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Oh, SNAP!

truckingal Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 4:57 PM
Charles has made some errors in his logic because he didnt double-check the facts. First, no single person in Michigan, for example only gets $130 a month in food stamps-SNAP benefits unless they are working. It's $200/mo . . And a great many people do NOT get WIC-in most states, there must be health reasons such as an under-or over-weight child and low family income. Second, SNAP benefits are NOT spent on lottery tickets unless there's overt fraud involved: SNAP benefits are strictly food dollars, although some form of welfare grant dollars MAY also be added to that same EBT card. If we ever hope to solve our welfare problems, we have to learn to check our facts and not resort to sensationalism, Charles!
TooTired Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 9:15 PM
SNAP benefits are based on a number of factors, but basically the maximum is $200/mo. for one person, $367/mo. for two people, $526/mo. for three, etc. That's what someone gets with little or no income and/or shelter costs (which includes rent or mortgage and a deduction for paying utlities). As one's income increases, the benefit decreases until one is no longer eligible. One can get less than the maximum amount due to any income, not just wages--many of our clients get Social Security or SSI. People tend to get angry if they're just a few dollars over the income limit--which is kind of silly, if you think about it. There has to be a limit, and there will always be a few people who are just over the limit, no matter what the limit is.
TooTired Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 9:17 PM
Sorry, meant to say, "that's what someone gets with little or no income and/or shelter costs that are more than the person's income."
Ann Anon Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 6:10 PM
They are forever closing, for a day or two, the local community markets for taking snap/ebt/any other welfare money in exchange for tobacco, beer and other forbidden items including lottery tickets. A friend of mine works in a casino in NJ and they all cash welfare checks at the casinos. It is a much abused system.
I happen to be a fan of Cory Booker, mayor of Newark and raising star in the Democratic Party. He's young, articulate, and represents a new school of politician in the black community. His struggle to displace the old guard that focused on fire and brimstone and shakedowns and intimidation was epic. Armed with a great education and outgoing personality, he used charm and tricks learned in debating class to get in office and gain high regard.

Yet the longer he's in office, the more it appears his goals are not unlike those of predecessor Sharp James.

Promoting victimization, income redistribution,...