Alabama nightclub sponsors “Food Stamp Friday” party

posted at 1:10 pm on March 30, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Flaunting food stamps almost seems to be a trend. First, Mr. EBT released his now-infamous rap. Shortly thereafter, girls followed suit with their own version. Now, a night club in Montgomery, Ala., is hosting its very own “Food Stamp Friday” party. On April 6, the Rose Supper Club in North Montgomery will offer a discounted cover charge — and free shots — to any patron who flashes a food stamp card at the door. Not surprisingly, some Montgomery residents aren’t happy about the way the party seems to glamorize a life on government assistance. The Daily Caller’s Alex Pappas reports:

“I just don’t understand how they are promoting this without anyone saying anything about it,” Stephanie Pope, a Montgomery resident who has seen the fliers in gas stations, told TheDC. …

[Rose employee Richard] Thomas said he knows of at least three phone calls placed to the venue complaining about the party’s theme. He said a young party promoter chose the name.

“I don’t know what these young people are doing,” he said.

Taxpayers are right to be concerned about whether their dollars go to a food stamp program that actually helps those in need or to a program that enables a dependent lifestyle. Food stamp abuse is not uncommon and, in some places, a food stamp card will purchase luxury items like a Starbucks frappuccino.

Yet, taxpayers are arguably the least hurt by poorly designed federal programs that perpetuate or exacerbate the problems they intend to solve. Once upon a time, it was part of the American character to resist “charity,” which was seen as a slight to a capable person’s dignity. When it was accepted, it was accepted with the understanding that the beneficiary would, when he was back on its feet, “pay it forward” by helping someone else in need.

That’s not to say pride is always a positive: It’s appropriate to ask for help when help is truly needed and to accept it gratefully, just as it’s right to offer help when someone is struggling. Government programs, though, have so changed the face of “help” that beneficiaries have no one to thank — and eventually come to feel entitled. In the process, they suffer on a subconscious level the slight to dignity that individuals once registered consciously. They never experience the satisfaction and happiness of earned success.

When did we stop understanding innately that people feel better about themselves when they’re able to take care of themselves and their families? Maybe “Food Stamp Friday” parties and the like will remind us that it’d be better if we substituted a “social safety springboard” or “social safety trampoline” for the “social safety net,” which — all too often, it seems — turns into a “social safety hammock.”


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2-for-1 special on Tide detergent martinis? Sha-wing?

Jeddite on March 30, 2012 at 1:13 PM

What about “Taxpayer Tuesday”…..???

PatriotRider on March 30, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Well food stamps, as well as everything else, people get at taxpayers expense is a ‘right’ and the people can do as the dang well please with said funds!
/
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letget on March 30, 2012 at 1:14 PM

As we often say in Georgia, thank God for Alabama and Mississippi!

stevezilla on March 30, 2012 at 1:15 PM

The establishment must hate tips.

tuffy on March 30, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Shouldn’t their be a “Social Security Sunday” for the seniors?

Bitter Clinger on March 30, 2012 at 1:18 PM

What about “Taxpayer Tuesday”…..???

PatriotRider on March 30, 2012 at 1:13 PM

+1000

rockmom on March 30, 2012 at 1:18 PM

In the little Canadian town where I lived for a time, Welfare Wednesday was known as a good day for businesses. Welfare recipients had received their checks (cheques) and bought fast food, dined in restaurants, and bought junk food in the local markets.

At least stores weren’t openly celebrating it and offering special deals.

As Canada moves in the opposite direction under Stephen Harper, that’s where we’re headed, straight to that hammock.

Drained Brain on March 30, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Classy

cmsinaz on March 30, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Well, those offended could let the patrons of the Rose Supper Club be 100% food stamp users. They should be in business a long time. /

Les in NC on March 30, 2012 at 1:19 PM

As we often say in Georgia, thank God for Alabama and Mississippi!

stevezilla on March 30, 2012 at 1:15 PM

When I was in the Air Force, I was stationed in Montgomery. A fellow NCO from Georgia told me this joke: Why do the tress in Georgia lean to the west? Because Alabama sucks.

Bitter Clinger on March 30, 2012 at 1:20 PM

I don’t understand this .
How do you pay for a lapdance with an EBT card ?
Where do you swipe it ?

burrata on March 30, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Global welfare, paid by U.S. taxpayers

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2012 at 1:21 PM

I don’t understand this .
How do you pay for a lapdance with an EBT card ?
Where do you swipe it ?

burrata on March 30, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Ask Nelly.

tom daschle concerned on March 30, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Shouldn’t their be a “Social Security Sunday” for the seniors?

Bitter Clinger on March 30, 2012 at 1:18 PM

with special performance by Nancy Pelosi !

burrata on March 30, 2012 at 1:23 PM

burrata on March 30, 2012 at 1:20 PM

O_O hehehehehehehe

Bishop on March 30, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Free food and drinks, compliments of your Food Stamp President.

petefrt on March 30, 2012 at 1:24 PM

They were going to give free cover to illegal immigrants, but there was no way to prove their status.

TexasDan on March 30, 2012 at 1:25 PM

The seafood counter in my supermarket has a huge sign that says:

“EBT cards [food stamps] cannot be used to purchase cooked lobsters”

Uncooked lobsters are OK with them.

cool breeze on March 30, 2012 at 1:25 PM

What about the children?? Do you want to push grandma off a cliff?? Get in the back of the car, eat your peas and pay your fair share.

ldbgcoleman on March 30, 2012 at 1:26 PM

“Government Assistance” is the new American Dream.

Pork-Chop on March 30, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Anything less would be racist.

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RedNewEnglander on March 30, 2012 at 1:27 PM

The social safety hammock.

Heh.

peski on March 30, 2012 at 1:28 PM

I’m still waiting for my Debit Card I can use at a Strip Club.

ToddPA on March 30, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Rose Supper Club in North Montgomery will offer a discounted cover charge — and free shots — to any patron who flashes a food stamp card at the door.

Free rabies shots ?

burrata on March 30, 2012 at 1:29 PM

I don’t understand this .
How do you pay for a lapdance with an EBT card ?
Where do you swipe it ?

burrata on March 30, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Lotta Goo please pick up the White..er stained courtesy phone.

ToddPA on March 30, 2012 at 1:30 PM

As we often say in Georgia, thank God for Alabama and Mississippi!

stevezilla on March 30, 2012 at 1:15 PM

I heard it as “people in (insert Southern state) say thank god for Alabama. People in Alabama say thank god for Mississippi”

angryed on March 30, 2012 at 1:32 PM

I guarantee you welfare is promoted as reparations. Obama-stash. From oppressors.

Marcus on March 30, 2012 at 1:35 PM

In the little Canadian town where I lived for a time, Welfare Wednesday was known as a good day for businesses. Welfare recipients had received their checks (cheques) and bought fast food, dined in restaurants, and bought junk food in the local markets.

At least stores weren’t openly celebrating it and offering special deals.

As Canada moves in the opposite direction under Stephen Harper, that’s where we’re headed, straight to that hammock.

Drained Brain on March 30, 2012 at 1:19 PM

The more I read about Harper the more I like him. It’s amazing that Canada is now the conservative country in N. America. Balanced budget, cut govt workers, cut funding to CBC (the Canadian version of PBS/NPR). Plus a top marginal tax rate of 29%, compared to 35% (soon to be 39.6%) here.

Second look at moving to Vancouver?

angryed on March 30, 2012 at 1:35 PM

I don’t understand this .
How do you pay for a lapdance with an EBT card ?
Where do you swipe it ?

burrata on March 30, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Or worse, where do you enter your PIN number?

ghostwalker1 on March 30, 2012 at 1:35 PM

I don’t understand this .
How do you pay for a lapdance with an EBT card ?
Where do you swipe it ?

burrata on March 30, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Hence the ‘swipe and wipe’ technique.

ghostwalker1 on March 30, 2012 at 1:38 PM

The people in Mississippi say thank god for… hey a squirrel. Bam.

faraway on March 30, 2012 at 1:38 PM

cool breeze on March 30, 2012 at 1:25 PM
EBT cards [food stamps] cannot be used to purchase cooked lobsters”
Uncooked lobsters are OK with them.

Maybe the store thinks those buying the lobsters has NO idea how to cook them? I suggest boiling for an hour, then putting the lobster in the broiler for 30 minutes turn over and cook another 30 minutes for a ‘perfect’ done lobster? mo isn’t all that keen on gobs of butter to dip the lobster for anyone by her!
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letget on March 30, 2012 at 1:39 PM

When did we stop understanding innately that people feel better about themselves when they’re able to take care of themselves and their families?

That would be January 20, 2009.

SlaveDog on March 30, 2012 at 1:40 PM

The more I read about Harper the more I like him. It’s amazing that Canada is now the conservative country in N. America. Balanced budget, cut govt workers, cut funding to CBC (the Canadian version of PBS/NPR). Plus a top marginal tax rate of 29%, compared to 35% (soon to be 39.6%) here.

Second look at moving to Vancouver?

angryed on March 30, 2012 at 1:35 PM

And you wait an eternity to see a doctor.

Bitter Clinger on March 30, 2012 at 1:41 PM

angryed on March 30, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Yes!
I would often hear “Thank God for Mississippi” while in Alabama and the Florida panhandle.
In Biloxi, MS I’d hear “Thanks for playing and leaving your money” to everyone.

Bubba Redneck on March 30, 2012 at 1:42 PM

The seafood counter in my supermarket has a huge sign that says:

“EBT cards [food stamps] cannot be used to purchase cooked lobsters”

Uncooked lobsters are OK with them.

cool breeze on March 30, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Aren’t uncooked lobsters usually live lobsters? Therefore, they would have to be cooked to be sold.

Bitter Clinger on March 30, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Well…at least lobotomy4life , Oyoumakemybutthurt, KeninC_ _T, and a few others…will finally get a night out!
Being in the basement all the time has not been good for them!

KOOLAID2 on March 30, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Conservatives feel like we’re on the Titanic as the ship heads for the iceberg…..

..and the passengers and crew just look at you like a fool because you’re telling them “we’re about to hit that iceberg.”

Ugh!!!!

PappyD61 on March 30, 2012 at 1:43 PM

And you wait an eternity to see a doctor.

Bitter Clinger on March 30, 2012 at 1:41 PM

If O-care is upheld, the eternity will be here as well. If it’s not, WA state is an hour’s drive away, I can always make a run for the border to see a doctor :)

angryed on March 30, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Its called Normalizing.

It worked for the gay issues of the day, and still does.
(ie. The gAyBC Network)

FlaMurph on March 30, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Well…at least lobotomy4life , Oyoumakemybutthurt, KeninC_ _T, and a few others…will finally get a night out!
Being in the basement all the time has not been good for them!

KOOLAID2 on March 30, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Long drive for Ken…Conn to Alabama

Bitter Clinger on March 30, 2012 at 1:44 PM

The people in Mississippi say thank god for… hey a squirrel. Bam.

faraway on March 30, 2012 at 1:38 PM

As someone living in Mississippi, I resent tha… hey, a possum. Bam.

ghostwalker1 on March 30, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Conservatives feel like we’re on the Titanic as the ship heads for the iceberg…..

..and the passengers and crew just look at you like a fool because you’re telling them “we’re about to hit that iceberg.”

Ugh!!!!

PappyD61 on March 30, 2012 at 1:43 PM

“But this ship can’t sink!!!”

Bitter Clinger on March 30, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Once upon a time, it was part of the American character to resist “charity,” which was seen as a slight to a capable person’s dignity.

There was a time when charity was provided with a bit of accountability. When people fall on hard times most folks can find assistance in family, friends, church, community, etc. if they’re willing to ask. The “drawback” of that, though, is that those groups have a certain local intimacy with the individual to ask question and set certain expectations. Plus they have the very real right to say “no” when certain expectations are not met. When the state gets involved, there’s a confluence of justice (which is ostensibly the state’s role), and charity (which I’d contend is most assuredly not!). Because of this, contact becomes anonymous — at least in the sense bureaucratic levels of separation — and standardized.

If I call my parents up and ask for a little money, because I’ve had a rough month, I know I have an obligation to be responsible with the money they give me…and if the problem continues, they can and should step in to help me figure out what, exactly, that may mean (maybe, for instance, I need to cut out the Friday night nightclub parties if I can’t afford groceries). On the other hand, if the state gives me assistance, then it’s “free” money that I’m “qualified” for (read: entitled to), so there is no personal weight of responsibility, and there’s no external accountability…or, rather, what little “accountability” there might be comes in the form of hard and fast cut-off points, which often serve as a deterrent to try to remedy the root situation.

The well-intentioned (presumably) efforts of the state have not only served as a poorly-designed incentive program, but they’ve compounded the problem by making it much more inviting to go that route. Given the choice, would most people rather make that difficult call to friends and family for the umpteenth time, or sign up for a free monthly allowance from the state?

BlueCollarAstronaut on March 30, 2012 at 1:50 PM

People in Mississippi say thank God for Arkansas…no offense Tina. People in Arkansas just say, thank God.

d1carter on March 30, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Sounds like the nightclub is looking for a shout out from the president.

VibrioCocci on March 30, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Our party will start soon enough, and it doesn’t require welfare cards, soon neither will theirs.

Bmore on March 30, 2012 at 1:53 PM

This poor parasitic country is sick.

rplat on March 30, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Hence the ‘swipe and wipe’ technique.

ghostwalker1 on March 30, 2012 at 1:38 PM

I’m guessing Obama will be appointing a new Food Stamp Czar….a certain Mr Dirty Sanchez
:D

burrata on March 30, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Pro Sports Team Owner Wednesday for the win!

As some welfare recipients such just a wee bit more off society than others.

MNHawk on March 30, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Oh and there will be a huge sale on fine cars shortly also. Good time to buy pre-owned for a quarter of the new cost?

Bmore on March 30, 2012 at 1:54 PM

look at its judicial system and it’s penal system particularly who they parole.- canada is far from conservative. serial killers, child rapers,serial rapers are paroled back into the community after wee small sentences. at least here there’s a likelihood that the ted bundys are on death row or will rot in jail.

look at a country’s crime and jurisprudence situation if you want to see how bat poop liberal they are- it’s whom they let out on the streets to prey on the law abiding that always tells. and the tiny sentences they give the most depraved monsters.

and economically they’re in the toilet-last time i went to canada the change from the late 90s was remarkable. and there’s like 3 separate taxes on everything you buy.

mittens on March 30, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Long drive for Ken…Conn to Alabama

Bitter Clinger on March 30, 2012 at 1:44 PM

he can drive to next door Mass.

FTA:

The Herald reported yesterday that a blue-ribbon commission was recommending that strip clubs, tattoo parlors, nails salons, gun shops and casinos be barred from accepting Electronic Benefits Transfer cards that welfare recipients are supposed to reserve for food, milk and other necessities.

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20220330something_we_said_gov_deval_attacks_herald_for_making_sure_youre_angry/srvc=home&position=0

“But this ship can’t sink!!!”

Bitter Clinger on March 30, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Is that a DWS quote?

All together now, “NeEEEEaaar, FAAaaaaaaarrrr… “

dogsoldier on March 30, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Free shots if you wear a hoodie!

SouthernGent on March 30, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Long drive for Ken…Conn to Alabama

Bitter Clinger on March 30, 2012 at 1:44 PM

he can drive to next door Mass.

FTA:

The Herald reported yesterday that a blue-ribbon commission was recommending that strip clubs, tattoo parlors, nails salons, gun shops and casinos be barred from accepting Electronic Benefits Transfer cards that welfare recipients are supposed to reserve for food, milk and other necessities.

http://www.bostonherald.com

“But this ship can’t sink!!!”

Bitter Clinger on March 30, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Is that a DWS quote?

All together now, “NeEEEEaaar, FAAaaaaaaarrrr… “

dogsoldier on March 30, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Free shots if you wear a hoodie!

SouthernGent on March 30, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Good one! Lol!

Bmore on March 30, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Bread and circuses…

Seven Percent Solution on March 30, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Deval Patrick attacks Herald for ‘making sure you’re angry’

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-A touchy Gov. Deval Patrick yesterday accused the Herald of whipping up a public fury in the wake of a front-page story spotlighting administration reforms — meant to curb abuses of taxpayer-funded EBT cards — that critics said fell far short of the mark.

“I think the Herald is in the business of making sure you’re angry,” Patrick said yesterday amid a freewheeling discussion of state pensions, paychecks and EBT cards during his monthly appearance on Margery Eagan’s WTKK (96.9 FM) radio show.

The Herald reported yesterday that a blue-ribbon commission was recommending that strip clubs, tattoo parlors, nails salons, gun shops and casinos be barred from accepting Electronic Benefits Transfer cards that welfare recipients are supposed to reserve for food, milk and other necessities.

Patrick insisted the EBT card system is “worthy and important” and that proposed reforms shouldn’t be “viewed as an indictment of the program itself.”

However, two Democrats on the eight-member panel joined Republicans in slamming the report, saying the reforms were rushed and barely scratch the surface of abuses in a system that at worst amounts to a taxpayer-funded ATM machine.

In fact, the lawmakers said they were accused of bias against the poor when they suggested even the simplest of reforms.

“In one of the meetings I was at, when I said they shouldn’t be used for adult entertainment, someone suggested I was discriminating against poor people because I was saying you couldn’t use them there,” said state Sen. Jennifer L. Flanagan (D-Leominster).

“Well, as someone that has to look after the state’s finances, I think that’s reasonable to suggest we shouldn’t allow people to (use them) in those establishments.”

State Rep. Russell E. Holmes (D-Boston) said that after one contentious meeting another member went so far as to upbraid him in his own office.

“They felt as though my comments and approaches were an attack on the poor,” Holmes said. “My response was all of us arrived here on this mantra that we need to be more transparent and more effective with tax dollars.”

The EBT Card Commission’s reforms, adopted yesterday, ban liquor stores, saloons, smoke shops, gambling palaces, strip clubs and spas from accepting EBT cards or letting cardholders access cash from ATMs on their premises.

Advocates for the poor said such restrictions are unnecessary. “I’m not going to object to it, but I don’t subscribe to the notion that this is how poor families are spending their money,” said Diane Sullivan, a former welfare recipient who is now the policy director for Homes for Families.

“Do you think poor people are saving a year’s worth of EBT benefits to take a cruise? I don’t think poor people are spending that money at Foxwoods. It’s just not happening.”

Yet critics insist tighter restrictions are needed to block cardholders from grabbing cash from nearby ATM machines and then using the money to pay for banned items and services.

“We didn’t go far enough,” Holmes said. “I know there are folks on both sides of this issue. I’m here saying there are things we must do better.”
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Let’s not leave MA out of the conversation

(sorry I don’t have the link as the article was emailed to me from a resident of the state.)

CoffeeLover on March 30, 2012 at 2:06 PM

The social safety hammock.

I am so stealing borrowing this expression.

Archivarix on March 30, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Long drive for Ken…Conn to Alabama

Bitter Clinger on March 30, 2012 at 1:44 PM

he can drive to next door Mass.

FTA:

The Herald reported yesterday that a blue-ribbon commission was recommending that strip clubs, tattoo parlors, nails salons, gun shops and casinos be barred from accepting Electronic Benefits Transfer cards that welfare recipients are supposed to reserve for food, milk and other necessities.

I cant link the Herald article from which this comes. The content filter is nuking me. Its the article where Deval Patrick is complaining about the Herald, making people angry. Its up now on teh front page.

“But this ship can’t sink!!!”

Bitter Clinger on March 30, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Is that a DWS quote?

All together now, “NeEEEEaaar, FAAaaaaaaarrrr… “

dogsoldier on March 30, 2012 at 2:07 PM

When it was accepted, it was accepted with the understanding that the beneficiary would, when he was back on its feet, “pay it forward” by helping someone else in need.

I’m reminded of that scene in “Cinderella Man” where he took a stack of bills to the Unempolyment office and repaid in full all of his government assistance.

Now we’re at the opposite end of the spectrum where people on government assistance are literally flaunting it in the faces of those of us who work to pay the taxes that go towards the very programs being flaunted in our faces.

crazy_legs on March 30, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Long drive for Ken…Conn to Alabama
Bitter Clinger on March 30, 2012 at 1:44 PM

he can drive to next door Mass.

FTA:

The Herald reported yesterday that a blue-ribbon commission was recommending that strip clubs, tattoo parlors, nails salons, gun shops and casinos be barred from accepting Electronic Benefits Transfer cards that welfare recipients are supposed to reserve for food, milk and other necessities.

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20220330something_we_said_gov_deval_attacks_herald_for_making_sure_youre_angry/srvc=home&position=0

“But this ship can’t sink!!!”
Bitter Clinger on March 30, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Is that a DWS quote? All together now, “NeEEEEaaar, FAAaaaaaaarrrr… “

dogsoldier on March 30, 2012 at 2:11 PM

So you qualify for food stamps, yet have money to go out to a nightclub?

Can hardly wait for the Indian casino’s to start a “Food Stamp Gambler’s Weekend”.

GarandFan on March 30, 2012 at 2:11 PM

canada is far from conservative.

mittens on March 30, 2012 at 1:55 PM

That was my point. Canadian has long been a European-style social democracy, yet under Harper it’s moving modestly in the opposite direction from the U.S. under Obama, not fast enough for the true conservatives up there but at least in the right direction.

The U.S. has been moving in the opposite direction from most European countries too.

Drained Brain on March 30, 2012 at 2:12 PM

When did we stop understanding innately that people feel better about themselves when they’re able to take care of themselves and their families?

when welfare became a right

burrata on March 30, 2012 at 2:16 PM

I think everyone has observed food-stamp abuse at some point, here’s what I saw when living in The Bronx (and, yes, the capitalized “The” is officially part of the borough’s name) -

While shopping at the local A&P store that had just opened up, I got in line behind a woman using a state-supplied WIC (Women, Infants & Children) debit card. She had three small kids in tow (roughly under the age of 7) and a cart full of pre-processed & boxed foods of questionable nutritional value. She wore very nice clothes and her kids were wearing the latest Junior Thug fashion available. Clothing isn’t a good judge of means, but what floored me was what happened after she just paid for ~$200 worth of crap food for her kids….she went up to the NY State Lottery vending machine, pulled out a thick roll of $20 dollar bills and bought, from what I could tell, about $100 worth of various scratch-off lottery tickets! Not a lick of fresh fruits or veggies in her bags, but she saw fit to piss away $100 on the Lottery.

Sad…and one of the reasons why I never play state lotteries….they are a tax on the mathematically challenged….

(Now where the hell did I put my Mega-Millions tickets….)

powerpickle on March 30, 2012 at 2:25 PM

But will they be handing out free condoms?????

dentarthurdent on March 30, 2012 at 2:30 PM

(Now where the hell did I put my Mega-Millions tickets….)

powerpickle on March 30, 2012 at 2:25 PM

I seldom buy lottery tickets (agree with your tax on bad math), but with mega-millions as high as it is I figure it’s worth a few bucks to take the shot. Odds are extremely small, but if you don’t buy a ticket the chance of winning is zero.

dentarthurdent on March 30, 2012 at 2:35 PM

I realize that food stamp fraud has existed for many years, but has anyone else noticed that this kind of occurrance seems to have tripled in the last few years since Obama’s election? It’s as though every moocher, and every weirdo, as well as all the liberals, just crawled out of the gutter the minute the guy was inaugurated.

I have friends who attended Obama’s inaugaration at the DC Mall, and they said that many of the people in attendance were disgusting and rude, in comparison to the crowds that usually come out for these events. Quite frankly, I never knew so much incivility could exist in our Country. My disappointment is impossible to convey.

Susanboo on March 30, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Sorry about the multiple posts. The ads on this thread are gagging my browser and I thought the filter might have eaten them too.

I seldom have a thread hang the way this one has.

dogsoldier on March 30, 2012 at 3:10 PM

One more question; do they have to show a picture ID to get in? BECAUSE THAT IS DISCRIMINATORY. /

Susanboo on March 30, 2012 at 3:28 PM

I am routinely approached in a certain grocery store where I sometimes shop by women offering to sell their food stamps at a reduced rate for cash. Is the program too generous?

I had someone explain to me that sometimes, women on assistance also receive assistance from food banks and other charitable organizations, this in addition to the subsidized (usually free) breakfasts and lunches their children get at school.

I do not want anyone in abject poverty or without opportunities for self-improvement on all levels, but being poor is supposed to suck. It should be a motivator, that kick in the ass a person needs to work hard to improve their situation. But the poor in this country sometimes live very comfortably – nice homes on Section 8 assessed at zero contribution, food stamps, subsidized utilities, subsidized internet, the earned income credit and other credits that sometimes result in huge net payments at tax time.

We now live in a time when the poor often get the American dream without the excellence and drive that used to be the hallmarks of it.

We also now live in a time when living on assistance is not stigmatized, but celebrated, and that’s how we end up with a concept like Food Stamp Friday.

The irony: The club promoter who came up with this idea is a capitalist who was simply responding to market demand.

The Bringer on March 30, 2012 at 4:00 PM

“social safety hammock.”

Very clever.

exlibris on March 30, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Well, welcome to the new USA. I find it very hard to believe that honest people believe that lavish incentives for people to be unproductive serves the interests of the country or that person. The whole political system is badly broken when pandering for votes with money trumps pursuing the best interests of the country.

This really foolish mentality is unsustainable and will eventually take us all down. Until all those liberal scum bag politicians acknowledge the difference between “can’t work” and “won’t work”, we will never have justice or end poverty.

Making Uncle Sam the baby daddy in the hood is one thing, but making Uncle Sam the baby daddy in the middle class is a show stopper. Tough love is needed right now to get us off the precipice we are at now and stop this loser mindset that has gripped so many weak minded citizens.

saiga on March 30, 2012 at 4:42 PM

What about “Taxpayer Tuesday”…..???

PatriotRider on March 30, 2012 at 1:13 PM

It falls on the 17th this year.

Better start to limber up now…when you bend over to grab the ankles you don’t wanna throw your back out.

/ I *wish* that was sarcasm.

BlaxPac on March 30, 2012 at 9:02 PM

“Yet, taxpayers are arguably the least hurt by poorly designed federal programs that perpetuate or exacerbate the problems they intend to solve.” What? Seriously, what follows that statement doesn’t even go near supporting the assertion made in it. To think that the people funding “poorly designed federal programs” that make things worse are the “least” hurt by such folly is patently absurd. I can accept that not only taxpayers are hurt in this instance.

Robin888 on March 31, 2012 at 12:47 PM