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Half A Loaf Is Better Than None

July 1, 2013

Liberals insist President Barack Obama’s “stimulus” program has worked to pull the nation out of the economic doldrums....

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imfedup

Jul-01-13 6:47 AM

Huge increase in Food Stamp participants due to Obama's liberal management of the program? I'm sure the increase had nothing to do with the world-wide economic meltdown; the resulting loss of millions of American jobs in 2007 and onward. You're right, just because all those people lost their jobs doesn't necessarily mean we should allow or help them to feed their families in the transition; it was probably all their fault in the first place for losing their jobs. What a sad, sad commentary from the Post Journal. I would have expected more compassion from someone who still draws a paycheck. Or perhaps I shouldn't have!!

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whyaduck

Jul-01-13 6:53 AM

In a farm bill that is fraught with waste and corporate welfare $, conservatives pick on the poor. Sure there is fraud in food stamps. Do you realize that this program provides between $150-$200 a month for poor families. I don't think anyone is getting fat from this allotment, and it is meant to assist poor families, not to support them. For those who are truly concerned about waste in the farm bill, there is a virtual cornucopia. How about subsidies to farmers who are paid to NOT grow crops on their fields (this is the bill), Crop insurance subsidies make it so that some farmers can rack up huge profits even when yields are low. Then there are the Ethanol subsidies which benefit farmers by driving up demand and consequently the price of corn. The ethanol industry must be weaned of these subsidies. After 30 years it time to make of break on their own. Keep in mind that the majority of Farm bill money does not go to family farmers, rather it's the industrial farms we support.

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Yankees1

Jul-01-13 7:01 AM

Yet another example of why nothing gets done in DC. For many on both of sides of the isle the word 'compromise' is a bad word that must be stayed away from.

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FedUpL8ly

Jul-01-13 7:13 AM

I wonder what the real truth is in regards to the cash amounts. I've heard the average family gets as much as $600 a month. whyaduck blames conservatives, read Republicans, while the voting cut across party lines. Yankees bemoans the lack of compromise as the problem. I believe it's the latest fad of "comprehensive" that is the real culprit. Just like Obamacare, Dodd-Frank and the impending immigration legislation, the Farm Bill was a monstrosity. These thousands of pages hide all kinds of waste that's lost in the fine print. Decouple the Food Stamp program from subsidies, price supports and pork projects and you'll quickly find out who the real culprits are and then the voters could go after them.

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madman

Jul-01-13 8:00 AM

Although I totally agree with Imfedup assesment, I also think the welfare in this country has gotten way out of hand. Food stamps is just 1 part of welfare. You have rent assistance, utilities assistance, health care assistance. Able body people that can clearly work, are on the "system" because the system pays more, it is easier, and some of these people are plain lazy. And we as society are "enablers". The time has come to start cutting the welfare eligibility. The time has come for these young men on SSI to get off your butts and start contributing to society.

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ironyoozesfromyouryap

Jul-01-13 8:28 AM

So if, as it is described, the $2 billion is "measly" then why make a big deal?

That's been a trademark of some in Congress and in leadership positions - deride what they don't like but increase what they do. See military spending.

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PleaseWakeUp

Jul-01-13 9:20 AM

Before bashing "the program!" Why don't you go apply for it and understand who this is helping. If you don't want to goto social services there is a website for Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program.

SNAP is two fold. It helps the needy to put food on the table AND it helps our farmers stay in business.

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whyaduck

Jul-01-13 9:49 AM

I made an error in my earlier post. Food stamp benefits can be as much as $150-$200/mo/person, with a sliding scale as the number of family members increases, the $/person decreases. Given our chronic unemployment and people who are now forced to work low-wage jobs and part-time, I do not begrudge them this benefit. I do have problems with long-term welfare and people who fake disability to get SSI (there are many). To me that is a different kettle of fish..so to speak.

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Howard

Jul-01-13 1:49 PM

Well, there you go again, P-J. We need to cut spending so let's take it from our starving children. So glad you and your peers were born with great opportunities. How about fasting for one day and see how it feels. You don't have what it takes. You are probably choking down that donut while writing this editorial.

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MyRushie

Jul-01-13 2:11 PM

Keep voting for the Dummycrats!

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DavidVA

Jul-01-13 3:54 PM

OK, here are the real numbers on the Supplimental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for 2012: People on SNAP: 46,609,072 Households on SNAP: 22,329,713 Average per person: $133.41 Average per houshold: $278.48

Compare that to the tens of thousands of dollars that farmers receive through other provisions of the Farm Bill. In fact, GOP House member, and Agriculture Committee attack dog, Scott DesJarlais is not only a strong opponenet of SNAP, but he also got over $78,000 in crop supports last year.

Integrity in action.

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Emelye

Jul-02-13 12:51 PM

When will we see an editorial condemning the trillions of dollars given to the military/industrial complex via the unfunded and unnecessary wars that we entered into a decade ago? 2 billion is chump change against that amount.

Trying to balance the budget on the backs of the poorest in our country is immoral and disgusting yet the Republican House of Representatives keeps trying to do that. Let's not forget this when November 2014 comes rolling along!

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Emelye

Jul-02-13 12:55 PM

"I've heard the average family gets as much as $600 a month."

You're reading FOX "News" again, aren't you? LoL!

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ironyoozesfromyouryap

Jul-02-13 3:08 PM

If we cut military spending by TWO-THIRDS we would still have the largest military in the world - larger than the next 4-5 combined. That's nearly $500 billion dollars. That's half the yearly deficit. Imagine that.

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FedUpL8ly

Jul-03-13 3:57 AM

Emelye, I listen to Fox News sometimes but I get most of my info from other sources. My omission was that I meant to say "family of four" which is a not uncommon number for families receiving assistance. If you multiply DavidVA's figure by four that is ballpark. You can quibble about the difference if you want. Also, if you would like to recall, I specified that I didn't have anything to rely on except anecdotal info.

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ironyoozesfromyouryap

Jul-03-13 9:49 AM

"I specified that I didn't have anything to rely on except anecdotal info."

Everything you post is anecdotal. It's absolutely hilarious.

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