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Food Stamp Nation Rolls On

WELCOME TO THE “RECOVERY …” Because America is in the midst of an economy “recovery,” its government can start scaling back on food stamps … the use of which has spiked to record levels in recent years. Right? Wrong … as is the case with extended unemployment benefits, a “recovered”…

WELCOME TO THE “RECOVERY …”

Because America is in the midst of an economy “recovery,” its government can start scaling back on food stamps … the use of which has spiked to record levels in recent years.

Right?

Wrong … as is the case with extended unemployment benefits, a “recovered” America just can’t seem to quit this dependency dole.

America’s “Food Stamp Nation” rolled right along in the latest “Farm Bill” passed by the U.S. Congress, receiving a modest “cut” of $800 million (out of $80 billion).

For those of you keeping score at home, the food stamp program cost taxpayers $33 billion a year in 2007.

Which means this is still $47 billion more …

House “Republicans” had sought to pare the program by $4 billion, but U.S. President Barack Obama threatened to veto the legislation … and so “Republicans” did what they always do: They caved.

With the backing of U.S. Speaker John Boehner, the “GOP-controlled” House of Representatives voted 251-166 in support of this “compromise” legislation.

Among South Carolina lawmakers, U.S. Reps. Jeff Duncan, Trey Gowdy, Mick Mulvaney and Mark Sanford did the right thing and voted against the bill – while “Republican” lawmakers Tom Rice and Joe Wilson joined Democrat Jim Clyburn in supporting it.

“The final price tag on this bill over the next ten years is $956 billion, and given what happened with the last farm bill, I think that number’s likely to go higher,” Sanford said in a statement accompanying his vote. “This version already costs over 60 percent more than the 2008 bill, and programs in that version ended up costing more than what Congress originally authorized. I think it’s likely we’ll see something similar happen here.”

And the beat goes on …

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95 comments

Frank Pytel January 30, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Again I say. Welcome to Generation Null.

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RogueElephant January 30, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Joe is forcing me to use this spot on the wall I use to beat my head against when politicians I highly respect do dumb things. Andre’ needs to run against Rice again surely the people of the seventh dist. wouldn’t make the same mistake twice.

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SCBlueWoman January 30, 2014 at 1:38 pm

They shouldn’t have cut the SNAP program, they should cut military spending and their salaries.

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venomachine January 30, 2014 at 2:59 pm

They should cut all three.

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Squishy123 January 30, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Fuck all the leeches, at least the military earn the money given to them. Sitting on your porch couch smoking blunts and yelling at the illegitimate yard apes waiting for the mailman doesn’t deserve a single fucking dime.

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Tom January 31, 2014 at 9:39 am

The vast majority of people receiving food stamps are working poor, you know those people working at McDonalds and Wallmart, and people on a fixed income, you know those people who are too old or too sick to work. You are truly a worthless racist piece of crap and perfect example of what has become the face of the Republican Party in South Carolina.

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Squishy123 January 31, 2014 at 9:49 am

Are you the well known ultra-liberal, Columbia jerk-off Tom Turnipseed?

People like you are what’s wrong with America today, your goal is to turn the country into a socialist state where everybody is the same no matter how hard or how little effort you put into something. People like me are sick and tired of going to the grocery store and buying $60 worth of groceries to only see some fat welfare slob and her half-dozen kids leaving with hundreds of dollars worth of groceries and using an EBT card of which she contributed nothing into the program.

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euwe max January 31, 2014 at 12:52 pm

You forgot got to mention the people who are “too lazy to work”.

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Those sons a bitches got the bailout money, and went to a spa to spend their 4 million dollar bonuses.

Squishy123 January 31, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Who are “those sons a bitches”? Did they trade in their EBT cards for these bonuses?

euwe max January 31, 2014 at 2:22 pm

They traded in their worthless derivatives which were worth billions of dollars more than the EBT cards after the great bailout. Hell, they deserved their million dollar mansions – they *earned* them. Now *that* is a rational use of our tax dollars!

Like my suit? It’s wasn’t cheap… you ought to know, you bought it.

JJEvans January 31, 2014 at 1:52 pm

And loading those groceries in a brand new BMW…

euwe max January 31, 2014 at 2:10 pm

..and driving it to their 4 million dollar house in a gated resort.

Squishy123 January 31, 2014 at 2:19 pm

You’re talking about people who work for a living right, and not the porch monkeys???

euwe max January 31, 2014 at 2:21 pm

porch monkeys are the dumb ass white scum that vote in the leeches year after year, thinking they’re going to *do* something about the leeches that are trying to get their job at the outhouse company.

The leeches that trade worthless derivatives all day and call it “work.”

Squishy123 January 31, 2014 at 6:40 pm

I think you need to take a ride through the projects during a warm summer day.

euwe max January 31, 2014 at 6:49 pm

I think you need a life in the projects as a little black boy.

Squishy123 January 31, 2014 at 10:18 pm

Why?

euwe max January 31, 2014 at 11:38 pm

Why?

Squishy123 February 1, 2014 at 10:10 am
euwe max February 1, 2014 at 10:49 am

Classy

Squishy123 February 2, 2014 at 10:05 am

Hey I didn’t make it, it was made by the same people who abuse the system and the people you’re defending. People like you aren’t part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.

euwe max February 2, 2014 at 4:01 pm

So… you’re the solution.

Squishy123 February 1, 2014 at 10:10 am
SCBlueWoman January 31, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Porch monkeys? Can you be real? Damn.

Squishy123 January 31, 2014 at 10:19 pm

Yard ape???

euwe max February 1, 2014 at 10:51 am

Are you down wit GOP?

Yea, but January 31, 2014 at 9:50 am

Well, at least he’s a racist that pays for his own food.

I can live with that.

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Tom January 31, 2014 at 10:58 am

Nobody wants to support people who are gaming the system., and in a perfect world we would all make enough to feed ourselves and our families and those of us, like me, who pay a lot of taxes, could pay less. And before we outsourced our manufacturing base to China most of us could earn enough to support our families. But we do not live in a perfect world. And I do not want to live in a country with children, disabled people and senior citizens begging in the streets. So I have to decide, who would society be better off without, and for me I would rather have a few more working poor who are doing their best, but who need a little help and fewer racist trash who support themselves. Because we never know when circumstances will change. We never know when despite our best efforts the shoe will be on the other foot.

Squishy123 January 31, 2014 at 11:17 am

So would you be in favor of limits on food stamps? If say a healthy 25 year old qualifies today, should this same healthy person have the same benefits 2 years from now? If you don’t know how to do anything but flip burgers, you can get a trade school degree or certification in a two year period.

Welfare can not be a way of life the way it’s being abused by generation after generation within the same family as many use it today.

euwe max January 31, 2014 at 12:51 pm

In a perfect world, those who are able to work would instead of spending their free time trying to scam the broken system.

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In a perfect world, Republicans would be burning in hell already.

JJEvans January 31, 2014 at 1:54 pm

And Democrats would have burned in hell a long time ago.

euwe max January 31, 2014 at 2:05 pm

…for standing by, watching.

Squishy123 January 31, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Someone sure is cranky about her EBT card being cut by $4 per month.

euwe max January 31, 2014 at 2:37 pm

You haven’t smoked much crack – I can tell…. so don’t pretend to be an expert.

Squishy123 January 31, 2014 at 6:41 pm

To do anything else would require effort, so they sit back and do nothing.

euwe max January 31, 2014 at 6:51 pm

At least pederasts are motivated.

Squishy123 January 31, 2014 at 6:41 pm

You’re a broken record, you know what happens to broken records, after a while people stop listening.

euwe max January 31, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Ignorance doesn’t negate reality, but sometimes it’s a temporary relief for some.

Reality never shuts up, and just keeps repeating the same old shit … over… and over… and over.

Squishy123 January 31, 2014 at 10:17 pm

Or liars.

euwe max January 31, 2014 at 11:40 pm

And Liars.

euwe max January 31, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Well, at least he’s a racist that pays for his own food.

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Now there’s a republican point of view.

Yea, but January 31, 2014 at 7:26 pm

I’m a Dixiecrat.

euwe max January 31, 2014 at 7:33 pm

what do you get for that?

…and does it cure it?

euwe max January 31, 2014 at 12:49 pm

Fuck all the leeches

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Yeah, and make it illegal for them to make it into a business!

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Squishy123 January 31, 2014 at 2:17 pm

So you have to have an EBT card to go into business in SC?

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euwe max January 31, 2014 at 2:32 pm

even with an EBT card you can’t legally accept payment for getting fucked.

Squishy123 January 31, 2014 at 6:42 pm

I think you’re wrong, I hear some of the ladies along Two Notch will take EBT.

euwe max January 31, 2014 at 7:14 pm

pay attention! I don’t like to repeat myself.

*legally* accept payment… and I *clearly* implied getting fucked by Republican politicians.

Squishy123 January 31, 2014 at 10:20 pm

So Democrat politicians are any better? Robert Ford may have a dildo for you.

euwe max January 31, 2014 at 11:30 pm

dildo for you
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hey, my mom taught me to be nice when someone makes an unwanted advance, so.. you know… I don’t have anything against your friend’s dildos or anything.. I’m sure it was meant as a compliment, but you really should know I don’t go that way… there sure are a lot of you folks on this site, though.. I hope I’m not giving away any confidences or anything but OriginalGoodOldBoy said my post was cute.. I think he was after my junk.. and there was another dude… William Frost.. you might look them up and maybe you and Robert Ford (whoever he is) can whip something up together. Really though, man – Respect.

Democrat politicians are any better?
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After Republicans, I’d say a world wide plague would be better.

Squishy123 February 2, 2014 at 12:37 pm

You call yourself a Democrat and don’t know who SC Rep. Robert Ford (D) from Charleston is?

euwe max February 2, 2014 at 3:59 pm

I didn’t call myself a Democrat. You did.

Nanu January 31, 2014 at 6:36 am

There are some Military who get food stamps because their salaries aren’t enough to support some families so if anything should be cut is the President’s pay along with all the other Fat Cats in DC….they are millionaires…ummmm!

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SCBlueWoman January 31, 2014 at 3:03 pm

I wasn’t talking about cutting service person’s pay. There are other ways to cut the excessive spending in the military complex. Period. But, way to jump to conclusions.

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Head shaker January 31, 2014 at 1:28 pm

How many months have you spent half a world away from home getting shot at so that your fellow left-wingers can sit smugly at home and try to cut YOUR pay?

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GI Joe January 31, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Ask Bush, Graham, Cheney, and McCain why we need you guys to fght every minute some fringe nutjobs pick at fight within “their” country.

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SCBlueWoman January 31, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Screw you. I’m 61 and female, I’ve not fought. Ask me about my Air Force kid who was stabbed in the face in Afghanistan, Ask me about my 2 Army Rangers, brothers who were wounded twice each in Afghanistan/Iraq, one so badly that he couldn’t go back, ask me about my Marine cousin who has gone on 5 tours as an IED expert. Screw you again and your Smug ass that knows nothing. Ask me who they voted for… Bless your heart.

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Squishy123 January 31, 2014 at 6:43 pm

You’re 61, the good news is you’ll be dead soon.

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SCBlueWoman January 31, 2014 at 10:05 pm

If I live to be 90, I’ll be long dead before the GOP wins another Presidency and that’s okay with me.

Squishy123 January 31, 2014 at 10:21 pm

61 and already suffering from dementia. You won’t live to 90.

euwe max January 31, 2014 at 11:32 pm

sensitive fucker aren’t you? :)

SCBlueWoman February 1, 2014 at 7:41 am

Bless your heart. You’ll be dead from the hate simmering in your heart and mind a long time before I’m gone.

Liar, Liar January 31, 2014 at 7:30 pm

She’s also been to S. America and owns several homes.

There is no agenda behind her crowing for benefits for the poor. She simply cares more than the rest of us selfish people.

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SCBlueWoman February 1, 2014 at 7:41 am

If the shoe fits, wear it.

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I'm an economic idiot January 30, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Food stamps help the economy.

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major major January 30, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Food stamps for everybody!

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euwe max January 31, 2014 at 12:47 pm

No, let’s just give food stamps to the rich… and only after they tank the economy by stealing our retirement funds at the worthless derivatives casino… only let’s make it 700 billion dollars worth.

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GrandTango January 30, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Why you trippin’ FITS….er’body know Obama’s economy is the best in a hundred years.

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James January 30, 2014 at 4:32 pm

No its just the best in the past 10 years. Before that we were still benefiting from the Clinton Boom.

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GrandTango January 30, 2014 at 4:37 pm

Yeah…it’s great if you print food stamps, unemployment checks or pink slips…You credit Clinton for that too???

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James January 30, 2014 at 5:38 pm

I credit Bush with those things. The expected result of the Bush recession..

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GrandTango January 30, 2014 at 6:09 pm

You didn’t get the memo: I think even Obama has figured out blaming Bush is making yall look like idiots….

James January 31, 2014 at 9:48 am

Its my vote I will blame whoever I think is guilty. Its not a political game for me. Since we got rid of Bush the Stock Market is way up, GDP is up, unemployment is down, housing is up, and interest rates remain low. Further, I was told I could keep my insurance, but I found a better deal on the exchanges. Nothing to complain about thus far, except the NSA spying. Which Bush also started.

GrandTango January 31, 2014 at 10:02 am

James…you are a F*#King idiot…

You care only about bolstering the reputation, using fudged numbers, of your failed anti-American Obama-god,

But people are suffering, while F*@#king Dumb@$$#$ like you would rather suck off Obama, than worry about children…and our country…

You are the kind of person I would slap the $#!* out of you (figuratively of course) if you got in may face and perpetuated the total BULL-$#!* that Obama is cramming down your Ignorant throat…

You are a piece of $#!* and a danger to America. This country has gone to war against ignorance..and you are the epitome of Dangerous IGNORANCE…

Some People Need It January 31, 2014 at 1:29 pm

“…than worry about children.”

WTF? How are these poor children going to eat?

GrandTango January 31, 2014 at 1:44 pm

The handouts will eventually run out, just like the unemployment checks… a good parent want s to WORK…not beg…

You ain’t doin’ a D*m# thing to help by using other peoples money for freebies. The economy SUCKS under Obama. There are few jobs and little opportunity. He needs to promote business not attack it.

euwe max January 31, 2014 at 2:31 pm

cats. I suggest they eat cats.

euwe max January 31, 2014 at 2:27 pm

…looks like the voices are back

Penus Williams January 30, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Duncan, Gowdy, Mulvaney, and Sanford demonstrate Priebus’s message that the Republican party is inclusive. They say, “Screw these broke assed people and the kids living with them!” After the vote, they all demanded their paychecks and went out to a function sponsored by their favorite lobbyists. One of the Congressmen was spotted slapping the others on the back and saying, “This is how we are going to take the White House, boys!”

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Torch January 30, 2014 at 6:05 pm

But they kept all the Farm subsidies.

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Vanguard16 January 30, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Raise the minimum wage if you don’t want people living off the government.

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Squishy123 January 30, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Yeah, that’ll work.

Actually what it’ll do is raise prices, people won’t buy, employees will get laid off and the vicious cycle will start over. Minimum wage isn’t supposed to be a permanent wage, it’s a starting point.

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euwe max January 31, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Yeah, and if we don’t fight them there, we’ll have to fight them here!

The boogie man says do your homework.

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Squishy123 January 31, 2014 at 2:21 pm

I lost my scorecard, who is fighting who?

Kids, this is what happens when you trade your EBT card for crack.

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euwe max January 31, 2014 at 2:34 pm

The Iraqis are such strong swimmers, we have to stay there and fight them, or we’ll have to fight them here….

along the same lines as “if it’s cold tonight, it disproves global warming,” and “libertarian ideas will work if you just don’t think about it too hard and don’t give a fuck about anyone else.”

euwe max January 30, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Hell, I’m patriotic!

Fuck the poor, they don’t deserve America.

Give America to the 1%, and stop this macabre charade.

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Tom January 31, 2014 at 4:51 pm

It wouldn’t take that much work. They already own 46%..

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euwe max January 31, 2014 at 5:18 pm

My theory is – what they don’t already own isn’t interesting to them… they just want to keep it… and piss all over the rest.

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Manning January 30, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Isn’t is interesting that after the election of Mulvaney, Scott, Duncan, and Gowdy, old Joe voted with them , when to not do so would have left him alone in the SC delegation with Clyburn. But now that there is a seventh district and big gov rhino in Tom Rice to give him cover Joe has gone back to his old self.

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Manning January 30, 2014 at 9:41 pm

Niki should be proud. She picked up two votes for the other side.

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1+1=? January 31, 2014 at 8:02 am

FITS, I know facts always hit you in the gut, but you noted for those keeping score that $80 Billion was ’57 billion’ more than the 33 billion from 2007.

I hate to go all super mathematics on you, but it only feels like 47 billion difference. are you using government accountants?

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Will Folks aka Sic January 31, 2014 at 3:57 pm

I did learn math in a government-run South Carolina school … seriously though thanks for the catch. The article has been updated!

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Crooner January 31, 2014 at 11:06 am

The ugly truth is that, in many instances, food stamps amount to a governemnt subsidy of Wal Mart. You know, so all those Waltons at the top of Forbes’ list can stay there. They don’t pay a living wage, so their employees rely on government assistance. That should be a crime.
And for those of you who say minimum wage is just a stepping stone: you realize that McDonalds and BK are open DURING school hours? It’s not just high school kids working there.
I know the right likes to yell at homeless people and panhandlers “get a job.” I noticed that during the recent protests by fast food workers over pay the right yelled “get an education.” Some on the right apparently think that some unfortunate sub section of our society should be doomed to working a 40 hour week for something less than a living wage. Hell, I guess those folks should work TWO of those jobs. Granted, some portion of that group may well move up the ladder, but only to be replaced by some other poor schmuck.
For too many, life in the US is a competition for economic success where the losers justifiably suffer.

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Squishy123 January 31, 2014 at 11:23 am

So… just because you work a minimum wage job now, does that mean you’re stuck at a minimum wage job forever? In my work experience, every new job I applied for paid better than my current one.

What’s wrong with working two jobs? If you can’t make ends meet on one job, get a second one instead of leeching off the taxpayers. Two generations ago people used to work long and hard enough to put food on their tables, today people are too lazy to consider the thought of ever having to work more than a 40 hour week… it cuts into their free time.

So if some person moves up the ladder, and it opens up his former job to someone who doesn’t have a job… is that a bad thing? Not everyone starts out at the top of the ladder.

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Bilbo Baggins February 3, 2014 at 12:52 pm

Food Stamp program is a way for Democrats to buy votes legally from their lazy, incompetent and uninformed constituents. Greater good policies are beyond their grasp since it involves reaching beyond the next campaign cycle….

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