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Forum Post: US Food Stamp Usage Hits New Record - 15% of Americans on food stamps

Posted 12 years ago on Nov. 1, 2011, 6:38 p.m. EST by jansberry (52)
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Nearly 15% of the U.S. population (about 45.8 million people) relied on food stamps in October, setting a new record.

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[-] 3 points by larocks (414) from Lexington, KY 11 years ago

i never believed in foodstamps and have always paid my way. i have always hustled my money to make it and have only needed food stamps in a few cases. but looking at the pressure of today i cant do it. i need them. i just cant find a job

[-] 2 points by thebeastchasingitstail (1912) 12 years ago

And Chase gets a cut of more than half of those millions of benefit cards out there.

Not to mention the unemployment benefit cards & child support enforcement card that they are also handling.


[-] 2 points by ModestCapitalist (2342) 12 years ago

Endorsed by Ellen Degeneres. Ch'Ching!

[-] 1 points by larocks (414) from Lexington, KY 11 years ago

u know im so sick and tired of people. im not on food stamps i dont draw a check i survive. i didnt take a bailout im unemployed and i survive. this, me, is the perfect example of a person who doesnt take handouts. but i tell u brother. occupy is what i need and i what i waant. we need to occupy. im tired of the rich getting richer. i pay 33% of my check to u fuks and the rich onoly pay 15% wtf am i stupid here when i ask why do i work for mine and pay my bills when these fuks dont pay shit. trust me if my neighbor needed food id feed him. but if a rich fuk asked id tell him to die. i worked to raise me and mine. u got a bailout.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 11 years ago

everyone should receive food stamps

[-] 1 points by Tryagain (300) 12 years ago

US Food Stamp Fraud Hits Record High.

[-] 1 points by RicoSuave (218) 12 years ago

Obama's federal government pays "bonuses" to states that sign up the most people over a period of time.



The goal is to get an even growing percentage of the population relying on more and more government handouts. That means political power.

[-] 0 points by smartcapitalist (143) 11 years ago

Groupon - food stamps for the middle class

[-] 0 points by ModestCapitalist (2342) 12 years ago

We have been mislead by Reagan, Bush Sr, Clinton, Bush Jr, Obama, and nearly every other public figure. Economic growth, job creation, and actual prosperity are not necessarily a package deal. In fact, the first two are horribly misunderstood. Economic growth/loss (GDP) is little more than a measure of wealth changing hands. A transfer of currency from one party to another. The rate at which it is traded. This was up until mid ’07′ however, has never been a measure of actual prosperity. Neither has job creation. The phrase itself has been thrown around so often, and in such a generic politicali manner, that it has come to mean nothing. Of course, we need to have certain things done for the benefit of society as a whole. We need farmers, builders, manufacturers, transporters, teachers, cops, firefighters, soldiers, mechanics, sanitationi workers, doctors, managers, and visionaries. Their work is vital. I’ll even go out on a limb and say that we need politicians, attorneys, bankers, investors, and entertainers. In order to keep them productive, we must provide reasonable incentives. We need to compensate each by a fair measure for their actual contributions to society. We need to provide a reasonable scale of income opportunity for every independent adult, every provider, and share responsibility for those who have a legitimate need for aid. In order to achieve and sustain this, we must also address the cost of living and the distribution of wealth. Here, we have failed miserably. The majority have already lost their home equity, their financial security, and their relative buying power. The middle class have actually lost much of their ability to make ends meet, re-pay loans, pay taxes, and support their own economy. The lower class have gone nearly bankrupt. In all, its a multi-trillion dollar loss taken over about 30 years. Millions are under the impression that we need to create more jobs simply to provide more opportunity. as if that would solve the problem. It won’t. Not by a longshot. Jobs don’t necessarily create wealth. In fact, they almost never do. For the mostpart, they only transfer wealth from one party to another. A gain here. A loss there. Appreciation in one community. Depreciation in another. In order to create net wealth, you must harvest a new resource or make more efficient use of one. Either way you must have a reliable and ethical system in place to distribute that newly created wealth in order to benefit society as a whole and prevent a lagging downside. The ‘free market’ just doesn’t cut it. Its a farce. Many of the jobs created are nothing but filler. The promises empty. Sure, unemployment reached an all-time low under Bush. GDP reached an all-time high. But those are both shallow and misleading indicators. In order to gauge actual prosperity, you must consider the economy in human terms. As of ’08′ the average American was working more hours than the previous generation with far less equity to show for it. Consumer debt, forclosure, and bankruptcy were also at all-time highs. As of ’08′, every major American city was riddled with depressed communities, neglected neighborhoods, failing infrastructures, lost revenue, and gang activity. All of this has coincided with massive economic growth and job creation. Meanwhile, the rich have been getting richer and richer and richer even after taxes. Our nation’s wealth has been concentrated. Again, this represents a multi-trillion dollar loss taken by the majority. Its an absolute deal breaker. Bottom line: With or without economic growth or job creation, you must have a system in place to prevent too much wealth from being concentrated at the top. Unfortunately, we don’t. Our economy has become nothing but a giant game of Monopoly. The richest one percent already own nearly 1/2 of all United States wealth. More than double their share before Reagan took office. Still, they want more. They absolutely will not stop. Now, our society as a whole is in serious jeapordy. Greed kills.