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October 08, 2010 – Comments (7)

"The lessons of history ... show conclusively that continued dependence upon relief induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fiber. To dole out relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit."

These searing words about Depression-era welfare are from Franklin Roosevelt's 1935 State of the Union Address. FDR feared this self-reliant people might come to depend permanently upon government for the necessities of their daily lives. Like narcotics, such a dependency would destroy the fiber and spirit of the nation.

What brings his words to mind is news that 41.8 million Americans are on food stamps, and the White House estimates 43 million will soon be getting food stamps every month.

A seventh of the nation cannot even feed itself.

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7 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On October 08, 2010 at 6:28 PM, Varchild2008 (83.73) wrote:

Paychecks vs. Foodstamps.  That's what the Midterm election season is all about.

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#2) On October 08, 2010 at 10:52 PM, FleaBagger (29.05) wrote:

If only there were candidates for major office that would do something to end food stamps and other social welfare programs.

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#3) On October 08, 2010 at 11:05 PM, RLAprof (30.14) wrote:

"The lessons of history ... show conclusively that continued dependence upon relief induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fiber. To dole out relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit."

Interesting!!

When I started reading this, I thought you were referring to the executives at GS or GM!

How crazy of me.

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#4) On October 08, 2010 at 11:53 PM, TheClub55 (< 20) wrote:

YES IT IS... You can buy SNAP cards (the new food stamps) for a 50% discount from the poor (I mean gov scammers)... its the best ROI of the year, with the current Fed ZIRP program the "risk free" market return is fairly poor.

 And it works great for everyone, I avoid price inflation, get a return on my tax dollars and the poor "scammer" gets to buy their drugs and booze... everyone is a WINNER!

 BTW - This is complete sarcasm... but its very true, happens everyday! 

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#5) On October 09, 2010 at 11:51 AM, Valyooo (99.40) wrote:

So one in seven and a half people need food stamps? I think I'm gonna apply for them...if everybody else is gonnaget free stuff I want some too

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#6) On October 09, 2010 at 12:15 PM, outoffocus (23.02) wrote:

I mean no offense but all I'm hearing here is villification of the less fortunate and complacency about the use of tax dollars (which I've seen greater abuses of tax money over the past few years. But yea lets focus on food stamps...).  Nowhere in the post or comments do I hear any real solutions.  RLAprof has the best comment here. 

If none of you have ever face the real threat of starvation then good for you. But who are you to judge people in dire straits? Do you personally know anyone collecting food stamps? If not then where do you come off judging them?  If you do then what have you done to help them?

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#7) On October 09, 2010 at 1:37 PM, dwot (49.60) wrote:

Brings back memories from elementary school...  Something about learning that the burden of providing grain for the masses in Rome could not be afforded and it brought the empire down... 

And I think about Kennedy's speech, "Ask not what your country can do for your but what you can do for your country..."

 

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supplemental_Nutrition_Assistance_Program

Work support

The Food Stamps Program is known in public policy circles as a “work support,” meaning it is used primarily by people looking for a job, or employed but not making enough to make ends meet. Because food stamps allow this latter group to maintain their low-wage employment, most experts[who?] believe food stamps actually keep people off the welfare rolls. Peer-reviewed research on the "dependency" effect referenced above is non-existent. The available evidence, in particular a University of Maryland study conducted in 2002, indicates that enrollment in the food stamps program keeps former welfare recipients from sliding back into poverty and re-enrolling in welfare programs.

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