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Are Food Stamps Just a Modern Day Soup Kitchen?

RMan3 Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 12:30 PM
People are using SNAP to get "essential food stuffs?" Here are just some of the "essential food stuffs" I've seen purchased with EBT cards where I shop (and I'm sure most of you can share similar stories): Cream-filled cupcakes... Flavored bottled water... Crab legs... T-bone steak... Ten big bottles of soda... chocolate-covered pretzels... all varieties of brand-name products instead of the cheaper generics... lots of potato chips... a shopping cart filled with hundreds of dollars worth expensive cuts of steaks, chops, etc. ... Yesterday, I had to bite my tongue as a young woman in front of me used her card to buy two candy bars, a big pack of gum and a bottle of Gatorade. Yup... essential food stuffs.
Gail104 Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 5:38 PM
Then, those people end up spending their food stamps early in the month and end up hungry for the remaider of the month. That's their problem. The state only gives them so much money per month and won't give them anymore. I would imagine that those types finish the month in church soup kitchens.

Are Food Stamps Just a Modern Day Soup Kitchen? That's the argument being made by liberal economist and New York Times Columnist Paul Krugman, the guy MoveOn.org wanted to replace Timothy Geithner as Treasury Secretary.

“We have in some ways made things more civilized, but also more invisible,” Krugman said Friday during an interview with Bill Moyers on “Moyers & Company” on PBS.

“Somebody said that food stamps are the soup kitchens of the modern Depression, that there are a lot of people who would be standing in line to get that soup who...