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Fraudulent Food Stamp Nation

Linda112 Wrote: May 06, 2013 7:31 AM
My kids and I spent 8 very long years of our lives on food stamps. At that time I received not quite $400/month to feed 5 of us. I did not qualify for the WIC program because my youngest child wasn't anemic. Conversations with my kids went like this: "Mom, can we get this bag of (fill in the junk food blank)? "No hon, we need milk, bread, peanut butter, eggs and hamburger and chicken" They didn't get ice cream, cookies, soda, etc. We didn't eat steak unless it was venison that a friend shot and shared with us. I planted beans and tomatoes. So it burns my butt when I read this stuff.
samplin Wrote: May 06, 2013 8:00 AM
What bums your butt? That there are major scammers I hope.

There are many honest hardworking folks like you on assistance. Two friends of mine who were in your boat about 25-30 years ago would say the same thing. One had them taken away because her mother had given her a small amount of money each week and the other was denied by the office because and I quote the case worker, "I save the food stamps for the brothers."

Where I live, I see some of the abuse up close and personal.
Linda112 Wrote: May 06, 2013 8:11 AM
Yes. The fraud. The abuse. The waste. I should add, we didn't use processed or boxed stuff either. Most cost efficient to make it myself. And not a one of us was, or is, obese. The argument that poverty increases obesity because of a high starch diet also makes me seethe. But that is another column.
Pistol Wrote: May 06, 2013 7:58 AM
Lind112, food stamps are about 50 % useful for people like you, and 50 % abuse. My son ran away from home at 17 and lived for over a year in Wash DC buying food stamps for cash at 50 cents on the dollar and selling for 80 cents. The whole welfare system is shot through with fraud. It should be replaced with gov't as an employer of last resort, and distribution of food, not money.