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Should you be able to buy junk food with food stamps?

GoDucks5 2013/04/06 19:56:52
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  • rocat 2013/04/06 20:24:10
    Yes
    rocat
    +9
    food is composed of three things...
    protien...
    carbs...
    fat-

    define "junk" food-
    gets more than a bit complicated then...eh???

    besides...
    one man's junk...
    is another man's treasure- :)

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  • Mario Elocio 2013/04/11 16:45:01
    No
    Mario Elocio
    Food stamps are immoral
  • Dandydon 2013/04/07 22:27:06
    No
    Dandydon
    Shouldn't be able to buy crack with it either..
  • thezone 2013/04/07 16:55:59
    Undecided
    thezone
    I believe in free choice and junk food doesn't bug me food stamps do
  • TooSweet 2013/04/07 15:47:45
    No
    TooSweet
    Rice and beans is all you should get from government assistance.Eat that crap long enough and you will be motivated to improve your situation.
  • Tanya Smith 2013/04/07 13:54:51
    Yes
    Tanya Smith
    it has not stopped them from purchasing drugs and alchohol
  • ed 2013/04/07 12:20:23
    No
    ed
    not junk food not beer or liquor or lap dances and junk food meaning no honey buns or twinkies stuff like that. junk food
  • questionsparks 2013/04/07 05:18:27
    No
    questionsparks
    +1
    You should only be able to buy junk food with food stamps.
  • MsDianna 2013/04/07 00:50:49
    No
    MsDianna
    +1
    no you shouldn't be able to buy junk food with food stamps. you need to buy fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, pasta, rice. Foods that are good for you.
  • Rebel [SHP] 2013/04/07 00:41:02 (edited)
    No
    Rebel [SHP]
    +1
    That's how this system is abused. At least one of the many ways.

    food stamps for sale
  • Stratweenie57 2013/04/07 00:39:09
    No
    Stratweenie57
    +1
    Ben Franklin said we should help the poor,but shouldn't make them comfortable in it. I can't buy name-brand everything,I have budget with store brand compromise. Yet every time I see that EBT card out,bet that EVERYTHING is name brand. A nd YES,it's usually junk like sweets colas and individually wrapped snack cakes-alongside steaks chops and high buck seafood. They should be limited to store brand staples,no frills and all EBT cards marked with thumbprint holograms so you can't buy your buddy's card at half price and use it at the Kroger.
  • Robbb 2013/04/07 00:34:30
    Yes
    Robbb
    +2
    The problem is that most people on food stamps don't buy junk foods because it tends to be expensive.
  • Just me ♥ 2013/04/07 00:20:56
    No
    Just me ♥
    +2
    No they shouldn't. You are what you eat and as the saying goes, junk in, junk out.
  • Claudine 2013/04/06 23:00:20
    Undecided
    Claudine
    +1
    Who are you to judge? I have only been here a short time and from the time span of your many posts you must be eating your parents food. How dare you question anyone buying food. How dare you question anything untill you have had a life on your own.
  • Just me ♥ Claudine 2013/04/07 00:19:17
    Just me ♥
    +2
    Who are you to judge him? He's 17 yrs old, has a part time job and therefore pays taxes and taxes on the things that he buys and every time he puts gas in his car so as a taxpaying citizen, I'd say he has every right to ponder the question whether or not food stamp recipients should be able to buy junk food with food stamps.
  • Claudine Just me ♥ 2013/04/07 00:21:52
    Claudine
    LOL!
  • Claudine Just me ♥ 2013/04/07 00:27:59
  • Just me ♥ Claudine 2013/04/07 00:43:48
    Just me ♥
    +1
    LOL...
  • GoDucks5 Just me ♥ 2013/04/07 05:28:59 (edited)
    GoDucks5
    +1
    Thank you very much. Still have a couple hours to go to be 17 years old but close enough. We don't have a sales tax here in Oregon though. I do pay income tax though.
  • Just me ♥ GoDucks5 2013/04/07 15:27:14
    Just me ♥
    happy birthday ducky

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY DUCKY!!
  • Helmholtz 2013/04/06 22:53:58
    No
    Helmholtz
    +1
    I think that at least it should be restricted to a very small percent of your overall food stamp budget.

    I'm all for helping folks and believe in this kind of welfare, but I live in a poor neighborhood and don't think it's right how frequently I see 300 pound moms with their 200 pound kids using the government dole to buy Cheetos and Coke ... and getting pissed when they're told their account is empty.
  • Studied 2013/04/06 22:40:40
    No
    Studied
    +2
    There was a time in this country that you were limited to what you could purchase. The registers in the grocery stores were set to make allow only certain items to be purchased. Of course, today, it seems that has all gone down the drain. Now they tell us it would be impossible to control what the money was spent on. I say BS, if we did it before, with the technology of today it should be even easier.
  • Mytstar ~PWCM~JLA 2013/04/06 22:00:47 (edited)
    Undecided
    Mytstar ~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    I had a friend a single woman in her late 50's that was receiving Food Stamps...she would purchase things that I thought she shouldnt... like Shrimp and Steak or Crab... Things that alot of us dont buy because its not with in our budget... when I asked her about it... ... she replied... If they dont want to give me food stamps... then dont.... but if they give them to me... it is my choice as to what foods I buy to eat with them...
  • D S 2013/04/06 21:59:38
    Undecided
    D S
    +3
    maybe. these people have kids too.
    How about 10% of what they get.
    It's not like the meals in boxes are good for you but they are covered. (hamburg helper...)
    It's hard the eat healthy on a budget.
    Good food cost good money.
  • Monica 2013/04/06 21:54:39
    No
    Monica
  • Wyveryx 2013/04/06 20:56:42
    Yes
    Wyveryx
    +4
    Aside from the complexities of figuring out how to restrict them at the register, it isn't right to tell someone what to eat. Regardless if they're on FS or not.
    Also, how would you define junk food, anything that has something bad for you?
  • Faith ~... Wyveryx 2013/04/06 21:42:29
    Faith ~American Patriot~
    +1
    No one is saying they can't eat junk food, we're just saying they can't use our money to purchase it.
  • Tennyso... Faith ~... 2013/04/07 02:57:29
    Tennyson James
    +1
    They are not using your money.
  • Faith ~... Tennyso... 2013/04/07 14:58:57
    Faith ~American Patriot~
    If they are using food stamps they are most certainly using my money, and everyone else's that pays taxes. If they don't want people to tell them what they can or cannot buy, they should get a job that allows them to pay for their own food.
  • Tennyso... Faith ~... 2013/04/07 15:41:42
    Tennyson James
    They are benefitting from an established government program. Once you pay your taxes it ceases to be "your" money and becomes the governments' to use to fund numerous programs benefitting our society.
  • Faith ~... Tennyso... 2013/04/07 22:41:09
    Faith ~American Patriot~
    +1
    I disagree.
  • Tennyso... Faith ~... 2013/04/08 02:28:20
    Tennyson James
    No problem. Thank you for not making it personal. :-)
  • Wyveryx Faith ~... 2013/04/07 19:36:17
    Wyveryx
    I'm saying that the amount of money necessary to go into research and implementation to restrict purchases will cost more than to simply allow them to buy what ever they wish.

    It's cheaper for taxpayers in the long run.
  • Faith ~... Wyveryx 2013/04/07 22:40:55
    Faith ~American Patriot~
    I doesn't cost more to restrict non-food items, alcohol, cigarettes, etc... Even if there was an upfront cost, of be fine with that.
  • Wyveryx Faith ~... 2013/04/08 06:57:59
    Wyveryx
    But we're not talking about non-food items, and there is a distinct difference between the two.
    The problem with food is separating the type at the retail level, nationwide and countless stores. The upfront cost would likely be prohibitive.
  • Faith ~... Wyveryx 2013/04/08 13:28:53
    Faith ~American Patriot~
    They already restrict certain foods. WIC has no problem restricting the foods it doesn't allow.
  • peggy 2013/04/06 20:41:31 (edited)
    No
    peggy
    +3
    No I watch those people get nothing but the best brand names food while I make due with store brands...erks me
  • thefatguy 2013/04/06 20:39:58
    No
    thefatguy
    +2
    No, there should be no public food stamps at all.
  • AnonymousDino$aur 2013/04/06 20:39:12
  • Tennyson James 2013/04/06 20:37:22
    Yes
    Tennyson James
    +3
    Why not? It's food - unhealthy food, but still food.
  • frank 2013/04/06 20:37:00
    No
    frank
    +2
    I don't see where junk food would be a necessarily, so I vote "NO".

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