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New American Food-Stamp Plantation is a SNAP

Robert1495 Wrote: Jul 16, 2012 11:14 AM
I was harassed into retirement by a vicious union boss at the college I worked at, 6 years early, I had to cash out all my retirement benefits, and have ended up on just Social Security (with the early retirement penalty) and food stamps. I barely make my rent each month, I have no medical insurance and can't get anyone to say what's actually going to happen when Obamacare kicks in. I haven't taken any cruises, and if not for FOOD STAMPS, i don't know what I would do, to eat healthy.. So let's not have a "blanket endightment" about those who are on food stamps.
Mother of 4 -- the original Wrote: Jul 16, 2012 6:27 PM
You CHOSE to retire early and you CHOSE not to seek other employment.

I have my own family to feed. Feed yourself or let your own kids feed you. Stop leeching on me.
Kathy142 Wrote: Jul 16, 2012 3:35 PM
While I wouldn't wish hardship on anyone, what right do you have to use the power of the state to steal my money so that you can take it? That's theft, brother, no matter how you look at it.

And you prove the "blanket entitlement" idea - you think that because you "need" it, you "deserve" it. Neither is true.
Jeffrey174 Wrote: Jul 16, 2012 11:24 AM
Seems to me Robert you made your choice to "retire early." No matter what the reason, in the end it was your choice. So why is it that every poorly made individual decision falls on the backs of people like me who are still working? I have five kids. I'm responsible for them. I'm not responsible for a grown-up who can't forsee or predict the future properly despite (I assume) having elementary mathematics skills.

The House Agriculture Committee has reported out its version of a new farm bill that will cut $16.5 billion over 10 years from funding of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), once known as food stamps.

The cuts in the House bill exceed those in the Senate bill by $12 billion.

Sixteen-and-a-half billion dollars over a decade amount to a whopping 2 percent cut in SNAP program expenditures, which last year alone came to $78 billion. At a time when we are running trillion-dollar annual federal budget deficits, it's hard to see a 2 percent cut in any large spending program as...