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NoCal county wants people on welfare

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posted on Nov, 23 2009 @ 09:32 AM

In California, 5.5 million people are eligible for food stamps, but the enrollment rate is only 50 percent, the analysis said. The CFPA said that's a problem, not only for the families struggling, but also for the local and state government missing out on the potential revenue. "Low food stamp participation means less for all Californians - less nutrition assistance for eligible households, less economic activity, and less sales tax revenue for the state and local governments," nutrition policy advocate Tia Shimada wrote on behalf of the group. The United States Department of Agriculture asserts that every federal food stamp dollar spent generates $1.84 in economic activity.

The average family receives $341 a month in food stamps, she said, which can free up money for other necessities like transportation or gas, as well as items that are often taxable, such as clothes. The CFPA said if enrollment were 100 percent, the state could see nearly $7 billion in additional economic activity per year. About $49 million of that would be generated in Shasta County. Families get fed and the county gets the cash infusion, Champe said. "It's a total win-win situation."

So you are hurting the economy if you don't rely on the government for assistance?

[edit on 23-11-2009 by calstorm]

posted on Nov, 23 2009 @ 09:46 AM

Originally posted by calstorm

So you are hurting the economy if you don't rely on the government for assistance?

No but you are hurting the State of California... they get federal money to pay for those programs... lets face it Calif is hurting for money and by signing up a low income family for food stamps the state is reimbursed for their children's free/reduced cost school lunches... that in itself is a huge cost savings, money that can used elsewhere like books and more teachers

posted on Nov, 23 2009 @ 02:37 PM
reply to post by calstorm

i'm surprised they're having problems with having enough people on food stamps when there are literally at least a million illegal immigrants in the bay area and they have immunity and also get all kinds of handouts real citizens can't get. california's socialist system is not on the right track here.

posted on Nov, 23 2009 @ 02:49 PM
Yes, by all means, don't let them use that $10 to buy food on their own! Make them take food stamps that all of the other citizens pay for and instead use that $10 to buy more cheap crap from China.

It's just ridiculous.

I also beg to differ with another poster. The state gets reimbursed for EACH FREE / REDUCED COST school meal -- regardless of whether or not that child receives food stamps provided they follow the Federal Guidlelines of what they have to be fed.

One program is not dependent on the other, but if eligible for one you are usually eligible for the other.

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[edit on 23-11-2009 by lpowell0627]

posted on Nov, 24 2009 @ 03:57 AM
A large amount of people that use food stamps [EBT cards here in Cali] in my store use them on junk food, snacks, and soda. I've even seen parents give the cards to their kids to buy candy and snacks with. Yes they buy groceries from time to time, but I bite my tongue when they buy a basket of chips and cookies and pepsi..I wish I could tell them to use my tax money a little wiser lol
The state does not allow them to buy energy drinks, and I've heard them complain over and over about it.

I feel eventually we will all be pushed to be on some sort of handouts. Almost every job I've applied to in the past few months has had a survery asking if I've ever been on food stamps, welfare, or any other government assistance...apparently these companies get tax credits for hiring someone on benefits....sooo now I'm hurting the economy AND I can't get a better job because I am not taking handouts

posted on Nov, 24 2009 @ 05:00 AM
ummm...we should all just blow our jobs, become "poor" and save our nation from all of it 's financial woes then, right???
would love to see thier reaction to that one, one day, they just wake up, and well, no one shows up for work, nothing gets done, all those who were working are now home, or at the welfare office applying for aide....

ya, should work out rather nicely, shouldn't it??

they need to spend more time thinking of ways to turn people into contributing members of society, taxpayers....not ways to come up with more people to drain the gov't bank of it's iou's...which at this point, it's all iou's.

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