Are you on food stamps?

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If you are, you failed. Sorry to be so blunt, but it is true. You failed to take care of even yourself. Sure, it happens. Sometimes things get out of control, but the reality is, you failed. Yes, the government wants you to feel no shame for being dependent. It gave you a slick plastic card with an American flag. When you use it you look just like people who pay for food with their own money. The government doesn’t want you to be embarrassed but you should be.

That stings a little, doesn’t it? It should. Other people are being forced to buy your food; people who didn’t fail. Don’t let anybody tell you there is no shame in being on food stamps. They are wrong. It is shameful. That is okay. Shame is the subconscious telling you to make changes, get a job and pay your own way. When you get off food stamps and break that dependency, that feeling of shame will turn into a feeling of pride. Until then, don’t let anybody tell you that there is no stigma in living off of the wealth of others. Like the New York Times: Across U.S., Food Stamp Use Soars and Stigma Fades

Although the program is growing at a record rate, the federal official who oversees it would like it to grow even faster.

“I think the response of the program has been tremendous,” said Kevin Concannon, an under secretary of agriculture, “but we’re mindful that there are another 15, 16 million who could benefit.”

The undersecretary won’t rest until all 16 million are wards of the state.

For some people, maintaining pride and dignity is important.

Two northeast Ohio counties are being ordered by the state to try to boost the number of Amish receiving food stamps.

Geauga and Holmes counties plan to start advertising campaigns to encourage Amish to enroll in the subsidy program. Holmes may use a billboard to get the message out.

State officials saidt’s important that the Amish know the benefit is available.

But county officials question whether the effort is a waste of time and money. Amish oppose accepting government assistance.

The head of the Geauga Department of Job and Family Services says no matter how much they do, the Amish won’t sign up.

“…ordered by the state to try to boost the number of Amish receiving food stamps.”

Coming up following the failure of imposed dependency: Forced dependency.

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33 Responses to Are you on food stamps?

  1. James says:

    The bureaucrats want a large number on their report to justify their program’s “success” rate. A lot like Canada and their socialized health program. Canadians below 18 years of age receive rapid treatment. Over 18? Get ignored. Those bureaucrats want low infant mortality numbers on their reports.
    I digress…

  2. James says:

    The number of losers on the welfare dole in the article is staggering.

    Doesn’t free government food condition people to think they don’t have to build savings to manage employment risk?

    • R.D. Walker says:

      James: We keep at least a year of shelf stable food on hand. For items that are not shelf stable – like cooking oil – we keep several quarts and cycle through it. Our main purpose is emergency preparedness. That could mean war or pandemic but it could also mean feeding ourselves during a financial crisis.

  3. ED Barnes says:

    This has been a discussion in my family for a while that the government “food stamp” credit card was a bad idea. There should be some shame for being on food stamps.

    When you’re at the grocery store and you have to pull out the actual numbered coupons and people are looking at you and judging you, then it’s an incentive to not have to do that anymore. If you’re pulling out a credit card then it’s no big deal.

  4. Bman says:

    Anybody receiving foodstamps shouldnt be able to qualify for “free” or reduced lunches at school for their kids. If they are already getting “free” food, then why should they get “free” food again for their kids at school? Democrats look at the success rate of a program by measuring the number of people dependent on it. I look at a programs success by how many people are off of it

  5. James says:

    If you’re on the dole, you shouldn’t vote.
    Given the choice of food stamps = “government plastic” or the privilege of voting for the next 4 years, which would people choose?

  6. James says:

    A year of any kind of food is a lot. Three cans of soup per day is 1,000 cans. Those have shelf life, and too much salt. Hopefully there’s better choices than 50# bags of brown rice and lard. Unless you home can, shelf stable with variety that you want to eat month after month is a task.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      It takes up some space and it isn’t eating like you are used to. Many canned foods will last 10-20 years regardless of what the expiration date says. Rice and beans will last practically forever if stored correctly. In my case, the food fills one large closet. I don’t have a year of everything, by the way, the stuff that is most likely to spoil I will add when I feel a crisis coming on (hopefully). I probably have enough to feed my family without any hunger for four months right now.

      The Mormons practice a year of food storage as part of their religion. There are many businesses that serve that need who will serve your secular need too.

      Here is an LDS food needs calculator.

      http://lds.about.com/library/bl/faq/blcalculator.htm

  7. van-a-gram says:

    We used to live in Las Vegas. I remember going to the Food Lion (or whatever the grocery chain was) and watching wealthy older ladies (cadillac, rolex, jewelry) BUYING food stamps from people outside for .50 on the dollar.

    You see, the food stamps can’t be used for alcohol or tobacco so they would sell them at a steep discount to get enough $$ to buy those things.

    Illegal? Yes. Stigma to EITHER person — no.

    Another favorite: Welfare recipients buying tuna fish and hamburger because you can’t buy cat food or dog food with the stamps. Even their fucking pets get fed better than many who do not receive “assistance”.

  8. R.D. Walker says:

    Van: The stupid flaw in the stupid idea that food stamps are nutrition assistance: food stamps are fungible. Even if they aren’t sold at .50 on the dollar or they aren’t used to buy Starkist for the cat, they free up other funds that would have been used to purchase food.

    Food stamps = cash = food stamps.

    The island of Saipan as part of the CNMI is a commonwealth of the United States. Every single store on the island has a sign that reads “We accept food stamp.” It is a weird local colloquialism that the word “stamp” is always used in the singular. The signs are so ubiquitous, some smart ass put a sign up that you can’t miss near the airport that says, “Welcome to Saipan. We accept food stamp.”

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  9. MadBrad says:

    Should I lose my job one of the first things I’m going to do is apply for my Communist Debit Card. Every time I use it I’m going to proudly show it to everyone within sight and earshot and thank them for buying my groceries as I “Game the System”, and explain that I’m saving my cash to buy Lotto Tickets, Beer, Weed and Sex Industry Services.

  10. R.D. Walker says:

    Brad, I think that is a great idea! I believe you would do it too. It is the perfect response. Make sure you have things like whiskey, cigars and copies of Penthouse right out in plain sight in the Winn Dixie check out too.

  11. MadBrad says:

    Oh HELL YEAH. I might even get a T-Shirt that provides adequate expression too. The written word can be very powerful.

  12. R.D. Walker says:

    If you do it at Winn Dixie, everybody there will be on Food Stamps and assume you are providing sincere financial advice.

  13. Love my liberty says:

    The movie Cinderella Man was on TNT this weekend. It was the first time I saw it, and I was so impressed — both with the movie and with the man (James Braddock). In the Depression, there was a stigma about going on public assistance. And it was clear that it hurt Jim’s pride to have to turn to the government. But the biggest thing: when he got back on his feet, he returned all the relief money that he had taken.

    Poverty should be (and primarily is in this country) a temporary condition. Therefore, they should give up their right to vote in exchange for assistance, the assistance should be limited, and — let’s take it a step further — they should have to pay it back once they get back on their feet.

  14. Shawn says:

    Re: “If you’re on the dole, you shouldn’t vote.”

    That thought terrifies me – and I have no doubt that our “representatives” will give it significant consideration – while they also push to increase the number of “users” of these “services”. Though, in all likelihood, those that are gaming the system in this way are the same that vote more money into that type of system, liberals, so our current reps would be fools to eliminate their voting power.

  15. lisa says:

    wow you guys are so out there. there is honest people who have been hit hard by the ecom. and have kids too. so you are saying that the kids should suffer because you are selfish and inconciderate. grow up really…not everyone abuses the system and there u sit probably in a suit and tie…lol i sure hope i dont see u using stamps one day…

  16. R.D. Walker says:

    No lisa, they should take the food stamps and buy food. They should use the food stamps when they have used up their own funds. Nobody should be forced to go hungry, least of all children.

    Still, you don’t get to be on food stamps and be proud. When you are on food stamps you have failed. You have failed to live up to your responsibility to care for yourself and your children. It happens. Still, you don’t get to be proud when you are on food stamps. You are living off of other people and you should a) act grateful, not entitled and b) do everything in your power to get back to supporting yourself so you can be proud.

    Food stamps are a stop gap, not a lifestyle.

    Finally, if you do see me on food stamps, I invite you to mock me with derision. I will appropriately hang my head in shame and plan ways to get off of them as quickly as I possibly can.

  17. MadBrad says:

    Wow. I wish I could afford a suit and tie. The last one I bought was several years ago, when I was making money. The suit doesn’t fit anymore.

    Maybe if I had a Communist Debit Card I could do like the fatasses who ride around the grocery store on a motorized cart, loading up on bullshit at the expense of the taxpayer.

    My guess is that Lisa doesn’t live in the ghetto. No wonder she thinks we are really out there.

  18. Sarah says:

    HOLD ON THERE, not everyone who’s on food stamps is a failure. I won’t deny the fact that it is a shameful and painful experience to take out your food stamps card in public and swipe but you FAIL to take into account that not everyone who uses this card is proud of it or lives in a ghetto area. My family came to this country 15 years, before we came we had a farm and livestock, we were educated but in the language of the country we lived in. Our family members were murdered, our livestock stolen, our women raped, our farms burned to the ground. We came here and were given food stamps and many type of aid. At the time it was helpful and we needed all the aid we could get, we didn’t see ourselves as failures but as victims and survivers of a war we never started, a war that took everything we loved and owned, a war that happened in a painful period in our lives. We came here and we recieved aid, there was nothing wrong with asking for help when you need it and we needed BIG TIME. After a few years, we got on our feet and started reliqinshing a few of the things we didn’t need, but its harder done than said. We didn’t need food stamps and we told our social worker that many many many times, it took 5 years to finally get off food stamps but every time we came inside we were always encouraged to apply for it. You see if you want to talk about failure and failing than perhaps you should put yourself in those people shoes. Not everyone is like that african american fat mother who used abused to the limits. Everyone is different, just because someone is on food stamps doesn’t mean they’re proud of it. You state that the “Amish oppose accepting government assistance,” where my family comes from there is no such thing as government assistance. You either fail or you success, and if you fail than you always have your family there to help you to get back to your feet. No is no “government assistance” and to this day there is still none.

  19. MadBrad says:

    Sarah, I hope you will stick around. It sounds like you have a lot to contribute here. Please don’t be a stranger.

  20. notamobster says:

    Maybe something is lost in translation, though your English is better than many who speak it as their native tongue… Being a failure is not absolute. Failure is something to be overcome. I have failed more than once. I pick up my shit, dust off, and press on. That’s the way it’s supposed to work.

    I think, if we’re going to have social “safety nets” like this, that we should have absolute limits on the amount of time one can receive benefits. 36 months over an adult lifetime should be more than enough.

    (It strikes me unusual that a woman would use the possessive “our women” when referring to something bad happening…is it just me?)

  21. MadBrad says:

    Perhaps where Sarah is from people NEED to be possessive. Obviously there were lots of folks who were intent on taking everything they had. Welcome to the Revo Sarah. I’m glad that you made it out of that Hell on earth and have a new place to call home.

  22. notamobster says:

    Maybe I’m too cynical… I find everyone suspect in the beginning. Thanks for checking me.

  23. R.D. Walker says:

    Well, Sarah, that is certainly not a scenario I had anticipated when I wrote that. I don’t believe that being a refugee from war makes you a failure. I will say, however, that of the 45 million Americans currently on food stamps, a very scarce few fall under that scenario.

    It is interesting how dependency on food stamps was encouraged even after your family no longer felt them necessary. That is not indicative of a system meant to get people back on their feet and supporting themselves. That is indicative of a system designed to impose dependency.

    Welcome to the Revo, Sarah. Stick around.

  24. Nichole says:

    My name is Nichole. I am 25 years old and on Food stamps. However I don’t feel that I’ve failed. In fact I feel like I am more successful now than I I was prior. When I was 17 I was told I would never have children due to my reproductive organs being underdeveloped which rendered me without a menstrual cycle. Then at 21 I was drugged and raped while vacationing across country. My assailant had left me alone and although scared, angry, and hurt I could not prosecute someone who I had no identification of. I then had to go home. 6 months later I found out I was 6 months pregnant. Not having had a period for over two years I didn’t think I could ovulate. As fate would have it I had a son. At first I was upset and thought I would grow to resent this little boy born of a violent monster. I didn’t. I love my son more than I love myself and like to think of him as my miracle. That God knew my depression of never having my own offspring and although I couldn’t see his plan for my rape that his plan was far greater than my suffering. As I have said I am on food stamps. There is no father that I can identify to pay child support. I work a full time and a part time job. I go to school three nights a week. I am making huge successes in the life of my child and the life of me. I support my own household, I pay all of my own bills, and I pay ALOT for a daycare that I know Dillon can learn from. I just need a little help sometimes. We don’t get alot 200 a month and although it supplements us I still come out of pocket and am not eating steak every night which is the illusion of most who aren’t on food stamps. I work hard and am pushing an average of 16 hours a day to provide a happy loving home for my son. I pay my taxes which average 200 a week and I go to school to make our future lives much better. I am the type of person this program was designed for. I receive ugly looks from the junkies in the welfare office and I receive sneers from people who see me in the checkout line. I don’t care. Oneday I wont need them but right now I need to feed my child and create us a better life. Judge how you see fit. I’m not asking you to like me but its what we are doing to survive and nothing negative you have to say will stop us.-Nichole.

  25. R.D. Walker says:

    If food stamps were limited to people like you,it wouldn’t be a problem. The problem is that food stamps are now being used by 50 million people. That is about 1 in 6 Americans. The vast majority of food stamp recipients DO NOT have stories like yours. Frankly, the sum total of cases like yours in which your situation is virtually 100% out of your control could be easily taken care of by private charity.

    I don’t blame you for your circumstances. I hope your life gets better. Nevertheless, your case is anecdotal. I stand by everything I said above.

    Good luck to you.

  26. lel410 says:

    I am 52 years old, worked two jobs, and my husband became ill and lost his job. I took great pride in working as hard as I do, and taking care of an entire family by myself. However, we recently found we were not able to afford groceries. Of any kind. At all. We ate everything that was in the pantry, from canned corn to pasta until it was gone. I had to apply for Food Stamps, and yes, I was ashamed – I even told my interviewer I was ashamed to be asking for help. But with no where else to turn and a family to fee, I had no choice. Am I ashamed to have failed at being a financial wizard? Yes. Am I too proud to feed my family any way I can? No. I do not intend to stay on assistance for more than a few months, but I am more than grateful that I was accepted into the program just so I can breathe a little easier knowing my family won’t be going hungry.

  27. R.D. Walker says:

    That is pretty much all any of us ask. Just a little contrition. Most of us here are good, compassionate people. We simply believe that when people take and make use of money we earned, behave like they have a God given right to our support and hate us too, they have broken the social compact.

    I hope food stamps helped you Lel. Even more I hope that fate very soon allows you to not need them.

  28. rod says:

    pEople who run tHe country , such as boNer , mcCoNnell and cAnter
    vote themselves a raiSe when they need it , LaWmaKers who use amEricans money for self inteRest . say things like i woulD rather see America fAil than see obama suCceed . want rich to Be richer whiLe poor people go huNgry . Majority of Americans believe in oBama not the lawMakers thinking the goVernment is for them anD thEm only . Life time Retirement with full healthcare after 4 years service ? Who’s reaLLy on welfare ? Heres somEthing that shOuld be dOne in this counTry ………………..
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  29. HelpU says:

    You can now personalize the EBT card with a new skin so it doesn’t look like an obvious food stamps card. Google EBT skin or food stamp skins .

  30. Carrie says:

    Listen up.. I am not a failure. I graduated college in high honors, waited and had a family like a respectable person, go to church and lived wisely. But then I was in an auto accident. It wasn’t my fault… Some guy no paying attention. Guess what.. Slowly I become disabled and am not able to work, get very little for the previous accomplishments I achieved in life. Now… I’m on food stamps.. Yeah I am!!! Shame on you for saying that I should feel bad (even though it kills me). But, if I would like my family to eat and keep a roof over thier head it is what I have to do. Maybe you should think out if the box a bit!!! Some people who need help truely can’t do anything else!!! Yeah, I agree that there are those who abuse the system and its a shame. But I’m not one of those. I spend time with coupons and sales to use every penny wisely!!!! So shame on you for making ‘general’ horrible statements that make people like me feel even worse than they already do for even needing the help to begin with!!!!

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