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View Diary: Food Stamp Usage Hits New Record (311 comments)

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  •  Please do a full diary on this (5+ / 0-)

    I've thought about this for years -- no one can possibly live on the official "poverty level," at least in the Northeast.

    I have wondered if Obama could just instruct the relevant agencies to do a recalculation, without needing to go through congress and get the wingnuts all riled up. (Among other things, a more realistic calculation will mean a much higher percentage of the population being classified as "poor" and therefore eligible for all manner of public benefits. I think that's good, but not everyone agrees.)

    I heard that there is an alternate calculation being done, and used for some purposes -- a good start.

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