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Food Stamps...What do you think of this idea?

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Heather_Rayne

Asked by Heather_Rayne at 2:35 PM on Apr. 12, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • While this idea seems simple, there are many other factors to consider
    1. unless you're planning on shipping in foods that are not directly available in that area, you're going to be depriving the people of their choices of foods, and that can be considered discrimination. Michigan doesn't grow much rice, as far as I know, so anyone in Michigan that's on food stamps wouldn't be able to get rice? How about fresh fruit during the winter?
    2. somebody's going to want some rent for those warehouse/stores unless they're government owned.
    3. you'll have to hire people to oversee the operation and work in the "stores"
    4. you'll have to provide educational classes because there are probably quite a few people that have no idea how to take a food that isn't processed/pre-cooked and make it into something for meals. Hmm, how to make ketchup or salsa out of tomatoes....interesting.

    michiganmom116

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 2:59 PM on Apr. 12, 2010

  • Dream big, baby!!! That's what I tell my kids when they want to rule the world. What do you plan for the winter months when crops don't grow, especially in MI? Why must people only have certain, pre-approved foods? Do you think that just because some people are poor, they don't deserve the dignity to choose their own meal plan?

    A better idea would be something like, showing your ID along with your FS card, to verify that you are the person assigned that card. Change the password each week, according to whatever random code the state chooses, so that only the recipient knows the pin for the card. Or, why not put a cop in each store that can accept FS, (and limit those, so that you aren't tempted to get a 40 oz at the corner gas station). Doesn't it make more sense to crack down on the fraud, rather than take away the dignity of the less fortunate?
    29again

    Answer by 29again at 3:21 PM on Apr. 12, 2010

  • How is it taking their dignity away to let them afford the expensive healthier options so they can live happier healthier lives?? I think keeping them in a position where McDs is the most affordable way of life is what is really taking away their dignity.
    Heather_Rayne

    Answer by Heather_Rayne at 3:24 PM on Apr. 12, 2010

  • in response to what the pp said, if you get fs you shouldn't have so many choices imo. if you get most of the food from the food store they provide and can get things like rice and fresh foods that you really want from a store with your very own money. i'm not saying they should starve by any means but if they were told they only get this to choose from and it plenty to feed them it would be incentive to get them working and paying for all of their own food right?
    angevil53

    Answer by angevil53 at 3:26 PM on Apr. 12, 2010

  • it would be incentive to get them working and paying for all of their own food right?

    Because nobody on food stamps is elderly and disabled or pregnant or laid off, they're all just lying around collecting food stamp instead of taking one of the millions of jobs being handed out every day... they way they're so lazy you'd think we had 10% unemployment in this country or something like that...
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 3:40 PM on Apr. 12, 2010

  • OP I do think esp at this time we have to consider the bad economy and how there are alot of folks out of work and unable to find a job.I am also not so sure of the idea you present for reform.Alot of us know reform is needed but right now jobs should be being given alot more focus.There are folks recieveing PA right now that never had before and would gladly take a job and get off of PA..if there were jobs to be had.
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 3:47 PM on Apr. 12, 2010

  • It is my inderstanding that food stamps are meant to supplement a household's grocery budget. With that being the case, how is it discrimination limiting what you can get for free? If rice isn't grown in MI and you want it, pay the $1.50 and have rice. If you are receiving enough to buy all of your monthly groceries, you are receiving too much.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:47 PM on Apr. 12, 2010

  • Do you realize that you can NOT get McD's with FS???? You have to get real food at a store, NOT a restaurant.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:49 PM on Apr. 12, 2010

  • If you are receiving enough to buy all of your monthly groceries, you are receiving too much.

    Well now that you've proved you don't have the first clue how the program works or what it's for, anything else you'd care to embarrass yourself with?
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 3:51 PM on Apr. 12, 2010

  • You're still only addressing the food choices problem in your arguments. What about the added costs of renting/maintaining/staffing those warehouses. What about teaching people how to make meals out of the whole raw foods?
    michiganmom116

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 4:09 PM on Apr. 12, 2010

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