Food stamp cuts will affect thousands...

Food stamp cuts will affect thousands of Erie County residents

There are 69 comments on the Erie Times News story from Oct 31, 2013, titled Food stamp cuts will affect thousands of Erie County residents. In it, Erie Times News reports that:

Alicia Scott-Barbour sat patiently inside the cramped waiting area of Erie City Mission's Family Care Center food pantry.

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street survivor

Portage, MI

#21 Nov 1, 2013
And even if they et caught in prison you will pay for 100% of their food clothin shelter, plus pay union waes to guards. A win win win!:-)
I pay taxes for you

Erie, PA

#23 Nov 1, 2013
You can thank the Liberal Bill Clinton for passing NAFTA.

I don't have to take my garbage to the landfill I work and pay taxes and take my garbage to the curb. Unfortunately, unskilled work is low paying because, what would be the incentive to go to school, if you could simply work at Walmart to be able to raise a family. You don't have to go the the "Best Schools" to get a good trade or degree. So, you don't have to be rich for your kids to get an education. You could do it like me and many others before me and serve your country. You then could get out and go to school. Your comment about college grade is totally off base. I did a simple google search, I recommend you do the same and found the following about the unemployment rate for college grads is 3.8%, from the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Unemployment rate 7.4 percent overall, Sunday's Numbers. The employment picture for college grades is great now. If you are a college grad that can't find work maybe you chose the wrong degree, aren't presentable during an interview, or aren't working hard enough to find a job. Anyways with a 3.8% unemployment rate for college grads nationwide maybe it's time to move from Erie and stop complaining. There is a big world out there.

horsewithnoname

North East, PA

#24 Nov 1, 2013
new reality wrote:
<quoted text>what you are describing is pre NAFTA America. Alll of the displaced workers are now working at places like wal mart, if they are lucky enought to hae a job. And if you think unskilledlabor should be low wage, why don't you try taking your own garbage to the landfill, or swinging a sledgehammer in a foundryfor a week?
With skyrocketing tuition costs, only he rich can afford to send their kids to the best colleges. Most other college grads caan't find work. The game is being stacked eer higher in faor of the rich - almost as high as tthat stack of bullshit you typed.
Bravo.
Never made sense to go to college to maybe get a decent job, just to spend a large part of your life paying off that huge debt. Why? Just to say I went to "Penn State", or the like? Big deal. I know plenty of smart graduates that can't find a decent job.[ and no, they do not live in Erie} Trade school, a good one, is a little bit cheaper, and probably a better bet.
I agree, how do you fail if you're rich? You don't spend your life struggling just to get downsized.
Everyone knows a degree does not equal success, just more debt.
horsewithnoname

North East, PA

#25 Nov 1, 2013
Oh, and a 4 year stint at Gannon U is $152,464.

A mid level school.

Googled it.
Tacks Know More

Erie, PA

#26 Nov 1, 2013
active duty military wrote:
Food stamp recipient . You can call me anything you like. I know theres no chance that you would ever say it to my face. Attacking people on food stamps- gutless!
I would not only say to your ugly face, but knock your only tooth down your throat as well, chickenshitz.
I pay taxes for you

Erie, PA

#27 Nov 1, 2013
Simple google search you will find: Over the course of working 40 years, someone with a high school diploma will make $1,116,600 while someone with a bachelorís degree will make $2,048,204. Thatís nearly a million dollars more! Yeah why would you want to get a degree to make almost a million dollars more over your working life. I would rather work in a 100 degree temp. sweatshop and make less money. If you look at Edinboro probable half the cost of Gannon.
the corporations

Erie, PA

#28 Nov 1, 2013
I pay taxes for you wrote:
<quoted text>
People came from Europe in the beginning of the 20th Century to start a new life. People traveled by wagon train in the 19th Century to the great west to start a new life. If you can't make it in Erie, move!!!!!!!!!!
If you are working two part time minimum wage jobs with no health care, go back to school or move. It's not the systems fault. Look in the mirror.
The average food stamp cut will be $36. Suck it up and purchase different types of food, go to food pantries, ask the baby daddy to pay or go eat at mom's house.
Keep it up. You are exactly the type of useful idiot that allows us to maintain the record income disparities that we enjoy. We bask while you beg. It has never been better for the rich. You attack the poor while we offshore your jobs. We rely on your fealty. Want to cut our lawn?
thissitesucks

Titusville, PA

#30 Nov 2, 2013
"I pay taxes for you" is an id iot. Some of the people on food stamps might be working to wipe his ass and feed him his jello cup in the nursing home one day. Some food stamp recipients have been overseas fighting for his freedom while he ja cks off to being a hatemonger on Topix.
Don't look down on poor people for too long, because when the bottom falls out so does everything else in the cup!
trevor

Pioneer, OH

#32 Nov 2, 2013
thissitesucks wrote:
"I pay taxes for you" is an id iot. Some of the people on food stamps might be working to wipe his ass and feed him his jello cup in the nursing home one day. Some food stamp recipients have been overseas fighting for his freedom while he ja cks off to being a hatemonger on Topix.
Don't look down on poor people for too long, because when the bottom falls out so does everything else in the cup!
good point and very true...but you must concede that there are a lot of lazy abusers and the system encourages them.
I pay taxes for you

Erie, PA

#33 Nov 2, 2013
the corporations wrote:
<quoted text> Keep it up. You are exactly the type of useful idiot that allows us to maintain the record income disparities that we enjoy. We bask while you beg. It has never been better for the rich. You attack the poor while we offshore your jobs. We rely on your fealty. Want to cut our lawn?
I don't attack the poor, I attack the lazy and irresponsible. Join the military, go to school, stop having babies out of wedlock, etc., etc. Instead of people crying into their computer, use the computer to relocate to an area of the country that is hiring. If Europeans can put their entire family on a boat and come to the USA to start a better life, I don't think it is that hard for someone from Erie to move to Texas.
I pay taxes for you

Erie, PA

#34 Nov 2, 2013
thissitesucks wrote:
"I pay taxes for you" is an id iot. Some of the people on food stamps might be working to wipe his ass and feed him his jello cup in the nursing home one day. Some food stamp recipients have been overseas fighting for his freedom while he ja cks off to being a hatemonger on Topix.
Don't look down on poor people for too long, because when the bottom falls out so does everything else in the cup!
I'm not talking about the "some of the people" you refer to. But, I don't feel bad for the abusers in the system. But, come on the average reduction is $36 per food stamp recipient. If they can't readjust their buying habits or don't have family or can't locate social agencies like food pantries then my concern is limited.
trevor

Pioneer, OH

#35 Nov 2, 2013
I pay taxes for you wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm not talking about the "some of the people" you refer to. But, I don't feel bad for the abusers in the system. But, come on the average reduction is $36 per food stamp recipient. If they can't readjust their buying habits or don't have family or can't locate social agencies like food pantries then my concern is limited.
perhaps if they eat less they will shed a few pounds, get up from the powerized scooter, and actually walk the aisles of walmart. just as energy creates energy lethargy creates lethargy. Most of these slobs are too lazy to pick up their own liteer. A nation of slobs and parasites on a carbohydrate high. Many of these welfare slobs are just plain worthless and deserve zero sympathy.
Youngblood

Cleveland, OH

#36 Nov 2, 2013
trevor wrote:
<quoted text>good point and very true...but you must concede that there are a lot of lazy abusers and the system encourages them.
This is very true. Its not the foodstamp program that is problematic. Working folk who need a little extra to feed a family, that is understandable. But, its the foodstamp fraud that is the problem. Investigate the fraud harder, and require a job, job search counseling, and drug testing in order to get the assistance. That would be my opinion.
hmmm

Greensburg, PA

#37 Nov 2, 2013
I'm beginning to get the distinct impression that Trevor has no life whatsoever.
carl

Erie, PA

#38 Nov 2, 2013
The cuts must be hitting home already. The woman in front of me this morning was buying chuck steaks instead of T-bone's. Made a comment that she couldn't believe how much they wanted for meat. She was still able to afford all those bags of chips and candy though. Scan that card!

I paid cash for the pound of bologna and bread I needed.
Mike

Zephyrhills, FL

#39 Nov 2, 2013
FINALLY !!!!!! It's about time that the cuts have reached the Food Stamp system. This system has been abused for decades. EVERYONE has had to cut back now it's time that the EBT card holders tighten the belt ...... It's not their money anyway!!!!
TRUTH

Erie, PA

#40 Nov 2, 2013
carl wrote:
The cuts must be hitting home already. The woman in front of me this morning was buying chuck steaks instead of T-bone's. Made a comment that she couldn't believe how much they wanted for meat. She was still able to afford all those bags of chips and candy though. Scan that card!
I paid cash for the pound of bologna and bread I needed.
Sob story about your bologna and bread is baloney! Lol! I love when people make up tales of Welfare Woe. "I saw this woman in Louis Vuitton standing in front of me in line buying lobster at Walmart. She then got into her limousine and drove off." When Walmart doesn't sell lobster.
TRUTH

Erie, PA

#41 Nov 2, 2013
hmmm wrote:
I'm beginning to get the distinct impression that Trevor has no life whatsoever.
You are impressed right!
Youngblood

Cleveland, OH

#42 Nov 2, 2013
carl wrote:
The cuts must be hitting home already. The woman in front of me this morning was buying chuck steaks instead of T-bone's. Made a comment that she couldn't believe how much they wanted for meat. She was still able to afford all those bags of chips and candy though. Scan that card!
I paid cash for the pound of bologna and bread I needed.
Thumbs up to Carl for this post. It speaks volumes and is so true.
TRUTH

Erie, PA

#43 Nov 2, 2013
Youngblood wrote:
<quoted text>
This is very true. Its not the foodstamp program that is problematic. Working folk who need a little extra to feed a family, that is understandable. But, its the foodstamp fraud that is the problem. Investigate the fraud harder, and require a job, job search counseling, and drug testing in order to get the assistance. That would be my opinion.
Cut all welfare, food, energy, housing. You will then have a bunch of hungry, desperate people, especially children. There aren't enough jobs to absorb it all. Your taxes will still be high, you will just sleep better at night knowing that some "welfare person" didn't eat shrimp tonight.

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