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  • Administration Brochure Touts Food Stamp Benefits for Foreigners

    04/28/2013 9:15:08 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 27 Apr 2013 | John Semmens
    It was recently discovered that the Obama Administration has been working jointly with the Mexican government to inform that country’s illegal migrants to the United States of their “rights to government food assistance.” The product of this cooperative undertaking is a Spanish-language flyer supplied to the Mexican Embassy by the US Department of Agriculture. The flyer asserts that “even those who enter America illegally are still entitled to certain benefits” and explains how these “undocumented persons” may secure these benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala) called the revelation “evidence of a dangerously misguided policy....
  • Are all the federal bureacracies controlled by the Democrat Party?

    04/26/2013 8:05:04 PM PDT · by cradle of freedom · 52 replies
    Is it my imagination or are ALL of our federal bureacracies controlled by the Democratic Party? Look at immigration--it is all about what Democrats want--more uneducated poor immigrants who will vote for them. Welfare--who controlls welfare? We can't find out what happens to our money even when it is going to terrorists. What is going on here and why haven't the Republicans put their foot down? Aren't they half of the government? How long have the Democrats owned our national bureaucracy?
  • USDA Flyer: We Don't Check Immigration Status for Food Stamps

    04/26/2013 6:36:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 42 replies
    Big Government ^ | 4/26/2013 | Tony Lee
    A government watchdog group has discovered that the United States government is advising Spanish-speaking residents that they need not declare their immigration status to qualify for food stamps. Judicial Watch obtained the Spanish-language flyers through a Freedom of Information Act request and announced on Thursday that the "promotion of the food stamp program, now known as 'SNAP' (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), includes a Spanish-language flyer provided to the Mexican Embassy by the USDA. A statement on the flyer—emphasized in bold and underlined—reads, “You need not divulge information regarding your immigration status in seeking this benefit for your children.” Judicial Watch...
  • Shocking US government leaflet tells Mexican immigrants they can collect food stamp benefits..

    04/26/2013 1:15:13 PM PDT · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 16 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | April 26, 2013 | Daily Mail
    Conservative legal group obtained Agriculture Department flyerYou need not divulge information regarding your immigration status in seeking this benefit for your children'Program in all 50 Mexican consulates in the U.S. helps push food stamps A Spanish-language leaflet that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided to the Mexican Embassy in Washington advises border-crossing Mexicans that they can collect taxpayer-funded food stamp benefits for their children without admitting that they're illegal immigrants. Underlined and in boldface type, the document tells immigrants who are unlawfully in the United States that, 'You need not divulge information regarding your immigration status in seeking...
  • State: Marathon bomb suspects’ family received welfare, food stamps

    04/26/2013 8:29:24 AM PDT · by outpostinmass2 · 54 replies
    The family of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the two brothers accused in the Boston Marathon bomb attacks, received food stamps and welfare when the brothers were growing up, according to a letter from the state Department of Transitional Assistance that was obtained by the Globe. In the letter, sent Thursday to the chairman of the House Post Audit and Oversight Committee, the department outlined the benefits that the brothers had received through their parents, Anzor and Zubeidat, as well as benefits Tamerlan Tsarnaev later received as a member of his wife’s household. Anzor and Zubeidat received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program...
  • USDA/Mexico Spanish-language flyer: Get kids on food stamps without showing documents

    04/25/2013 8:06:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 25, 2013 | Caroline May
    The Department of Agriculture, via the Mexican government, assures potentially ineligible immigrants that they can still apply for food stamps on behalf of their eligible children without giving information about their immigration status, according to documents released Thursday by Judicial Watch. A USDA Spanish language flyer provided to the Mexican Embassy, according to Judicial Watch, reads that if potentially ineligible immigrants want to obtain benefits for their children they “need not divulge information regarding your immigration status in seeking this benefit for your children.” The Daily Caller has reported extensively about the USDA/Mexico partnership that seeks to promote taxpayer-funded nutrition...
  • It’s an Obama World… White House Pays Recruiters to Sign Up People for Food Stamps

    04/24/2013 1:44:29 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com ^ | April 24, 2013 | jim hoft
    The Obama administration is paying recruiters to sign up people on food stamps. At the same time, the Obama administration also continues to pursue a “partnership” with the Mexican government to “raise awareness” about food stamps. The administration is using a Spanish soap opera format to push food stamps on illegal immigrants and Spanish-speaking Americans. The Washington Post reported: A good recruiter needs to be liked, so Dillie Nerios filled gift bags with dog toys for the dog people and cat food for the cat people. She packed crates of cookies, croissants, vegetables and fresh fruit. She curled her hair...
  • FOOD STAMPS INVITE FRAUD, GOVERNMENT DEPENDENCE

    04/15/2013 10:06:37 AM PDT · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 7 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 15, 2013 | Todd Cefaratti
    The food stamp program in America is entirely out of control. What started off as a modest expense with the noblest of intentions has become a money-devouring system engulfed by fraud and waste....
  • Poverty Plagues Obama’s America, Press Based in Booming Cities Shrugs

    04/09/2013 5:14:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 9, 2013 | Stuart Stevens, chief Romney 2012 strategist
    Today, 21 and a half million Americans are unemployed or underemployed—about twice as many as six years ago, according to NPR. Work-force participation, a fancy term for the number of Americans either working or looking for work, has dropped to “the lowest level since the malaise of the late 1970’s,” an era when far fewer women were working, according to MSNBC. Yes, the unemployment rate dropped last month—but only because so many people simply gave up looking for work. The dirty little secret is that after only four weeks of not looking for a job, an unemployed worker stops being...
  • Where Have All the Workers Gone?

    04/09/2013 10:26:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/09/2013 | Pat Buchanan
    That America created only 88,000 jobs in March, less than half the number anticipated, was jolting news, indicating the recovery that the White House has boasted about may not be at hand. But in that March jobs report, there was more disturbing news. While unemployment fell to 7.6 percent, the reason it fell is alarming. Half a million U.S. workers (495,000) disappeared from the labor force. They dropped out. They are no longer even looking for a job. Worse, this appears to be an inexorable trend. The participation rate of eligible workers in the United States has fallen to 63.3...
  • Corporate Cronyism and the Food Stamp Army

    04/08/2013 6:01:51 PM PDT · by GilGil · 9 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 4/5/2013 | TOM FITTON
    According to the study, the current food stamp Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card industry is dominated by three main players: J.P. Morgan Electronic Financial Services, Affiliated Computer Services, and eFunds. Together they collect money from 49 states and three territories. In fact, since 2004, 18 of 24 states that contract with J.P. Morgan have paid more than $560 million to the financial monolith.
  • 15% of Americans Now Receive Food Stamps

    04/06/2013 7:04:49 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 26 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Apr. 6, 2013 | Heather Ginsberg
    With yesterday’s job report, many are trying to pretend that this is a sign that America is on its way up and out of the recession. Liberals are trying to explain that jobs were added, they somehow forget to include that thousands of people left the job market too. And we are now seeing another sign that perhaps, this Obama economy really isn’t helping the American people all that much. 15% of Americans are now on food stamps! This doesn’t seem like a recovery to me! The number of Americans on food stamps this January was 1.8% higher than January...
  • A Solution to Food Stamp Fraud that Both Sides Can Agree On

    04/04/2013 3:54:55 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 29 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-04-13 | Brother Bob
    Every few weeks or so a new story pops up in the news regarding Food Stamp (Or SNAP, as is the preferred name among bureaucrats) fraud. We hear how in addition to being used for food as intended, these SNAP cards are now being used for some more... interesting purchases. Even your most hard core bleeding heart lefty can't approve of these cards being used at strip clubs (as I resist the overwhelming urge to make a bad joke about places where the cards could be swiped) and would prefer that these cards were actually used for food. As our "Food Stamp President" continues to build on...
  • NBC News Analyst: 'Sharecropper' WalMart 'Enslaving' Workers

    04/01/2013 7:22:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | March 31, 2013 | Larry O'Connor
    In a roundtable discussion on MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry Show, Penn University's Anthea Butler outdid the panel of outraged socialists invited to sit and tell Ms. Harris-Perry how smart she is and affirm her position by never daring to offer an opposing view (I kid you not, that seems to be the formula for the show, way to challenge your viewers with new ideas, NBC News.) The discussion was aimed at attacking NPR's recent report about disability and food stamp entitlement spending. Though the conversation quickly degenerated into an attack on corporate America because, apparently, they are the ones at fault...
  • WSJ: Food Stamps Swell as Economy Improves

    03/29/2013 12:49:27 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 8:44 AM, Mar 28, 2013 | By DANIEL HALPER
    In an article titled, "Use of Food Stamps Swells Even as Economy Improves," the Wall Street Journal reports that "The financial crisis is over and the recession ended in 2009. But one of the federal government's biggest social welfare programs, which expanded when the economy convulsed, isn't shrinking back alongside the recovery." The report continues, "Enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, as the modern-day food-stamp benefit is known, has soared 70% since 2008 to a record 47.8 million as of December 2012. Congressional budget analysts think participation will rise again this year and dip only slightly in coming years."
  • CBO: Food Stamp Rolls Estimated to Hit Historic High

    03/28/2013 3:54:55 PM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 6 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Mar. 28, 2013 | Daniel Doherty
    There are more Americans today collecting food stamps than ever before, and that number is expected to rise steadily for the rest of the year, according to the CBO. The Wall Street Journal reports: The financial crisis is over and the recession ended in 2009. But one of the federal government's biggest social welfare programs, which expanded when the economy convulsed, isn't shrinking back alongside the recovery. Enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, as the modern-day food-stamp benefit is known, has soared 70% since 2008 to a record 47.8 million as of December 2012. Congressional budget analysts think participation...
  • Democrat-cy — Rhode Island city’s economic life timed to food stamp cycle

    03/21/2013 2:11:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | March 21, 2013 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    Rhode Island has the highest unemployment rate in the country, it’s crushed by unsustainable public sector salaries and pensions which are protected by union control of the legislature and politicians at every level, it is one of only two states losing population and may lose one of its two congressional seats in the 2020 census if trends continue. Yet Rhode Islanders continually vote Democratic, even reelecting to Congress the disgraced David Cicilline in 2012 when even the liberal Providence Journal turned on him. The Democrat-union grip on the state never has been tighter, and Rhode Island never has suffered more,...
  • Food Stamp Nation: R.I. Town Shows Leftism's Dead End

    03/21/2013 5:18:46 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 44 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/20/2013 | IBD Staff
    Food Stamp Nation: A little town in Rhode Island shows where liberalism and all its talk of economic "security" ultimately leads — a stale economy and suffocating dependence on big government. In a surprisingly candid and lengthy expose, the Washington Post described how Woonsocket, an economically depressed town in Rhode Island, has been turned upside down by food stamps. With a third of the town enrolled, food stamps have created a huge boom-and-bust economy in Woonsocket, as residents pour into grocery stores on the first day of each month after the government pumps $2 million into their food stamp cards.
  • Dems preserve US-Mexico food stamp 'partnership,' while USDA prepares for meat inspector furloughs

    03/18/2013 1:59:13 PM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 18, 2013
    Salmonella outbreaks. E. coli outbreaks. Millions of dollars in economic losses. These are among the scenarios the Obama administration warned about last month as it claimed the sequester would force the U.S. Department of Agriculture to furlough meat inspectors. But while the administration prepares to take that step, it continues to pursue a "partnership" with the Mexican government to "raise awareness" about food stamps among immigrants from that country. When a top Senate Republican proposed cutting off funds for that program last week -- in the form of an amendment to a budget resolution -- Democrats on the Budget Committee...
  • Food stamps put Rhode Island town on monthly boom-and-bust cycle

    03/18/2013 10:38:43 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 16 Mar 13 | Eli Saslow
    <p>WOONSOCKET, R.I. – The economy of Woonsocket was about to stir to life. Delivery trucks were moving down river roads, and stores were extending their hours. The bus company was warning riders to anticipate “heavy traffic.” A community bank, soon to experience a surge in deposits, was rolling a message across its electronic marquee on the night of Feb. 28: “Happy shopping! Enjoy the 1st.”</p>
  • Fla. bill would ban using food stamps for stripper, casino tabs

    03/16/2013 10:03:04 AM PDT · by Moseley · 21 replies
    BIZ PAC Review (West Palm Beach, Florida) ^ | March 16, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    Florida’s strip clubs, liquor stores, casinos, pornographic video shops and bookstores would no longer receive food stamps and welfare money, if a bill filed by state Rep. Jimmie T. Smith, R-Inverness, passes the Legislature. Last week, the House’s Healthy Families Subcommittee approved HB 701, and it continues to progress through Tallahassee. Last year, Jacksonville’s Action News found that food stamp cards were being used at strip clubs, bars and gaming centers in Jacksonville, saying, “No one is tracking how or where the money is being spent.” The Florida Department of Children and Families officials told Action News reporter Ashley Coleman...
  • Senate Democrats block effort to end USDA/Mexico food stamp promotion partnership

    03/15/2013 10:19:10 AM PDT · by AuntB · 2 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Mar. 15, 2013 | Caroline May
    During the Senate budget committee’s Thursday markup of the Senate budget resolution, Democrats prevented an effort to block funds for the Agriculture Department’s “partnership” with the Mexican government, which is aimed at promoting nutrition assistance programs among Mexican Americans, Mexican nationals and migrant communities in America. In a party-line 12 to 10 vote, the Democrats on the committee rejected a proposal to prevent funding for such endeavors from ranking member Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, who has spoken out against the program in recent months. “Contrary to sound policy, the United States is spending money advertising food stamp benefits in...
  • The Food Stamp Economy

    01/10/2013 3:49:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 10, 2013 | Larry Elder
    The New York Post headline read: "Could You Spend $500 on Food at This Bodega? A Welfare Recipient Claimed To!" A few days later, another headline: "Welfare Recipients Take Out Cash at Strip Clubs, Liquor Stores and X-Rated Shops." "They're on the dole -- and watching the pole," wrote the Post. "Welfare recipients took out cash at bars, liquor stores, X-rated video shops, hookah parlors and even strip clubs -- where they presumably spent their taxpayer money on lap dances rather than diapers." Here's how it works. Welfare recipients receive Electronic Benefit Transfer cards, preloaded with specified dollar amounts for...
  • Stretching Stamps

    03/03/2013 6:45:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 3, 2013 | Rich Tucker
    It would be difficult to expand the food stamp program (officially the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) much further. Between 2008 and 2010, the number of able-bodied people getting food stamps doubled, after the Obama administration lifted work requirements. One in seven Americans is on food stamps, which cost the federal government some $84.6 billion in 2011. One way to help SNAP recipients without spending more would be to teach them to stretch their dollars. That’s where Stephanie Nelson, The Coupon Mom, comes in. She started her business years ago as a way to help others save money...
  • Pet Food Stamps’ Program Launches to Help Low-Income Americans Feed Their Animals

    02/26/2013 10:10:50 AM PST · by Ben Mugged · 15 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Feb. 26, 2013 | Billy Hallowell
    America’s food stamp epidemic is well-documented. At the government level, the focus is obviously on creating programs that help feed humans — but what about pets? What happens to those animals with owners who simply can’t afford to pay for expensive cuisine? Alas, there’s a solution. A new program called Pet Food Stamps has launched, an initiative aimed at using private donations to help those who cannot afford nutrients for their furry friends. The organization assists low-income Americans who are already struggling and potentially relying upon government assistance to put food on their tables. Naturally, many would argue that those...
  • Food Stamps: Policy or Political Payoff

    02/26/2013 5:19:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2013 | Harry R. Jackson, Jr.
    In an early strategic preparation for the struggle to avoid the fiscal cliff, the president and several Democratic luminaries decided to redefine as essential several entitlement programs. In an old fashioned way of manipulating the public, they began to redefine commonly held beliefs. In the interest of time, we will share only one example. Last December, Newark Mayor Cory Booker spent a much-publicized week trying to live the life of a food stamp recipient. And after a nationwide media tour, we learned many valuable lessons. First of all, we learned that giving up your daily Starbucks causes headaches, and...
  • Food Stamps ... For Pets?

    02/25/2013 7:36:41 PM PST · by Red Steel · 33 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Anjuli Sastry
    When man falls on hard times, what's his best friend to do? A new donation-based program called Pet Food Stamps aims to provide food stamps for pets of low-income families and for food stamp recipients who otherwise could not afford to feed their pets, reported ABC affiliate KVIA in Las Cruces, N.M. Based in New York, the program is open to anyone in the United States. More than 45,000 pets have already been signed up in the past two weeks, according to the program's founder and executive director Marc Okon. Once need and income is verified, the families will receive...
  • Is It Fair For People On Food Stamps To Buy Prime Rib While Working Families Barely Survive?

    02/16/2013 6:14:56 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 134 replies
    TEC ^ | 02/16/2013 | Michael Snyder
    Should we all quit working and jump on board the Obama gravy train? Of course I am being facetious, but when you are barely surviving does there come a point when it just becomes easier to give up and totally rely on the government? Today, the federal government runs nearly 80 different means-tested welfare programs, and many state and local governments have their own welfare programs on top of that. If you become an expert on those programs and you learn how to game the system, can you live more comfortably than someone that lives honestly and works as...
  • Food Stamp Rolls in America Now Surpass the Population of Spain

    02/12/2013 12:31:48 PM PST · by lowbridge · 11 replies
    http://cnsnews.com ^ | february 11, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Since taking office in 2009, food stamp rolls under President Barack Obama have risen to more than 47 million people in America, exceeding the population of Spain. “Now is the time to act boldly and wisely – to not only revive this economy, but to build a new foundation for lasting prosperity,” said Obama during his first joint session address to Congress on Feb. 24, 2009. Since then, the number of participants enrolled in food stamps, known as the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP), has risen substantially. When Obama entered office in January 2009 there were 31,939,110 Americans receiving food...
  • Households On Foodstamps Rise To New Record

    02/11/2013 7:48:05 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 2/11/13 | Tyler Durden
    While hardly presented by the mainstream media with the same panache dedicated to the monthly ARIMA-X-12 seasonally-adjusted, climate-affected, goal-seek devised non-farm payroll data, the three month delayed Foodstamp number is according to many a far greater attestation to the "effectiveness" of the Obama administration to turn the economy around. And far greater it is: since his inauguration, the US has generated just 841,000 jobs through November 2012, a number is more than dwarfed by the 17.3 million new foodstamps and disability recipients added to the rolls in the past 4 years. And since the start of the depression in December...
  • USDA: Food Stamp (more recipients, less benefit)

    02/11/2013 6:41:56 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    USDA ^ | February 8, 2013
    SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (Data as of February 8, 2013) Fiscal PARTICIPATION BENEFIT AVERAGE MONTHLY BENEFIT Year Persons Households COSTS Per Person Per Household ANNUAL SUMMARY FY 2013 47,622,363 22,980,792 12,815,483,317 134.55 278.83 FY 2012 46,609,072 22,329,713 74,619,830,164 133.41 278.48 FY 2011 44,708,726 21,072,113 71,810,924,022 133.85 283.99 MONTHLY DATA FY 2011 Oct 2010 43,201,052 20,183,177 5,778,329,641 133.75 286.29 Nov 2010 43,596,084 20,404,895 5,810,541,635 133.28 284.76 Dec 2010 44,082,361 20,668,184 5,889,455,566 133.60 284.95 Jan 2011 44,187,874 20,748,799 5,868,238,587 132.80 282.82 Feb 2011 44,199,479 20,791,408 5,889,071,901 133.24 283.25 Mar 2011 44,587,275 21,045,909 5,983,748,199 134.20 284.32 Apr 2011 44,647,781 21,071,176 5,949,614,728 133.26...
  • (Obamaville ... Livin' the "Dream") Police Hunt for Women After Brawl at Social Services ...

    01/25/2013 9:33:27 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 25 January 2013 | Daily Mail
    Police hunt for women after brawl at social services is caught on tape Police are on the hunt for four women who were caught on video in a massive brawl that broke out on line at a social services offices earlier this week in East St. Louis, Illinois. According to witnesses, the fight started over a disagreement between several women in line. In the video, you can see four women pushing, shoving and fists flying before security managed to separate the women. The women left before police arrived. But East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore says that doesn't mean...
  • First Term: Food Stamp Recipients Increased 11,133 Per Day Under Obama

    01/21/2013 1:23:22 PM PST · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    CNS News ^ | January 21, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    During President Obama’s first term, the number of persons taking federal food stamps, formally known as the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP), increased by approximately 11,133 persons per day. When Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, the number of SNAP recipients was 31,939,110. By October 2012, the latest month reported, they had jumped to 47,525,329. That means the food stamp program grew by an of approximately 11,133 recipients per day from January 2009 to October 2012.
  • American Socialism Working – 1 in 4 Kids on Food Stamps

    01/13/2013 10:42:53 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    political outcast ^ | 1-12-13 | Dave Jolly
    Many of the same tactics used to weaken the Christian influence also worked to weaken the family. They introduced the ideas of divorce made easy instead of working out the problems or turning to Scripture. They taught situation ethics in schools where kids learned to blame their parents for all of their problems and then resent them for it. In the 1960s and 70s, the openness of sexual promiscuity flooded the families. Adultery and pre-marital sex permeated through the Church like yeast in a batch of dough. Even Christian leaders fell to the temptations that were hurled at them, causing...
  • (Bastard Nation) Oxygen TV Mum About Proposed Show Involving Rapper with 11 Children from 10 Women

    01/07/2013 3:26:06 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    KSPR 33 ^ | January 7, 2013 | KSPR 33
    Oxygen mum about show on proposed show involving rapper with 11 children from 10 women PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Oxygen cable television executives aren't talking, as negative attention grows about its proposed program featuring a musician who has fathered 11 children with ten different mothers. The Parents Television Council on Monday asked Oxygen to shelve "All My Babies' Mamas" before it ever gets on the air, calling it "grotesquely irresponsible and exploitive." The group follows a New York author, Sabrina Lamb, who has launched a petition drive against the show that she said has more than 20,000 signatures. Oxygen executives...
  • Federal Food Stamp Program Spent Record $80.4 Billion in FY 2012

    01/05/2013 5:18:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 4, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    During fiscal year 2012, the U.S. government spent a record $80.4 billion on food stamps, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a $2.7 billion increase from FY 2011. (Fiscal year 2012 ran from Oct. 1, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2012.) According to the Monthly Treasury Statement that summarizes the receipts and outlays of the federal government, $80,401,000,000 went towards SNAP during FY 2012, which was a $2.7 billion increase from $77,637,000,000 in FY 2011. …
  • Tracy Browning - Jailed After Repeatedly Trying To Purchase iPads With Food Stamp Card...

    01/02/2013 2:44:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Weekly Vice ^ | December 26, 2012 | Danny Vice
    Louisville, Kentucky - Tracy Browning, a 38-year-old Louisville woman, was jailed after she allegedly tried to purchase several iPads with a food stamp card, then fled to another location where she tried to make the same transaction. According to Louisville police, Browning went to the Valley Station Walmart and tried to purchase two iPads with an Electronic Benefit Transfer card. When the transaction was denied, she assaulted a store clerk, pushed another employee to the ground and fled from the store with the merchandise. Investigators say Browning went to another Walmart in the area a short time later and again...
  • (ObamaNation) Police: Woman Tried to Buy iPads with Food Stamp Card

    01/02/2013 1:53:43 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 45 replies
    RTV 6 (ABC) ^ | 12/20/2012 | TheIndyChannel.com Staff
    Police: Woman tried to buy iPads with food stamp card • Tracy Browning taken into custody LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Police say a Kentucky woman was arrested after she tried to buy iPads with her food stamp card. Tracy Browning, of Louisville, KY, attempted to buy two iPads at Walmart with her Electronic Benefit Transfer card. When the card was declined, police said Browning grabbed the items, ran from the store and assaulted a store clerk on her way out of the store.
  • (Dayton Ohio Imam Scams Federal Food Stamps) Man in $3.8M Food Stamp Fraud Case Sentenced

    12/15/2012 3:54:21 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    Dayton Daily News ^ | Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 | Cornelius Frolik
    Man in $3.8M food stamp fraud case sentenced A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Al-Idu Al-Gaheem to one year and one day in prison for his role in a scheme that bilked $3.8 million from the federal food stamp program. Al-Gaheem, the former owner of two Dayton View businesses and the imam of Masjid At-Taqwa mosque, was the second of four defendants to be sentenced in the case. All four defendants have pleaded guilty. Al-Gaheem faced as many as four years in prison after he pleaded guilty in August to felony charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy...
  • (Bastard Nation) 'I Should Sterilize You' - Judge Orders Deadbeat Dad of 9 to Stop Reproducing

    12/10/2012 12:11:35 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8 December 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    'I should sterilize you': Deadbeat dad of nine agrees to judge's order to stop having kids • Corey Curtis, 44, owes about $90,000 in back child support and interest to the mothers of his children • Agrees with judge's order to curb his excessive breeding as a condition of a three-year probation term • America’s most infamous baby machine, Desmond Hatchett of Tennessee, has fathered more than 20 children with 11 women A Wisconsin father of nine who's behind on child support payments has allegedly agreed with a judge's order not to have any more children until he can show...
  • Newark Mayor Cory Booker: $80.4B Food Stamp Program ‘Not a Government Handout’

    12/10/2012 11:00:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 10, 2012 | Patrick Burke
    Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker says the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps), which spent $80.4 billion in fiscal 2012, is “not a government handout.” “I hope and understand that people are getting a better recognition that this is a program that really helps America, helps families in need,” Booker said on Friday, while describing his fourth day of living on a SNAP budget. "It’s not a government handout,” he said. “If anything, it’s a safety net that helps people through difficult times and bridges them towards stability.” …
  • Foodstamps Soar By Most In 16 Months: Over 1 Million Americans Enter Poverty In Last Two Months

    12/09/2012 8:56:14 PM PST · by Errant · 11 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 12/09/12 | Tyler Durden
    And we thought last month's delayed foodstamp data was bad. The just reported foodstamp number for September was a doozy, with 607,544 new Americans becoming eligible for foodstamps, as a record 47.7 million Americans are now living in poverty at least according to the USDA. The monthly increase was the highest since May 2011, and with August's 421K new impoverished America, over 1 million Americans made the EBT card their new best friend. It is unclear just which atmospheric phenomenon will get the blame for this unprecedented surge in poverty, which comes at a time when the pre-election economic data...
  • Food Stamp Participation Jumped by Over 600K in September; Last Pre-Election Number Revised Up

    12/08/2012 4:52:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 07, 2012 | 23:57 | Tom Blumer
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its latest report on food stamp program participation through September today. I received the email alerting me to the release at 5:17 p.m., so it seems reasonable to believe that USDA and the Barack Obama administration wanted the new data to get as little attention as possible (as will be seen later, it’s currently getting none). If so, they have two probable reasons for wishing to minimize its impact. The first and more obvious of the two is that the food stamp rolls increased by over 607,000 in September to 47.71 million, yet another...
  • I Quit (How to scam welfare in 2012)

    12/07/2012 9:53:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Ricochet ^ | December 6, 2012 | Ryan M.
    If you are foolish enough to answer truthfully on an application for state assistance, do not despair. The state has thought of that, and does not discriminate against the foolish; you will likely be given multiple opportunities to lie, and you will eventually get your fair share. Always remember that it is best to consult your state and federal poverty guidelines before you subjectively determine what you can or cannot afford. The numbers do not lie, even if you have to lie to fall within them. Please allow me to repeat that: there are state and federal poverty guidelines. Allow...
  • A Movement Toward Food Justice

    12/04/2012 5:02:27 AM PST · by from occupied ga · 123 replies
    linkedin ^ | 12/4/2012 | cory booker
    This morning, I will begin living on a food budget of $30 a week / $4.32 per day. This is the financial equivalent of the budget provided to people participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, in the State of New Jersey. I will live only on a SNAP equivalent food budget for the next seven days. Undertaking what is referred to as the #SNAPChallenge began with a social media-based conversation on Twitter. A Twitter user tweeted me her opinion that "nutrition is not the responsibility of the government". This comment caused me to...
  • Sen. Franken to Senate Leadership: "Fiscal Cliff" Deal Needs to Include Comprehensive Farm Bill

    11/30/2012 8:24:56 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 29 replies
    Political News ^ | 11-30-12 | PN
    In an effort to help farmers across Minnesota who are facing uncertainty because a new Farm Bill hasn't been passed by the House of Representatives, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) urged Senate leadership to include the bipartisan, Senate-passed Farm Bill in any deal brokered to address the nation's fiscal challenges. "Minnesota's farmers, livestock producers, and rural entrepreneurs support one in five jobs in our state, and they need a new Farm Bill so they can plan for next year," said Sen. Franken. "The Senate has passed a comprehensive Farm Bill that will give our farmers the stability they need, but...
  • Crushing Ambition

    11/24/2012 3:57:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2012 | Bill O'Reilly
    The left-wing media went wild after the election when analysis showed that many poorer Americans supported President Obama and entitlements could have been a major reason why. Liberals always like to think of themselves as noble, and the thought that some vote-buying could have occurred is deeply offensive to them. Nevertheless, the facts speak for themselves. Americans earning less than $30,000 a year gave the president about 7 million more votes than Gov. Romney. All told, Obama defeated Romney by 3.5 million votes. The math is clear. But what about motivation? How can you assign entitlements as a voting factor?...
  • Americans to pay for Thanksgiving dinner with food stamps in record numbers

    11/21/2012 7:36:04 PM PST · by Founding Father · 20 replies
    RT ^ | 21 November, 2012
    While some will spend Thanksgiving and days after it feasting on turkeys, 13 percent of Americans will rely on food stamps to avoid going to sleep hungry this holiday season. About 42.2 million Americans will eat on a budget of $1 to $1.25 per meal this Thanksgiving as the number of people enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program remains high, found a new report by The Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit government watchdog group. The number of Americans relying on food stamps this Thanksgiving is equal to the populations of California and Connecticut combined. The latest data from the US...
  • More Americans Will Use Food Stamps For Thanksgiving This Year Than Ever Before

    11/21/2012 9:59:30 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 36 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | 11/20/12 | Elizabeth Flock
    More Americans will use food stamps to buy their Thanksgiving dinner this year than ever before, according to a new report from the nonprofit government watchdog group The Sunlight Foundation. The Food Stamp Challenge, which challenges higher-income families to live as if they are on food stamps, estimates that a person on food stamps has a budget of about $1.25 per meal. In other words, a family on food stamps must buy an entire meal per person for less than the cost of an average cup of coffee. Usage of food stamps among low and no-income families has spiked since...
  • (Mayor Moocher) Newark Mayor Cory Booker agrees to live off food stamps for a MONTH

    11/20/2012 3:15:11 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 20 November 2012 | Meghan Keneally
    Mayor Cory Booker is known for his social media savvy, having helped direct emergency services in Newark, New Jersey to stranded citizens during snowstorms and field questions during Hurricane Sandy. Now he's taking the talk offline as he bet a Twitter trash-talker that he could live healthfully on food stamps for a month. The Democratic politician got into a dispute with a woman on Twitter who took issue with his dispelling of some free advice via Plutarch. 'An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics,' Booker wrote on Sunday morning. User @MWadeNC...