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POSTED: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 6:55pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 15, 2011 - 12:20pm

Here we are looking at Congress trying to bring debt levels down and get spending under control.

Then, this bit of news trickles out. Come to find out since President Obama took over, a new report says
the number of people using food stamps is up 40%.

40% in two years! What happened?

The report called "the note" states that 14% of America is on food stamps.

More than 44.5 million Americans received SNAP benefits in March, an 11% increase from one year ago and nearly 61% higher than the same time four years ago.

Nearly 21 million households are reliant on food stamps.

The cost of the food stamps program has increased rapidly since it was established by Congress in 1964.

It cost taxpayers more than $68 billion last year, double the amount in 2007.

Nutrition assistance now accounts for more than half -- or about 67% -- of the USDA's budget, compared with 26% in 1980

Republicans are trying to streamline the food stamp program. The administration is trying to loosen it.

We're hearing this is an attack on the poor. It's also an attack on those paying for it!.

There are those out there who are down on their luck. Right now, they need a hand and I'm the first to say let's help them.

But food stamps are not supposed to be a way of life. And there is no money tree in the back yard.

Just people trying to survive who I think pay enough taxes right now.

That's my POV, what's yours?

You can email me at pov@nbc56.com

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IT'S THE 13 TOP FAMILIES THAT ARE BEHIND ALL THIS BULL THATS GOING ON AND ALL THEIR PUPPETS ARE TAKING THE HEAT,BUT IF THE AMERICAN PPL WOULD STAND A 1 AND END ALL THIS BICKERING ABOUT WHO'S DOING THIS OR WHO'S DOING THAT. WE AS AMERICAN CAN TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY WITH THE HELP AND PROTECTION OF OUR FATHER AND 1 AND ONLY GOD. WE CAN IMPEACH THESE SATANIC WORSHIPPERS THAT ARE TURNING EVERYBODY AGAINST EACH OTHER AND RID THESE COUNTRIES OF EVIL DOERS, SUCH AS POLITICIANS AND GOVERNMENT WORKERS

Neil,
I must take exception to your comment about how many families are getting food stamps. The fact is that many retired people need food stamps because of such item as rising fuel cost, utility bills and medical costs which are not even considered when qualifying for food stamps. The only thing they look at is your income, not the botom line. Just look what Leo Berman and the republicans have just done to the education system of Texas. I realize you have your opinion but you are wrong.

A couple of thousand years ago a Roman Senator said in a speach that "When the mob learns that they can vote themselves free bread, THEY WILL DO IT!"
They did, and the Republic fell.

As a retiree on SS benefiting from Medicare and a supplemental policy, I am disturbed at what the current admin is doing to our country. There has been nothing said about cutting back on the legislators' healthcare program. There should be no "sacred cows". Also I never approved of the legislators' automatic pay raise. They don't have to be present to votet. SS folks haven't had a raise in 2 years. What's good for the goose should be good for the gander. $ spend on illegals is abominable.

Hunger motivates, and if the creator did not want us to be motivated he would not have created hunger. Liberals only get motivated to attack their felllow citizens to satiate their hunger, instead of creating their own wealth & grow their own food. It's much easier to vote themselves into other people's panty than actually get off their duff and earn it. This is what Socialism has accomplished in America. It has turned our people into sniviling dependent children who never learn hunger's Lessons

It's obvious that the Bush-Obama plan isn't working. We on the right knew it wouldn't. That's why I couldn't support McCain with the same wrong ideas, just a different spin. Gov't should be modeled after successful, profitable companies. the food stamp program can be made more efficient with less cost and serve more recipients. Gov't needs to model capitalism, not the Marxism it now models, and stop putting itself first.

Yes there are those womb to tomb welfare recipients that we all want to see kicked-off, but Neal in case you haven't noticed, we've been in a deep recession since 2008 with job loss increasing every month. Nobody believes the unemployment rate of 9% as reported by the government. Government only counts the number of people collecting unemployment, it ignores those who have used-up their benefits or are under-employed. There are no jobs and none in the works. It's that bad out there.

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