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51 Responses to Record Number Of Americans On Food Stamps

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    12chars Male 18-29
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    March 18, 2013 at 1:25 pm
    Link: Record Number Of Americans On Food Stamps - 47 million and counting.
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    TruTenrMan Male 30-39
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    March 18, 2013 at 1:42 pm
    Of course there are. They keep voting in the people who give them free crap. Why wouldn`t there be a larger number of them?

    The working class, tax payer suffers so all these lazy asses can get their EBT cards. It`s an effed up system, man. It annoys the crap out of me.
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    Andrew155 Male 18-29
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    March 18, 2013 at 1:44 pm
    Subsidizing a fat nation`s eating habits. It`s amazing. Giving them straight up money is a better way than subsidizing food, if fighting poverty is the goal. I mean, I don`t know if you guys have seen Americans lately.

    OR forbid the purchase of anything except fruits and vegetables and I can guarantee that you`ll see the food stamp rolls decline. I know America.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    March 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm
    And here I am working and paying taxes guess I`m a sucker.
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    SmagBoy1 Male 40-49
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    March 18, 2013 at 2:05 pm
    Trickle down economics working super well, apparently.
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    SmagBoy1 Male 40-49
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    March 18, 2013 at 2:08 pm
    Yeah, you guys who are hardworking middle class schmucks who believe these "leeches" are getting off easy, give it a try! I hear those folks on Section 8 Housing all live in mansions that come with iPads and Mercedes Benzes (they get those free from Cash for Clunkers). They eat lobster and caviar via the food stamps and have the best healthcare, education and comfort in the world. Swap with any of `em, I`m sure you`d be super happy.
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    turdburglar Male 30-39
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    March 18, 2013 at 2:17 pm


    I worked at a gas station while going thru college. The EBT "food stamp card" has 2 parts to it. One side is money for food only. This is the food stamp side. The other side is cash, that can be spent on anything, just like cash.
    When you see someone with an EBT card buying stuff that is not food, they are not spending "Food Stamps".

    Also...
    She said "Black Caucus".
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    TruTenrMan Male 30-39
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    March 18, 2013 at 2:23 pm
    SmagBoy1, not sure where you live, but in Baton Rouge, LA, there are "ghetto" neighborhoods full of HUD homes with pimped out vehicles in front of them driven by guys with so much "bling" in the form of jewelry and teeth caps, that it`s insane.

    I`ve looked into new, NORMAL rims and tires. They`re expensive as hell! How the hell are all these people who are on welfare affording all this? Huh? Answer me that!
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    March 18, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    It`s because there are so many hungry people. ... DUH!
    The economy is not getting better, I don`t care how much they lie to you in the news, it`s not. I have personally witnessed 3 middle class people turn homeless in the last year. 1 of them had a daughter with him. Very sad.
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    turdburglar Male 30-39
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    March 18, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Let me tell a quick story about a guy I`ve known since I was 2yrs old. He lives of the government because his family has a history of schizophrenia. He does have a bit of the crazy, but is well enough to work almost all the time. He won`t get a job because the government will punish him for making money, by making him pay for stuff. There is no incentive for him to even try! He has a free apartment, all utilities paid. Free food, medical coverage, internet and t.v. On top of it all he gets cash. He calls it his looney loot or crazy cash. He uses his free medical to get pain killers from his doctor, which he sells to make an extra couple grand in cash per month.
    IT`S A FREE RIDE FOR LIFE! All he has to do to keep it that way is to NEVER apply for a job!
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    HumanAction Male 18-29
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    March 18, 2013 at 2:36 pm
    Trickle down economics working super well, apparently.
    What does trickle down economics have to do with any of this? I`m not convinced that you have a solid understanding of trickle down economics; on the other hand, maybe you just didn`t understand the clip.
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    SmagBoy1 Male 40-49
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    March 18, 2013 at 2:56 pm
    HumanAction, perhaps your sarcasm meter is broken. My point was simple. It`s been tried since the mid-80s and all it`s produced is a gaping chasm between the super wealthy who control almost all of the wealth of the country, a smaller and smaller middle class and an ever-growing lower class that needs assistance just to get by.

    I understand the concepts perfectly well.
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    HumanAction Male 18-29
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    March 18, 2013 at 3:15 pm
    @SmagBoy

    My point was simple.
    Fair enough, but your point was irrelevant; it had nothing to do with this clip.

    That`s like me going to an apple orchard and telling the farmer how much cranberries suck. What does it have to do with apples?
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    SmagBoy1 Male 40-49
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    March 18, 2013 at 3:34 pm
    HumanAction, my comment about trickle down economics was in direct response to this clip. It was sarcastic, but it wasn`t off point.
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    Andrew155 Male 18-29
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    March 18, 2013 at 3:35 pm
    Smag, you don`t think that QE and other easy money policies are as equally to blame? Several non-Conservative studies have concluded thus so. Or what about the inflationary policies of all presidents? Our dollars are becoming worth less and less. Or how about permanently low interest rates? Or the over 30 million unskilled immigrants from impoverished nations that will work for nothing, thus driving up the unskilled labor supply and consequently depressing wages for poor Americans?

    Or is it just Mitt Romney`s taxes that cause all of this? His taxes made people poor, got it.
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    chalket Male 50-59
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    March 18, 2013 at 3:37 pm
    There are nuanced reasons why more Americans need foodstamps than ever before, but I`d say the primary one is Big Finance walking away with $4+ TRILLION dollars of middle class wealth in the last few years. That would put a few families in hardship, don`t you think?
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    HolyGod Male 30-39
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    March 18, 2013 at 3:39 pm
    turdburglar

    "IT`S A FREE RIDE FOR LIFE! All he has to do to keep it that way is to NEVER apply for a job!"

    Sounds like a rather pathetic and listless existence. Do you envy him or something?
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    trippyhippy9 Male 18-29
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    March 18, 2013 at 3:49 pm
    Do you think this has anything to do with the fact that large companies like Wal-Mart actually help their employees sign up for food stamps when they get hired?

    Big business is using the food stamp program to subsidize their payroll.

    Yeah, not all businesses do shady stuff like that, but if you want to compete, it is getting to the point where you follow the wal-mart business model, or you close your doors.
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    Grendel Male 40-49
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    March 18, 2013 at 4:04 pm
    SmagBoy1-"I hear those folks on Section 8 Housing all live in mansions"

    Not mansions but about 20 years ago, in order for `po` people to have better self exteem, they started building new Section 8 neighborhoods in our area. Each of these houses, if on the open market would run at least $150,000.

    SmagBoy1-"that come with iPads"

    What I see Section 8 families with: iPads, iPhone 5`s, laptops, multiple flat-screen tv`s, $700 purses and tens of thousands of dollars in `bling` and BIG rolls of cash.

    SmagBoy1-" and Mercedes Benzes"

    Try Lincoln Navigators with 24" rims, or Cadillacs, or BMW`s.

    Try seeing people with EBT buying major amounts of ground beef because `EBT don`t pay for dog food` for their pit bulls.
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    blechistan Male 18-29
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    March 18, 2013 at 4:16 pm
    As with any populous amount based statement, is this even adjusted for population growth?
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    Ani187 Female 30-39
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    March 18, 2013 at 4:56 pm
    My brother has EBT, but my brother has been unable to work for the last year and a half due to his epilepsy. It`s not easy to be an epileptic welder. Not all people milk the system.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    March 18, 2013 at 4:58 pm
    Trickle down economics working super well
    @SmagBoy: You just HAVE TO bash Republicans, eh? Can`t see a BLACK Republican on TV without going ape-poo crazy?
    1986: Trickle-down economics. Worked like a charm for 10 years, all the way into Clinton`s term. Stalled only by the "dot com" bust and never re-started.
    HOW DOES something from the last century get blamed for Obama drating up the US economy?
    Oh yeah, BUSH`S FAULT! I forgot.
    Cheesus man, that dead horse? It`s dead! Stop beating it!

    BTW: What do you imagine the "stimulus bills" were? FAILED "trickle-down" that`s what. Democrat`s fault? Just ignore it and b*tch about something for 20+ years ago!
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    WizardofCOR Male 40-49
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    March 18, 2013 at 5:08 pm
    Its funny to look at people hyping one stat, subsequently equating an entire economic clockwork to revolving around it and it alone.
    Multiple factors were involved to create this result, several of which being mentioned.
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    flying_ltj Male 18-29
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    March 18, 2013 at 5:51 pm
    Wasn`t Herman Cain that performance artist who pretended to be all political when it was all just a joke?

    Like the conservative version of Steven Colbert?

    ... cuz he sure seems like a joke :D
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    Solvent Male 18-29
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    March 18, 2013 at 6:33 pm
    Quick, we need to blame somebody other than ourselves!
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    skypirate Male 18-29
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    March 18, 2013 at 7:06 pm
    i always find it funny seeing people buying 40 of food with ebt and then 40$ of booze, cigs or scratches with cash at the same time. wonder how many people trade ebt for drugs.
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    paperduck Male 18-29
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    March 18, 2013 at 7:13 pm
    There`s this guy I know who was talking this point up until he lost his job and had to get food stamps. Then he stopped. As usual, folks are quick to judge others circumstances, but when it comes to themselves all of a sudden brutal honesty goes away. I don`t envy people on food stamps, cheating the system or not. I`m glad there is a safety net for families that need it, and if that means some people get "free food", so be it. Let`s be thankful for not needing it at any level.
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    Swaywithme Female 18-29
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    March 18, 2013 at 7:29 pm
    o_____o That`s more than everyone in Canada!
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    turdburglar Male 30-39
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    March 18, 2013 at 7:40 pm
    Sounds like a rather pathetic and listless existence. Do you envy him or something?

    HG-
    I agree, and no I do not envy him. Although free cash and never having to worry about being laid off or not being able to get by is tempting. In reality my ego wouldn`t truly enjoy being so worthless.
    I am not republican. I am not conservative. (not liberal/democrat either)

    I was not making a statement in favor of the republican ideal which seems to be "every man for themselves".
    I was not making a statement in favor of the democratic ideal which seems to be "punish the wealthy for their success, and redistribute their wealth to the poor".

    Sanity...And societies moral obligation to take care of each other lies somewhere in between those to ideals. I realize those examples were over-simplified exaggerations. I think everybody can agree that the government assistance program isn`t perfect. I don`t have the answer.
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    Pinkminx22 Female 30-39
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    March 18, 2013 at 7:41 pm
    I too am glad that there is a safety net in place if a person ever loses their job for any reasons. Jobs are never a promised thing for in the morning. I have seen a few people humbled in the past couple of years. A certain gentleman and his wife and 3 children. This gentleman made really good money, he too would preach and talk about the..lazy sons-a-b!tches on welfare and such and so did his wife... Until the day he lost his job...(talk about karma comming around to bite) he also preached at how hard he worked and how he payed for these "welfare people"until the day he became one of those "welfare people" and they lost their house to boot. These are scary times. Im thankful everyday that my husband and I still have our jobs because like I said nothing is garaunteed in the morning. All it takes is a split second for your boss to tell you that they can no longer afford to keep you on payroll. I have seen people lose their jobs after working there for 20 plus years.
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    HumanAction Male 18-29
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    March 18, 2013 at 8:13 pm
    I`d say the primary one is Big Finance walking away with $4+ TRILLION dollars of middle class wealth in the last few years
    You people amaze me. Greed is a constant like gravity; it`s not a modern invention. Greed has been and always will be around.

    If 2014 sees an unprecedented number of airplane crashes, are we then going to blame gravity - the constant? Of course not.

    The current economic crises was fostered by federal reserve credit expansion and poorly conceived mandates (and subsidies) encouraging firms to write risky mortgages.

    Would it help at all if I mentioned that Bush was a major factor in the failed economic policies that encouraged the expansion of the bubble? Blaming Bush - that`s the cool thing to do, right?
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    HolyGod Male 30-39
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    March 18, 2013 at 8:50 pm
    turdburglar

    "I agree, and no I do not envy him."

    I guess I am always surprised at people complaining about those (people on welfare, illegal immigrants, etc) that have it far worse off than they do.

    If you meet the requirements to qualify for food stamps your life is probably pretty rough. I don`t envy those people and if something like this helps them a little bit more than great. We live in a country that has the ability to help 47 million people eat. I just never understand why that is a bad thing.
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    HolyGod Male 30-39
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    March 18, 2013 at 8:52 pm
    HumanAction

    "Greed is a constant like gravity; it`s not a modern invention. Greed has been and always will be around."

    Of course. But please don`t tell me you can look at a chart of average CEO pay vs. average worker pay over the past 4 decades and not notice it is accelerating.
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    Grendel Male 40-49
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    March 18, 2013 at 9:41 pm
    HolyGod-"If you meet the requirements to qualify for food stamps your life is probably pretty rough."

    The only problem with that statement is that there are many people that DO NOT meet the requirements to qualify for food stamps, and yet STILL RECEIVE THEM.

    I know many people who make good money, and yet receives
    EBT. I know one that makes $80,000 per year, and yet still receives EBT (his wife also has a huge purse that is full of empty gallon zip-loc bags when they go into a buffet and full when they come out).

    I also know that in this town, if you are one color you get EBT no questions asked, if you are another color you have to jump through hoops to `prove` that you are needy.

    No one`s complaining about those in need. They are complaining about those that scam the system.
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    elkingo Male 30-39
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    March 18, 2013 at 9:59 pm
    I don`t mind helping 47 million people.. I just don`t like helping to the point they have a higher standard of living than the working class.
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    DinVen Male 30-39
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    March 19, 2013 at 12:04 am
    Also spending $3 Trillion on futile wars impacts society negatively - while a few handfuls of families get extremely wealthy .
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    HalfPintRoo Female 18-29
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    March 19, 2013 at 5:22 am
    I know a few people/families on food stamps, they eat better then I do (by better, steaks, shrimp, lobster, etc.)
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    HalfPintRoo Female 18-29
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    March 19, 2013 at 5:24 am
    "I also know that in this town, if you are one color you get EBT no questions asked, if you are another color you have to jump through hoops to `prove` that you are needy. "

    Yup. I don`t know where you live, but that statement is 110% true where I live.
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    HumanAction Male 18-29
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    March 19, 2013 at 6:13 am
    Of course. But please don`t tell me you can look at a chart of average CEO pay vs. average worker pay over the past 4 decades and not notice it is accelerating.
    I agree with you entirely that there is a growing disparity. My point was that many people seem to think that greed was the only factor that caused the housing market, and subsequent economic, collapse; this cannot be true. Some other event must have occurred that enabled or coerced greed into expanding as rapidly as it has.

    With this in mind, I know many people will accuse deregulation. However, I have yet to find a single person who can tell me what was deregulated and why it affected the outcome. Simply suggesting that "they deregulated the banks" carries no weight with me.
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    abrxax Male 18-29
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    March 19, 2013 at 6:40 am
    This is no longer a capitalist county...its a consumerist country. Too big to fail is too big to exist. They took our money, THEY TOOK OUR JOBS!
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    HolyGod Male 30-39
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    March 19, 2013 at 6:52 am
    MeGrendel

    "I know many people who make good money, and yet receives EBT."

    Then call one of the anonymous tip lines set up to notify the government of cheats and let them go to jail.
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    papajon0s1 Male 40-49
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    March 19, 2013 at 7:53 am
    I am more than happy to help the poor and needy anyw ay I can, but do people not see the danger and corruption in this? Yes, it may help some, but as we can clearly see it has become a monster. Forced charity is not charity, oh government, eventually you will runout of other people`s money. There are better ways.
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    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    March 19, 2013 at 7:56 am
    Of course. But please don`t tell me you can look at a chart of average CEO pay vs. average worker pay over the past 4 decades and not notice it is accelerating.

    I`d also like to point out that, in the same timeframe, 95+% of people who started in the bottom quintile have actually moved up since then. Those who started at the bottom eventually started making twice as much as their parents did, and those who started at the top made about the same all in real terms, on average.
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    Grendel Male 40-49
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    March 19, 2013 at 8:02 am
    HolyGod-"Then call one of the anonymous tip lines set up to notify the government of cheats and let them go to jail."

    Won`t happen, as the personel at the EBT office are ASSISTING them..of course, you only recieve this assistance if you fit a certain demographic.

    A long time ago a girlfriend needed assistance. She was denied because one of her `assets` was a car...the biggest POS in the EBT parking lot.

    While we were there,I overheard one of the EBT personel ask another person (of another demographic). "Oh Shaniqua, I see you`re driving `your sister`s` Navigator..I`ll just put down here you don`t own a car."
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    March 19, 2013 at 10:04 am
    At least in my state people try to put limits on the EBT card but the Gov. stated that would be demeaning which is how the EBT came to be in the first place. So it`s as good as cash infact I think you can get cash from it.....


    Also if you want to be adventerous for savings wait out side a foodstamp office. I guarantee you can get food stamps for cash at half their value.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    March 19, 2013 at 10:06 am
    I`ll let you figure out why the Gov. didn`t change it....
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    March 19, 2013 at 10:10 am
    Also spending $3 Trillion on futile wars impacts society negatively - while a few handfuls of families get extremely wealthy .

    YES YES F**K THE SYSTEM DOWN WITH THE SYSTEM AND ALSO SOCIALIZE HEALTHCARE.... hmmmm wait a sec hows that going to work now??
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    h4krChik Female 40-49
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    March 19, 2013 at 11:00 am
    "It heps them to git free STUFF." HAHAHAHA!!! xD
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    LordJim Male 60-69
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    March 19, 2013 at 12:02 pm
    There are always some people who game the system, but then that gets translated into rants about how the system is designed purely to rain largesse on the `other demographic` whereas the ranters `demographic` is being systematically screwed.
    If you hear someone claim that the government wants as many people as possible dependant on government then you entered crazy territory.

    Oh, and this interview could be used as source material on a course on `How not to do journalism`.

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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    March 19, 2013 at 12:13 pm
    There are always some people who game the system

    Some ROFL!!
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    March 19, 2013 at 11:50 pm
    I have a simple plan: Find out recipients who have spent food stamps on things they don`t need and ban them from the social security system.

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