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A national shame

The quotation of the day from today's New York Times:

"I don't need a whole lot to eat, but this month I know I'm not going to buy any meats."

The words are those of Leon Simmons, 63, one of more than 47 million Americans whose food stamp allotment was cut this month.

Here's the link to the compete story:

This is a fkng disgrace.


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Nov. 8th, 2013 04:37 pm (UTC)
I worked at social services for many years. The myth of the welfare queen is just that - a myth - and a food stamp allotment for one person for one month buys damn little.
Nov. 9th, 2013 01:00 am (UTC)
Everyone knows poor people are poor because they've chosen to be poor, and most of them are cheating the system, so everyone's benefits need to be cut.
Nov. 8th, 2013 08:37 pm (UTC)
Bain Capital's business is to "manage" rich people's money in such a way as to avoid paying taxes on as much of it as possible. These rich people then buy the people in congress who pass legislation that causes stories like this. And I do mean buy. If you think there is no quid pro quo you are beyond naive. "Fking disgrace" does not begin to describe what is going on in this country.
Nov. 9th, 2013 12:57 am (UTC)
Wealth management is all about avoiding taxes. Our Congress is bought and paid for. We still have government "of the people," but the "by the people" and "for the people" parts are no longer operative.
Nov. 9th, 2013 12:08 am (UTC)
Yep. My students are all recipients of food stamps. It is a sadly common and familiar story. Here is the chart of food plans from the USDA - the thrifty plan is the basis of SNAP. http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/usdafoodcost-home.htm - you can see the costs by month.

Nov. 9th, 2013 01:01 am (UTC)
Those numbers really drive home the plight that food stamp recipients are in.
Nov. 10th, 2013 01:27 am (UTC)
My mother-in-law gets food stamps and hers were cut as well, but thankfully, she goes to the day center for a hot meal at lunchtime 5 days a week, so we've never run short. Of course, we can only buy frozen meals and sandwich stuff because there's nothing but a microwave and small fridge in her room.
Nov. 10th, 2013 01:32 am (UTC)
Imagine what it would be like for her without that hot lunch.
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