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Mon Feb 12, 2018, 08:40 PM

Trump Proposes Restricting Choices For Food Stamp Recipients

BY LUIS SANCHEZ
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President Trump's new budget would severely restrict the kinds of foods that food stamp recipients could buy with the government assistance.

Recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP - receive a monthly supplement that offers help purchasing food.

But Trump's proposal would require people who receive at least $90 a month from the program to get about half of their benefits in the form of a "USDA food package," rather than by purchasing the food themselves, NPR reported

The packages recipients would be given would not include fresh fruits or vegetables. Instead, according to NPR, the packages would consist of "shelf-stable milk, ready to eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned fruit and vegetables."

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https://news.google.com/news/amp?caurl=http%3A%2F%2Fthehill.com%2Fhomenews%2Fadministration%2F373507-trump-proposes-restricting-choices-for-food-stamp-recipients#pt0-843784

The grocers will squeal like stuck pigs over this proposal. Another DOA.

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Reply Trump Proposes Restricting Choices For Food Stamp Recipients (Original post)
RCW2014 Feb 2018 OP
SweetHouse Feb 2018 #1
Tolk Feb 2018 #2
RCW2014 Feb 2018 #3
oflguy Feb 2018 #10
RCW2014 Feb 2018 #13
Lira Feb 2018 #23
quad489 Feb 2018 #4
Bubba Feb 2018 #8
quad489 Feb 2018 #17
nolidad Feb 2018 #18
GoodKraic Feb 2018 #5
Red Bull Feb 2018 #6
GoodKraic Feb 2018 #7
def_con5 Feb 2018 #11
Currentsitguy Feb 2018 #12
oflguy Feb 2018 #9
liberalguy Feb 2018 #14
RCW2014 Feb 2018 #15
FreeWheelBurning Feb 2018 #16
quad489 Feb 2018 #19
nolidad Feb 2018 #20
quad489 Feb 2018 #21
nolidad Feb 2018 #22

Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 08:55 PM

1. The program should be ended.

 

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 08:57 PM

2. Pig in a can, cow in a can, chicken in a can

That's some good stuff.
Not to mention there would be great market for cheese in a box, out on the reservations that's as good as money.

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Response to Tolk (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 09:01 PM

3. Some 40 years ago my grandma used to get that "government cheese" and it was some

good stuff...

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 08:48 AM

10. They give out free cheese in Yemen?

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Response to oflguy (Reply #10)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 10:27 AM

13. {{{chuckle}}}. eom

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 02:38 PM

23. 60+ years ago

my aunt an uncle would get that cheese, powdered milk and a few other staples from the government. The system seemed to work.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 09:02 PM

4. Good...those getting FREE stuff have absolutely NO room to complain about what they get! Don't...

...like what you're are getting for FREE, don't take it then. Those using SNAP benefits should only be allowed to use them to buy healthy food stuff and no pop, junk food, etc.....the USDA food package sounds like a great idea!

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Response to quad489 (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 03:35 AM

8. I UnderStand Where You're Coming From.

I really do. Worked in retail grocery eighteen years. I saw people abusing food stamps. When I first started, we still had paper stamps in a little booklet. Sometimes parents would send a kid to the store with a stamp. The kid would get a Hostess fruit pie, a bag of chips, and a soft drink. That was dinner.

That being said, I can't agree on the restrictions. If we're gonna give them money (Or SNAP cards), let 'em spend it on what they want. It doesn't take any more tax dollars to buy junk food than healthy food. Only thing it does is make them make them even more hostile than they already are.

And if they can't buy their candy bar with a SNAP card, they'll just shoplift it.

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Response to Bubba (Reply #8)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 04:10 PM

17. Nope, it they shoplift that candy bar, arrest them & charge them for stealing...just as would happen

to anyone else did such a thing...sorry, buy I don't believe in double standards. My thoughts are that if the govt (aka taxpayers) is providing you with FREE healthcare then it should have a say in how you take care of yourself...meaning what kind of foods you eat (ie healthy foods, no junk food, etc) and preventive healthcare (ie yearly physicals, mammograms, enrolled in local YMCA, etc)....especially when between 22-38% of America is obese, the govt should be doing whatever it can to reduce that rate...especially since it seems to impact the poorest least educated parts of America the hardest. You wanna buy that candy bar/case of pop/etc., go get a job and use your money to buy that junk.

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Response to Bubba (Reply #8)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 05:06 PM

18. Sorry but no

I work in low income areas and the abuses of the govt.EBT cards go way beyond just junk food.

Give them usda nutrition and if they don't like it? Let them learn a skill,m get a job and buy whatever junk they wish!

I for one do not want my tax dollars going for someone elses casino habit, home depot purchases, bling, cigs and alcohol amongst many other abuses.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 09:16 PM

5. Idiocy.

This will do nothing productive. How many will follow these rules. It’s best to go back to the Clinton rules that limit the time in the program then you’re out.

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Response to GoodKraic (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 09:54 PM

6. I do not have a problem with

The truly needy getting food assistance. But it should only be limited to good nutritious foods!! No form of junk food allowed.

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Response to Red Bull (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 10:28 PM

7. Not saying youre wrong but

Don’t think for a second making a rule against it will prevent it. People game the system every day. The true conservative approach is making fewer rules and getting people off the program.

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Response to Red Bull (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 09:19 AM

11. I know where you are coming from

But who gets to decide what "good" food is? When Mrs. O tried to impose that, it didn't work out so well.

The 'Supersize" me guy gained so much weight, cause he was eating something like 5,000 cals a day, not cause he ate at McDonalds.

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Response to Red Bull (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 10:00 AM

12. How do you determine?

How about, say someone with special health related dietary needs. Take me, for example. I'm obviously not on any form of assistance, but I am a Type1 diabetic. As such I cannot eat much of anything that contains carbohydrates. That means no bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, beans, or high glycemic index vegetables.

I suspect any standards regarding nutrition would be heavy in those items, since most people tend to believe those foods are healthier than, say, beef, pork, etc which is what a well controlled diabetic needs to concentrate on eating.

My point is different people have very different needs, depending on their physical condition, and outside of your personal physician no one can make a blanket statement as to what is the most healthy diet.

Obviously once that is determined it is up to the patient to follow it.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 08:45 AM

9. Beggars cannot be choosers

except in today's welfare system

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 11:20 AM

14. The point of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program...

Should be to guarantee that poor people have access to adequate nutrition. The program as currently designed does not do that.

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Response to liberalguy (Reply #14)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 11:33 AM

15. I agree with limits on the type of products one can obtain using SNAP, i.e. pop, candy, ice cream...

To expect the gov't to do anything "right" in regard to these proposed "packages" is laughable. Damn little this gov't can do right.

That said, this will never, ever get through Congress as the voters, many whom are republican but gladly receive their SNAP benefits, will revolt against any congresscritter that supports it.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 12:26 PM

16. This will be unenforceable and thus a waste of time

People already sell their food stamps for pennies on the dollar in order to buy what they want. Restricting their choices even further will not stop that.

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Response to FreeWheelBurning (Reply #16)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 05:40 PM

19. Given the USPS needs more work, just have them deliver USDA food packages directly to those...

...enrolled in the SNAP programs and eliminate the food stamps altogether. Every week the family gets a delivery...and more importantly, no more local corner stores over charging those using the food stamps nor the corrupt ones selling them cigarettes/beer/etc while claiming it to be bread/milk/PB/etc. If I can get groceries delivered to my door, so can those on govt assistance. And if they don't like that USDA packages, send them MREs............

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Response to quad489 (Reply #19)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 07:53 PM

20. We have plenty of work thank you

Carriers have available over 15 hours OT a week due to work loads in numerous locations

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Response to nolidad (Reply #20)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 08:24 PM

21. ''over 15 hours OT a week''...shows mgmt needs to hire more carriers. Never turn govt work away...

...else it will outsource the tasks to UPS/FedEX/etc. Delivery of those food packages is the perfect job for those driving around in the Grumman LLVs anyhow......

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Response to quad489 (Reply #21)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 10:25 AM

22. Absolutely

That is why Amazon gave the USPS 95% of its parcel business.

That is also why an enormous amount of fed ex and UPS parcels are delivered "last mile" by the USPS.

But we do need more carriers to manage current work.

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