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One in 10 Americans gets help from U.S. to buy food

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posted on Apr, 3 2009 @ 08:22 AM
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One in 10 Americans gets help from U.S. to buy food


www.reuters.com

Thu Apr 2, 2009 5:11pm EDT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A record 32.2 million people -- one in every 10 Americans -- received food stamps at the latest count, the government said on Thursday, a reflection of the recession now in its 16th month.

Food stamps, the major U.S. anti-hunger program, help poor people buy groceries. The average benefit was $112.82 per person in January.

The January figure marks the third time in five months that enrollment set a record.

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posted on Apr, 3 2009 @ 08:22 AM
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Indeedly tough times. Discreetly showing the blurry limits of otherwise so-called pure capitalism.


The U.S. unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in February, the highest in 25 years. Weekly claims for jobless benefits totaled 669,000 last week, the highest in 26 years, the government said on Thursday.

Food stamp enrollment rose in 46 of the 50 states during January as the national total rose by 580,000 people, or 1.3 percent, from December, when the previous record was set, said Agriculture Department figures.

Vermont, Alaska and South Dakota had increases of more than 5 percent. Texas had the largest enrollment, 2.984 million, down 65,000, followed by California at 2.545 million, up 43,000, and New York with 2.211 million, up 37,000.

"It is a very difficult time for low-income families and individuals and also a difficult time for the groups that serve them," said Valentine Breitbarth of Bread for the City, a group that works with poor families in Washington.



Isn't this some grim form of a socialism that can't call this itself ? I wonder what's the best : social organization, or food stamps ?

Mind the gap, America.











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posted on Apr, 5 2009 @ 08:20 PM
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Nice try, Herr X !

Well, foodstamped americans probably don't mind the internet gap...

O_o



posted on Apr, 5 2009 @ 09:10 PM
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Something that should have been deduced from what you posted but apparently was not:

How many of those enrolling or already receiving food stamps are actually milking the system?



posted on Apr, 5 2009 @ 09:33 PM
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Milking the system to get milk ?




posted on Apr, 5 2009 @ 10:16 PM
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Originally posted by Monsieur X

Milking the system to get milk ?



No, "milking the system."

Snap, snap, get with the program here.


[edit on 5-4-2009 by Seekerof]



posted on Apr, 5 2009 @ 10:43 PM
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I'm Canadian..

BUT. I am willing to belive 3 out of those 10 people don't exactly "need" the assistance.

????



posted on Apr, 5 2009 @ 11:02 PM
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$118.00 dollar average per person? What the heck are these people eating rice? I don't even think you could afford to throw in the beans on that pitiful amount.

It sure would be nice if the President spent a little less time trying to bail out the rest of the world and would stop running for office over in Europe long enough to like create SOME REAL JOBS for people here in the United States...you know besides volunteer non-paying ones.

Things surely are getting out of hand in my humble oppinion.



posted on Apr, 5 2009 @ 11:06 PM
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Prior to the economic crisis I would have agreed with you when you say that a number of those on stamps are simply milking the system but considering how there are less jobs and people being forced on to stamps I cant imagine there is much work for those who are deliberately on stamps either. What I mean to say is that high unemployment is the perfect excuse for those looking for a free ride and when people who want to work cant find a job it seems foolish to demand those who wont work to find a job. I hope you catch my drift

Just so you know, I'm not supporting those who are looking for a free ride, I do feel sorry for them though, there's nothing like knowing you earnt the food on your table but I do know that in the UK at least it has become a way of life for many, traditional to some extent which is a sad fact, I grew up in a similar situation but I found my way out of that situation and my brother the same, so there is hope
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Added "simply" in the first paragraph.

[edit on 5/4/2009 by CuriosityStrikes]



posted on Apr, 5 2009 @ 11:28 PM
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Stop deflecting.

The private sector lost nearly 800,000 jobs last month.
What do you think that actually means?

How fast can you get a job today when the longer you wait the closer you are to losing everything?

You should be more worried about how much more the CEO's, politicians and other white collar criminals will continue manufacturing their safety net at the expense of the average Americans limited nest eggs. How they will continue to buy fire insurance and then set the house aflame on Wall street.

Who really is responsible for the bankrupting of America?
If you think it's the welfare bums you're in denial.

Sorry but the lazy American is a minimal impact at best by comparison.

How many Americans are scamming the system?
How many are on welfare now?

I just don't really care at this point.

The overall numbers will continue to grow and in this economy, chances are those coming in will REALLY need it. Scamming the system is shameful don't get me wrong. They'll just always be woefully inept when placed side by side with the real bandits that can and have crushed our lifestyle. Point the finger at the real thieves that should get more attention than they do as opposed to some of the lazy bums on welfare amongst the people that genuinely will need it in the near future.

If you want to call welfare a form of socialism just to drum up some alarmist partisan reactions more power to you.

Corporate welfare is the real beast.
You should know that.

- Lee



posted on Apr, 5 2009 @ 11:38 PM
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To throw the "stop deflecting" card is 'a' typical for those who simply wish to continue to ignore that which you claim that distractors ignore.

Furthermore, regardless of the private sector unemployment numbers and despite your attempts to place the blame on CEOs, politicians, other white collar "criminals," and corporate welfare, there are those who are simply milking the system and milking the system using the same lame ideological based argumentation and logic as you have just espoused. And you should know that; ironic, huh?



[edit on 5-4-2009 by Seekerof]



posted on Apr, 6 2009 @ 06:54 AM
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Shouldn't this make a lie of the idea that the US is such a great place to live and socialism would make it worse (along with the shocking lack of health care and obvious poverty of much of the 'de-industrialised' US).

Try looking at 'socialist' countries like Denmark - I bet the average American would find that they have a lot better quality of life there even if they do pay more tax.

Though of course this would mean giving up McCarthyist propaganda that has been in place for 60 years to drum up hate for Communism - Surely that couldn't be too hard?



posted on Apr, 6 2009 @ 10:22 AM
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Originally posted by Seekerof

Originally posted by Monsieur X

Milking the system to get milk ?



No, "milking the system."

Snap, snap, get with the program here.


[edit on 5-4-2009 by Seekerof]



Well... May you mind the gap beneath your very feet, dude.



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