Last Updated:August 19 @ 12:25 pm

Aren't Food Stamps Supposed to be for Food?

By Bobby Eberle

What are people doing with their food stamps? You may think the answer is obvious, but don't be so sure. According to a new study from the Department of Agriculture, more and more food stamp recipients are using this government benefit for items other than food. By turning food stamps into cash, our tax dollars are being spent on alcohol, cigarettes, and a host of other non-food items. It's time for this to stop!

As Fox News reports, "The percentage of Americans selling their food stamps back to stores for cash has increased by 30 percent over the past several years, according to a new Agriculture Department study."

Recipients typically sell back their benefits at a discount, according to the agency, which said its undercover investigations and research into electronic SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs) transactions focused on stores that showed "suspicious activities."

However, the numbers were later adjusted to reflect activity within the entire program.

While the trafficking doesn't directly increase costs for the federal government, it diverts taxpayer money intended to help low-income families get access to a nutritious diet.

Just watch this special report. Here's a real guy, who's living off food stamps. Just look at the life he's living, and WE are supporting it!

This guy actually called his benefits "free money," and this is exactly the culture that is being promoted by Barack Obama. There were restrictions on these kinds of benefits. People had to work, and the benefits were limited over time. Obama wiped these all away.

But Jason Greenslate is not alone. As the Heritage Foundation reports, there are millions more like him across the country.

Today, there are roughly 47 million Americans receiving food stamps. About 4 million of these individuals are "able-bodied adults without dependents." In the past, to qualify for food stamps, these able-bodied adults had to work at least part time or participate in some type of work program to qualify for food stamps. If not, their benefits were limited to three months out of every 36 months. However, waivers issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture have allowed states to suspend the work requirement the past few years. Between 2008 and 2010, the number of able-bodied adults on food stamps doubled from approximately 2 million to 4 million.

Today, the federal government operates roughly 80 means-tested welfare programs, and very few promote work. American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray explained to Fox News that government welfare "is systematically undermining a civic culture of independence that was a great American treasure."

A culture of dependency. That is what the Obama administration is building. With each passing day, more and more people are becoming dependent on the government, and with no incentive to change, why would we expect them to.

Obama treats it as free money... so do some of these recipients. Without responsibility, without restrictions, without guidelines, there will only be one outcome: abuse. This is no way to nurture the next generation of Americans.

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  1. ictheliteComment by icthelite
    August 19, 2013 @ 1:20 pm

    Com’ on man, This not news. It’s been going on for decades.
    I watch folks with the EBT cards [so they won't be embarrassed at the checkout] buying everything and anything they want. Decked all out in their clothes from high end department stores and driving their new high’end automobiles.
    This whole food stamp program is a farce.Run by crooks for the benefit of crooks. This is never going to change though, not until the program runs out of money.

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    • mereditComment by meredit
      August 19, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

      Oh, you’re so right. At the adult school where I’ve taught English for 12 yrs. teachers ask the following often: “Was Student X in your class?”; “Isn’t Student X in CalWorks?”; “Doesn’t he/she drive a new Lexus?”.

      CalWorks is the welfare program for the unemployed. It’s obvious who’s enrolled because teachers get an enrollment printout; one of the columns identifies student in CalWorks. There’s also a timeclock next to the office where enrollees must clock in to get credit (and a check). We’ve had some female students from China who appear to be gaming the system- new Lexus/Mercedes/Infinity/Porche, very expensive clothing and gold, jade, diamond jewelry, good haircut, etc. The game in the ghettos of the 60s was to sign one’s possessions over to a family member or friend before applying. The welfare fraud tells then were Cadillacs, other large luxury cars, and gaudy gold jewelry (men); now it’s Lexus, Mercedes, Porche etc. vehicles, gold, etc. for women. I don’t know if their male buddies are putting them up to it- hmmm……

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    • nonieComment by nonie
      August 19, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

      And don’t forget the expensive hair weaves and fancy long nails with the custom designs. They can’t afford food but they can afford nonsense like that. I do my own manicures and I have to pay for theirs. Makes me sick.

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    • oleteabagComment by oleteabag
      August 19, 2013 @ 2:26 pm

      It has ALREADY “run out of money”, icthelite. Obama is borrowing money from CHINA to fund this huge FRAUD in order to buy votes for the Democrats. And it seems to be working, now that there are more people on welfare/food stamps than are working in this country. But sooner or later, China is going to cut off his line of credit, and THEN what?

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    • mrwilsonComment by mrwilson
      August 19, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

      I would expect little else in this ever growing, “All Things Should Be Free,” in America attitude.
      However, I do read and have read for years, that in our great nation one child in four goes to bed hungry.
      I read that the federal government pays out billions for farmers not to grow.
      I read that over 50% of our corn crop goes into making ethanol, which in turn goes into my automobile; not designed to burn ethanol.
      We, as the once great nation, of hard working people, where the so-called “middle-class,” was once upon a time the Backbone of our country, has now gone to the dogs. To The Dogs…
      From reading the above article, and to quote a part, “…government benefit for items other than food. By turning food stamps into cash,….” This would then mean, if I understand this correctly, one could turn them into cash and buy a dog or two or three and food for them, and have money to pay their vet. One could even convert them into cash and make a donation to this very web site GOPUSA.Com
      Freedom in America has become All Free In America, hold out your hands!

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  2. blemeComment by bleme
    August 19, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

    I know that if minimal research was done, most of these people wouldn’t even qualify for food stamps. My mom is a 66 year old widow. Last year she was living off Social Security and getting $12/month in food stamps. When she finally started getting her $100/mo retirement from the hospital, they cut her off completely. Unless you lie on your application, I don’t think anyone qualifies for them.

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    • refurb001Comment by refurb001
      August 19, 2013 @ 1:47 pm

      There are a lot of liars out there. They made my use of unemployment checks painful. It was like begging for something that I paid for since I was 16 when I started working. Now anyone seems to qualify. I’m retired and can ONLY shake my head when someone refuses work because the pay isn’t high enough for them. SICKENING!

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    • mrwilsonComment by mrwilson
      August 19, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

      bleme: $12/month in food stamps? How in the hell did they factor that? Even in my old age I get out to the grocery store. Twelve bucks won’t even pay for a weeks need for fresh fruit! A few months back I did a price test. In raising our sons they were always hungry; as in “Mom,” when will dinner be ready?” They were starving, poor kids had not eaten in hours. Anyway, we kept a big bowl of fruit just for that and good nutrition along with the carrots and celery in the cold bin. When I recently priced out their weekly fruit consumption, today it would cost me between $40.00 to $50.00 a week. I suppose that’s why all that junk stuff is so cheap and always on sale. Makes me sick the price of basic food, and I feel for families raising a few children today.
      I also get around town and I see the poor. In fact I go out of my way to visit with the poor, primarily because I don’t believe most of the **** I read on the state run media. I don’t mind stopping and chatting with folks, Igenerally enjoy it. The topic most always turns to “Money.” I will say that perhaps half of the so-called poor that I meet say they have too much “pride” to take food stamps.

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    • Bayushi ZeroComment by Bayushi Zero
      August 19, 2013 @ 6:29 pm

      There was a time I was too proud for food stamps.

      I was working <30 hours a week at minimum wage (Fast Food work) as a younger adult. Not only was I too proud for it, but I didn't even realize it existed.

      Then I ended up homeless when that McDonald's closed down. I *could not* get food stamps then, as I had no permanent address (Southern California. Cali is F'd up with helping people actually in need).

      I got my act together, got into a job training program, ended up working in a small business (became part owner no less) and left the state.

      Now? Now I'm permanently disabled after suffering a traumatic brain injury. Even if I was capable of working, I cannot as I am also undergoing Kidney Dialysis at least 3 times a week.

      I receive SSI for my permanent disability, and am glad that Food Stamps/EBT is available. The sickening part is how much **** I have to put up with because of the plethora of deadbeats who abuse the system.

      I went for a time after my disabling injury, homeless in the Pacific Northwest. Because Social Security was too busy screwing around to get to my case (I waited 4 YEARS(!) to be approved.). Homeless in Oregon… where it rains more than it doesn't? WONDERFUL!

      Thanks a lot, bums! I was homeless, but never a bum! People like the man in the video are BUMS! Worthless eaters, the lot of them!

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  3. BarbComment by usa4ever
    August 19, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

    Food stamps are a joke to many of those who receive. The program is called SNAP. For those of you who my be unaware the N in SNAP stands for nutrition but what I see people buying with their ‘food’ stamps is anything but food. Pop, candy, chips, gum and even energy drinks are NOT food nor are they nutritious and they should not be approved for purchase with a SNAP card!
    Also a family of four with and income over forty thousand dollars a year should not be qualifying for food stamps but they do. Something is seriously wrong with the whole system.

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    • Bayushi ZeroComment by Bayushi Zero
      August 19, 2013 @ 6:37 pm

      I used to occasionally buy a soda for the trip ‘home’ with my groceries.

      No longer, given that the sodium alone is dangerous for me (severe polycystic kidney disease). I also avoid chips & energy drinks (can’t use EBT for energy drinks in Oregon) for the same reason. I don’t eat candy (outside of holiday treats, DURING said holidays), but I do buy gum (I have inner/middle ear problems) as gum is therapeutic. Gum also helps when cutting onions, and I use onion in a lot of my cooking.

      Yes, a family of four probably shouldn’t qualify for EBT making that amount. I’m surviving on $8520/year in SSI as a single adult WITHOUT personal transportation.

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  4. sacheveraljames42Comment by sacheveraljames42
    August 19, 2013 @ 2:07 pm

    This news is so old that Moses left it out of the Democratic playbook and the 10 Commandments. The story would be that the government has cracked down on the illegal use of the “Card” now and that both the customer and store owner went to jail for embezzlement. Of course that won’t happen because Sharpton and Jackson will yell “Discrimination” and the Republicans will run like scared rabbits, led my McPain to the nearest microphone and tell America that no one will take food away from hungry people. Case closed.

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    • calditz1Comment by calditz1
      August 19, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

      I always wondered what happened to Spicoli!

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  5. oleteabagComment by oleteabag
    August 19, 2013 @ 2:23 pm

    Thanks to Obama and his all-too-obvious agenda to bankrupt this country, we now have MORE people on food stamps and welfare than we have working in this country, so you can expect this sort of thing. Fraud, galore–and this is only the tip of the iceburg, you can bet.

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  6. David in MAComment by David in MA
    August 19, 2013 @ 2:31 pm

    Kinda makes one wonder if, with bar codes, there is not some way to void certain purchases when scanned and if a store employee buys “stamps” for cash~~~~~JAIL THE !
    Probably happening in black and hispanic hood’s anyhow, so maybe the solution is cut them off and make them re-apply, then weed out the ineligable slugs.
    (I wonder if ****** is still on food stamps, SSI & subsidized housing?);>)

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    • davebnmComment by davebnm
      August 19, 2013 @ 3:12 pm

      His illegal aunt & uncle are.

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    • freedomforallComment by freedomforall
      August 19, 2013 @ 5:07 pm

      You wonder if Obama is on food stamps???? I just about fell over with laughter when I read that line. Obama is the great accepter of food stamps. He has lush parties that even feed the wealthy with government food payments. He even has someone else do the shopping for him. Not forgetting that his EBT card permits unlimited alcohol to boot. Heck they even deliver pizza cross state lines, forget about the delivery charges. $200.00 and $10,000.00 delivery charges.. He is the king of EBT.

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    • freedomforallComment by freedomforall
      August 19, 2013 @ 6:23 pm

      Did… They already limit EBT to food products. The bar code assists. At least in the state of Michigan, food is not a taxable item. Taxable items are not permitted on the EBT card. At least that is what I have been told.

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  7. glennComment by glenn
    August 19, 2013 @ 3:11 pm

    Not only do they get food stamps but they automatically get free school lunches which is a 365 day a year program, so we get to pay twice to feed them and during the summer break we also pay to deliver the food to them.

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  8. bulldogComment by bulldog
    August 19, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

    This dude should not be on food stamps (especially at $200 per month), unfortunately nobody checks on these people any more. There were some errors in this report though. In California they were having people do quarterly reports, that means every three months to verify income/eligibility. It was recently changed to every 6 months, not once a year. At least this is the info as far as I know, unless there are exemptions for “homeless”.

    There are many items that should not be covered, such as sodas, sushi, lobster, etc., so changes are needed.

    As for the Calworks program that has nothing to do with the food stamps program. Calworks is a California program for the Cash Aid program, and is to get people back to work, or in school. If they don’t meet Calworks requirements they are supposed to lose their Cash Aid.

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  9. iamwinnerComment by iamwinner
    August 19, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

    All right, I have had just about all of this **** about food stamps that I can take!

    Right now if you are one to eighteen years old, you can get CHIP dental coverage for about $50.00 per year for dental coverage.

    My proposal is that only if you are one to eighteen, can you apply for and get food stamps. This would lock out those who trade food stamps for money to buy beer and cigs.

    obama, are you listening?

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    • mereditComment by meredit
      August 19, 2013 @ 7:52 pm

      Yes, great idea! Unfortunately, even if the kid’s name is on the card it’s the parent who cash in on the benefits. In other words, the parent could still sell benefits on the black market. How about a card solely for entry to a food bank. Families could only get food there- no tobacco, candy, booze, energy drinks, soda, chips, etc. Simply force them to go to the food bank and screw protecting their pride. If folks are truly struggling to feed their families they’ll swallow their pride and go. The card would authorize four visits a month and a set limit. “Purchases” would be recorded on a receipt when the card is swiped, just like the supermarket. That would eliminate revisits by folks who try to resell groceries at a profit and return to the food bank for more. Banks would stock a variety of nutritious food including produce. You don’t like it, go to your family and beg for money for soda, chips, beer, etc.

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    • Bayushi ZeroComment by Bayushi Zero
      August 19, 2013 @ 9:30 pm

      I’m 36.

      I don’t smoke (no interest) or drink (can’t afford to lose any more brain cells).

      I’m living on $8520 per year fixed income.

      How about no?

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    • mereditComment by meredit
      August 19, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

      In my world benefits are for folks like you, Bayushi. I say scrap the program as of a certain date. Legitimate folks would be issued an ID card that would be effective on the day after the old cards won’t work anymore so they can shop at a food bank. The agency would begin a thorough reapplication process for every recipient that includes verifiable documentation of income. No documentation, no card for groceries. Of course, there are ways around it, including women who don’t marry significant others. If they’re unmarried the boyfriend’s income isn’t counted. That happened with one of my students.

      Fortunately, they turned her down. She had a law degree in Mexico and fled with her twins and a friend to escape a very abusive husband (saw photos- true story). Boyfriend became fiancee. When I was introduced he was driving an extremely expensive red sports car. Medi-Cal (Medicaid in CA) turned her down. Mind you, in addition to the car they lived in a middle class suburb of L.A. She was really angry. That was when I began to keep my distance. What nerve.

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  10. guardsmanComment by guardsman
    August 19, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

    Every gov’t program on paper looks great Its going to help the poor. However over the past decades we have seen that this is a big joke. there will always be those that scam the programs. when abuse and fraud is brought to the attention of gov’t. nothing is done about it It seems that it only gets larger.

    Some politicans want to investigate the abuse but the Democrates always play the race card and say we want to starve the black children. I have seen it too often , the money given to the families for food is not spent on food but other things memtioned in other post.

    The free lunch and breakfast given to these kids is going to waste they don’t like eating the food and it is wasted. Programs need to be monitored, the gov’t agencies that oversees these programs are not doing their job If they were we would not have these abuses. I for one would like to see these overseers to be terminated. that in itself is not possible because of the unions and the spineless beauracrats

    Another program that is
    full of fraud is the Pell Grants given to students .The abuse is straggering, beginning of the school year the Comm. College f is full ,but once the grants start coming in the attendence drops tremendously.
    what these teens are doing with this money they are buying expensive rims for their cars. I lived in North Carolina and
    have seen it first hand. These are kids that have not job and riding around town with show cars.

    I must admit a lot of families need these programs and use the money wisely then again there are the scammers,cheats that ruin it for those unfortunate ones

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  11. spidermanComment by spiderman
    August 19, 2013 @ 3:44 pm

    He isn’t living off $200 a month — and buying lobster and sushi on a daily basis (this is less than $8/day). Where is the rest of the cash coming from? Obviously not from work.

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  12. gunsmokeComment by gunsmoke
    August 19, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

    The Worst part about this program now, is that even to whom or how it is being used and Abused, it is also allowing Illegal Aliens to receive it as well, even though they are NOT supposed to be Eligible for it, nor have any Claim to using it….. They are NOT Entitled to it, as it is supposed to be for American Citizens who are the Unfortunate and need some Assistance…. It is NOT and Never was designed to be Set-up for Long time useage by anyone and especially was NOT for Illegal Aliens to Sponge off the American People…..like they are readily doing….. OBAMA is the cause of the way things are now and we need to STOP it ASAP…..
    GOD BLESS AMERICA AND IT’S PEOPLE !

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  13. shafawnComment by shafawn
    August 19, 2013 @ 4:35 pm

    The position I work in puts me in relationship with people on food stamps who tell me when or if they try to get off food stamps they are met with rude opposition from government employees.

    This attitude from our government has given the general public the idea that everyone is ‘SUPPOSED TO BE ON FOOD STAMPS’.

    I agree… Obama is directly responsible for this mess and it needs to stop

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    • levotbComment by levotb
      August 19, 2013 @ 4:52 pm

      Eberle completely leaves out the MAJORITY of abusers of food stamps–the millions of illegal aliens who get it via WIC and other programs set up for citizens. How did illegals get into the food stamp program? Why did Eberle leave this fact out of his piece?

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    • oleteabagComment by oleteabag
      August 19, 2013 @ 9:55 pm

      shafawn, that has ALWAYS been the case with welfare programs. Those who actually try to get off and become self-supporting are sabotaged right and left. A single mother goes to work, they IMMEDIATELY cut off her childcare assistance, which usually means she can’t make ends meet and still work.

      But think about it–to a govt. bureaucrat, this makes PERFECT sense. After all, what would happen to their cushy JOBS, if they actually helped people get off welfare? So the entire system is geared toward keeping people DEPENDENT and making it difficult for recipients to get off the dole.

      Aside from all the FRAUD and CORRUPTION, THAT is probably the worst thing of all about “welfare”. Instead of giving people a hand up, they give a hand out, and will only help you if you remain dependent with your hand out. This has bred famlies with GENERATIONS of welfare recpients who would not know how to work if they GOT a job, because nobody in their family ever HAS. That makes it a nice, self-supporting system for the career welfare-crats that administer these programs.

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    • KBBComment by KBB
      August 22, 2013 @ 12:22 am

      CA Democrats are lamenting right now that “only half” those who are eligible for food stamps are signed up. They are practically in a panic to get the other half of eligible Californians signed up!

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  14. freedomforallComment by freedomforall
    August 19, 2013 @ 4:56 pm

    Hmmmmm Every program looks great on paper? This country has been here (as the United States of America) for 237 years. We have always been able to care for the ones that could not care for themselves. We did it through the generosity of the fortunate and the ones that barely made it as well. It has never been the intention to provide for the healthy with government assistance, until now. This is of course the way the left increases the dependency on government entitlements.
    I would like to find a social policy that has worked in this county, Social Security is broke they say, Section 8 has made millionaires out a few slum lords, Food stamps feeds those that are too lazy to find work. Government employment can not sustain the pensions of the retired. Borrowing money at rate no household could begin to handle( income vs. payout.)
    I vote, no handicap no prolonged help.

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    • Bayushi ZeroComment by Bayushi Zero
      August 19, 2013 @ 9:37 pm

      As a disabled man on the food stamp rolls, this I can agree with entirely.

      I realize that scrapping the system entirely right now would be bad, as there are a lot of folks (such as myself) who would go hungry without it.

      I would extend that handicap provision to include Uni/college students, pursuant to keeping their gpa above a certain point.

      Not everyone can work their way through school. Hell, *I* tried going back to school, then discovered it wasn’t working out (didn’t help that I was attending classes online, and my PC died within a week of classes starting).

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  15. gsreaganComment by gsreagan
    August 19, 2013 @ 7:08 pm

    Food stamps = dope stamps, booze stamps, porno stamps, stripper stamps, hooker stamps, …. the list goes on … and on … and on … you get my drift. Recipients of food stamps need to take a urine drug test, and pass, in order to get food stamps. It’s easy (you don’t have to study for it). I have to pass one every so often in order to keep my job and pay taxes for food stamps. So either urine (pun alert) or your out.

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    • ElderAmbassadorComment by ElderAmbassador
      August 19, 2013 @ 8:36 pm

      I agree 100%. Don’t pass the test – no benefits for 90 days. Then another test and 30 days later you get the opportunity to go to the commodity “store” and pick our cheese, flour, beans, or whatever is available. No EBT, no paper stamp, no NOTHING else.

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    • Bayushi ZeroComment by Bayushi Zero
      August 19, 2013 @ 9:39 pm

      Only issue I see here is that urinalysis is expensive.

      How many deadbeats are using EBT?

      Also realize that not everyone using EBT is a welfare deadbeat. Seniors on SSI, the Disabled (often on SSI) and the like.

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    • mereditComment by meredit
      August 24, 2013 @ 6:41 pm

      Oh, yeah. One of my students, an immigrant who became a citizen, complained that one of her nursing school classmates was required to hand over her welfare check to her mother for room and board. Her mother used it to gamble in Vegas! The student couldn’t qualify for any financial aid for school and was really resentful.

      BTW, another abuse of govt. assistance: Had to commute by bus to work while my engine was rebuilt. At the bus stop a couple approached me to sell, at a 50% discount, bus tokens the welfare office gave them to get to the market, appointments, take kids to school, etc.

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  16. ElderAmbassadorComment by ElderAmbassador
    August 19, 2013 @ 7:32 pm

    It’s time to return to a commodities program. Those getting the benefits go to a place where they get to choose from the commodities the US government considers “Excess to Needs” in the public sector. That’s it. Nowhere else to go for food, take what is there or get a job.

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    • Bayushi ZeroComment by Bayushi Zero
      August 19, 2013 @ 9:46 pm

      Only issue is that a large number of people using EBT aren’t welfare bums.

      They’re seniors or the disabled on SSI (SSI is $710/mo in most parts of the nation).

      I myself am permanently disabled, and I only use EBT to buy food. I don’t buy lobster (steak is rare, as I have to moderate my protein intake) or sushi or anything else that’s considered luxury food.

      Hell, the only “expensive” items I buy at the grocery are fresh fruits (Apples, Watermelon, other Melons, Oranges & Grapes). I buy my vegetables frozen most of the time, and the only seafood I buy usually has “Captain Gorton’s” on the box.

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  17. guardsmanComment by guardsman
    August 19, 2013 @ 8:10 pm

    In response to Elder Ambassador

    I am all for what you posted ,However the left would go off their rocker because we are demeaning this segment of society
    I can remember back about 40 yrs ago There was a big push to put welfare receiver on programs that they had to do work such as cleaning the highways and parks and other community work. the American people would be be getting something for their money. Many people said that it would give these people a purpose in life and perhaps they would want to find a job this was when jobs were plentiful. Really no excuse for a determined person not to find work

    then the democrats spoke out along with the NAACP stating that to pick up trash along a highway was degrading and demeaning for this segment of people

    Several programs have come and gone and others have expanded their leftist agenda. I can remember several years back when the black teens were bitching about not having jobs. The excuse then was the wanted training so they could go to work.
    Along comes Uncle Sam with numerous job training programs. how many billions of dollars has that cost the american
    taxpayer. My thinking is why did you not stay in school and get the necessary skills that you needed to get into the workforceth

    So to you Elder Ambassador it will never be a solution

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    • ElderAmbassadorComment by ElderAmbassador
      August 19, 2013 @ 8:32 pm

      It will be when we demand it. Just remember back a few years when the Republicans forced Clinton to sign reforms to the welfare laws. Suddenly we had people working themselves off welfare. Then our little king came along and undid everything that had been accomplished and put them back on the welfare “Plantation” again. What he did was and is illegal, but who the hell cares!

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    • oleteabagComment by oleteabag
      August 19, 2013 @ 9:39 pm

      And yet, ElderAmbassador, whenever the network “talking heads” or ANY Democrat talk about this, they always credit Clinton with “reforming welfare”. So you can see why the Republicans never get anywhere. The Democrats take credit for ANYTHING good that happens in govt., and blame the Republicans for anything that goes wrong or is bad. And the “sheeple” just eat it up. Sad, isn’t it?

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    • Bayushi ZeroComment by Bayushi Zero
      August 19, 2013 @ 9:54 pm

      See, I *did* take Uncle Sam up on a Work-training program: Job Corps, back in the 90s.

      I learned 2 trades there, and ended up working in both. Then I suffered a traumatic brain injury that caused a secondary brain injury (brain aneurysm) that originated from the fact that I’m suffering from Stage IV Polycystic Kidney Disease (I’m just about at full on renal failure).

      I made it work, so these programs DO have positive results. HOWEVER, said positive results rely upon the individual in question having some motivation & work ethic.

      This is an issue we need to grow out of. When the lazy bums start dying out, we may have a chance. Until then, we’ll have to find some way to motivate people to work.

      You’ll see: If the work-for-welfare rules return, then there will be an even larger spike in applications for disabilities.

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  18. shafawnComment by shafawn
    August 20, 2013 @ 12:43 am

    In all fairness we need to remember……

    According to Shadowstats.com, the real unemployment rate in January 2011 was 22.2%, which is more than double than what corporate media claims. It seems that the government is keeping people in the dark about the real unemployment rate to make people believe that our economy is improving, so that the government is praised for its success in lowering unemployment.

    Source:

    “9% Unemployment Rate is a Statistical Lie,” Greg Hunter, USAWatchdog, February 7, 2011. http://usawatchdog.com/9-unemployment-rate-is-a-statistical-lie/

    There are people who need jobs and can’t get employed. There are people who turn to drugs and crime because they can’t find a job. There are families who actually need food stamps….

    The problem is this administration purposely doesn’t create a business environment that nurtures job growth. I’m just not gullible enough anymore to think that’s by mistake or accident.
    Everything Obama touches turns to c r a p!
    That includes every military bungling, lying and cover ups with the Muslims in other countries and everything he’s done economically to us domestically.

    AND .. I think if he could get away with it he would make it a punishable offence just to say that in a public forum. I think he’s twisted and evil and a dictator and all his little mangled twisted evil puppets who follow him are just as corrupt and complicit and that includes every traitor RINO in the bunch.

    And by the way that has NOTHING WHAT SO EVER TO DO WITH THE COLOR OF HIS SKIN and everything to do with HIS LACK OF CHARACTER AND ZERO INTEGRITY.

    Do you know how Obama is lying?

    His lips are moving.

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  19. bethbenignComment by bethbenign
    August 20, 2013 @ 3:12 am

    I’m confused!So many say it is easy to get food stamps, but this is not the case in every state. I have friends who cannot feed themselves adequately on their S.S. benefit payments, due to maintaining an old car (including mandatory insurance on same), and medical expenses not covered. Yet a (not able-bodied) friend in another state tells me how they “sell” their food stamps to other people for cash that equals TWICE the dollar value of the food stamps! This is how they buy gasoline,car repair,clothing,toilet paper,etc,when the Social Security benefit is just too low to handle everything. In fact, they often have less nutrition than needed as a result. These people exist! It is deplorable that someone well over 65 who expected to have saved for retirement but then met with disaster and the funds were erased, now must depend only upon inadequate Social Security, and cannot have proper nutrition. (My 71yr-old acquaintance often goes to bed hungry, and cannot sleep as a result, and cannot seek medical help, as the co-pay is traded for other essentials.) And the Social Security funding they did all their working lives to supposedly aid in their late years, is now supporting ILLEGAL ALIENS! Oh, let’s get some more ILLEGALS in here to compound the problem instead of taking care of our own natural-born citizens, who were born saluting the flag of this once-great nation! We are set up to become a third-world nation, by our own folly evidenced by the results of the last election. Get Obmamy and that ilk out of our government, and let us resume the business of the great Republic our fore-fathers envisioned. Our children and grandchildren and theirs deserve to anticipate that this nation will flourish on the great principles that our founders set down. The U.S. Constitution is being destroyed by a FACTION that is determined to destroy it and all that we were taught that we should expect. And at the helm: none other than our “duly elected” President. (Saying this makes me gag.) I am not “benign” on this issue! I am IRATE.

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  20. joejacksonComment by joejackson
    August 20, 2013 @ 7:34 am

    The goal is to destroy America economically and culturally by having as many people as possible receiving some form of government aid. Food stamps, home mortgage, student loans, taxes on everything, Obamacare, free telephones, Voter I.D.’s, unlimited taxation to fund the programs and turn one group against another. Obama is like Stalin forcing everyone to live off the government dole and be enslaved. Free people want to live without government aid and have a small government not the behemoth Obama has built. Once freedom is lost it is lost forever and those who follow Obama , and Hillary, will never be free again. Mark my words this is the last opportunity to halt the Progressive debacle. We have had 4 years of trillion dollars debt under Obama this is his goal to destroy America and you may be helping him by giving him your vote.

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  21. faaqComment by faaq
    August 20, 2013 @ 9:54 am

    If one in 4 children go to bed hungry, it’s because their parents are cashing in their food stamps to buy beer, cigarettes and tattoos instead of food. Moving from the coupons to the EBT cards was supposed to help detect fraud, but then they allowed people to use them like a debit card and get cash. Poof! Can’t detect fraud now!

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    • FreeDameComment by FreeDame
      August 21, 2013 @ 11:02 am

      I keep hearing statistics such as “1 in 6 Americans struggles with hunger” and “1 in 4 children go to bed hungry.” I don’t know where these statistics are coming from, but they are either manipulation of the numbers or outright lies.

      The fact is that schools provide breakfast, lunch and (in some cases) dinner for students. Food stamp benefits of at least $180 per month are provided PER PERSON for low-income families. While that might not go far when spent at McDonalds, $180/month buys a LOT of spaghetti, peanut butter-bread-and-jelly, hamburger and canned goods. Most communities also have food banks, and many churches and other organizations provide food for children and the elderly.

      If kids are going hungry because their parents are selling these resources, the kids should be taken away and put in foster care.

      So please don’t whine to me about “hunger” in America. I’m not buying it.

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    • BarbComment by usa4ever
      August 21, 2013 @ 4:41 pm

      If kids are going to bed hungry it’s probably because their parents are buying pop, chips, candy, energy drinks, etc. with their SN(Nutrition)AP cards!

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  22. sweetlipslucyComment by sweetlipslucy
    August 20, 2013 @ 12:19 pm

    Years back when food stamps WERE stamps instead of on a card, I watched a group of people playing poker and some were using the “stamps” as money…..ohh myyyy…… I

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  23. iceman47Comment by iceman47
    August 20, 2013 @ 5:25 pm

    This is no way to nurture the next generation of Americans.
    Here’s a flash for you. The next generation of Americans is not intended to be nurtured. The next generation of Americans, across all color and ethnic lines is intended to be in servitude to the Federal government. They are intended to be slaves to the government for their very existence and to tow the Liberal Socialist mark. They are intended to do what they are told, never have an independent thought, and above all else, never question anything the government tells them is the truth.
    You are correct that this is no way to nurture the next generation, but then it all depends on what your end game is.

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  24. FreeDameComment by FreeDame
    August 21, 2013 @ 10:52 am

    There should be a “food stamp store,” stocked with food basics such as eggs, cheese, flour-salt-sugar, canned goods, powdered milk, etc. No prepared food. No frozen pizza. No snacks. This store should be the ONLY place food stamps can be used. (The first time I saw a “We Accept Food Stamps” sign at the Papa Murphy’s Pizza Parlor, I was physically sick.)

    Selling food stamps should be punishable with jail time.

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    • BarbComment by usa4ever
      August 21, 2013 @ 4:45 pm

      That’s a great idea. Let’s all get together and recommend that to Congress! I’m going to write my representatives ASAP. Who knows, maybe they’ll actually pay attention for a change.

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    • ElderAmbassadorComment by ElderAmbassador
      August 21, 2013 @ 6:50 pm

      And only one store per 5 square miles in any city or town or 25 square miles in any county. You figure out how to get there. For the truly needy, there are MANY citizen based charities that will take you there and return you home. For the druggies and drunks, get a “buddy” to take you.

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  25. shafawnComment by shafawn
    August 21, 2013 @ 7:22 pm

    According to Info wars.com

    DHS agency’s massive purchase requests for billions – that’s right, billions – of rounds of ammunition, along with 7,000 “personal defense weapons” (they would be called assault weapons if owned by private citizens), and 2,700 mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) armored vehicles of the type used to protect troops in Iraq and Afghanistan from improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

    Now today in the news NSA is reported for using digital data of (unknown number) of U.S. citizens who are NOT linked to any terrorist organization.

    Now add the fact that this administration has done nothing to increase actual job production which is clearly falling.

    What do you think is really going on here? This is not benign behavior.

    What do I think is going on? I think our government purposely planned the collapse of our economy and the proof of that is the gathering of billions of rounds of ammunition IN ADVANCE plus our military has undergone recent training in crowd control.

    All the while they tell us how the economy is improving and people cannot find a job.

    Yes there is abuse of the food stamp program but that is because our government intends it to be abused. That is part of the plan to collapse our economy.

    It does absolutely no good to blame people who were once squarely in the middle class but are now sinking and sunk into poverty at the bottom of pyramid for taking free food.

    The fault is with the government.. period
    The government who has NOT nurtured or encouraged the recovery of our failing economy.
    A government who encourages entitlements, amnesty of thousands and thousands and Obamacare.
    They KNOW the economy will collapse and they probably calculated exactly what it will take and they are taking us there. If destroying the United States is the only way to bring about their idea of ‘socialism’ then so be it. With communists the ends ALWAYS justifies the means .. even if it means the death of millions as they have clearly proven through out history.

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  26. jkgould0607389Comment by jkgould0607389
    August 24, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

    I live in Chicago and there are many…many.. stores here that will give you cash for your food stamps..a lot of them are on the southside but not all. There are also leftist organizations..little political groups that receive government funding their selves that will supply you with peoples names or neighborhood basically thugs some of them drug dealers (yes that IS accurate information) that will also buy your food stamps from you…these are also some of the same organizations that have the Stop Budget Cuts signs all over Chicago…they would hate for a bunch of corrupt stores with their little DEMOCRAT political signs and their drug dealing friends to lose out! The very people that point fingers at Republicans and say they do not care about the poor are the very people that perpetuate this abuse and encourage it. It is always amusing to them…people in Chicago rejoice SO MUCH at their bad deeds they think it is great…they are arrogant and amused by their own corruption and abuse of power..they are so proud of their selves for it.

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