Opinion: Food stamps need WIC-like restrictions

Nov 10, 2013 Full story: Columbia Magazine 25

The real problem with food stamps is that they are not used efficiently. Having seen the people in line at the store, there carts are full of potato chips, french fries, chicken nuggets, pop tarts, etc.

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Velveeta

Columbia, KY

#1 Nov 10, 2013
I think this is a great idea. There should also be a limit in place for meat. You are allowed so many pounds per month depending on family size. This will stop them from buying a whole cart full of steaks and seafood to sell for drug money. I've seen it at Wal Mart before. Someone bought about 15 pkgs of frozen fish at one time using their food stamp card. At another store I saw a young woman buying multiple bags of frozen shrimp with her card, just like it was nothing.

People shouldn't get upset with those that are complaining about Food Stamp abuse, they should be mad at the ones who are doing the abuse. They are the ones who will ruin it for those who are truly in need.
What

Elizabethtown, KY

#2 Nov 10, 2013
Our younger kids on food stamps don't know how to cook. They think that putting a frozen TV dinner in the oven is cooking. I think they should be required to attend classes on how to cook from scratch. That kind of food is healthier and sticks with you longer. Also it cost less at the grocery store. Just my two cents.
Mister Clean

Columbia, KY

#3 Nov 10, 2013
When I went to school the girls were required to take homec class (Home Economics). This would help them with basic home essentials such as cooking, cleaning, sewing, etc. We need this back
Always after the poor

Columbia, KY

#4 Nov 10, 2013
Why don't you holler about how Wall Street is regulated or big banks. Why be so concerned about the dirt poor! Sorry society we are!!!
Always after the poor

Columbia, KY

#5 Nov 10, 2013
Five banks that received federal bailout funds during the financial crisis didn't pay income taxes for one or more years between 2008 and 2010, according to an iWatch News analysis of a new study of tax dodgers.

Wells Fargo & Co., Goldman Sachs Group, PNC Financial Services Group, Capital One Financial Inc. and State Street Corp. were among 78 of America’s largest and most profitable corporations that managed to avoid paying income tax in at least one of those years.
http://www.publicintegrity.org/2011/11/03/729...
Velveeta

Leitchfield, KY

#6 Nov 10, 2013
Always after the poor wrote:
Why don't you holler about how Wall Street is regulated or big banks. Why be so concerned about the dirt poor! Sorry society we are!!!
Oh please! I'm equally not happy about what goes on in Washington and Wall Street, big banks and corporations, etc, etc, etc. Most of the people I am referring to are dirt poor by their own making. They are able to be a productive member of society just like I have to. Why in the hell should I give up my hard earned money to keep up these deadbeats? If you're so damn worried about them, why don't you pay more to keep them up? Yes, we are a sorry society......all those sorry lazy azz people living off taxpayers.
Velveeta

Leitchfield, KY

#7 Nov 10, 2013
Always after the poor wrote:
Five banks that received federal bailout funds during the financial crisis didn't pay income taxes for one or more years between 2008 and 2010, according to an iWatch News analysis of a new study of tax dodgers.
Wells Fargo & Co., Goldman Sachs Group, PNC Financial Services Group, Capital One Financial Inc. and State Street Corp. were among 78 of America’s largest and most profitable corporations that managed to avoid paying income tax in at least one of those years.
http://www.publicintegrity.org/2011/11/03/729...
By the way, it would be nice if you could stay on topic. If you want to scream about Wall Street and big corp., why don't you start your own thread?
Always after the poor

Columbia, KY

#8 Nov 11, 2013
Velveeta wrote:
<quoted text>By the way, it would be nice if you could stay on topic. If you want to scream about Wall Street and big corp., why don't you start your own thread?
Welfare is welfare rather it be for poor or rich. Still a free country get over it!
Always after the poor

Columbia, KY

#9 Nov 11, 2013
Velveeta wrote:
<quoted text>Oh please! I'm equally not happy about what goes on in Washington and Wall Street, big banks and corporations, etc, etc, etc. Most of the people I am referring to are dirt poor by their own making. They are able to be a productive member of society just like I have to. Why in the hell should I give up my hard earned money to keep up these deadbeats? If you're so damn worried about them, why don't you pay more to keep them up? Yes, we are a sorry society......all those sorry lazy azz people living off taxpayers.
Dirt poor by their own making. Guess the closest thing to a depression in the last decade is because of these people you refer to.
Velveeta

Leitchfield, KY

#10 Nov 11, 2013
Always after the poor wrote:
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Dirt poor by their own making. Guess the closest thing to a depression in the last decade is because of these people you refer to.
You need to pull you head out of the sand. Until then, I have nothing to say to you.
Always after the poor

Columbia, KY

#11 Nov 11, 2013
Velveeta wrote:
<quoted text>You need to pull you head out of the sand. Until then, I have nothing to say to you.
Blaming the poor for poverty is like blaming soldiers for war. Have a good day may blessings come your way. Happy early thanksgiving!
just for thought

Columbia, KY

#12 Nov 11, 2013
Always after the poor wrote:
Why don't you holler about how Wall Street is regulated or big banks. Why be so concerned about the dirt poor! Sorry society we are!!!
If you are "dirt poor" and you are expecting someone else to help you, try helping yourself along the way, if you receive food stamps, use them wisely, and not foolishly, buy food, not junk food, feed your family with home cooked meals, instead of pre-packaged and frozen dinners, buy things that go farther, steak, shrimp and the likes doesn't keep long, very expensive, and maybe will make a one meal dinner, however on the other hand, 10 lbs of potatoes, a large bag of beans, a large pot roast, a couple of heads of cabbage, and a couple loaves of bread, 2 gallon of milk, this can make a few more meals, this is what people are trying to tell you people about using food stamps wisely.
Always after the poor

Columbia, KY

#13 Nov 11, 2013
just for thought wrote:
<quoted text>If you are "dirt poor" and you are expecting someone else to help you, try helping yourself along the way, if you receive food stamps, use them wisely, and not foolishly, buy food, not junk food, feed your family with home cooked meals, instead of pre-packaged and frozen dinners, buy things that go farther, steak, shrimp and the likes doesn't keep long, very expensive, and maybe will make a one meal dinner, however on the other hand, 10 lbs of potatoes, a large bag of beans, a large pot roast, a couple of heads of cabbage, and a couple loaves of bread, 2 gallon of milk, this can make a few more meals, this is what people are trying to tell you people about using food stamps wisely.
Agree however what if someone is disabled unable to prepare food and meals. Each situation is different and deserves consideration not judgement.
just me

Columbia, KY

#14 Nov 12, 2013
Always after the poor wrote:
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Agree however what if someone is disabled unable to prepare food and meals. Each situation is different and deserves consideration not judgement.
If your able to get to the refrigerator to get a frozen dinner out and pop it in the microwave, I would think you could set a kittle on the stove to cook a meal, it does require a little effort, but unless your bedfast it can be done, and if your bedfast your not living alone anyway, look we can come up with all kinds of excuses, but the bottom line is people are just lazy, they want things easy, again if you aren't welling to help yourself, don't expect others to pity you and take care of you, I'm all for helping children, but adults need to take care of their own needs, I have worked every since I was old enough to work, and where I worked, I have seen people quit because their spouse got a job, well hello, that was just plain stupid, why not continue to work and put that money away for times when they needed it, but no, they rather go home and sit on their butt, I saw this happen for years, and that's why my sympathy for some of these hard luck people isn't there.
Always after the poor

Columbia, KY

#15 Nov 13, 2013
just me wrote:
<quoted text>If your able to get to the refrigerator to get a frozen dinner out and pop it in the microwave, I would think you could set a kittle on the stove to cook a meal, it does require a little effort, but unless your bedfast it can be done, and if your bedfast your not living alone anyway, look we can come up with all kinds of excuses, but the bottom line is people are just lazy, they want things easy, again if you aren't welling to help yourself, don't expect others to pity you and take care of you, I'm all for helping children, but adults need to take care of their own needs, I have worked every since I was old enough to work, and where I worked, I have seen people quit because their spouse got a job, well hello, that was just plain stupid, why not continue to work and put that money away for times when they needed it, but no, they rather go home and sit on their butt, I saw this happen for years, and that's why my sympathy for some of these hard luck people isn't there.
If you can't use your hand or hands you can't prepare food. If your knees are shot you cat stand long. If your eyesight is gone you can't see. If your minds gone you may burn the house down. Look I agree most can and should prepare food. Also if you don't Cooke prepared food with food stamp allowance your broke and hungry before renewal. For a Christian community so much hate....:(
just me

Columbia, KY

#16 Nov 13, 2013
Always after the poor wrote:
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If you can't use your hand or hands you can't prepare food. If your knees are shot you cat stand long. If your eyesight is gone you can't see. If your minds gone you may burn the house down. Look I agree most can and should prepare food. Also if you don't Cooke prepared food with food stamp allowance your broke and hungry before renewal. For a Christian community so much hate....:(
No one is hating anyone, that is a lot of handicaps for any one person, but a person that has all of these handicaps cannot live alone anyway, I had a family member that only had one arm, but he managed to find jobs to do, he never applied for welfare or food stamps, sometimes it takes plain old willpower to keep you going, lots of blind people live alone, as for your knee problems, get a stool to sit on, people manage to do what they want to, if they want to, and mindless people don't live alone anyway, again make all the excuses for people you want, but everyone is capable of doing something.

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#17 Nov 13, 2013
Mister Clean wrote:
When I went to school the girls were required to take homec class (Home Economics). This would help them with basic home essentials such as cooking, cleaning, sewing, etc. We need this back
I'm sure when u went to school there weren't many full time working woman. If this did come back there should be girls and boys in this class

Since: Oct 13

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#18 Nov 13, 2013
Velveeta wrote:
<quoted text>Oh please! I'm equally not happy about what goes on in Washington and Wall Street, big banks and corporations, etc, etc, etc. Most of the people I am referring to are dirt poor by their own making. They are able to be a productive member of society just like I have to. Why in the hell should I give up my hard earned money to keep up these deadbeats? If you're so damn worried about them, why don't you pay more to keep them up? Yes, we are a sorry society......all those sorry lazy azz people living off taxpayers.
Exactly!

Since: Oct 13

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#19 Nov 13, 2013
Always after the poor wrote:
<quoted text>Agree however what if someone is disabled unable to prepare food and meals. Each situation is different and deserves consideration not judgement.
Disabled is different and understandable but weed smoking low lives with flat screen TVs and Jordan's on there feet and little shanikas feet is abuse of the system
Taxpayer

Katy, TX

#20 Nov 15, 2013
I think all food stamp programs should be completely eliminated, those tax dollars should be spent to buy staples, packaged and canned goods for local food pantries to distribute on a local level. That way the recipients would have to go into a neighborhood location where they can be interviewed to determine their ongoing need and monitored to be sure they aren't overusing or abusing the system. The items they get would be real food to provide the basics to prepare meals for their family. The local food bank could be sure that people get enough for their family but not enough to sell.

This would stop the spending of tax dollars on junk foods, sodas and expensive cuts of meat. It would also stop the abuse by assuring those receiving the food are actually in "need" of the help and at the same time prevent people from taking advantage of the charity.

Of course, those who don't like this idea, for whatever reason, can always find a way to earn the money and provide for their own family, which is what they should be doing in the first place.

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