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Food stamp recipients cope with new cuts

November 5, 2013

Thousands of Washington County residents will have to find ways to stretch their food dollars further this month....

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Nov-05-13 7:03 AM

Gee...$36 a month is less than $1 a day! How are they going to survive! I know it's unfeeling to say this, but maybe they should plan a better choice of meals and food choices instead of a steady diet of Twinkies and Butter Pecan Ice Cream and McDonald's McRib sandwiches. Could they buy extra food if they stopped smoking at $4.50 a pack? Could any of these people go out and rake some leaves and pick up trash for a few dollars instead of staying at home and sleeping and texting on their Obama phones? Gee, folks. What did they do before the temporary "increase"? Do they have family or friends they can mooch off of? There are more alternatives than getting them hooked on tax payer handouts and never expecting them to get off of them.

Shame on the nasty Republicans who want to starve children and disabled adults. Obviously, the Democrats are the only ones who care. Go Obama! Build this into your socialistic republic!

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Nov-05-13 7:12 AM

Lizard- It’s obvious that the “alternative” is to go to food pantries and get more handouts instead of doing any labor to make a dollar. I totally agree that some families need the help and assistance, however I have seen way to many who are getting $600.00 plus a month in food assistance… plus free health care… plus money advances… plus obama phones… plus disability checks (because they can’t read)…..These people are better off than I am… It is sickening. There needs to be a step down program and drug testing.

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Nov-05-13 7:22 AM

Oh poor babies. . .having to live like the rest of us on a budget and make due with what we have instead of running with our hand out for help. That comment is for the dead beats who are able bodied people (like my three neighbors living in the same house who can work but don't and have no children) who all get food stamps and live high off the hog. The government should take the money away from them and give it to the families (with children) or persons with disabilities that are at least trying to make a living.

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Nov-05-13 7:45 AM

There are probably stimulus accounts that still have money left in them from 2009 that could be spent for such a rainy day. October saw the NAtional Debt rise by $409 Billion. At that rate what's another $5 Billion to help secure the Democrat vote? Semper Barrackus: Long Live Barrack, Long Live Caesar. Take care of the bread today and fund the circuses tomorrow.

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Nov-05-13 9:02 AM

I have been on food stamps, and now I am not. But I still do not buy name brands, unless I have a significant coupon, it is reduced, or a managers special. I never fully relied on my food stamps, but had a little income of my own. I hope that food stamp recipients can say the same if they are able. I wish that my food budget could be as high as some. But it can not and will not be.

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Nov-05-13 9:17 AM

If the Stimulus would have worked as promised, less people would be on SNAP because more would be working. The fact that this temporary SNAP increase has ended without a recovery reinforces the fact that the Stimulus failed since it was targeted incorrectly. It tried to prop up unions and other friends of the administration but did nothing to create real jobs. Remember the big signs touting that Washington street in Marietta was paved using stimulus funds? What a farce.

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Nov-05-13 9:18 AM

Oh yeah, how about all those shovel ready jobs? There was some shoveling going on but it wasn't jobs.

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Nov-05-13 9:30 AM

I get sick of seeing people with 2 full carts of food at Walmart and then pull their food stamp card out of their COACH wallet that was in their COACH purse, while talking on their IPHONE. Let's not forget that not only do they pay part with their food stamp card, but with their WIC coupons also. This program has so many abuses it isn't funny. I worked at a grocery store while in high school 30 years ago when you couldn't use food stamps for pop or deli meals. Now you can use them to purchase high-priced Schwans food and to eat out. Most recipients have all the time in the world to prepare meals from scratch. They would be amazed at how much money they could save and how much healthier they would be. But then, if you don't have to work for the handout, why bother. Time to cut the program more by limiting the time allowed to receive the handout. If a person chooses to go hungry over doing a little work in order to eat, I have no sympathy.

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Nov-05-13 9:38 AM

BOO HOO! Cry me a river! It's about time this happened. Welcome to my world, the world of the taxpayers so many of you have been mooching off of for far too long.

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Nov-05-13 10:28 AM

Yea Jane, forget those stupid vets that risked their lives for you. The thousands (actual number from the VA website) of veterans that rely on SNAP should be taken off of the dole of people like you that work so hard in your cushy home in the MOV, free from concerns of bombs exploding beside your face and snipers with a bead on you at all times. Yea, boo hoo to them indeed. Additionally for those of you saying that they should have made better decisions, the millions of children didn't "decide" to be born into a particular family. Finally, the majority of people on food stamps work two jobs just to make ends meet. Sure they go to McDonalds, to work their second job because nobody wants to pay a fair wage or fair price. Keep going to Wal-Mart and buying your garbage made in China and your job will be next....

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Nov-05-13 10:40 AM

The stock markets are down today due to the service industries doing BETTER than expected. Puts a squeeze on the FEDS giving $85,000,000,000 per month to shore up the stocks prices. When the give-a-way actually does cease then look out for a serious "correction" in the markets. You can mess with little people's food but don't you dare mess with Wall Street.

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Nov-05-13 11:03 AM

You know, I work all week and I've got my own bills to pay and my own problems to deal with. Pretty sure 95% of these people could get by on less if they better managed their money and quit wasting money.

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Nov-05-13 11:43 AM

@jmrafeld - People who have commented on here, about the abuse by those who are able-bodied to go out and work and get off the system, see where the system is in bad need of an overhaul. To suggest that we put our vets or anyone else who needs a little help for a short amount of time in the same category is just stupid on your part.

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Nov-05-13 11:43 AM

I have worked most of my life, but fell on hard times at one point. I received food stamps for a short time while I looked for a job. Once I got a job, I got off of the food stamps. This is what food stamps were designed for. A hand up, not a hand out. I have no problem giving a hand up, but anyone wanting a hand out should go get a job. For the disabled and elderly, you should feel the way I do. There would be more food stamps to go around, if there weren't all of these leaches out there.

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Nov-05-13 12:38 PM

Thanks Tired, reading comprehension wasn't your strongest suit I assume in grade school. When the commenters on this site rally around food-stamps being cut, they are VERY MUCH lumping everyone together. When these benefits expired, Vets benefits went along with them. We can all agree that there needs to be reform but to say that it is I that says Vets need their benefits cut is flat out false. Don't post unless you actually know what you're talking about. This isn't a forum for trolls.

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Nov-05-13 12:55 PM

Going to Walmart and seeing folks buying iced mocha drinks,pop ect is a real tail burn.BUT..I would rather overpay these losers than knock grandma and older folks to the curb.If you are on stamps and HAVE MORE CHILDREN while asking for a handout..need's looking at

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Nov-05-13 1:14 PM

@jmrafeld - Sorry, my husband & I have worked all of our lives, paying for my college education (Bachelor's degree) and now putting our second child through college with NO handouts, but with student loans (paying our own way). I'm very educated. My previous post stands. No one would deny vets benefits!!

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Nov-05-13 1:16 PM

@jmrafeld - Forget to mention I work 3 jobs. Again, no handouts here.

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Nov-05-13 1:17 PM

If I was running the welfare world, I would start a family out with a high amount of food assistance. Every time they had another baby I would cut the food/WIC by 1/4. That's how it works in the real world. I would also put a $10-$20 COPAY on medical care. A copay would stop a lot of unnecessary trips to the ER.

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Nov-05-13 2:03 PM

Again Tired, I'm not mad at people that want to cut benefits. I'm sure you came from a very strong family and I bet everyone here is proud of you working your 3 jobs and putting yourself through school. I'm also going to assume that your student loans for both yourself and your child were private, no subsidized loans from the government...don't want those handouts now do we? What I'm failing to see is where you and I got crossed over here. We both agree that Vets benefits shouldn't be cut but you're applauding the cuts that were enacted...the same ones that cut vets benefits. I'm just saying that there is collateral damage to the cuts and that hip-hip-horraying broad-based cuts that include Vets benefits is a tough pill for those that HAVE served our country to swallow.

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Nov-05-13 2:10 PM need a pat on the back today?

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Nov-05-13 2:17 PM

Not too long ago I read an article where a reporter went on a food stamp allotment in order to write write what he could buy and how far he could stretch the amount he could spend .the first week he ate what he picked out.i remember one lunch was a hard boiled egg and that was it. The second week with the help of a nutritionist helping him he did a liie better stretching his dollars but still was hungry s lot of times. It is not the large amount most of you posters imagine it to be. While some recipients seem to you to be using the system , think of their kids going hungry . That is sad / marietta is very lucky to have the food pantry run by the Waites.

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Nov-05-13 2:26 PM

Slogoin; haha, thanks for the offer...that was an offer, right?

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Nov-05-13 2:54 PM

cut money to cut calories.....part of Michelle Obamas "Lets Get Moving" ampaign....oh its not. rats, it would have been a great idea. seriously though it is going to force many to alter their food choices. as many have noted so far, budgeting is tricky for everyone and this may nudge many into cutting out some of the lower food value items to purchase the more nutrious foods they and their families may sorely need. while many may argue that we should not be impairing others rights to buy what foods they desire, it becomes obvious that they have trouble making some decisions on their own from the get-go. otherwise they would not be receiving food benefits in the first place. i am certain there are many exceptions involving circumstances beyond their control. but everyone is subject to control by circumstances but we are also controlled by our decisions. i guess in the end, those that the taxpayers support do supply something...that something is quickly turning into the reaso

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Nov-05-13 2:54 PM

reason for the taxpayer to go to work. providing for one's self has taken a backseat to those that don't, won't or can't.

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