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Published: Friday, April 15 2011 12:41 a.m. MDT

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TRUTH
Salt Lake City, UT

More Illegals = More Welfare

Blame the Governor and Senate! They passed HB116....

one old man
Ogden, UT

to DeltaFoxtrot | 10:30 a.m. April 15, 2011
West Valley, UT

It's not the government that's waging war on the middle class. It's the huge corporations and people like the Koch brothers and other multi-billionaires.

They are being aided in their efforts by their Republican servants.

Independent
Henderson, NV

I think food stamps are a wonderful concept that really has the potential to help people. I just don't think it's too much to ask that while we are giving the needy this type of assistance we expect something from them in the way of trying to improve their situation for the long term.

What are they doing while they are on food stamps? Are they furthering their education so that they won't have to depend on minimum wage jobs in the future? If they are doing drugs, of course that is an issue. Are they looking for work, or have they settled in and become complacent? If we ignore the underlying problems of poverty, we will soon find that we cannot keep up with the demand for short term solutions like food stamps that have become our response to long term chronic problems.

I have heard from several people something like "I'm a truck driver, and I got laid off about a year ago." So, a year has gone by and it hasn't occurred to them to try another profession? Student loans are pretty easy to get. Can we think outside the box?

PGrim
Eagle Mountain, Utah

@All, one thing that has gone unremarked is that food assistance money has the best rate of return per dollar of aid. For every 1.00 spent on that program $1.73 is generated throughout the economy, since I can't post the url check out what Moody's says on the topic. So not only is it a kindness to those in need, it produces economic growth. Full disclosure, I had been out of steady work since the economy cratered. My family got an EBT card for food only and it put food on the table when my children would have gone hungry otherwise. I've got steady contract work now and I don't need food assistance and I'm happy to pay taxes so others can get the help they need when they need it. To head off any aspersions about my work ethic, I regularly work 70-100 hrs a week and started working for pay on our farm at age 6.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

@Independent

"What are they doing while they are on food stamps?"

Most are in elementary school.

I know what you're trying to say, and I don't necessarily disagree with it, but like I said earlier, if a lazy parent has a Horizon card to buy food for their child, then I'm willing to let the lazy parent eat, too. I hate to sound cliche, but it really is about feeding children. My wife is a teacher and can tell you first hand how hard it is for a hungry child to learn.

It is easy to sit in our ivory towers and cast stones at the less fortunate, call them names, and degrade them as if they are somehow less important than you or I. Just remember that we are all imperfect and all face different challenges. We must remain compassionate to the helpless (children and elderly) in our society. A society's greatness is determined by how it treats the less fortunate.

Joggle
Clearfield, UT

I support food stamps with my tax dollars as a temporary helping hand to those TRULY in need, but not a way of life and a free ride. I think the program needs to address fraud, waste, and abuse. The income limits and the amount of food stamps people qualify for are too high. "To be eligible, a family of three would have to have made less than $1,984 a month"? Unbelieveable and ridiculous! A family of three shouldn't need food stamps on that income. If they can't live on that there is something wrong with how they spend their income. As long as a family has a child under six years old and one parent stays home....they aren't even required to look for work....yet they can receive food stamps. That seems like a slap in the face to parents who both work to make ends meet!

Independent
Henderson, NV

@CHS 85.

It is because I am concerned for the children that I think we need to know what their parents are doing while they are on food stamps. I didn't say we shouldn't give them assistance. I just think we should hold them accountable for fulfilling their responsibilities as parents, and not make the assistance the permanent long-term solution.

ufound10
duquesne, pa

I keep saying get ready for increased crime ,welfare use ,drugs, teen pregnancy,and graffito.
Illegal immigration will drain this country from within and needs to be stopped.
Georgia had to pass laws to help stop the abuse by these criminals who have no respect for this country or laws.

DeltaFoxtrot
West Valley, UT

@one old man:

Big Business owns the govt. Who do you think makes huge campaign contributions and pays these big time lobbyists?

Both parties are in on this... they've all been bought, all the way up to the highest level. They may play like they aren't on the same side, but that's just a ruse. All both parties have done for the past 30 years is find new ways to take our money away. They are intentionally collapsing our economy so we have to live by their standards and be completely dependent on them for survival.

runwasatch
Ogden, UT

Rock and a Hard place...food stamps are right in the middle of these two.

The Rock: Too many people who goofed off in school and took easy plentiful jobs, like a cement truck driver, only to discover that those easily obtained jobs that are typically over paid are just as easily lost the moment the economy takes a down turn. They are complaining that they can't afford food yet they still manage a cell phone, cable TV, booze, cigarettes, etc. and yet they expect a government HANDOUT...

The Hard Place: the children who suffer because of their parents. As long as their are hungry children involved, I will support food stamp programs.

Gosh-DUH
Burlington, CT

SNAP - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. What is nutritional about Ramen noodles? Is there guidance about using the SNAP debit cards to buy nutritional items for kids?

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