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  •  Newark, NJ Mayor Booker has promised to live on (9+ / 0-)

    food stamps for at least a week if his challenge of an inconsiderate Twitter user is accepted:

    . . .

    The challenge came when the Newark mayor got into a tête-à-tête on Twitter about the role of government in funding food programs for schoolchildren.

    "We have a shared responsibility that kids go to school nutritionally ready," Booker wrote on Sunday after a follower tweeted nutrition "is not a responsibility of the government."

    . . .

    "[Let's] you and I try to live on food stamps in New Jersey (high cost of living) and feed a family for a week or month," the mayor wrote. "U game?"

    "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

    by wader on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 04:56:20 PM PST

    •  That is a wonderful way to highlight the situation (5+ / 0-)

      with food stamps.

    •  Phoenix's mayor did that in September (5+ / 0-)

      HuffPo, 9/26/12:

      Stanton said he was barely able to meet nutritional needs and lost four pounds, according to Fox 10 News Phoenix. He skipped meals and relied on ramen noodles, pasta and coffee, according to KTAR.

      "I’m facing a long, hungry day and an even longer night getting dinner on the table, which requires making EVERYTHING from scratch on this budget," Stanton wrote on Facebook. "It’s only for a week, so I’ve got a decent attitude. If I were doing this with no end in sight, I probably wouldn’t be so pleasant."

      "Injustice wears ever the same harsh face wherever it shows itself." - Ralph Ellison

      by KateCrashes on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 08:10:29 PM PST

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    •  I've seen several people do this and report on (6+ / 0-)

      it. It's not realistic. If you live on SNAP regularly, you have food left when you get a new allotment. Like mayonnaise and mustard. But more importantly, if you're just doing it for a challenge, you have no fear. If you really run out of food, you know you're not going to starve. If people really cared, they'd go talk to people who really walk the walk.

      •  I think Booker is making a unique point, here (0+ / 0-)

        He's not trying to pretend that he's living just as someone on assistance is, as much as showing that people who do live as such have it tougher than his Twitter peer (and many asshats like that person) care to realize.  I believe that does show a measure of care.

        "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

        by wader on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 09:55:39 PM PST

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