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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Food stamp nation

Ever wonder why childhood obesity is the worst among the poor?

Food stamps.

They are easier to get and more generous than ever before -- and you can use them to buy candy, potato chips, and soda.



From the Washington Free Beacon:
The number of individuals receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as food stamps, has exceeded 45 million for 56 straight months, according to data released by the Department of Agriculture.
There were 45,188,655 beneficiaries of the food stamp program in December 2015, the latest month for which data is available. The number declined by 265,216 from November to December.
The USDA has been tracking data on participation in the program since 1969, when average participation stood at 2,878,000. Since then, participation in the program has increased by more than 1,470 percent.
The number of food stamp recipients first exceeded 45 million in May 2011. Since then, the number has consistently exceeded 45 million, hitting a record high of nearly 47.8 million in December 2012.
Changes to food stamp policies made it easier for people to apply for benefits, made food stamps available to more people and the benefits became more generous, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Leave it to the federal government to have a nutrition program that enables people to buy junk food.

9 comments:

  1. I wonder why shelley doesn't meddle in this instead of school lunches?

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  2. Because elementary school kids can't vote.

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  3. In California you can use food stamps at fast food restaurants.

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  4. Remember that McDowell County, WV received the first food stamps from Jack Kennedy's experiment in 1960. In the 1950's, 100,000 people called McDowell County home and owed their souls to the company stores at 6 underground coal mines. In 2014, that number has plummeted to 21,300, and only 3,300 have jobs. First automation, then the economy took a bite out of living there. Fewer than one in three residents old enough to work participates in the labor force or is looking for work.

    "We didn't lose the coal, we lost the method of getting the coal out, so we got machines doing the work . . ." Then in 1980 foreign competition blew up the American Steel industry that relied on McDowell coal and monster-sized surface coal mines appeared in Wyoming.


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  5. Remember that McDowell County, WV received the first food stamps from Jack Kennedy's experiment in 1960. In the 1950's, 100,000 people called McDowell County home and owed their souls to the company stores at 6 underground coal mines. In 2014, that number has plummeted to 21,300, and only 3,300 have jobs. First automation, then the economy took a bite out of living there. Fewer than one in three residents old enough to work participates in the labor force or is looking for work.

    "We didn't lose the coal, we lost the method of getting the coal out, so we got machines doing the work . . ." Then in 1980 foreign competition blew up the American Steel industry that relied on McDowell coal and monster-sized surface coal mines appeared in Wyoming.


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    1. Gad, try waiting a minute or two to see if your comment posts.

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  6. I was shocked to see the woman in the Kroger in front of me pay for her 6 Starbucks frappucino 4-packs (the only things she had in her cart) with her EBT card. So, our poor folks have Starbucks habits, isn't that some crap. And yes, I do judge what you buy at the store with my money; and no, luxuries are for people with jobs (tell my kids that all the time).

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  7. I see SNAP abuse Every. Single. Day.

    Ever wonder why it takes five freakin' minutes for one fat kid to get off the school bus so you can continue on your way?

    Mission accomplished, Mr. Surber. My blood is now boiling. But on to better things. Top down day today?

    - Elric

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  8. I "gave" the Federal Government over 100K in taxes this year.
    I would love something in return.

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