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A Man's Home Is His Subsidy

"It doesn't seem right," he says. "I work very hard but can only afford a lower-end apartment. There are nonworking people on my street who live in better places than I do because they are on Section 8." And people on food stamps eat better than people who work to pay for their groceries. The monthly max for one person here in NC is $200/month -- about double what I allot per person per month for my family.
SpaceVegetable Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 9:49 AM
Yup. I was on food stamps briefly in 2009 due to being out of work for 8 months and unable to collect unemployment since my job had been freelance. My full-year backup buffer of savings shrank 75% in value because of the stock market nosedive. I got $200 per month in food stamps. I don't eat much and $200 buys enough food to last me for several months - mostly because ai know how to cook and ingedients are far cheaper than that frozen or pre-packaged processed garbage that passes for food. I suppose it doesn't last as long when you spend it on Cheetos and Ding Dongs. Or like many do here in Mass, exchange it for cash (with dishonest vendors) to go buy drugs and such.
Mother of 4 -- the original Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 9:57 AM
My idea as a counter for the "But children will starve in the streets!" hysteria is twofold:

First, all aid should be local -- preferably at the town or county level, state at the maximum.

Second, it should be provided as actual food. Recipients should get a caloric-calculated amount of rice, beans, cornmeal, powdered milk, canned tomatoes, cooking oil, and cabbage -- the minimum diet necessary to avoid starvation and nutritional-deficiency diseases.
same10 Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 3:09 PM
Mother of 4 -- the original Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 3:19 PM
No. None of those things.

If they want more variety in their diet than the bare minimum for survival they can work and buy the food themselves.
Mother of 4 -- the original Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 3:20 PM
Yes -- the same, minimal, survival diet provided to refugees is all that is necessary to keep people from "starving in the street".

Those who want better food than that can work for it.
The Obama administration now proposes to spend millions more on handouts, despite ample evidence of their perverse effects.

Shaun Donovan, secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, says, "The single most important thing HUD does is provide rental assistance to America's most vulnerable families -- and the Obama administration is proposing bold steps to meet their needs." They always propose "bold steps."

In this case, HUD wants to spend millions more to renew Section 8 housing vouchers that help poor people pay rent.

The Section 8 program ballooned during the '90s to "solve" a previous government failure: crime-ridden public...