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Sad: More Americans Than Ever Use Food Stamps for Thanksgiving

HarryReidWhiteAndBlue Wrote: Nov 20, 2012 11:18 PM
"They're dependents, like children. As parents (private-sector taxPAYERS), we tell them what they'll eat, and they'll like it without complaining until they become independent. " This isn't "Oliver Twist"! Today's poor ARE independent, on-line, and in possession of smart-phones. Like their counterparts in the working world they are accustomed to the personalized, "on demand" life, and this is unlikely to change. Nor is it that new. The most reliable cable tv customers have always been in public housing, since that industry began in the 1970s.

Just another one of the myriad blessings many of us can be grateful for this Thursday: a Thanksgiving turkey. A new study from the Sunlight Foundation indicates that, thanks to economic hardship, more Americans than ever will be forced to set their Thanksgiving tables using food stamps -- hardly a budget that allows for an opulant feast on a day centered around dinner.

The Food Stamp Challenge, which challenges higher-income families to live as if they are on food stamps, estimates that a person on food stamps has a budget of about $1.25 per meal. In other...