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The number and growth rate of U.S. households receiving food stamps has increased dramatically...

The number and growth rate of U.S. households receiving food stamps has increased dramatically in the past year: 19.4M families, up 19.5% Y/Y. Some big states have suffered huge increases: Florida +31%, Texas +25%, California +21%.
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  • DagnyTaggart
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    There are schools in my city that have 90%+ of their students on free or reduced price lunch. Funny thing is, there is not a garden at one of them. Without much thought, these programs may sound compassionate but all they do is grow people's dependencies until they are helpless.

     

    Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a life.
    7 Oct 2010, 02:28 PM Reply Like
  • frosty
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    Don't you just hate feeding poor people! I would much rather feed Wall Street bankers because they create wealth, right?
    7 Oct 2010, 02:36 PM Reply Like
  • DagnyTaggart
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    Wall Street bankers and their friends in Washington are looters. They are worse than the moochers. Neither should eat until they learn an honest way to feed themselves.
    7 Oct 2010, 02:41 PM Reply Like
  • Tony Petroski
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    Why Texas? I thought they were the place where they were doing things right.
    7 Oct 2010, 02:30 PM Reply Like
  • Silentz
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    A 25% increase from 4 people to 5... ;-)
    7 Oct 2010, 02:33 PM Reply Like
  • DagnyTaggart
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    A 25% increase...from 1% of the population to 1.25%.
    A 20% increase...from 10% of the population to 12%.

     

    Given the malleable nature of statistics, its hard to judge Texas based on that statistic.
    7 Oct 2010, 02:36 PM Reply Like
  • AJJ
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    how can this be - didn't anyone tell them the recession has ended?
    7 Oct 2010, 02:37 PM Reply Like
  • enigmaman
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    last year the admin put into affect new lower qualification quidelines for determining who would be designated as "poor" as a result there was an immediate increase in the number of people who qualified for food stamps and many other government subsidized services, its not that more people are poorer its just that more people qualify as a result of these changes, a further squeeze on the shrinking middle class
    7 Oct 2010, 02:53 PM Reply Like
  • frosty
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    You should research this. Generally, a family of 4 qualifies if they have less than $2-3,000 in assets (not counting their houes) and less than $20-25,000 in income. That's roughly $10-12/hour for a 40 hour week. And it's not a lot for a family of 4. Qualification is much lower for smaller families and singles and varies by state. It also depends greatly on disabilities, being elderly, being a refugee, an Indian, and many other factors.
    7 Oct 2010, 04:47 PM Reply Like
  • enigmaman
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    since Obama changed the qualifications quidelines last year to include higher income earners there are now 41million people (record) receiving food stamps, This was more about control then compassion, the agency is already restricting soda purchases for recipients, inch by inch
    7 Oct 2010, 06:42 PM Reply Like
  • Silentz
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    And if this trend sticks, you can see what's going to happen under Obamacare. "You receive government healthcare assistance? We really don't think you should eat that donut."
    7 Oct 2010, 06:53 PM Reply Like
  • qbert
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    More people are definitely poorer in this country. You still have to be dirt poor to qualify for food stamps. As unemployment insurance expires for more Americans, the number on food stamps will continue to rise significantly.
    7 Oct 2010, 02:58 PM Reply Like
  • youngman442002
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    no you just have to lie that you are dirt poor.....because the fat women in the grocery I go to dress better than I do.....and buy more expensive food than do...its a scam....its free money man..and yes it will NEVER go down....
    7 Oct 2010, 03:04 PM Reply Like
  • If U Say So
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    I support programs to help out the poor. But I'm not so ignorant as to not realize that some of our generosity creates dependencies within the culture. There are plenty of jobs available today that are slow to fill. The reason is people soon realize some lower paying jobs won't raise their income high enough above and beyond unemployment benefits/welfare/food stamps to warrant getting off the couch. Let us not forget that some low paying jobs can lead to promotions and a better resume having not been unemployed for 5 years. IMO, we need to start the process of reducing benefits and even dropping people from the unemployment rolls as they pass the two year mark
    7 Oct 2010, 03:12 PM Reply Like
  • Summer Sea
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    Volunteer at your local place of worship or community food pantry before writing about people being poor in America. Better yet, become a teacher where starving children arrive at your school each day.
    Or perhaps put yourself in a position where you see homeless people unable to see because they can't get glasses. The food pantry can't keep up with the hungry people, care clinics (which just opened this year) can't keep up with the flow of people that walk through the doors.
    People that have lost their homes are now considered homeless because they live with relatives. They are turned down for food stamps so they come to food pantries. These are 3rd world conditions. Wake Up!
    7 Oct 2010, 04:59 PM Reply Like
  • Rickthegeek
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    This is because these are the 3 states with the most illegal aliens in this country and they are using the system to get food stamps. The mother comes to America illegally and has a child and just because that child was born in America, she gets to have food stamps. Not only food stamps, but a quality education and all the health care they want. The 3 states illegals migrate to are California, Texas and Florida because of their easy hand outs. Who pays? We all do. Anyone living in the United States pays. And, they want to raise taxes to cover these costs which adds and adds to our deficit. These problems are not going away and they won't go away for decades. Now that I am on a rant, is anyone tired of news programs like CNBC manipulating the market? Everything is so bad this summer and then all of a sudden September comes and wow!! Everything is great! The truth is money managers are so far behind this year, that they have to try to get some returns on their funds. And don't ever listen to Cramer on CNBC. Do your own research. He was a former money manager, so he knows the tricks of the trade and he is one of the biggest market manipulators of all. Things to consider with stocks, are they over valued? What are their P/E ratios? Cramers saying, "there's always a bull market somewhere" should scare the bejeezes out of you. He will never tell you to get out of the market, even when he knows you should.
    7 Oct 2010, 07:03 PM Reply Like
  • Tony Petroski
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    Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day.

     

    Teach a man to fish and he'll eat for a lifetime.

     

    Give a man a fish every day and he'll eat for a lifetime.

     

    Yogi Berra
    8 Oct 2010, 04:01 PM Reply Like
  • If U Say So
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    Give a man a fish every day and he'll eat for a lifetime and complain about the type, quality, taste, etc.....
    8 Oct 2010, 04:54 PM Reply Like
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