Americans don't want food stamps cut. Too bad Congress does.

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real space case

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Jun 10, 2013
Unlike Congress, Americans would rather not see food stamps cut, according to a new poll from Huffington Post/YouGov. Forty percent of those polled said food stamps should be cut, but 24 percent wanted the amount spent to stay the same and another 24 percent said said they'd like to see the program increased. The partisan breakdown is ... predictable, with 73 percent of Republicans and only 19 percent of Democrats favoring food stamp cuts.
Congress, meanwhile, is ready to cut cut cut, with the big debate between the Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate being in how deeply to slash. The House in particular wants to target working poor people. And while there's something tempting about cutting off some of the taxpayer subsidies for Walmart's low wages, the big problem here is that if you take away the government assistance people rely on to survive without making their employers pay enough for them to live on, they suffer. That may not be any particular concern to Republicans, but children going hungry is the sort of thing that, in the end, voters don't really like to see happening.

The way Republicans win support for cuts to food aid is by focusing on the total amounts being spent on the program, which is large. But people trying to decide if they support nutritional assistance need to realize we're talking here about school lunches and people who work but are paid a poverty wage. More people may want to keep food stamp funding the same or increase it, but 40 percent support for cuts is still too damn high.

“The one and only Smart Liberal”

Since: Aug 12

Former MN Tax Payer

#3 Jun 12, 2013
All those getting their FREE sh*t don't want Food Stamps cut.

Makes sense to me. Mochers are what their name ys they are.

“The one and only Smart Liberal”

Since: Aug 12

Former MN Tax Payer

#6 Jun 12, 2013
Born Consistent wrote:
And the polls are skewed and overcount Democrats, damn it, they are biased!
Only the Gallup and Rasmussen polls are legit and can be trusted!
Hey numb nuts, I have never said that Gallup and Rassmussen are the only ones to be trusted.

If you had an honest bone in you limp body, you would remember that I utilize RCP which is a compilation of all the current polls.

But coming from a lying little bastard like you, the truth is never at the top of your hit parade.

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#7 Jun 12, 2013
The truth of the matter is that we could reduce the cost of the program substantially by limiting what they can buy with that program to what the recipients need. Also by working to eliminate all of the rampant that is going on within that system.

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#8 Jun 12, 2013
correction...

"Also by working to eliminate all of the rampant fraud that is going on within that system."

“The one and only Smart Liberal”

Since: Aug 12

Former MN Tax Payer

#9 Jun 12, 2013
cantmakeitup wrote:
correction...
"Also by working to eliminate all of the rampant fraud that is going on within that system."
I challenge any of the fans of big government to put forth any government entitlement program that is not over run with fraud.

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#10 Jun 12, 2013
Smart Liberal wrote:
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I challenge any of the fans of big government to put forth any government entitlement program that is not over run with fraud.
It's the old government catch 22. If you don't spend all of your allocation, you will get less the next fiscal cycle. If you spend over your budget, you will get more the next cycle. Hence the goal to always run over budget and the minimalist token attempts to reign in fraud.
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#11 Jun 12, 2013
Smart Liberal wrote:
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I challenge any of the fans of big government to put forth any government entitlement program that is not over run with fraud.
I challenge any of the fans of STOOPIDITY to show me Hertz AT Sea-Tac....

Sure, pretend any system doesn't have flaws, THEN own a "collectible" 4 DOOR CORVAIR ???

Come on L-O-S-E-R ~! Some stuff is TOO STOOPID~!!!!!! LMAOROTFU~

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#12 Jun 12, 2013
Smart Liberal wrote:
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I challenge any of the fans of big government to put forth any government entitlement program that is not over run with fraud.
You've seen the fool from Seattle's brilliant response. Expect more of the same from others who believe government should take care of them.

“The one and only Smart Liberal”

Since: Aug 12

Former MN Tax Payer

#13 Jun 12, 2013
cantmakeitup wrote:
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It's the old government catch 22. If you don't spend all of your allocation, you will get less the next fiscal cycle. If you spend over your budget, you will get more the next cycle. Hence the goal to always run over budget and the minimalist token attempts to reign in fraud.
Cant, I think you know that Uncle Sam is one of my company's significant customers. So I am intimately familiar with what you are saying.

Each year, the Federal Budget expires on Sept 30th. That means that beginning on about August 15th, we get panic calls from our government end users who want to know what they can do to spend more money. They donít care if they donít need the expansion of the system or the additional hardware Ė they just need to be able to say it will enhance the functionality of the system in place and that will be justification enough for their auditors.

And no, this is not a just one or two areas of government. This is a short list of agencies that utilize this exact practice: the US Army, the US Navy, the US Marine Corps, NASA, DOE, the US Coast Guard, and a multitude of alphabet soup agencies.

This pattern is repeated amongst government contractors who also have budgets they need to spend within specific time periods - or that money will vanish the following year.

States, counties, and municipalities are all the same as the Fed.

We could feed all the starving children in the world with the money that gets wasted at the end of every fiscal year for government entities.

After all, the mission of damned near every government entity is to spend money, not save it as private companies do.
LMAO

Seattle, WA

#14 Jun 12, 2013
I challenge any of the fans of STOOPIDITY to show me Hertz AT Sea-Tac....

Sure, pretend any system doesn't have flaws, THEN own a "collectible" 4 DOOR CORVAIR ???

Come on L-O-S-E-R ~! Some stuff is TOO STOOPID~!!!!!! LMAOROTFU~
Smart Libeler

Seattle, WA

#15 Jun 12, 2013
Toidi Slayer wrote:
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I hereby solemnly swear that I was Fred's/Smart Libeler's boss at the McDonald's on highway 55 in Plymouth, and that I fired him on June 22nd, 2012.

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