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Do you know food stamps are just over 1% of the total budget? (I used the most recent numbers available, but I doubt it will rise above 1.5%, at the highest maybe 1.8%.

And almost half of the people that receive them are working. So why all the complaining? I never saw so many people so mad about feeding the hungry.

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stacymomof2

Asked by stacymomof2 at 2:43 PM on Apr. 7, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I don't understand the anger over this either. And yes, it is a very small portion of the budget- and one that I am happy to contribute to.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:45 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • I have no complaints about people who need food stamps. I have a serious problem with people who abuse the system and make it a lifetime commitment to stay on welfare.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:45 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • To go further with this, lets just say 20% of those on food stamps are "abusing" them or fraudulent. (This is a gigantic over-estimate.) Now we are talking about .3% of the total budget. Is that really enough to get in such a tizzy about? Aren't you more concerned about where the big $$'s go?
    stacymomof2

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 2:51 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • The AIG bonuses were only 1/10 of 1% of the bailout money. Those little amounts add up. Don't sweat the small stuff doesn't apply here.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:53 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • The AIG bonuses were only 1/10 of 1% of the bailout money. Those little amounts add up. Don't sweat the small stuff doesn't apply here.

    Lol
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:55 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • Also, it is an infinitesimal amount of the GDP. I mean hundredths of a percent. Why the debate about this? Shouldn't we be debating fraudulent military contractors who rob the country and our service people? At least there we are talking about a good portion of the budget.
    stacymomof2

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 2:55 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • The AIG bonuses were only 1/10 of 1% of the bailout money. Those little amounts add up. Don't sweat the small stuff doesn't apply here.
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    We are not talking about people who are financially OK taking even more money. We are talking about feeding hungry children (60% of people using food stamps are children.)
    stacymomof2

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 2:57 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • I knew it was a miniscule portion. I am more bothered by corporate welfare and war profiteering than PA, but that's just me.

    Friday

    Answer by Friday at 3:04 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • Stacymomof2, I agree with some of what you are saying, but the tiny amounts you are talking about could be going somewhere important, too. Personally I think the whole dang system needs overhauled. The millions going to welfare cheaters could go to education just easily as the billions from fraudulent military contractors. KWIM?

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:08 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • why does it even have to be 1-2% of the budget or gdp? why can't parents figure out how to stretch a dollar to feed their kids? it's like when you get your paycheck (or government allowance) each week/month, the first thing you're supposed to do is pay the mortgage, car payment, buy groceries....then clothes, and extras like cell phone, cable/satellite, internet, etc...

    notice the list of priorities...children are to be taken care of first, grown ups with whatever is left over!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:14 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

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