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  •  Yes, but if you have snap, you can use your other (1+ / 0-)
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    money to buy beer rather than use it for more nutritious foods that may cost more.

    It’s the Supreme Court, stupid! Followed by: It's always the Supreme Court! Progressives will win only when we convince a majority that they, too, are Progressive.

    by auapplemac on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 11:43:32 AM PDT

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    •  Yeah, that's what they do (sarcasm) eom (3+ / 0-)
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      by splashy on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 04:53:06 PM PDT

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    •  doesn't make sense (0+ / 0-)

      'Your other money"
      to buy beer not nutritious food.

      See, if you are on SNAP you do not (because to get it your income must be EXTREMELY low...I know because I didn't qualify before I became fully disabled, and I barely had enough to eat/was eating poorly) have "your other money"

      You don't have "other money" that you would be using to "buy nutritious food" but instead you by beer.

      I can't even turn my oil burner on (New England winter) until the end of December, and have no hot water April through then.

      People do the best they can. The Majority of people who are on foodstamps are on for less than six months. More than 3/4 are families with kids. I am telling you it is Very Hard to get foodstamps, I was rejected twice for stupid technicalities.

      The government looks at the fraud rates of various programs. SNAP has one of the lowers fraud rates, less than 1%.

      Besides, you can make that argument about any government help. Say someone is in a disaster and their house is damaged so they get a federal grant to rebuild it. Well, they could be using the money they spend on BEER for their housing!!

      Or someone poor goes to college gets a Pell grant. Hey, they used their OTHER money on candy when it could have gone toward college!

      See no one does this to middle class people...people get all sorts of government help.

      Listen, being so poor you are on food stamps is super depressing and super difficult. You can't afford ANY pleasures that many others take for granted. Such as even buying a coffee out. That is likely why some spend their 'other" money for some guilty pleasures. They never get a vacation. They dont' get a pedicure or a massage or go to a gym or go out to dinner.

      Do you know that the majority (the percent was quite high but I don' t remember the number) of able bodied adults on food stamps actually WORK. THey make so very little money they still need food stamps.

      And sometimes they might spend a bit on beer. It is there own money. When a middle class person gets a grant from the government to do something..we don't jump all over them when they use their "other" money that they EARNED on going to a restaurant, say. No one thinks that person should ONLY spend his earned money on neccesities if he took from the government

      But they do that to poor people who are very burdened as it is.

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