...)
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To: Kaslin

A better use for any new state money would be a program to help those deadbeat-er, poor people who are willing, to relocate from red states to blue ones.


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