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  •  Reflexive? (0+ / 0-)

    Hey, no one likes the idea of poor and indigent being underfed or malnourished. But, as someone who has been in government my entire adult life (in some for or another), I know how budgets have a tendency to grow to outlandish levels. Are we really that sure there isn't "fat" to be cut from SNAP?
     I live in IL, and it seems every other shopper pays with a LINK card (SNAP), they fill their carts with chips, candy, and crap. If in fact they can afford this crap, who is to say it isn't overfunded.
    I don't know, but we should keep an open mind.  

    •  Bull. People by crap cuz cuz stores sell crap. (3+ / 0-)
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      Crap food is cheap to make & rakes in big $$$.
      Advertising shit food to kids is another crime that kicks down big $$$ gets the bad eating habits going.
      Every other shopper in IL has been fired from decent paying work & half of them are homeless.
      Reflexive? You betcha.
      When someone hits me, I reflexively hit back.

      Nuclear Reactor = Dirty Bomb

      by olo on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 07:59:12 AM PDT

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      •  So... (1+ / 0-)
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        Why don't we limit what can be purchased with SNAP? We tried this once here in IL, but the crap food lobbyists got it overturned.
        Not supposed to emphasize the merits of a nutritional diet, the right quickly seaways this into=Communism. I know f*** them, but that's how it's always spun.
        And, why don't we take these SNAP cuts and divert them into job stimulus?
        To my larger point, it's not always a binary +/- sometimes, we have to dig a little deeper.

        •  Yes, jobs. And living wages!! (0+ / 0-)

          I signed the petition and added this comment:

          Many people who work for low wages really need food stamps.  Raising the minimum wage is the only acceptable way to reduce the use of food stamps.

          The Republicans are defunding, not defending, America.

          by DSPS owl on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 09:47:47 PM PDT

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    •  Oh come on (0+ / 0-)

      Isn't it Bon-Bons, prime lobsters and oil for their Cadillacs?

      Or was that yesterday?

    •  You're forgetting that "crap"... (0+ / 0-) cheaper than healthy food.  Obesity in this nation isn't at odds with poverty, it's often a RESULT of poverty.
      It's also a mistake to judge people by what you THINK you see.  I've often gone to food banks driving a brand new Ford Escalade... because my daughter was kind enough to loan it to us.  I've then stopped to have a cigarette before driving away... yet I spend NO money on alcohol.  I take no guilt whatsoever for maintaining one small vice to keep up my sanity.
      Also, my wife is disabled (can barely walk and is in constant pain), and I'm a freelance artist (an unpredictable income, but my only option since we can't afford an in-home nurse), yet we only qualified for $40 a month in food stamps.
      Where you MAY be correct that the program might need some trimming of needless spending... I ASSURE you that those cuts are NOT needed in the actual aid amounts.
      When you say "Hey, no one likes the idea of poor and indigent being underfed or malnourished..." maybe you should consider that it isn't just an idea, it's a fact.
      Most poor people that I know are poor for merely being born into poor families.
      Also, if Cantor is really concerned about "cutting the fat" from something grossly overfunded that runs in amounts 1,000 times that of programs like SNAP... perhaps he should look at the military.

      "It is NOT weak to value LIFE!" -Raiden

      by jayfrenchstudios on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 06:47:22 AM PDT

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