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Should Republicans Cut Food Stamps?

★~DoctorWhoGuru~★ 2012/06/20 03:11:27
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The 1,000-page "farm bill" being debated in the Senate is somewhat of a misnomer. Four of every five dollars in it — roughly $80 billion a year — goes for grocery bills for one of every seven Americans through food stamps.

Republicans say Congress could cut the cost $2 billion a year by just closing a pair of loopholes that some states use to award benefits to people who otherwise might not qualify.

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  • Brosia 2012/07/18 00:50:24
    No
    Brosia
    +1
    Stop cutting the poor peoples safety nets!!!!!
  • ★~Docto... Brosia 2012/07/18 03:55:15
  • Alummina 2012/06/20 19:09:32
    No
    Alummina
    +1
    This is for all the people that does not make enough money to eat. is better that the republicans start looking of there actions because people are tire of there games.
  • wildcat 2012/06/20 13:00:46
    Yes
    wildcat
    +1
    Only to themselves
  • beach bum 2012/06/20 10:59:40
  • Lady Whitewolf 2012/06/20 10:27:05
  • METALheadMom 2012/06/20 06:29:45
    Yes
    METALheadMom
    Food stamps are tools of the lazy. We should close those loopholes, and i'll take you a step further. There are very few people who deserve food stamps, people who are consciously trying and working their asses off to survive. We should devote our time to finding these people, we should not be spending so much money on freeloaders
  • Kibbles 2012/06/20 06:02:26
    No
    Kibbles
    +4
    My mother needs food stamps,we'd have starved without them. She also needs the social security, without that we would have nowhere to go. My mother needs programs like these to keep afloat, if these go we have nothing and are in a dire situation, nowhere near me is hiring and the field work gets taken up quickly by other people who need it just as much.
  • Inquisitve Kat 2012/06/20 05:38:08
    No
    Inquisitve Kat
    +3
    Unless they're only cutting it for Republicans... that would be fair.
  • Lady Wh... Inquisi... 2012/06/20 10:27:26
    Lady Whitewolf
    +2
    agreed
  • Helmholtz 2012/06/20 04:55:26
    No
    Helmholtz
    +3
    We should cut the direct subsidies to big agra. Except for a handful of families, all it does is f*ck everyone.
  • sjalan 2012/06/20 04:20:31
    No
    sjalan
    +4
    This amounts to roughly $87 per month for a family of four who are making less than the poverty level.
  • jlolli 2012/06/20 04:04:23
    Yes
    jlolli
    +1
    Freeze the existing budget and cut 1% from ALL programs annually until revenue matches spending. Within 10 years, we should have a balanced budget and a booming economy.
  • DFA 2012/06/20 04:03:53
    No
    DFA
    +3
    Why would you?
  • jlolli DFA 2012/06/20 04:14:42 (edited)
    jlolli
    Because 43 cents out of every dollar spent by the Fed is either borrowed or printed from thin air. We are on an unsustainable path of deficit spending with over $1.5 Trillion being added every year. At 2% interest we are adding over $20 billion each year to the existing $350 Billion, just to pay the interest on the existing national debt. With declining tax revenues, our growing debt trajectory is unsustainable. That fact is already manifested by the decline in purchasing power of the dollar. example is the cost of gas was $1.80/gallon and gold at $800/oz when Obama became POTUS in Jan'09 and is now both of those commodities are almost twice that price.

    If you were earning $50k in Jan'08 you could buy 27,780 gallons of gas or buy 62.5 oz of gold. Today, that same salary only buys you 14,285 gallons of gas or 30.75oz of gold. So everyone is being ripped off by the decline in the value of our freshly printed from thin air dollar thanks to "Quantitative Easing" which has done nothing but rob the poor and middle class of their purchasing power.

    I say freeze spending for all programs at current levels and then start reducing spending by at least 1% each year until the existing tax revenue matches spending levels.

    Do you have a better solution?
  • DFA jlolli 2012/06/20 05:10:29
  • jlolli DFA 2012/06/21 13:42:22
    jlolli
    So what would be a better solution to deficit spending other than cutting spending?
  • Dawny 2012/06/20 03:49:06
    No
    Dawny
    +5
    If they did some of my most loved friends and family would be screwed.
  • The_Infidel_Atheist 2012/06/20 03:48:16
    No
    The_Infidel_Atheist
    +4
    The GOP wants to cut and sell everything. They remind of the type of people who fall on hard financial times and immediately start selling their stuff at yard sales and pawn shops.
  • Queen B 2012/06/20 03:40:23
    No
    Queen B
    +5
    They should just cut their wrists.
  • Jeff Smith 2012/06/20 03:40:19
    Yes
    Jeff Smith
    +2
    To those who take advantage of the system and to all illegals
  • Rebel [SHP] 2012/06/20 03:38:22
    No
    Rebel [SHP]
    +2
    Americans should cut food stamps, revamp welfare, and stop it from being a endless cycle where people either cannot get out of the system or have no desire to get out of the system. It's a broken system.
  • Captain Hindsight 2012/06/20 03:37:27
    No
    Captain Hindsight
    +4
    Some Republicans share more attributes with the church of Satan than the church of Christ.
  • Yes
    ☆The Rock☆ * AFCL* The Sheriff!!
    +1
    And foreign aid as well..Get rid of it and help Americans get job so they don't have to draw them.Repeal NAFTA, the WTO..Bring the manufacturing base back to America!!
  • Kibbles ☆The Ro... 2012/06/20 06:04:02
    Kibbles
    +2
    Problem is Rock that some cannot work. My other for example is on disability and is not allowed to work, and the area I'm in has no jobs available for someone barely out of high school.
  • Lady Wh... ☆The Ro... 2012/06/20 10:28:40
    Lady Whitewolf
    +2
    I agree with getting rid of ALL foreign aid....
  • BubblyBlonde 2012/06/20 03:20:42
    No
    BubblyBlonde
    +5
    No they should not.
  • Jester M.S. 2012/06/20 03:18:51
    Yes
    Jester M.S.
    +4
    As difficult of a pill as this is for many people to swallow, something is going to have to be done about entitlements in the very near future. Pragmatically, the US simply cannot sustain itself indefinitely if we continue to spend out of control while not taking in enough tax revenue to cover it.

    Thus far, about the only major proposals launched by either party have either been fairly minuscule reductions in spending (republicans) or increasing taxation (democrats). Both of these strategies are basically like using a band-aide to plug up the grand canyon. They are a temporary solution to a long term problem.

    One of these days we are going to have to face a hard reality that even the most skilled politician can't sugar coat, and I just pray someone will have the courage to do so before we find ourselves in a situation with no recourse.
  • Inquisi... Jester ... 2012/06/20 05:41:24
    Inquisitve Kat
    +2
    Then they ought to get rid of hunting and fishing restrictions (for low-income people, to prevent resources being targeted and depleted by those with the intent to sell) and encourage people to plant food gardens, because right now, people can't afford to lose the food stamps.
  • Jester ... Inquisi... 2012/06/20 06:12:59 (edited)
    Jester M.S.
    +1
    Perhaps, but if something is not done eventually, it will be our children and our children's children that will suffer the consequences of our ineptitude. Too many people view the US government as a bottomless pit of money that can be used indefinitely with little consequences. As if they are a unique entity in the world in which the basic laws of economic reality do not apply. Obviously, this is false, but people continue to operate as if it had some basis in fact.

    At a time when we are facing a debt crisis of monumental proportions, the US government over the last 3 years decides to add an additional 5 trillion or so to the bottom line? Only in Washington DC can decisions like that make sense to a rational human being.

    The welfare state is on certain path of failure, and the actions of republicans and democrats are only delaying the inevitable. It is going to have to come down to an individual that can drop the political posturing and level with the American people about decisions that will be largely unpopular, but nonetheless necessary for survival.

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  • Kibbles Jester ... 2012/06/20 06:05:14
    Kibbles
    +3
    Well then mate, just like Inquisitive Kat said,they better open up hunting because as is we would have starved without food stamps.
  • BloodlessVeins 2012/06/20 03:13:34
    No
    BloodlessVeins
    +1
    Shouldn't they be spending time invistgating the ones that do have food stamps? My older sister is still taking food stamps....and drugs!
  • The_Inf... Bloodle... 2012/06/20 03:15:38
    The_Infidel_Atheist
    +1
    So you'd rather her be starving and taking drugs?
  • Bloodle... The_Inf... 2012/06/20 03:19:41
    BloodlessVeins
    She has not gotten a job at all. She got fired from McDonals because she told off her boss, she got fired from a job that she chops up chicken because her friends played a prank and hid her car.
  • The_Inf... Bloodle... 2012/06/20 03:32:06
    The_Infidel_Atheist
    +1
    So was that a yes or a no to my question?
  • Bloodle... The_Inf... 2012/06/20 18:04:16
    BloodlessVeins
    Yes, I'd rather her be starving. Because of her other people in Mexico, Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Egypt, and more than 20 more countries KILLING one another for those drugs. That doesn't include the US itself with crime overlords.
  • The_Inf... Bloodle... 2012/06/21 00:30:24
    The_Infidel_Atheist
    Would you rather her be dead? Or just alive, starving and suffering?
  • Bloodle... The_Inf... 2012/06/21 03:28:00
    BloodlessVeins
    She wouldn't starve and suffer. She has too many people that wouldn't let her.
  • The_Inf... Bloodle... 2012/06/21 07:54:39 (edited)
    The_Infidel_Atheist
    But you said you'd rather have her starving. Do you love your sister?
  • Bloodle... The_Inf... 2012/06/21 14:45:38
    BloodlessVeins
    No. We hate each other. We aren't siblings in my eyes, she has done nothing for me to say otherwise.

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