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  • just a conservative girl 1:19 PM on 12/01/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , food stamps, poor,   

    @CoryBooker and the SNAP Challenge 

    Newark Mayor Cory Booker has decided to take the “SNAP Challenge” and purchase food with the money that would be the same as what he would get through the SNAP program.  This is a challenge I think more people should try.  But, there are few problems with how he is going about this.

    The SNAP Program was never designed to be your only source of purchasing food.  SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  Hence the S standing for supplemental.

    sup·ple·men·tal

    [suhp-luh-men-tl]  Show IPA

    adjective

    2.

    nonscheduled (  def 2 ) .

    3.

    (of a pleading, an affidavit, etc.) added to furnish what is lacking or missing.
    As you can see, supplemental is meant to add.  The entire point of the program is allow low-income people to take their food budget and allow it to purchase healthier foods.  Fresh fruit and vegetables are very expensive.  Another reason that the program allows you to buy seed and/or plants to grow your own.  While that is not always possible depending on where you live, but most people can at least grow herbs in their kitchens.  If you think about it, herbs are very expensive, it can be over $5 for some basil or chives.  Growing your own in your kitchen (which I have done) is a very good way to cut costs.
    If you look at the poor in this country and what they in their households on average you will find:
    Amenities in Poor Families with Children. Poor families with children have more conveniences and amenities than other poor families. In 2005, the median amenity score for poor families with children was 16. We examined all poor families with children with an amenity score of 16 to determine which items appeared most frequently in these homes.
    • These homes typically had both air conditioning and a personal computer.
    • For entertainment, they typically had cable or satellite TV, three color televisions, a DVD player, a VCR, and a video game system, such as an Xbox or Play Station.
    • In the kitchen, they had a refrigerator, a stove and oven, a microwave, and an automatic coffee maker.
    • Other amenities included a cell phone, a cordless phone, and a clothes washer.[17]

    These conveniences may be considered representative of the living standards of the median or typical poor family with children in 2005. **

    Now, if they internet access, some sort of television package, video games, and cell phones obviously additional funds exist to pay for these items.  While it is possible that the cell phone is something that comes without cost, the rest of these items will have some sort of monthly expense.

    It is wonderful that people who have not had to experience what it is like to try to feed yourself on SNAP Benefits goes out and tries to do it.  But they are not being intellectually honest if all they are spending is just the SNAP Benefit money.  One of the tweets I saw coming from the Mayor said he wouldn’t be able to afford coffee.  Why?  Now there is no way to know exactly how much the average is that poor families put into their grocery budgets of their own money, but the chances are it is at least something.  If they can afford an X-Box, cable TV, multiple televisions, they are likely able to afford a canister of coffee.  I don’t drink coffee, so I have no idea how much it costs, but I am sure you can get one for about $10 and that would last you for a few weeks.  Again, I could be wrong about that, but the cans I have seen in the stores are a good size and I would think that one can lasts for more than a week.

    While I do believe that there is much talk by certain quarters that people on food assistance shouldn’t be buying certain types of foods and that talk should stop.  As I said the entire point of the program is to buy fresh foods, leaner cuts of meat, and all around healthier foods.  Lets be honest, many people sell their EBT cards for cash.  So unless they are not eating for the balance of the month, they have other sources of getting food for their families.  Even with the homeless that I have worked with over the years, they have sources of income that allow them to get food on their own besides EBT and the meals that are served to them through various programs.

    I respect what Mayor Booker is trying to do, but his outcome is not going to be the outcome that most poor families deal with on a monthly basis.  In many ways it is a publicity stunt.  Which is sad to me, that people use the poor for such purposes.

    I also would suggest that the Mayor learn how to cook things from scratch, as it saves a great deal of money.  A pound of flour can go a very long way if you know what to do with it.  A small roasted chicken can get a single person three to four meals if you know what you are doing, and chicken freezes beautifully.  The bones make great stock for stews and soups.

    You see I have been very broke in my life.  To the point that I had to move in with friends for a short time.  I had to learn to make do with little money and learn to stretch that money until the next pay-day.  So I do know what it feels like to have a limited amount of money to spend on food.  I also know that it can be done if you are wise in what you purchase, cook from scratch, and have freezer bags to protect your leftovers.

    The problems that we have in this country, such as what to do to help the poor, won’t be solved unless we are honest about them.  Only using the amount given for the EBT program to eat for two weeks isn’t solving the problem, nor is it being honest about how they really live.

    **Please note 2005 is last year that this information has been made public.

     
  • just a conservative girl 4:25 PM on 01/09/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , food stamps, , , race card, , social issues   

    Tavis Smiley Getting a Taste of the Race Card 

    Tavis Smiley, a favorite of mine, is getting a taste of the leftist use of the race card.  Smiley is an activist for issues within the black community.  He wants the issues of poverty and high unemployment addressed.  While he and I agree on that, we strongly disagree with ways in which to accomplish them.  When I talk about the president and how his policies are failing, I get called a racist.  

    Well, Mr. Smiley is seeing how annoying it is to have your dissent thrown back in your face.  Smiley was scheduled to be a speaker at a celebration remembering the life of Dr. Martin Luther King and he has been summarily dismissed.  Why?  He has been critical of the president.  

    It doesn’t seem to matter that Smiley has a point and the needs of the black community have not been addressed under this administration.  The unemployment numbers are reaching historical proportions, the levels of people becoming dependent upon food stamps is growing and has long since reached record numbers.  

    The latest numbers are that more than 26% of those on food stamps are black, while they only make up 12.6% of the total population.  That is a staggering number.  Smiley has the right to be outraged at these numbers.  The black community is falling further behind, partially due to the ‘great recession”.  

    But, apparently, he is not allowed to say so.  Heaven forbid a left leaning black man say anything against “The One”.  The great black hope, that has done nothing to deserve that title.  He has done nothing to help that community address the real issues that are plaguing them.  Of course he is the president of the entire country, but there were expectations of what he would do for the black community.  

    Both he and Michelle have not really addressed some of the real issues.  Poor educational choices (oh, that’s right, they don’t believe in choice except when it comes to abortion), rising unemployment, 72% of all children are born to single mothers.  Study after study has shown that babies born into single homes are far more likely to face a life of poverty and are less likely to get a college degree.  Without a good education the chances of lifting yourself out of poverty become almost non-existent.  None of these issues have been addresses by the first family.  

    It has been extremely disappointing to see the first black president who by all appearances has a close family unit not addressing the problems within their own community.  He has the perfect platform to stand up and talk about being involved in your child’s life.  He grew up without a dad, he knows how that can affect a child.  He knows how that can affect the financial stability within a family.  Yet he says very little.  Michelle should be out making these points, yet she has chosen to worry about obesity.  Not fitness, but obesity.  She has chosen to help create one size fits all government programs to address these issues and force the non obese to comply to them as well.  She spends little to no time addressing the family unit.  

    Well Tavis, welcome to my world.  Saying anything against this president means one thing and one thing only, you are a raaaaacist.  The so-called black leaders in this country are more interested in appearances than calling the president out on these issues.  Remember when Emanuel Cleaver said this?

    “If (former President) Bill Clinton had been in the White House and had failed to address this problem, we probably would be marching on the White House, there is a less-volatile reaction in the CBC because nobody wants to do anything that would empower the people who hate the president.”

    So you see Tavis, it has never been about whether the president is addressing the issues.  It is about you knowing your place.  You are not allowed to criticize his holiness.  You are not allowed to the leave the democratic plantation; pointing out that all the poor get under this president is more handouts that keep them dependent.  He is the great black hope, just ignore the fact that his hope and change has been a big fat failure.  As I said, welcome to my world.  

    As an aside, maybe Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich were not too far off about there comments there Tavis.  They just may have been on to something.

     

     
  • nosheepleshere 2:37 PM on 10/08/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , food stamps,   

    Obama’s “Hope-A-Dope” Nation 

    With two years left in his term, the errand boy sent by grocery clerks presides over a nation in deep and ever-growing trouble.

    Through his propaganda of carefully crafted, semi-divine, yet vague and appealing buzzwords, Fearless Reader won the public’s support.  Now, his cult is crumbling.

    Washington seeks to extend our dependence on government in perpetuity.  A record forty-two million Americans are on food stamps. That’s an 18% jump from 2009 and 1.4% from June 2010.

    Political scientist William Voegeli’s new book, “Never Enough: America’s Limitless Welfare State” notes, “Liberals don’t want the government to grow indefinitely. They just want it to be bigger than it is right now.”

    We are seeing, firsthand, that big government’s trillion-dollar stimulus programs don’t produce jobs.

    The Democrats’ stimulus includes “$145 billion in state and local aid to forestall austerity measures in the public sector,” notes Manhattan Institute senior fellow E.J. McMahon. As private sector workers suffer layoffs, salary cuts and pay freezes, the stimulus gives raises to government employees—who increasingly dominate Big Labor, which returns the favor with cash for Democrats.

    “I have no better friend in labor than AFSCME,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi once said of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the U.S.’ largest political campaign donor, giving over $38 million since 1990, almost all to Democrats.

    The gelding who occupies the Oval Office infused federal aid to states and localities pumping up the paychecks of heavily unionized public employees who already earn more, on average, than the people who pay their salaries.

    Finally, lower cost was the campaign promise of ObamaCare, but as Medicare actuaries confirmed, it will increase healthcare costs. The president’s government takeover has already begun to boost private health insurance premiums and all we’ve seen to date is the tip of the iceberg.  Still more frightening—there are two more years left in this president-in-training’s term.

    May God have mercy on this nation.

    Read more at No Sheeples Here.

     
    • Quite Rightly 8:38 PM on 10/09/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Amen.

      And it’s a good thing most sentient Americans still remember that old saying, “God helps those who help themselves.”

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