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Cost Of Food Stamps

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    Believe it or not, Obama cut the SNAP program by $8.7B over a ten year period (2014)

    Originally, republicans wanted a $40B cut, but Obama would've vetoed that republican led bill.

    Nevertheless, this establishment (federal government) and it's leaders and lawmakers keep chipping away at programs for people in need, we're going the wrong way here folks.

    Here's the thing, unemployment at 4.3%? What about those who have exhausted their UE benefits, and appeals for UE benefits, and the unemployable, the people who might be working 2 or more part time jobs and still aren't able to make it, wages are stagnant, very few pay raises by employers and corporations, those Trump tax cuts? the wealthy and top 1% are pocketing that money and not giving anything to employees.

    Fox noise would have their listeners believe that SNAP recipients are living high on the hog and eating steak and lobster.

    And I'm relatively sure that red states and whites are the people receiving the most in SNAP benefits. That would be the GOP and Trump base red states receive the most in snap benefits. I could be wrong about my claim though, if I am, someone please correct me.

    cbpp.org/research/food-assistance/a-clo...

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    Dock:

    You are correct.

    12 of the 15 states that have the highest percentage of people of food stamps are run by Republicans.

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    "They cling to their god and guns" is an expression coined by Obama in his 2008 campaign for President. I would modify that statement to reflect that they cling to Trump like he was a messiah of sorts. It does not matter how miserable he makes life for them, they are in Trump's corner "until death do us part". The polling shows that a consistent level of support no matter what happens in their lives. Losing their food stamps? It's God's will...or in this case "Trump's will".
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    Dockadams Wrote:

    Believe it or not, Obama cut the SNAP program by $8.7B over a ten year period (2014)

    Originally, republicans wanted a $40B cut, but Obama would've vetoed that republican led bill.

    Nevertheless, this establishment (federal government) and it's leaders and lawmakers keep chipping away at programs for people in need, we're going the wrong way here folks.

    Here's the thing, unemployment at 4.3%? What about those who have exhausted their UE benefits, and appeals for UE benefits, and the unemployable, the people who might be working 2 or more part time jobs and still aren't able to make it, wages are stagnant, very few pay raises by employers and corporations, those Trump tax cuts? the wealthy and top 1% are pocketing that money and not giving anything to employees.

    Fox noise would have their listeners believe that SNAP recipients are living high on the hog and eating steak and lobster.

    And I'm relatively sure that red states and whites are the people receiving the most in SNAP benefits. That would be the GOP and Trump base red states receive the most in snap benefits. I could be wrong about my claim though, if I am, someone please correct me.

    cbpp.org/research/food-assistance/a-clo...

    The dazzling US unemployment rate is blinding Americans to a much darker reality

    real unemployment from qz.com

    Jun 7, 2018 · Our real unemployment is anywhere from 18 to 20%. ... The official labor force is made up of two types of people—those with jobs, obviously, but also the “unemployed,” defined as those ready to work w

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    @ Schmidt, you hit the nail right on the head with your statement.

    It reminded me of a song that came out years ago by Dire Straits, it was called-named ticket to heaven, and I always think of that song when I see Sunday televangelists vying for the populous' dollars. One televangelist says you should plant a seed, and it will grow. If you watch Sunday television and flip though the channels, you'll recognize the photo of him at the bottom of my post.

    youtube.com/results?search_query=dire+s...

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    Chet:

    You touched on a good point.

    What's not readily understood is that there are actually NINE types of unemployment.

    https://www.thebalance.com/types-of-unemployment-3305522

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics just released its latest report on Friday. If you've got the patience to read the whole thing, it is 40 pages long, but it DOES give an accurate picture of what "unemployment" really means. Officially, the BLS uses 6 different types, ranging from U-1 through U-6 (see Table A-15) . U-3 is the "official" unemployment rate.

    https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf

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    A letter in today's Daily Star explains why food stamps are so critical.

    Here's a couple of key sentences:

    Last year, the Arizona Food Bank Network and its members collectively provided emergency food relief to 450,000 Arizonans per month.

    For every one meal a food bank can provide, SNAP provides up to nine.

    If there was evidence to suggest that eliminating a person’s access to food assistance results in him or her finding sustainable work, our network would be among the first to endorse it. That evidence does not exist, however, because it’s not that simple.

    https://tucson.com/opinion/local/local-opinion-who-does-the-new-snap-rule-really-help/article_c2ed7c3d-b90a-5cd2-953c-0031b7ddc5ae.html

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    Although there are no federal numbers on where employed SNAP participants work, the state of Ohio, does keep a list of the top 50 companies with the most workers and their family members on food stamps. Ohio’s list includes lots of fast food chains and discount and big-box stores: McDonald’s, Target, Kroger supermarket, Dollar General. At the very top is Walmart, which had an average of more than 14,500 workers and family members on food stamps last year.* If you take into account the average size of a family on food stamps, as many as 7,000 individual Walmart employees were on food stamps last year—nearly 15 percent of the company’s workforce across Ohio.

    See the source image

    http://www.slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2014/04/walmart_employees_on_food_stamps_their_wages_aren_t_enough_to_get_by.html