@ Vidar,You are on the money bro! I appreciate you post sir! Cheers!
I am still waiting for the handouts to oil companies, banks, Wall Street, and
billionaires to be stopped.I guess it is easier to pull the money from the
poor.I do not think it is a good idea to stop giving the poor food; maybe
the way we give them food needs to be improved.Medicare loses billions of
dollars each year through fraud; does this mean we should end Medicare?With the 1.5 Trillion dollars that was spent on the bank-wall street bailout;
we could have hired 30 million Americans, and paid them $50,000 each.Or
given small business loans of $100,000 to 15 million Americans.If we are
going to end welfare; let’s start with the wealthy first.
Six years ago I got mugged by three hood rats, shot twice and beaten up beyond
recognition. I spent 2 months in the hospital and had vertigo for over 3 years
after the assault. Every dime I had went to medical bills. I had ZERO $ and
could not work. If it wasn't for SS disability and food stamps I would have
died under some viaduct. All you radical right wing zealots need to shut your
mouth. People are starving in this country because of your votes. And, it is
getting worse, thanks to Republicans.Some of you people that
complain of food stamp fraud???????? OK, I agree it occurs. But, how much fraud
occurs on Wall St.? It ruined this once great country, and the world for that
matter.........thanks to the GOP policies that discontinued financial
regulation.Please don't vote!
The food stamp system is a joke. They are throwing out way too much money. They
should use those cuts not to change the eligibility requirements, but to cut
back on the amount that is given to those who qualify. In school, we had some
friends that were on food stamps. They consistently had way more food money than
us. They bought all name brand items. They would have to try and use their food
stamp money up each month so they didn't lose it. They had a freezer full
of fancy steaks. They even gave us some steaks because they couldn't fit
all the extra food they had. I was disgusted with the whole thing.
When my friend who has MS and had a heart attack a couple of years ago, lives on
$700 a month and gets $26.00 in food stamps, yes cut food stamps for those who
are stealing from the system, so that there is less there for those that truly
President Obama likes to tell everyone how keen he is on building infrastructure
but it seems the only infrastructure he's interested in building is
dependency on the Federal government- not Churches, charitable and civic
organizations. Dependency on Government bureaucrats and the politicians that
bankroll them with everyone else's money. We could have built about 80
Golden Gate Bridges with the money we spent on the "American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act" and how many did we build? Zero point zero. We sure have
added a lot more people to the food stamp rolls and something tells me many of
those people aren't nearly as needy as we've been led to believe. When
the Federal Government is spending our tax money to advertise to people that
they should enroll in the SNAP program then we have a real problem on our hands.
By their fruits ye shall know them...The only greedy people I see are the ones
that think we have no responsibility to assist those in need. Those that say
that the poor take advantage of the food stamp program are just telling us what
they would do if they were in that situation.
Ben Franklin said it best: To relieve the misfortunes of our fellow creatures is
concurring with the Deity; it is godlike;but, if we provide encouragement for
laziness, and supports for folly, may we not be found fighting against the order
of God and Nature, which perhaps has appointed want and misery as the proper
punishments for, and cautions against, as well as necessary consequences of,
idleness and extravagance? Whenever we attempt to amend the scheme of
Providence, and to interfere with the government of the world, we had need be
very circumspect, lest we do more harm than good. (Smyth, Writings of Benjamin
Don't know around here, but when I lived in SoCal, the worst kept secret in
town was which convenience and liquor stores would give you fifty cents on the
dollar cash for your stamps. One small store was caught doing about 400K a
month. You don't think there is absolutely massive fraud? Think again. I
have known people who got food stamps but made the weekly trip to the food bank
crying that their children had nothing to eat. Not to mention the kids got free
school breakfast, lunch, and after school snacks.I would like to meet one
person in this country who is legitimately in danger of chronic hunger due to
objective conditions. I'm over fifty years old and have not made their
The larger problem we have is a president who pats himself on the back while at
the same time blaming everyone but himself for the problem. The way he talks
you would think we may as well not have a president because he says he is
responsible for nothing that is happening.Truth be told they are
thrilled with the fact there are more and more getting food stamps and that more
are signing up for disability than finding jobs. Taht is actually a fact by the
way. In their minds all of these people are now dependent on govt and who do the
democrats pander to in every statement they make?They are literally
creating votes. Then they literally buy them by incessantly repeating that they
will "tax the rich" and redistribute other peoples income to them via
govt benefits.Unfortunately alot of poor people don't realize
they are being used by democrats. The democrats say the represent the poor when
in reality they are nothing but pawns being used of govt power. Once they are
poor the dems have no plan to let you get out of that rut either. They have you
where they want you.
SpaceCowboy advocates throwing out the baby with the bath water. Abolishing a
program because of some bad apples is not what you should do. You should root
out the individual cases of fraud and prosecute them.
truthseekerthe lds church is not using taxpayer money. big difference, if
you don't like the way they are doing it stop tithes and offerings. try not
paying taxes because you don't like how they spend it
LDS Liberal that is the most dishonest and inflamatory bunch of Obama Mania.
None of those mentioned are billionaires.Obama is the most abortion friendly
president in our history. His cronyism with planned parenthood is well
documented. His support for infanticide chronocled as a state senator. Using
Book of Mormon villians to support Obama is beneath any level of decency.I am
not rich and I have run a small business in a very liberal state and Obama and
his ilk are destroying small businesses and his decision to disregard the
constitution is very scary.
Elizabeth why the use of an extreme leftwing policy group Center for American
Progress? Isn't it wrong to spend others taxpayers money on people who
broke our laws to enter the country? Our country is 16 trillion in debt, we
cannot afford providing food stamps to any that don't qualify.Should we
pass on such a horrible debt to our children. It is time to say enough is enough
and live within our means.
@Midwest Mom: Your Charles Dicken's quote was laughable. Do you REALLY
want to compare the poor of Victorian England to today's poor? I love me
some Charles Dickens, but let's put things in context here.
Sad -- The final cycle of Pride and the death roll of society comes
with the shunning and trampling of the poor, the needy, elderly, sick and young
and defenseless.Who make War [think, Middle East] in OTHER countries
for power and riches, not in self-defense.And spit upon those who
can't provide for themselves.It appears that smug, well off,
I've got mine - boo-hoo for you, Conservatives are destroying America
faster and with finer surgical presision and speed than all the immmorality of
all the "evil" Lefties and Socialists combined.You can thank
multi-Billionaries Limbaugh, Beck, Hannnity, Sherem, Nehor, and Korihor who whip
up the masses "insomuch that they did trample under their feet and smite and
rend and turn their backs upon the poor and the meek"
Jobs and who can get them are screened by the Department of Workforce services
so that illegal aliens will get preference in job placement. Utah caps how many
jobs one can seek and look for at 3 using the state services but they won't
cap welfare. Any unemployed workers in Utah are handicapped to find employment
as soon as the become unemployed by the state Department of Workforce Services.
Why the state limits unemployed to look for 3 job titles is
incomprehensible and unfair to workers and employers. The state of Utah offers
no services or help to unemployed in how to seek a job placement so this leaves
thousands of americans out of jobs for extended periods of time because of the 3
title search limit. State DWFS needs reform to help americans seeking work and
not limit information and access for unemployed.Taking people off of
welfare should be a goal of the DWFS and DWS cooperating with each other, not an
incentive to segregate by race or subsidize employment. When the Utah Welfare
department pays entitlements, they do it with the intention of it being a
permanent income supplement. Cap welfare by time and amount.
Bikeboy: Well said. I am referring everyone back to your 10:58 post because if
they have read and pondered it, they missed important information.
Midwest mom: the programs the government has established neither help the poor
nor truly relieve poverty. They are designed in fact to make people dependent.
The government is spending money that it must borrow in order to run these
programs and that is an extremely inefficient method of "helping." And
many of these programs are funded by the feds but run by states. In Illinois,
there are set requirements, but very few follow ups to verify the actual needs.
So the question is not whether or not we assist the poor. The question is
whether or not the program is helping the poor. In most cases, these federal
programs are missing the mark.
Mitt Romney and his Republican friends continue to tell the voters that"
there are no jobs available for the unemployed because of President Obama's
policies". Mitt is running on the message that he is "a job
creator". Just elect Mitt and everyone will be working! Remember?Those who have lost their jobs during the past 6+years "because of
President Obama" have been unable to find a job, according to
Republicans.Please let us know where the jobs are for the poor, so we can
direct them to those employers.
My son's girlfriend in CA visits the ER monthly to refill her pain med Rx
so they both can get their next fix. Midwest mom, tell Jon Huntsman that the
rich are the problem. Big governmnent does not have the solution to social
ills. The people offer better, more cost-effective solutions to such problems
as hunger, jobs, health care, energy, illegals, etc.
Something needs to be done. It's not fair to see people who are on welfare
eating better and living better than those hard working Americans who don't
qualify for welfare.
In Utah we need a change of leadership in the welfare program so that
enforcement of entitlement and a maximum limit for how much welfare and foods
stamps is issued. Utah has no cap or limit on how much a family can get of all
accumulated social services so the abuse is rampant and criminal. When one
family can get $3,600/month food stamps alone its way beyond reason. And when
the Utah welfare department is asked how working people can get $3,600 in food
stamps their only reply is they qualify. $3600 can feed 10 families of 4 kids so
why is this allowed to a single family holding down two or more jobs?The poor do not starve or go hungry, but get lucrative incentive not to work
or get a job. Utah welfare cannot be compared to LDS welfare
operations. If families do get LDS welfare why are they also getting state
welfare? Welfare must have a cap and limit on how much they give to each family
or group.Also, the Utah department allows the use of state/federal
welfare in foreign countries by any breathing human, i.e. Mexico and
Couldn't the headline as easily have read "Proposed food stamp cuts
could give 3 million Americans the incentive to become more
self-reliant"?Does anyone else see the irony of this article
juxtaposed against another article today with the headline "Study: $15
trillion in welfare spending has had little impact since 1964"?While any decent civilized nation will have a solid safety net, there is an
enslavement that comes with actually encouraging healthy, able citizens to
participate in welfare programs, as the most recent advertisements from our
government do with regard to food stamps. The rampant fraud, abuse, and whining
from the Wall Street protester crowd is evidence of a dangerous and growing
entitlement mentality that perpetuates poverty and degrades the dignity of
Why have children if you can't afford to raise them? Dependence on
government taking money from others is not reliable.
They should make the people work for the help they receive like foodstamps cash
asst. or what ever else they get, if they are able to. If they are illegals and
their children they should not get any help what so ever. I have seen more
illegals driving around in brand new vechile and get all the free benifits like
welfare and food boxes. Make it harder for them to get the help. I believe that
if you can afford new trucks and cars then you don't need any help with
food or anything make them sell the new truck or car and come back when you meet
the elabite. I retired from the military and the state and I still have to work
and not able to get any help I agree that they need to ct the roll of welfare
and they need to live within their means. I know that if you are not working you
need help and they should get it, but make them work for the help, not for free.
We may be helping the needy, but we are also greatly helping the criminals among
us.Since "food stamps" are now actually "EBT cards"
like credit cards, it should be pretty easy to track down exactly what they have
been spending OUR MONEY for.Since the state is involved in this
process, we should demand that the Legislature pass a bill to track exactly how
EBT benefits are being spent, and to document every dime spent on anything other
than basic foodstuffs. I bet we will be amazed at the waste, fraud and abuse
going on. That does not even scratch the surface of the fraud where
the EBT cards are traded off to drug dealers or others for under the table
Baloney is right, they could cut food stamps by 75% and never hurt anyone. I
think $3,600/mo is too much for food stamps for one family. Abolish WIC, school
food service, and daily home delivery meal services as well. These are all
programs only the poor and undocumented foreign nationals can get with lies very
easily.How many food programs are we supposed to give to the poor?
One is enough, they don't need 6 different programs do the same thing. No
wonder food stamps have become a financial cash program for those who get it.Let the millions whine all they want, get a job and earn your keep.
Hutterite,Fifteen trillion dollars since 1964 fighting poverty, and
you call that hard hearted?Questions:In the past three
and a half years, five and a half trillions dollars has been to the deficit.
That's about twenty thousand dollars for every American, and enough to pay
healthcare for all.Where's the money now? What happened to
it?What has Obama done the past three and a half years that would
have some people wanting four more years of? Hutterite, explain.
@ Rob and atl134.. My husband is a prosecutor and has cases that involve food
stamp fraud so I know a ton of that stuff goes on. I used the $1200 amount
because he just had a case where a family of 5 was getting $1200/month for five
years. Turned out the husband had been working full time the entire time, and
they had been making way more than was allowed by SNAP. But let me make a
correction. According to the SNAP website, a family of six, can get up to $952
in food stamps alone, and that doesn't include rent assistance and free
medical care,the WICK program, church assistance where applicable, etc. Like I
said before, the program is needed for those who are truly in need, but there
needs to be some kind of revamping, so the corruption can be done away with.
re:Kempster"We need to be careful not to enable the idler. I
personally know far too many people that feel the world owes them a
living."So, if you know people personally who take advantage of
the system, then perhaps you should address that? On the other hand, will
you advocate for cutting programs across the board with the risk it might have
detrimental effects on a child--who is caught in circumstances over which they
have no control? What about an elderly or disabled person? How
does one tell the difference between depression and laziness? As
for the scripture you cited: "Thou shalt not be idle for he that is idle
shall not eat the bread nor wear the garments of the laborer," is it
directed to the idle person? Yes. There are many more scriptures which
admonish us to be charitable and not to judge. If a person is guilty of
idleness, then the sin lies with them.
re:Kempster"We need to be careful not to enable the idler. I
personally know"So, don't enable that person/people. But, if you don't personally know the person, how will you
judge?How can you tell the difference between laziness and depression?
Will you advocate for programs to be cut even though it might hurt an
innocent child caught up in a situation over which they have no control? Or,
what about an elderly or disabled person? Actually, the scripture
you provided speaks to the idle person, not to those who are charitable. There are many scriptures which tell us to be charitable and to leave the
judging to HIM.
@ Midwest MomYes, we should read our scriptures. However, let’s be
careful on the interpretation of them. I personally understand this scripture
(Jacob 2:16-19) to be warning us about the pride cycle. A scripture in the
Doctrine & Covenants comes to my mind. Thou shalt not be idle for he that is
idle shall not eat the bread nor wear the garments of the laborer. (D. &C.
42: 42)I think we can all agree there is abuse within this system. There are numerous programs that give aid to the poor, i.e. food drives, food
banks, utilities, churches etc.We need to be careful not to enable the
idler. I personally know far too many people that feel the world owes them a
living.If there weren’t so many entitlements, it would force the
able body to earn the bread and garments that they need. In return they would
have a sense of accomplishment.
Re:JanetAmenIve been lucky as to the circumstances of my
birth, but i am not so stupid as to believe that i would never be in a position
of needing help.Actually my assoc with the church has given me a
glimpse as to the struggles people face. I think there are people who can
succeed with help through difficult times. I see others who due to
dysfunctional childhoods, mental health issues etc most likely will never be
self-sufficient. The most heartbreaking situation of all is when the family
dysfunction perpetuates ongoing dysfunction in subsequent generations. These
are children who never had a chance, now adults and parents.PRIMARILY, in the U.S. the church offers assistance to church members only,
except in disaster situations. If govt programs for the poor ceased would the
church have enough funds to step into the gap? Do families have the ability to
help other family members with expenses, through difficult times? Most families
are just able to provide for their immediate family. People who think we dont
need govt programs dont live in reality. It takes the effort of various
entities to ensure a stable and safe society.
Some people feel there's no excuse for being fat or poor. I've been
both and have known a considerable number of others who have been one or both.
Circumstances of birth, parenting, opportunity, intelligence, and even luck
combine with day-to-day choices to put people where they are. The scriptures
are pretty clear: "Are we not all beggars?" "Judge not, that ye be
not judged...." "Let him who is without sin cast the first
stone...." I think there are going to be a lot of surprised people at the
Second Coming. If scriptural precedent is followed, Jesus will call the little
children and the sick and lame. He will feed the hungry. He won't ask for
documentation or tax returns. He knows our hearts.
LDS welfare assistance is rarely given without at least some form of commitment
from the people receiving it to do something within their power to improve their
situation and some form of follow up. If the bishop ever hears about any form of
abuse, it is his responsibility to stop it ASAP. The government does not do
that. If we proposed a bill that would ban the sale of alcohol and tobacco to
those receiving government welfare, there will be a revolt among those receiving
it and others with an agenda. Anybody receiving government assistance should not
be be able to choose the food that they receive - they should be receiving a
ration that provides the best nutrition at the minimum price. Those who disagree
with that can donate to their charity that will give the poor what they think is
most appropriate, but they should not take away hard earned money from others
via taxation to help the poor get sick through improper diet.
re:Rational"more people in poverty than before its inception."Not true.In the late 1950s, the poverty rate for all Americans was
22.4 percent, or 39.5 million individuals. These numbers declined steadily
throughout the 1960s, reaching a low of 11.1 percent, or 22.9 million
individuals, in 1973. Over the next decade, the poverty rate fluctuated between
11.1 and 12.6 percent, but it began to rise steadily again in 1980. By 1983, the
number of poor individuals had risen to 35.3 million individuals, or 15.2
percent.For the next ten years, the poverty rate remained above 12.8
percent, increasing to 15.1 percent, or 39.3 million individuals, by 1993. The
rate declined for the remainder of the decade, to 11.3 percent by 2000. From
2000 to 2004 it rose each year to 12.7 in 2004.Since the late 1960s,
the poverty rate for people over 65 has fallen dramatically. The poverty rate
for children has historically been somewhat higher than the overall poverty
rate. The poverty rate for people in households headed by single women is
significantly higher than the overall poverty rate.
government food assistance used to come in the form of--------FOOD! But some
pinhead decided giving food to the poor was too paternalistic and we should give
them money. Their poverty status already shows they do not know how to handle
money.giving them food instead of money would result in a large
decrease in those actually applying for food aid and would reveal those who
truly want to be fed, rather than just want access to the public trough.As long as the food is nutritious, that should be the end of it. If it
is unappealing - oh well.
All people should be involved in charitable acts; government, however, is a
horrible vehicle for truly helpful charity. The govt's war on poverty IS a
horrible failure, with more people in poverty than before its inception. Leave
the money in taxpayer's pockets, and let people take care of their
neighbors rather than letting government programs distance people from their
Re:heedaf, kmitchSo if you know people who get food stamps and have
smartphones why dont you ask how they can afford that?I know a
disabled woman with an 8 yr old daughter who gets food stamps. She cant afford
a smartphone and doesnt have one. She does have a cell phone which she used to
call me one day to help her get up when she had fallen in the rain in front of
her house. Its. easy to pass judgement from afar. No doubt there
are those that take advantage of the system. But even the LDS Church welfare
system has people who take advantage and ive never heard anyone advocate for
To kmitch. You cannot buy tobacco and alcohol with food stamps. I have never
heard of anyone getting $1200 in food stamps a month. There is some abuse going
on but most families are really in need that are on food stamps.
@kmitchWhere did you get 1200/month from? [Rosenbaum and Dean
wrote. "The $100 per month in SNAP benefits that they receive covers about
one-fifth of their monthly food budget."]1200 a year sounds
right... there is some variance in food stamp allotments by state based on
standard of living but the most generous areas are still about 150 dollars a
month like that one tv chef did for a month.
@distand thunderthe sponsor of that bill in Mass had to admit he had no
evidence that this was actually even an issue. You have to wonder what it is
that people that push this issue and the false notion that voter fraud is any
kind of substantial issue are trying to distract the voting public from looking
at? If they are so confident that Obama is as bad as they say why hide behind
false claims about food stamp abuse and voter fraud? run on the economy, run on
foreign affairs issues stop hiding behind propaganda issues.
Oh come on! The average family of 5 can receive up to $1200/month in food stamps
which can include tobacco, alcohol, etc. My own married children who each have
four kids, don't even come close to spending that for their families. We
need to take a good luck at the abuse in this program. I am glad for the food
stamp program, but their are some real abuses going on.
Charles Dickens on helping the poor from his essay, "Temperate
Temperance""You must look at things with their eyes, a
little; you must not always expect them to see with your eyes. The weak point
in almost every attempt which has been made to deal with the lower classes is
invariably the same -- too much is expected of them. You ask them to do, simply
the most difficult thing in the world -- you ask them to change their habits ...
and to abandon habits and make great efforts is hard work even for clever, good
and educated people. The position of the lowest poor is so terrible, they are so
deprived of energy through vile and low living and bad lodging, and so little
ready to second any efforts that are made for their benefit. We must get it
into our heads -- which seems harder to do than many people would imagine --
that the working poor man is neither a felon, nor necessarily a drunkard, nor a
very little child. There is a tendency in officials to be rough and brutish or
cheerfully condescending. Both are offensive to the poor." In
essence, use the golden rule.
@distant thunder actually if you go back and read when the sponsor of the
bill was asked directly do you have any evidence of this actually happening the
sponsor had to admit there was no evidence this was even a problem. The bill was
nothing more then political grandstanding at the cost of those the sponsor knows
cannot fight back. Just like a distant thunder this was noting more then a
distraction from the work at hand.
atl134 - I always amazed at how many liberals think that giving freebies to the
poor actually help them out. It has quite the reverse and simply makes them
more dependent and lazy. I don't think that un healthy food is cheaper but
the problem is more to that is easier to heat up. All the people on food stamps
that I know live off cereal and soda and I'd bet that is the case for a
large majority of people on food stamps.
A couple of easy fixes would save billions. Ban the purchase of soda, chips,
cookies, donuts, steaks, etc. from being able to be purchased using food stamps.
Second, if someone is caught selling food stamps than they are banned for 5 or
so years. My neighbor asked my wife for a ride to Smiths to get
groceries and she bought chips, pop, snack trays, etc. for her super bowl party
using food stamps. She is unable to work because her child has ADD. I'm also amazed at how many people on food stamps own smart phones. Can
anyone explain to me how that works?
I wish the "LDS Model" could somehow be instituted... rather than a
check or "credit card," the truly needy could visit a storehouse and
receive actual food. Granted, the food could be sold on the black market, but
I'm confident that fraud would drop in a meaningful way.(As for
those who recite scriptures as evidence that we need food stamps... Christ and
his spokesmen have always addressed INDIVIDUAL attitudes regarding wealth and
poverty. To imply that involuntary participation in collectivist welfare
programs is Christian "charity" is totally erroneous.)
"There, there little luxury, don't you cry. You'll become a
necessity, by and by." Thank you DistantThunder for mentioning tattoo
parlors and getting one's nails done. WHYYYYY doesn’t
the federal government take a look at welfare programs that are succeeding and
copy them? In the LDS church, food orders are reviewed by both a Relief
Society President and a Bishop, which helps keep everyone honest and fed. Is
this so difficult to understand, and to duplicate?
@SpaceCowboy69"Since the food stamp program is rife with fraud and
deceit, it should be abolished."What is with the conservative
obsession with taking sledgehammers to everything (aside from war spending, and
tax cuts to the rich of course...)?@DistantThunder"Yet we
have an obesity epidemic mostly among the poor. "Healthy food is
more expensive than unhealthy food."Massachusettes just had to
pass a law saying that the food stamp cards couldn't be used at tattoo
parlors, gambling joints, for alcohol or, get this, for getting your nails done.
They had to pass the law because people were abusing the system."Well then maybe we can pass laws like that instead of scraping the entire
program as some other conservatives are suggesting.@David B."and the citizens weren't such a bunch of crybaby's wanting
freebies"Last I checked it was your side of the aisle that
throws a conniption fit every time someone suggests raising taxes to the levels
they were a decade ago in order to help balance the budget.
If the illegals weren't here to begin with and the citizens weren't
such a bunch of crybaby's wanting freebies our safety net wouldn't be
breaking now on the verge of falling apart. Then the politicians in Washington
really need to learn how to run a fically strong house.Quit giving our money to
every Tom,Dick,and Harry nation. Take care of home first period then if
there's extra then share but don't put outsiders first.That's why
people get so miffed with government.
Yet we have an obesity epidemic mostly among the poor. Massachusettes just had
to pass a law saying that the food stamp cards couldn't be used at tattoo
parlors, gambling joints, for alcohol or, get this, for getting your nails done.
They had to pass the law because people were abusing the system.Adam Carolla just wrote a book "Not Taco Bell Material" and writes
about what it was like growing up with a mother on the dole. When he was 9 he
asked her, "Mom, why don't you get a job?" She said, "I lose
my check from the government." People game the system to the detriment of
their families and self-reliance.The government HURTS people.
We've become hard hearted, and i guess 'christian' enough to
delcare that everyone is responsible for their own circumstances, and that
we're comfortable to let an impoverished underclass develop in our society.
It's their own fault, so we don't have to do anything about it.
I'm not sure this is the right direction but that's where we're
going. Besides, denial is working for climate change, it can work here too.
Cutting food stamps won't leave people hungry, but it will cut down on
trips to Vegas, cruises on the Carribean and vacations in Hawaii.This program needs to be reigned in so that it can help the truly poor, not
the truly greedy and deceitful.
Since the food stamp program is rife with fraud and deceit, it should be
abolished. The war on poverty has been an abject failure.
There are as many reasons for poverty as there are poor people. Despising the
poor has become a blight on our country. Study your scriptures, people. It is
never the poor who bring down society; it is the rich. "...let
not this pride of your hearts destroy your souls! Think of your brethren like
unto yourselves, and be familiar with all and free with your substance, that
they may be rich like unto you. But before ye seek for riches, seek ye for the
kingdom of God. And after ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye shall obtain
riches, if ye seek them; and ye will seek them for the intent to do good--to
clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry, and to liberate the captive, and
administer relief to the sick and the afflicted."(Jacob 2:16-19)
Let me see....$16 Billion over 10 years [i.e., $1.6 Billion per
year], feeding 3 Miillion Americans.vs.adding another $2 Billion to
Afghanistan this year alone on top of what we already spend there.Why can't Republicans SEE this obvious problem and domestic discrepancy?
Baloney! Americans don't even have a clue about real poverty. The best cure
for poverty is work and personal responsibility, not more food stamps!