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We need a food stamp overhaul

We need a food stamp overhaul
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POSTED: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 7:47pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 11:59am

I saw this in Laura Ingram's blog today.

At one of those hoity-toidy fish markets in the Washington D.C. area there was a sign on top of the jumbo crab legs saying you can buy that seafood delicacy with your food stamp card.

Now before you think I am heartless and cruel let me assure you I am not.

But, food stamps for that?

Also a story in Seattle yesterday about a rich couple living in the lap of luxury on Lake Washington with a scam of her husband evicting her from their home, and she's getting government assistance and food money from uncle sugar.

The Wall Street Journal reports food stamp use continued to rise in the U.S last year, with almost 12% of all households receiving some form of the assistance.

12%!

The Census Bureau says it's 15%.

Mississippi reported the largest share of its population relying on food stamps, more than 21%. One in five residents in New Mexico, Tennessee, Oregon and Louisiana also were food stamp recipients.

Look, this is one reason I hate to see taxes go up.

I think there is a lot of fraud in the system.

And if this many people need food because of hard times, I say let them get job training to get those benefits.

We just can't keep hauling out food stamps for everyone. Trouble is there are many politicians that see handing out goodies for votes. That's the cultural war we are in right now.

Let me say again, if you really need the help, you need the help.

But, if you don't, shame on you and we need to get that fixed.

But this is all good news, according to this administration. Remember, food stamps stimulate the economy!
That's NOT my point of view, but you can email me anyway at pov@ketknbc.com.

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We need an overhaul state wide and national. All incumbents have to go. The cushy jobs need to be ended. They have them courtesy of the taxpayer. Susan Combs hasn't looked at the devastating drought that Texas has had and still isn't over yet. Rick must have put her up to her statement that the economic recession is over. Not even by a long shot is it over. I won't even get into the feral hogs that are devastating the land of ranchers/farmers/and residents alike.

Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC are Pepsi corporations that are asking for them to except food stamps, Next time you look at Pepsi products remember, they are after your tax dollars.

Governments were created by people to only do things collectively what they as individuals cannot do for themselves like fight wars. Food, clothing, housing and wiping the drool of your own mouth IS something to be done by Self. Feeding derelict Democrats just serves to buy their votes, locks them into state of dependancy, and frees up the money they themselves should be spending to support themselves, to be able to seek more drugs, booze, immediate gratification instead of a job and a real life

Government programs such as food stamps, was meant to be a beautiful thing. However, any time you start giving money away, you will have fraud. In my opinion, fraud in this manner should be treated like theft and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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