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Giving People Food Stamps Makes Them Dependent on Food

Updated on July 16, 2012
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As Republicans have proven by saying it time and time again, people on government assistance become dependent on it. Freely giving away food stamps just makes people dependent on food. How dare they be poor and hurt the job creators by taking food stamp handouts!

People are choosing to be dependent on the government by remaining poor. Being poor just fits their life-style, and we shouldn’t let them do it. If we keep giving assistance, they will stop looking for jobs that don’t exist! And don’t you liberals dare mention jobs programs and a higher minimum wage to help people off of food stamps, damn socialists!

The Senate version of the United States farm bill has a minuscule $4.5 billion in cuts to food stamp programs. Thankfully, the Republican controlled House saw the error of Senate's ways and passed a bill with $16.5 billion in cuts to food stamps. Why don’t we cut out the whole food stamp program; otherwise, we’re just encouraging poor people to eat.

In 2011, per person food stamp payouts averaged $133.85 per month. We will have 3 million fewer people dependent on the government if we pass our food stamp cuts. 40% of the lazy Americans who receive food stamps are working. I guess they will just have to work harder once we eliminate the program. Besides, people can go to churches for food if they get hungry. It will do their soul some good to suffer like Jesus and then take the communion wafer to avoid starvation.

Besides cutting from the program that feeds the unworthy masses, the House farm bill does many things to protect the big agribusiness job creators. First, it guarantees higher crop prices for their crops. The House farm bill gives the most prosperous 10% of growers about 75% of the subsidies. Another great part of the bill is the expanded crop insurance for big farmers. 26 farmers received more than $1 million and 10,000 farmers received more than $100,000 in insurance payouts. With the new farm bill, the insurance payments will increase by $9.5 billion. (ibid)

The increased insurance payouts are needed for big farmers to stay in the 1%. Otherwise, they would be just like the rest of America and have to live on less than $250,000 a year. Thankfully, “the farm households who receive about 80 percent of the subsidies are typically multimillionaires with annual taxable incomes in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.” Millionaires need more money, and this farm bill provides that.

More than that, the new House proposed Price Loss Program would guarantee an additional $16.5 billion to growers of mainly corn, soybeans, peanuts, rice and wheat. See, we match the $16.5 billion cost of the Price Loss Program to big farmers with $16.5 billion in cuts to the food stamp program. Another upside of this bill is that the Price Loss Program will personally help Frank Lucas, House Republican from Oklahoma, who needed something in the bill to protect his family farm’s profits. You know he supports the bill that supports him. (ibid)

The House and John Boehner should rename this bill “The Freedom to Grow What Farmers Want Act” because the House version allows farmers grow genetically modified crops before they get FDA approval. Why should we have to wait to learn if something is safe to eat before we grow it?

Thankfully, Republicans see the waste and fraud in the food stamp program but not the farm subsidies, price supports, or other aid to agribusiness.

Other good news is that 280,000 children would no longer get a free lunch when the House farm bill passes. Why should we pay for their school food when they could be working in factories making money to feed themselves and thus not be dependent on the government?

And take that you tree huggers! The House farm bill cuts into your precious conservation programs, cutting $6 billion over ten years. Conservation programs are not needed, it’s a waste of money and only helps crazy people who want to preserve lands for future generations. Farmers don’t need money for land conservation anyway. Land conservation IS a handout farmers don't need, unlike crop insurance and price supports.

With all this cutting from food assistance and aid to the job creators, we need to support this bill. As I always say, shut up you liberals!

Call Congress to tell them how brilliant they are to cut food programs for the poor during a recession and to support rich farmers who don’t need the help. http://frac.org/leg-act-center/farm-bill-2012/

Peace,
Tex Shelters

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I've got some seriously mixed feelings about all of this. I have done the food stamp program here in Texas...and I swear to you, it would have required me to commit what to my mind would have been FRAUD in order to keep them.

      I absolutely think the food stamp programs are WONDERFUL things, and much needed.

      In Texas, and likely elsewhere....the requirements to keep them are off the charts ridiculous, and in my case...impossible.

      I could NOT spend 30 hours per week looking for work...there aren't one weeks worth of applying for jobs that I could ever get to where I live...so what do you suppose I could do?

      Now, had I had a part time job "flippin burgers" or anything like that that would have netted me the hourly work requirements...then I could have kept them.

      No human system will ever be perfect...

      I do recognize, however, that had I maintained the food stamp thing....I'd have surely depended upon it....sooner rather than later I'd have landed another real job....but some folks aren't looking to excel...still, having been born means to me that no matter what, you do indeed deserve to eat.

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      Chris Dane 4 years ago from Maryland, USA

      People aren't born poor, it's a lifestyle choice. The best thing they can do is give up food stamps and welfare and try to lead a healthy, Godly lifestyle. This sets a good example for their kids, to help them not make corrupt lifestyle choices that lead to sinful relationships with the government. If they starve and die, at least they'll be in heaven with our Lord. Better to die than to live a life of shame, driven by your base deviant cravings for food and water, electricity and gas to cook with. If God intended us to expect these things for a decent lifestyle, he would have had power companies and plumbing in the garden of Eden. Who cares if that time period in the bible looked like Afghanistan? This is America, and we can't afford to have pedicures for our poodles unless some people stop milking the system so daddy gets to take home an extra billion this year!

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      People aren't born poor?

      WTF did I just read?

      So are you telling me that David Rockefeller wasn't born rich? HOLY SMOKE DUDE.

      Oh wait....you might be right :)

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      You guys make me DIZZY!!! Chris.....I'll tell you what I told Tex a while back.........sometimes when I read these "tongue-in-cheek," they start out so damned serious, I begin to hyprventilate....before it gets to the part where it's soooo damned outrageous, I know it's BULL.....either that, or the writer is seiously off his/her rocker!

      Basically, "eating" is over-rated.....it's just not what it's cracked up to be. People need to learn to just say NO.

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      texshelters 4 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      I hear ya Wes. Thanks.

      PTxS

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      texshelters 4 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Made me laugh. Thanks!

      PTxS

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      texshelters 4 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Y'all made me laugh. Thanks, and thank you fpher.

      PTxS

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      LikaMarie 4 years ago

      Sure, lets cut food stamps so that rather than the poor people becoming poorer and depending on it, we can give it to farmers to stop farming all their land, and that will fix the problem, because farmers work hard, especially when their fields are empty from Government welfare...

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      texshelters 4 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Yea, I'm pissed off too. Thanks!

      PTxS

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      pmorries 4 years ago from Golden, CO

      What is really genius about our Republican brother’s plan is the poor, who do not want to inconvenience the rich, will go gently into the night. History is full of examples of the poor deciding that their lives are not important and letting those who hoard all the resources like money, food, and power to keep it all to themselves; however, at the moment, I cannot think of a single example. Can you help me, my political Yoda?

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      texshelters 4 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      PM,

      I can't fight history, or the laughs you bring. Thanks.

      PTxS

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Wow--tongue in cheek--I guess eating can be overrated--

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Great hub as usual texshelters and great comments. all of them. I recently did a hub about SNAP the revamped food stamps program, but it was from a completely different perspective.

      I appreciate the facts and figures that you provide. Please keep them coming. Hope ypu have a great Labor's day.

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      ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

      When the government spends more money that they make in revenue, and they continually increase the size of government, they are part of the problem.

      This is the case this year, instead of trying to fix the economy they spend all their energy on social issues. Many social issues exist because the economy is so bad. It is not a solution to give handouts, that should only be a temporary condition.

      At the same time a lot of that revenue goes to feed the growing number of government employees to job security, excellent taxpayer paid benefits, including defined benefits pension with early retirements.

      People are still losing their homes from bad loans created by financial institutions bailed out by the government. But the government didn't help the people that had the bad loans.

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      texshelters 4 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      When the government spend 6 times more on the military and has the lowest taxes of any indiustrialized nation, there's a problem of priorities. We have the money to avoid cuts to food stamps, we just don't have the will to prioritized it.

      Thanks.

      PTxS

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      Crin Forbes 4 years ago from Michigan

      Ha, ha, ha, Tex, it's been a few years...

      I don't really see what the problem is. Most of the states don't even use food stamps any longer. They use food credit cards. I thought that credit cards are great and they are good for America, as GW use to say...

      Speaking about food stamps, credit card stamps and poor people there is a story in the news about Minnesota's giant Supervalue closing 60 stores outside the state.

      It seems that their low to medium pricing levels could not keep customers who moved to places like Walmart and Target, which by the way, subsidize their groceries at 15% below the low end sellers.

      Now that you mentioned about the government spending so much on military. I assume that you were afraid that they were going to cut back.

      Don't be worried, Ryan pledged not only no cuts but increases for the military spending...

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