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Cost Of Food Stamps

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  • Democrat
    Hot Springs Village, AR
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    Faux News would have you believe that little kids on food stamps are costing the taxpayer a fortune. The fact is that an average taxpayer making$50,000 per year will pay $6. General welfare will cost him/her another $36.

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    The link tells us what that same taxpayer is contributing to corporate welfare. It's a whole lot more than $42. It's too bad that people can't be corporations, isn't it.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    The right wing has done a tremendous job of misinforming the general public about these programs. They want us to think that the "takers" who require food assistance are just a bunch of lazy bums who won't get off their asses when in fact the vast majority of people who receive food assistance are actually full time employees who work for minimum wage.
  • Center Left Democrat
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    California
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    I would like to add that the average person who receives food stamps, known as CalFresh in California, is $194 per month. That's not a lot to go on.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Kenosha, WI
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    Fake news also tells their sheep that EBT recipients drive Cadillacs, Mercedes Benz and BMW's at taxpayer expense and dine in steak, lobster and shrimp.

    You know, I don't mind paying taxes for something that goes for a good cause, like feeding the poor.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Kenosha, WI
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    I also do not mind paying taxes to house the poor and unfortunate masses of people here and abroad, let's not call it the Christian thing to do, let's just say it is the humane thing to do. It seems every Christmas, these nuts come out of the woodwork spouting off the real reason/s people celebrate Christmas, but these people that are poor and needy are poor and needy 24/7/365, not just on religious holidays.

    The other bad part about states like mine (Wisconsin) is that our US Government elected officials like Paul Ryan, who used his father's social security death benefits to further his education, is trying to rescind and repeal the very program/s that gave him a step up, a helping hand. And people like my governor (Scott Walker) has signed bills into law making poor people who receive government entitlements like EBT endure and pass means tests before they are awarded any needed entitlements. That is, blood and urine testing for drugs, which we all know, some can be addictive and people sometimes ending up hooked on them will be discriminated against, lawmakers forgot that addictions is a disease.

    Some lawmakers falsely accuse these entitlements of being the cause of the government's deficits and budget problems, it seems that they're the ones who caused all of these spending problems by starting unnecessary wars and conflicts the world over. Bush 43 cuts taxes for the rich and affluent while starting 2 wars, which our country is now mired in with no end in sight. People like Limbaugh and Drudge get on the radio waves and pound these messages to any fools that'll listen to them, attacking the poor and needy on a nearly daily basis. I call all of it hate speech.