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Forum Post: Government Shut Down Could End Florida Food Stamps

Posted 9 months ago on Oct. 11, 2013, 8:25 p.m. EST by GirlFriday (17440)
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ALLAHASSEE, Florida — There may be no treats come this Halloween for Florida Food Stamp recipients. That's because benefit payments are projected to end on October 31st, 2013 due to lack of federal funding caused by the U.S. government shut down.

A State of Florida budget analysis performed for the Florida Senate stated that federal funding for Florida’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) expired with the rest of the farm bill on September 30, 2013. To bridge this funding gap, the federal Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) will use its authority under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to continue operations and benefit payments to Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards (also known as Food Stamps) only through October 31, 2013.

Federal funding for cash payments to welfare recipients, known as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), also expired September 30, 2013. The Florida Senate budget analysis stated that this program now lacks federal authorization and funding.




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[-] 1 points by ZenDog (13630) from South Burlington, VT 9 months ago

richest nation on earth can't even feed it's own people


[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17440) 9 months ago

Exactly. Notice the silence on how the hell those wingnuts are going to step up to the plate.

Pun intended.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (13630) from South Burlington, VT 9 months ago

the fuckers are down in the polls - so they scale back their demands. But I'm not hearing the refrain: Let the house vote. The news tonight didn't have it.

So they'll retool the message and try again in a few years. And maybe the poll numbers will tighten up.

the kochsuckers.

There is only one solution to this.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17440) 9 months ago

The problem is that I don't think these folks realize how far down in the polls that they really are. But, ya, it is looking like there is only one solution. Let them start the shit and then the only thing is to finish it. They have been trying for so long for the shit, it'll be alright.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (13630) from South Burlington, VT 9 months ago

this is the time to raise revenue and curtail corporate welfare. Blame the Kochs bros. But that will not happen.

That leaves one alternative.

[-] -1 points by GirlFriday (17440) 9 months ago

I'm listening.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (13630) from South Burlington, VT 9 months ago

anything less - any kind of fig leaf - is in effect reward for what they have done - for the harm that they have done.

They may or may not take a hit a year from now. A year is a long time in politics. Whether they do or not makes no difference.

The kochs think tanks will pour through the messaging, the demographics, and in time they will pull this all over again. It won't be that long.

The only way the establishment has any chance of finding the courage to confront what has happened and has been happening over the course of an extended period of time, is with a massive outbreak of public discontent that results in . . . a teachable moment for all.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17440) 9 months ago

The establishment should have got a backbone before.

As it stands currently, the public discontent that comes, and it is coming, will be uncontrollable.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (13630) from South Burlington, VT 9 months ago

All I've seen on the news so far are the tragic human interest stories amid an atmosphere where discussions have begun again. That's it.

If people are screaming they aren't screaming loud enough.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17440) 9 months ago

Well, when there is no access to food then there will be a problem. The states won't be able to fund it for very long. Florida won't.

So, when you are unable to provide shelter for the homeless and the means of survival-food stamps- ends then the backlash may erupt into public discontent. Of course, there won't be much news about it until it is too large to ignore.

[-] -2 points by gladiator55 (14) 9 months ago

Ya sir, one solution... and it ain't about politics. Outisde the system is where U R going to have to play.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17440) 9 months ago

You are a day late and a dollar short. You are out of time. Shit, with all the bullshit, you couldn't even house the homeless and that was with the federal government running.

[-] -1 points by gladiator55 (14) 9 months ago

Who do U think U R? If U don't support OWS why R U here?

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17440) 9 months ago

No. You. Don't.

Let me tell you where you began to really fall apart. This past week when the argument was made with regards to the Federal shut down. That argument was why not an Occupy Sandy? I bet you thought that was clever.

It wasn't. The problem that would be encountered is the very same one that has occurred with the church turned food banks across the US. The people that had been donating in the past were the ones that began to need it.

You pretend to embrace anarchy and it is all about community because you wish to end services or in your thinking: big government. The problem, and you well know this, is access to the services. Services have repeatedly been cut. Growing vegetables in a bathtub is not going to feed a family. Nor can you just ask the community to deal with mental health issues--which is, often, where a direct problem may be.

Incidently, this is why you guys stay away from the states and attack the federal government. If the argument is made for the money that is distributed to the states and pointing out where the fraud lies---you and your ilk quickly swing to war.

and this It ain't about redistribution dude indicates that the issue at stake has nothing to do with the ending of food stamps and you are a liar.

Not to mention pretending that the facts don't exist which you guys clearly illustrate by attempting to alter the subject and will not reply (as if to distract) when you are given the facts in a response by jumping to another response on the same thread. This is where Jeremy's lil' bs argument comes from on decentralization.

Furthermore, spending an inordinate amount of time reciting NRA propaganda and having long discussions on how fast food kills more than a gun when Occupy is actually against the NRA was the best-well almost the best.

You have spent an inordinate amount of time crying. Especially about the bannings. It was never about people wrongly banned. It was never about what will newcomers think? It was the fact that the mods could recognize that you and yours were making multiple IDs and trying the same shit. You just couldn't seem to get your foot in long enough to really wrap yourself up in an Occupy package and sell your shit.

And you did everything. Including spending a great amount of time trying to separate and isolate several of us so that you could attack us individually. Like this:

BradB said 4 months ago at June 3, 2013, 7:50 p.m. EST (delete)

hey you maniac... ;) here's the msg I sent shooz... I really believe this...

hey shooz ... just for the record... I've always very much respected you and your posts... I can be wrong... but I see you siding with your friends a lot because you have to... I do that ...and everyone does that too... peace... from me... keep up the Great work you are a leader imo... GF too ... and DKA

Wasn't that cool? That was great. Now that Dan is gone you guys started your shit again and in full force.

You see, real Occupiers would often splinter off and refuse to allow an eviction. Sometimes, like in the south a particular Occupy group fought to keep a shelter up. You...........you have had ample time to demonstrate that you give a damn about the people. What do you do? Advocate against the people. There is a difference between politics and allocation of funds or specific legislation. You know this. Distraction and bullshit is your aim.

I know who I am. And you? You look stupid. You are a day late and a dollar short.


[-] -2 points by gladiator55 (14) 9 months ago

Richest nation, but who has the money? Who has the money man? Just a few I tell ya! It ain't about redistribution dude. Ya gotta start understanding brother.