FreedomWorks’ Kristina Ribali: Weaning people off food stamps is real SNAP challenge

Oh, snap! Kristina Ribali, director of new media at FreedomWorks, has a real challenge for those members of Congress choosing to live on the equivalent of food stamp benefits for a week: put people to work so they can feed themselves.

Cory Booker, the Newark, N.J., mayor who recently announced his inevitable run for Senate, was among the first politicians to take the so-called SNAP Challenge, vowing to live on a food budget of $35 a week (for one week). Rep. Eleanor Norton gave the challenge a shot this week to highlight proposed cuts to the food stamp program in the Farm Bill, choosing to blow $5 of her $31.50 budget on a pint of blueberries. (For his part, vegetarian Booker ate up a third of his food budget with a bottle of imported olive oil.)

We’re not ones to tell people how to spend their money. But the taxpayers’ money? Ribali has some suggestions.

Another caveat that was lost on many who followed Booker’s lean week: the “S” in SNAP stands for supplemental.

So, what’s for dinner? Blueberries in olive oil?

If Ribali can come in $52 under budget and have food left over, imagine what this approach could do government-wide.

Ribali is currently writing up an account of her SNAP Challenge, but for now we’ll give Iowahawk the final word.

  • Elaine

    They think it’s hard on them now. Just wait until the price of lobster goes up!

    • Jeremy

      There will be riots in the streets ha ha

    • Spatial Awareness

      I fed a family of 8 on $400 month-OVERSEAS! USMC E-5 salary. No FOODSTAMPS. No SNAP. No WIC. No BULLSH!T. #snapchallenge

      • BeautifulAmerica

        You must be an American! Not an illegal.
        Thanks so very much or your service, Mr. Spatial.

    • AWomaninTX

      When we were on it, we ate lots of chicken, hamburger (back when hamburger was cheap) and casseroles. I shopped on a budget! And I was often treated rudely by the grocers for using food stamps (back when they were still paper). I can’t imagine having the guts to walk into a grocery store and buying a lobster or steak with food stamps/SNAP, never mind soda or chips!

      We did what we had to, back then. People are so brazen these days!

  • gregl311

    Wow. Why do you all assume that people on food stamps don’t work and are Obama supporters? My wife and I both work very hard and we are strong conservatives. We just need a little extra help right now. Unlike a lot of people I do hope to be off of them eventually.

    • Squirrel!

      It’s because many do depend fully on having everything supported. You should not feel offended because you know you’re not doing as many do. What you’re doing is respectable. Sometimes it’s necessary to get help, and you are an example of how this program is supposed to work. We all understand there are working people who need help.

      • Woodrow Wilson

        Yeah like you, for instance, who depend on the government giving subsides for food producers so you can pay a low price instead of an outrageous prices- everyone’s lifestyle depends on government help in one way or another- so people who bitch about gov. programs ,to me, are just ignorant about how much the government does to facilitate the lifestyle many people take completely for granted

        • John (it true me am)

          Did you… did you just use subsidies as an example of government helping our cost… ……… You might want to recheck that math.

        • Squirrel!

          I guess that’s why food prices are ever increasing like everything else.

        • NRPax

          Maybe the fact the government is so involved is the big part of the problem.

        • Stephen L. Hall

          They tried that same foolishness on me when I started Law School . . . Telling me that I should be grateful for the public subsidies supporting my education. Neglecting that I was the first member of either side of my family to graduate college, so that my extended family had been paying these subsidies. Neglecting that encouraging more people to go to law school decreased my prospects once I graduated.

          All subsidies are bad policy, bad economics and at the federal level, unconstitutional.

    • Clayton Grant

      I hope things turn a corner for you soon, but it was a: “challenge for those members of Congress”

    • Michelle

      I don’t assume that. I completely understand that with the current economic and job situation in this country, with many out of work and underemployed, they need some temporary help. I gladly share my tax dollars with you and your wife. I do not gladly share them with people who abuse the system, become reliant on it and do nothing to improve their situation. My main bone of contention are the folks who go on welfare and already have kids who then turn around and have yet more kids while on welfare. If you need assistance to care for the kids you already have, you have NO business having more until you can be self-sufficient. Maybe someday when I rule the world, I’ll make a national law that while you are on government assistance, any children you choose to have are all on you and your sole responsibility.

      I have a friend who is a prime example of how the system was meant to work. She became an unwed mother at the age of 17 and the father skipped out. She went on welfare including food stamps, medical and subsidized college tuition. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and has an darn good career as a police officer. She didn’t have more kids while on welfare, she utilized the system to improve her situation, earned a degree and has an established career. She dropped the welfare the moment she was hired for her first full-time job. She has been self-supporting ever since, pays taxes and even owns a home – all on her own. That is how the system was intended to be used and not abused.

      I hope things turn around for you and your wife.

      • TheAmishDude

        One of the big problems in this country is that she needed a Degree in Criminal Justice to become a police officer. What a waste of time and money for her. That’s one of the major problems we have today.

        • Michelle

          No, she didn’t need a degree to be a police officer, she got the degree and then decided to be a police officer. The degree was not a waste of time and money, it was a smart decision. Not all departments require a college degree, LAPD (second largest dept. in the country) doesn’t require a college degree, but it’s a good idea. Officers are sometimes injured on the job and forced into medical retirement at very early ages. It’s the degree that allows them to pursue a second career and also advance within the dept. if they are never injured.

        • Woodrow Wilson

          I’m guessing you flip burgers, because it sounds like you don’t value education, as if its just some type of indoctrination, well those educated people are going to help you out through your life- if it wasn’t for education we’d all be farmers or farm suppliers

          • NRPax

            I suppose you’re not familiar with the term “vocational school.” And being a farmer takes intelligence as well as being physically demanding.

          • V the K

            “Woodrow Wilson” is an ungrateful snob.

          • Billie Slash

            What a bubble you live in!

            Haven’t you ever heard of taking an idea or a product or service and turning it into something the public will pay money for? Its called entrepreneur-ship. And the only requirements are hard work and disdain for being poor!!!

          • Ronald Green

            Yep that would be really bad wouldn’t it. Everybody working to grow food. *gasp* All gainfully employed, doing something that everybody needs. But I guess that’s way over your head too.

          • Stephen L. Hall

            Don’t be silly, without the slightest education you could become a liberal politician.

    • GrimJack

      I try not to judge and evaluate each case individually, but unfortunately too many people make it hard. I have two cousins who live with their baby mamas and as couples they have chosen not to get married because it is more profitable. If they were to get married, all the extra benefits the woman gets as an unwed mother would stop. Both of the Cousins work and they can use that money for whatever because it doesn’t count against the women’s “entitlements” (they aren’t married). No one checks and no one in government seems to care. They got the idea from a lot of their friends who were doing it. In short, the government makes it more profitable for a lot of people to have kids out of wedlock.

      • Woodrow Wilson

        “baby mamas/daddies” worst phrase ever created- just hearing it makes my brain go numb

        • Macranthunter

          Then don’t do the rounds with me. Your brain will go numb.

          • Woodrow Wilson

            haha, indeed, so are you a babys daddy, or do you have babys mama?

        • Billie Slash

          If these nitwits choose not to marry (or heaven forbid, wait until they marry to have children) then they cannot address each other as ‘my husband, my wife’.
          The label is appropriate. What is brain-numbing is the life-style these folks consciously choose to lead.

      • Elaine

        The key word in all this HELP they get is SUPPLEMENTAL! It’s not supposed to cover your entire food bill. There are food panties and free cooked meals at kitchens. They can buy just about anything they want with that EBT card these days. That’s a huge problem. Learn to budget better like tax payers do every week. They never seem grateful. They always complain and want MORE.

        • Billie Slash

          Yes, and they call the successful taxpayers ‘greedy’.

      • James Rose

        Your friends may have learned it from their friends but ever since the “Great Society” legislation was passed under LBJ the welfare system had required married couples to legally separate or divorce for the woman to qualify for welfare programs. This did not end until Congress passed Welfare Reform in the mid 90’s. So, that trick was actually instituted by the Federal Government.

    • detroit19

      Pray that the ‘help’ is temporary..don’t get comfortable.

    • irishgirl91

      You need help and you are doing what you can. I hope things turn around for you soon.

      • Woodrow Wilson

        are conservatives just nice to people who agree with them politically?- wow the compassion on here baffles me

        • Macranthunter

          Come do some rounds with me and meet these people. Get an eye full.

        • rinodino

          The fringe love guns and Jesus ….. And don’t see the hypocritical nature of loving both, so of course their compassion is kind of warped

          • NRPax

            Actually, Jesus wasn’t opposed to weapons and being Christian doesn’t necessarily mean being pacifist. You really should research things a little better.

          • Ronald Green

            Yep, it was Jesus who told his disciples to sell their garments and buy a sword just before he was betrayed, arrested, and crucified. But liberals ignore the parts that don’t support their myths.

          • Woodrow Wilson

            myth layered on a myth, I think that makes you a myth then

          • Ronald Green

            Not really, but it does show just how ignorant you are. The trial and crucifixion of one Jesus of Nazareth is mentioned in Roman records of the time. Which means the Biblical version is corroborated by Roman civil records which means it did happen. Got that Mr. Wilson libtard?

          • Billie Slash

            Wow. An “expert” on the Bible AND the Constitution!
            Dazzle us with more of your brilliance!
            /sarc

          • Woodrow Wilson

            ha, nice

        • grais

          Why on earth aren’t you paying attention to the fact that people are feed up with the ABUSES of these programs, and the lack of OVERSIGHT of the ABUSES of these programs?

        • Billie Slash

          A “safety net” is necessary in society for the helpless. But to make an entire class of people permanently dependent on others is egregious, regardless of political leanings.

          • AWomaninTX

            Exactly!

          • mike_in_kosovo

            The “safety net” has been turned into a hammock.

        • AimToMisbehave

          Nope, because conservatives outpace liberals in both time and money donated to charity by a long shot. I’m not a bit surprised that you’re baffled by people you know nothing about, and constantly denigrate with strawman fallacies.

    • Woodrow Wilson

      If you had said “strong liberals” instead, you would have been hammered to death by all these people blinded by political ideology- truly the worst people who use the opinions of others to form their ideas of who they have to be against.

      btw: most are white people living in red states, who receive stamps

      • Macranthunter

        Most are white people – true because white people are the majority of the population. Red states? Nope. In “Red” states it isn’t white families on EBT or similar programs (this is one of my clients and I just finished a Spring quarter report for the state). Make of that what you will but it’s a demographic reality. Also the idea of “Red” states is facetious. “Red” states are only identified by the way they vote in national elections. Virtually all of them (except Alabama very recently) are hard core “Blue” in local politics. Until the GOP took the legislature in Montgomery, it had been under DECADES of Democrat control. Fun fact : The central North – Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin – have more people on food assistance than the TOTAL populations of states like AL, MS and GA.

        • Squirrel!

          In AR we have our first Republican legislature since Reconstruction. They love their Democrats around here.

          • Ronald Green

            They just vote that way out of habit, no thought involved at all. We call them habitual Democrats here in Ga. But they’re awfully quiet here lately. thank God.

          • Woodrow Wilson

            duh, democrats wanted slavery to stay in our nation, so naturally the south embraced the dems

        • Stephen L. Hall

          You left out the “red” state of West Virginia, which has been ran by liberal Democrats for 80 years, but still gets called “red” by their fellow democrats.

          Of course I remember when “red” referred to communist/liberals . . . but they didn’t like the association.

      • aegean1

        Sources?

        • Woodrow Wilson

          ‘ill find it all for ya…

      • Billie Slash

        “Blinded by political ideology” Really????
        Is that why you lefties thinks all these scandals of the Obama administration are “no big deal”? Because its okay to violate the Bill of Rights if your guy is in the WH, right.

        Spare us your hypocrisy!

        • Woodrow Wilson

          yeah, just like you thought the patriot act and the invasion of Iraq were “no big deal”- how many liberals did you call ‘unamerican’ for espousing the same complaints you are right now- trust me I hate obama as much as bush- I dont let politics blind what is right and wrong

    • kim

      Because most of us know so many who do. I currently know 4 people who live on disability and yet work for cash. Think S.S. will investigate? Nope.
      I know 5 families on foodstamps (that I am aware of) Of those, one has 2 parents 5 kids, all kids eat free breakfast and lunch at school,neither parent works both trying to get disabilityso they won’t have to work, yet can afford expensive toys. They get almost 1200 a month in foodstamps, use about 800. and buy his granpa’s groceries for 400 cash in exchange.
      second family has 2 parents, 5 kids. infant on wic, others breakfast and lunch free at school. mom works and Dad on disability (actually disabled) they get close to 900 a month in stamps. They budget, coupon, garden and raise livestock and have a year syrplus stockpiled, but still they use about 300 a month to buy food for other relative who trades them the cash
      third family, 2 parents 4 kids. mom at home. dad works makes decent money. mom pregnant so welfare thinks dad left so she can get stamps, cash and medicaid to pay for coming baby. get about 700 a month in stamps and uses them to eat at her parents home along with her siblings and their kids
      Welfare care? Nope.

      • Billie Slash

        Respectfully, Kim, maybe its time to make new friends. Doesn’t this behavior bother you, as a taxpayer??

    • Macranthunter

      Because some of us actually do media work for the state and do PSAs for EBT cards and SNAP programs. I meet on average five or six food stamp families a month. You meet one or two that your heart goes out to because they need the help and they deserve the hand up. The other four or five just make you sick…because they are consuming help others depend on to survive. No house on EBT should have Doritos or beer. HeII, I don’t buy that stuff and I can well afford it.

      • John (it true me am)

        You just hit upon the big issue. So many people use their welfare, disability, etc. to go out and buy beer and cigarettes it is absurd. The people picking up iPhones are a little bit on the extreme side and can be dismissed by the left as outliers, but the rote daily abuse is extremely common and a far worse epidemic.

        If you are on an assisstance program for a legitimate reason and don’t use it to buy luxuries, no one has a problem. The left tries to make us all out to be heartless, but on the contrary we very much want to help those in need. I have been on disability myself.

        But if you are on government assisstance for a mysterious back ailment yet manage to still play competitive basketball or spend your days getting drunk and high, purchasing top of the line merchandise on a whim… these are the people we are against. And these people are actively hurting those in need by taking resources away from them! The left are the true heartless on this issue, sacrificing those in actual need to the moochers to buy votes.

    • Calvin

      It’s only the people who refuse to work that are Obama supporters. If you are willing to work that automatically disqualifies you from the Obamanation.

    • BeautifulAmerica

      Because you are in the MINORITY! You must not be socializing with EBT cardholders. And you are thinking temporary, not lifelong (unless tragedy occurs), right?
      And, you are the people American taxpayers WANT to help, cuz you aim to help yourselves.

  • Krazy Kent

    I love me some Kristina Ribali….not only are her politics awesome, but she is totally easy on the eyes….she really should consider doing a swimsuit calendar…

    • Kristina Ribali

      Hi there Kent,
      You’re very kind. Swimsuit calendar? Not likely, but an apron calendar with recipes with proceeds going to charity? That could happen!

      • Woodrow Wilson

        how much a week do you usually spend?

        • AWomaninTX

          One of her tweets above stated she spends less than $70 a week.

          • Woodrow Wilson

            she spends $70 a week on drying her hair c’mon now

          • AWomaninTX

            Translation:
            I did not read all of the tweets in the article. That’s how I missed that. Thank you for you help.

  • brewerandpatriot

    Obama pays $126 for a can of soda.

    • Clayton Grant

      You are so wrong my friend. He does not pay for his soda. We do!

  • http://www.facebook.com/billybrown88 Billy Brown

    this is pure “let them eat cake” if I have ever seen it! certainly in alarge city “jobs” exist. “But what if a person lives in a small city, without transportation? let’s do the math and see how much money a person on min. wage has 7.25X40=290. x4=1160. -rent 500=660-car ins.(liability only)-65=595. gas 30 a week 90 =570. electricity 100.=470. water 85.=385.-food (family of4)50. a week (lots of beans and rice)=185.now in this fantasy world these writers exist in nothing goes wrong, no unexpected expenses, no sickness of course kids can’t be involved in any after school sports and furthermore they are starting way ahead of the “hypothetical” family I discussed one trip to the Dr. there goes that 185. what if the car isn’t paid for? this SNAP for a week is the most insulting, degrading and demeaning B.S. I have ever seen. Tell this to the victims of your jobs creations, excessive regulations, and police state tactics where even spitting on the sidewalk will incur a 100.00 fine and see how you can live on SNAP!! Are there abuses? Hell yeah. could the program be modified? certainly. but to mock people(because that is really what is going on here) who need help is disgusting and tasteless at the least.many of you “Ivory Tower” types haven’t even the most basic idea what it means to live in the America you have created

    • WisconsinPatriot

      WOW, outrage duly noted. I have seen ZERO mockery of the truly needy. I am just getting very tired of standing behind snappers who spend tons of snapcash on GARBAGE,while talking on their smartphones and when they load their booty into the “car” it is the latest model Escalade with all the TOYS! The takers voted themselves lots of goodies. Time to put an end to it. Take your indignation somewhere ELSE!

      • Squirrel!

        Oh, they do that where you live, too? Wow, epidemic! Who’d have thunk it? /sarc

      • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

        The Boston Bombers were financed by the Massachusetts Dept of Transitional Assistance, so they could spend their own money on the pressure cookers and ball bearings.

        • Squirrel!

          And Mercedes Benz

      • Woodrow Wilson

        any chance you a farmer?, because we would want to end subsides for farmers too.

        • Ronald Green

          If you’ll stop pay Ted Turner for not farming his 400 acres in N. Ga., I’m all for that.

          • journogal

            Or Bon Jovi, whom I believe receives tax credit for keeping bees on his million$-plus property in New Jersey.

          • Woodrow Wilson

            right on- I hate this stuff- we gotta stop this money give away- basically the feds are infusing money into parts of our economy that make goods cheaper for us but, in the long run- we become dependent on the way it is with government help- its pretty sad

          • Woodrow Wilson

            me too! framers should stand up and raise prices so they can survive and thrive and not expect the government for assistance

          • Ronald Green

            You miss the point. Ted Turner isn’t going to farm that land no matter what, why should we pay him to not do something he isn’t going to do anyway. As far as farmers ‘raising their prices’ goes. We can grow so much food that we would flood the market and actually drive prices down so much that the farmer can’t pay his bills. We pay small land owners to not farm their land to keep prices at a point where the rest can make a living… But why do we need to pay rich A–holes like Ted to not farm anything?

          • Ronald Green

            You miss the point. Ted Turner isn’t going to farm that land no matter what, why should we pay him to not do something he isn’t going to do anyway. As far as farmers ‘raising their prices’ goes. We can grow so much food that we would flood the market and actually drive prices down so much that the farmer can’t pay his bills. We pay small land owners to not farm their land to keep prices at a point where the rest can make a living… But why do we need to pay rich A–holes like Ted to not farm anything?

    • Squirrel!

      I think it’s funny how you called all of us “ivory tower” types. You do not know the history or the current living situation of not one person posting here. I could tell you where I come from, but that’s none of your business. I will tell you the only government assistance I got or ever applied for was a student loan that took me 15 yrs to pay back. The point of this posting / was to dispute the “woes me” message the Democrat politicians, who obviously don’t know how to budget, are giving when they’re doing this SNAP challenge. Aside of that, those of us who pay for our own food are not likely to buy the brand name foods or spend our grocery budget at Taco Bell, McDonald’s or the strip club with a buffet.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      You’re offended by mockery? Some of us are offended that the recipients never say Thank You to those whose money is taken for “compassion” regardless of whether or not they can afford it themselves.

    • Michelle

      Excessive regulations? Police state? Fine for spitting on the sidewalk? America (we’ve) created? Obviously you have us confused with Liberals, so your rant in forgiven.

    • AWomaninTX

      Your math is wrong:
      (income) $1160-
      (rent) $500-
      (car ins. -liability only) 65-
      (gas) $30 a week / $120-
      (electricity) $100-
      (water) $85-
      (food for family of 4) $ 50 a week / $200 = $90

      Add back the cash you will *not* be spending on food, as SNAP will give the family $126 a week for food — never mind what could be received from WIC — and the cash left over for the month would be $ 290. Also, medical and dental would be covered completely through Medicaid because when a family qualifies for one (food assistance) they tend to qualify for and are given the other (Medicaid).

      Now, $ 290 is not much at all, especially if you factor in clothing costs and entertainment costs.

      • Stephen L. Hall

        Something ‘obvious’ is missing in this calculation:

        Income: $1160 with one person working at minimum wage (ignoring thousands in earned income tax credit) in a family of four.

        Second wage earner = extra $1160, family earning $27,840 per year

        all expenses having been paid means $13,920 going directly to savings and investments; at 10% rate of return, compounded annually, for only 20 years:

        $797,286 net worth, throwing off a retirement income of $79,728 per year or 2 1/2 times their income during working years.

        It is single parent households that cause the poverty, not a lack of income.

  • Michelle

    The photo ops of members of Congress showing us their food for the week on $35 really cracks me up. Only a fool would believe that outside the public eye and in the privacy of their own homes, they aren’t eating like kings and queens on food purchased by their spouses or assistants in private. Who do they think they’re kidding?

  • WisconsinPatriot

    I have NEVER been in line behind any foodstampian who spends less than 350.00…….ever! And it is NOT good basic food like Kristina lays out here, it is always ALWAYS convenience food, frozen meals, steak and shrimp. If the stampers wanted to take a few tips from Kristina……….

    • Randi Starr

      Then loads it into their 40,000+ SUV to go to their Section 8 or Federal subsidized home with pay assistance on utilities.

      • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

        Or they send their kids down to my store, to buy candy, Little Debbies, soda and other crap on their EBT cards. No parental guidance whatsoever.

  • detroit19

    Buying the necesssities of life is difficult, children (have 3), or not. Have NEVER applied for any government handout.. P*ss off leaches.

    • Elaine

      It’s a matter of priorities! We sacrifice to care for our own families. Can we claim 6 more dependents on our income tax form?

  • BigSky1970

    It’s really not that hard. The amount of money and food she spent on that one grocery trip, can feed me for almost a month. Granted, she’s feeding a family of four. $126 can last me almost 3 weeks. I buy everything on sale and anything with my Safeway Club Card. The difference between buying everything on the SNAP program and buying everything with your own hard earned money is that with your own hard earned money, you’re not limited to what Uncle Sam says you can and cannot buy.

  • trixiewoobeans

    A LOT of people on these programs also trade food for drugs. Their dealer lets them know what he/she wants…steak, shrimp, pork loin, what-have-you, and they “trade” for 50 cents on the dollar.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      Now now. Just because they “lose” their EBT card and happen to “find” some cash, all on the same day doesn’t mean they are misusing the system.

      • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

        I’ve had those that purchase 12-pks and cases of soda on EBT, then empty the cans out and return them for the deposit to buy booze. I’m in MI, so it’s a $.10 dep for each carbonated beverage. There was one lady that I caught pouring out the 12-pk she just bought into a snowbank behind my car…. I walked out, saw her and told her to go do that crap at her own house. Pisses me off, that my husband and I make just enough to scrape by on, and these people blatantly and arrogantly abuse the ‘system’. As if it were the ‘cool’ thing to do.

  • peteee363

    for my next vacation, I will travel to Africa on less then 100 million dollars! oh wait, that is Obama, not me.

  • Kristina Ribali
    • WilliamAmos

      Thanks Kristina !

  • FaithColeridge33

    Come and pick up your rice and beans after you’ve spent a day of filling in potholes. That’s my welfare reform.

    • Woodrow Wilson

      Nice, obviously you’ve never been poor. You look like an ugly fembot who is high on low grade pot. Nice beenie too bro, are you hitting the slopes or just going for the wanna-be look?

      • FaithColeridge33

        Rich or poor what’s wrong with people working for what they get?

        • Woodrow Wilson

          then go back to playing innocent-please- you have hate in your heart in making that statement- not cold calculations- rice and beans for filling potholes?- what do you do?=fold clothes and get paid money–I think we should pay you in dirt and you can grow your own food

          • FaithColeridge33

            I don’t rely on “we” to pay me. If public funds are being used to subsidize someone’s life I have every right to comment on how I think those funds should be used. If I work and am paid by private funds it is none of your business of if, how, where, when, why, or how much I get paid.

      • loveshiandsid

        WW – what does your comment have to do with the discussion at hand, Faith’s comment or the topic in general.
        Oh, wait! You’re a liberal … now it all makes sense: no valid, coherent argument, so you go to the alternative – personal attack. Typical

        • Ronald Green

          It’s the typical libtard response to finding he’s got nothing to support his ridiculous notions.

  • jdubya_az

    I was behind a young woman (probably no older that 24 or 25) with a child at a Whole Foods. I was buying blue cheese, which I do every two or three months. That is all I buy there as everything is pricey.
    Most of her haul was pre-prepared meals (package dinners) and three cases of flavored coconut water.
    The bill was $189.

    She pulled her AZ Snap card out and I just about had a melt down, but I was in foreign territory.
    The entire food contents fit into three plastic bags.
    I was seriously disgusted.
    People on food stamps should have to buy the basics.
    If we are paying for your livelihood in government assistance, you should not be able to vote in any election with a politician.

    • Woodrow Wilson

      I agree, I am for drug-testing too- for ANY benefit- or if you get a drug conviction/dui/felony: bye-bye game over, your government hand-out days are over- i’ll support any candidate who says that stuff

      Except for that voting comment- should we take away their guns too? you were going good there until you brought constitutional rights into it

      • Ronald Green

        In the beginning of this nation if you were on public assistance you could not vote until you had been off it for 2 years and they had guns then too. What do guns have to do with this? Except you trying to inflame the discussion because your points have no validity?

        • Stephen L. Hall

          Quite right, no one receiving remuneration from a government, in whatever form, should be permitted to vote in the elections of that government. It creates an unnatural bias to vote for those who promise to give them more money.

        • Woodrow Wilson

          what kind of public assistance was there in the beginning the nation?
          – my point: jdubya said people shouldn’t be able to vote if x,y and z.- and I thought that went to far to limit constitutional rights- so if he thinks we should limit the vote he is probably open to limiting gun rights because its a constitutional issue. and I think that is a bad idea, leave guns alone, leave the vote alone.simple.

          -what about my first point: I know you agree with that

          • Ronald Green

            In the beginning of this Nation, each State took care of it’s own ‘public assistance’ and like today there was always private or religious groups that also helped.
            As to your first point… If I need a drug test to work, why shouldn’t I expect a drug test to be on assistance?

          • Ronald Green

            In the beginning of this Nation, each State took care of it’s own ‘public assistance’ and like today there was always private or religious groups that also helped.
            As to your first point… If I need a drug test to work, why shouldn’t I expect a drug test to be on assistance?

          • Stephen L. Hall

            Voting is NOT a Constitutional right.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      Whether it’s cash or Food Stamps, I live off about that much ($180 a month, on average, or just over $45 a week), but I usually fill 8-10 bags (Sometimes one or two more) when I shop at Wal-Mart, or grocery outlet….And if I have anything left over, I get milk, sugar, Chicken and Rice, and supplemental (Luxury( food items at Publix. And, cheap steak once ofr twice a week won’t kill ya… #RightWard Jawamax 8<{D}

      • AJ

        I buy most of my items from Publix. They have one of the best coupon policies out there (at least in my region). And on top of that, they give 10% off for senior discount. I usually have half to 65% savings on my groceries with coupons/BoGo/Senior. I did $148 for $49 at Publix and did a $111 for $13 at drugstores. This includes meat, veggies,and even a few health/beauty items (these are usually free with overages that deduct from the rest of the bill).

        If you coupon, SNAP can go much further.

        Yes, I have SNAP (since Oct) due to many health issues and unable to work – been sick since I was 8, but tried to work. I have voted R in most elections (all Pres). Most local has been R, but in a few cases D, LIb, or I). In one election in 96 I voted R for Gov and D for Lt Gov.

        I will always vote conservative, pro-life pro constitution in every election, even down to local servants.

        • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

          Bless ya AJ, I consider myself similar, my disability is Emotional/non-mental (even though I’ve been through a revolving door of (out-patient) mental Health programs. I want to get ahead in life, I WANT TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF FOOD STAMPS AND DISABILITY, but my emotional condition, along with coordination problems from when I was younger, have limited me (and I’m not blaming anyone, “I’m just this way.”
          I am also a Conservative, since the Nixon administration; pro-life, pro-second Amendment, pro Death Penalty for Murderers, Child Molesters, etc., Pro-Christian, pro-Military, and Pro-Capitalism. I live in a boarding house with two Veterans (U.S. Army), and sometimes it’s rough, but if people think I’m as “Retarded” as they think I am, they would walk a mile in my shoes, and see how I’ve come so far with out getting killed. #RightWard Jawamax 8<{D} /End Rant.

  • Tim jones

    People are on snap and tanf and wic simply so they don’t have to work. If you want someone to take care of themself, stop feeding them.

    In nature birds kick their young out of the nest and if they are interested in life they will fly, the others will fall to the ground where they will be meat for the next creature interested in living.

    If a man will not work for food, he should starve.

    The people on tanf and snap and wil aren’t going to cook, that’s why they buy microwaveable pizza and crap like that. This woman is a normal person approaching the situation as if she was going to make the most of it. That’s not the mentality of the majority of this element of society.

    Not all, but most are leeching and lazy scum.

    • Woodrow Wilson

      i’d say some but not most-

    • AJ

      Tom, I see these abuses every day. I hate it and that was one reason I didn’t want to apply. I was even embarrassed going to my grocery store (been shopping there since before I could drive).

      When I finally did, I got many nods of support, ladies at the checkout saying you did what you had to do. They all knew my health issues, my store even took up donations for me when I had surgery and parents had to stay at the hotel for 21 days.

      I do buy the occasional frozen pizza or pizza rolls (only when I have a coupon and they are BOGO) because there are days I just can’t do it. Some days just cooking 1 meal is enough to drain me and cause me to go back to bed.

      Right now, I am sitting in a hotel with my family of 4 (son and my parents). Will be here at Mayo Clinic for 3 days for procedures, tests, and then treatments.

      • AJ

        Oh and some say with SNAP you get TANF, medicaid, etc. I didn’t know about TANF till 1 month ago as they didn’t tell me about it and I refused medicaid for myself and my son – we have private ins. Medicaid would not cover the meds I need, a few are still in clinical trials for my disease and cost $23,000 every 8 weeks.

        With my ins I only have to pay $73 every 8 weeks for this 1 med – and if I get medicaid I would loose the ins that I have through Class 2 Dependency – and I could never get it back. As for my son, to get the state program he has to be without ins for 6 months and make over $10k a year. Well, my ins limits me to 8k a year.

        BTW, I am getting this $23,000 shot tomorrow afternoon after the colonoscopy. I have to stay in Jacksonville for 24 hours after the shot due to the rare but deadly side effect- thankfully it is reversable if caught within 24 hours.

      • Tim jones

        Sir you don’t owe me an explination. And I don’t have any idea of what it’s like to go through your situation.

        I don’t wish ill upon you, or your family. You, are in need, and in America, the strong help those who are in need.

        I only hope the scum of our nation don’t dry up the system so when I need it, or you need it, it is gone.

        Get well.

        Thank you Lord for everything you have given me. Thank you for protecting me through everything. Thank you for the lessons you have taught me. Thank you for the gifts of prosperity and those that I am unaware of. Thank you for my wonderful family.

        I pray to you now not for myself, but for this person who’s touched me across an unknown distance, from a place of pain and suffering. Please bring them the comfort only you can Lord. Please ease their pain and suffering, as you have eased mine.

        Please use me to bring them to you Lord, please give me the words, that I know I don’t have, to open the hearts and minds of all of us.

        We are lost, save us Lord.

        In Jesus name I pray.

        Amen.

        • AJ

          Thank you so much. I am a Believer, used to be in youth ministry – actually since I was 14 till 30. I was working part time and running a home business – I adopted my son, as I knew with my health, I couldn’t have children (too many meds causing birth defects and marriage/pregnancy was too risky a step. I didn’t go to an agency, he was really just dropped in my arms. Had less than a month notice – total shock!

          I did fine till he was a year old, then I crashed. 14 hospital stays, 3 major surgeries, 2 minor 4 acute kidney failures, Jan 2012 I was taking 26 meds at home + 3 at Mayo. Daily total of pills was 48! I praise God that I am down to around 12 meds (including the Mayo ones) and take around 16 pills a day.

          if you want to read about what I have been through, go here – http://joysfund.blogspot.com/ If you want to see just to see the med issues, http://joysfund.blogspot.com/2011/11/links-to-medical-issues.html

          I haven’t updated this year as I was without net for a while and the comp was broken.

        • AJ

          Sorry for saying Tom, instead of Tom. Thinking of Tom Jones the Brit singer – mom loves and Elvis.

          • AJ

            Dang, it is again Tim. Must be all these meds tonight LOL

          • Tim jones

            Earth to major Tom!

  • mike_in_kosovo

    Why is it that Liberals can understand that if you feed the bears, the bears will forget how to forage for their own food, but can’t figure out that the same thing applies to humans…

  • stillinthe60s

    Congress will have to put the #snapchallenge on the back burner because they have to focus on figuring out a way to have taxpayers continue to subsidize their staffs and their healthcare premiums when Obamacare kicks in. Entitled is the word I believe.

  • irishgirl91

    First step is to see that only citizens have access to foodstamps. The second would be that welfare payments do not increase with every child, only EBT and medicaid. We have to stop rewarding lawlessness and poor choices.

    • Secede

      Yet that’s exactly how the Dems stay in power.

  • deano24

    In IN gas is $3.97 per Gallon & beef is $3.95. I would like to see her entire receipt for her purchases that she made. Then I make those same purchases in my home state.

    • Squirrel!

      She posted the link to her story a few posts up /. She lists every item she bought. Check it out.

    • Woodrow Wilson

      thats cheap for beef!- if it wasn’t for government subsides we would all be paying $50 lb. for hamburger

      • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

        Reminds me of something I saw on #StudioB #ShepardSmith #FoxNewsChannel SCHMEAT! A Hamburger patty, grown from a cell taken from a cow’s neck, in a petri dish, over a period of time….Cost:$340,000.00 And how does it taste? Stay tuned… But I agree with Sheppo, I probably wouldn’t want that anywhere near me! #RightWard Jawamax 8<{D}

      • loveshiandsid

        I live in the Baltimore-DC suburban corridor, one the most expensive places outside NYC and urban Chicago. I never pay more than 1.99/lb for 80/20 (regular) ground beef; 2.99/lb for 93/7(extra lean) ground beef; 1.99/lb for ground turkey, 0.99/ lb for chicken – breasts or thighs (bone-in) – or 5.99/lb for (bone-in) Angus, aged strip steaks.
        In retail grocery jargon, it’s called “loss-leader” – the store sells at break-even or even below cost, to drive store traffic. You know “on sale”
        Smart shoppers know this and only buy what meat and produce is on sale … as Kristina points out, if it’s your own money, you are a lot more careful about how you spend it.
        Which is the whole problem with people on SNAP/EBT for extended periods of time w/o a valid reason.
        (Not “wanting” to work is not a valid reason)

        • AJ

          Exactly what I do. But here (quality 80/20 runs about $2.89. If it is $1.99 it is 70/30 or doped – stores have been caught here mixing pork and chicken fat with their regular beef).

          I will buy cheap meat for everything but beef. I am going to pay up to $4.29 for 93/7 beef. This is my splurge. With my stomach issues I can’t have the fat and grease.

      • Woodrow Wilson

        people who thumb down facts are just sad

      • AimToMisbehave

        And if it weren’t for government subsidized crops set aside & used for fuels like ethanol, the cost of animal feed would be significantly less and lower food prices. Also, if government didn’t tax gasoline & diesel at an average of 48-54 cents per gallon, transportation costs would be lower and cut down on hamburger prices too. (not to mention all other common meat prices). It’s not just the “subsidy”, government has plenty of other ways of operating that distort the market in the opposite direction.

    • Macranthunter

      She posts all the receipts and pictures of the food. Chicken is far less expensive than beef and goes much farther with rice and noodles. If I spend the SNAPchallenge $31 a week, I wind up throwing out spoiled vegetables by month’s end. I work out 5-6 times a week and spend less than $60/month. The SNAPchallenge is largely an issue if you’ve never done your own shopping or cooking.

  • Woodrow Wilson

    Let’s quit giving subsides to those food producers too, and then without federal assistance, those costs will translate into $50 for a lb. of hamburger and 20$ for a dozen ears of corn. The American people are so lazy and stupid: we are all (left and right) guilty of wanting to live better, to live high on the hog. We are so greedy that we take for granted all of the cheap prices for food commodies only exist because of federal subsides: You can’t blame the government for that: its greedy people who want to have their cake and eat it to.- our expectations as Americans are so high that we are creating a society that cannot be sustained without………

    • Bumr50

      Whose “expectations”?

      I don’t “expect” anything, nor to I wish to continue to pay for others “expectations.”

      I simply don’t care if lazy idiots starve to death, and am confident that a solution can be found that doesn’t punish children for their parents’ idiocy or the indigent elderly.

      If the farm subsidies are artificially lowering price points, why not reset and take the hit NOW?

      Your comment is a pretty good example of the contrast between those of us who firmly believe that individual freedom MUST be maintained in this nation no matter what, and those who are constantly thinking “collectively,” as though it’s the job of the state to somehow maintain the public “happiness.”

      GREED is neither here nor there, and is simply a buzzword for the Left in most instances, used to propagate the notion that improving the self is somehow an unworthy goal.

      • Bumr50

        to = do

        Derp.

        Early.

      • Woodrow Wilson

        yes you do dummy, you have expectations that when you go to a store you will pay 2$lb. for beef instead of $50lbs. for beef- that expectation is facilitated though government infusion of money and tax breaks and subsides into the national meat market- this is what I am talking about-you’re taking the prices in the store for granted when, in fact, the government has a huge hand in lowering those prices for the american people

    • FaithColeridge33

      End subsidies with a proportional tax cut to all Americans and I’m all for it. Now, make a list of all those subsidies that, once ended, will raise beef to $50.00 a pound. Oh that’s right you can’t. It’s all bull. If you have such a low opinion of Americans then move.

      • Woodrow Wilson

        its not bull, if the government didn’t infuse the market, farmers would be forced to raise prices.period. i was reading about that years ago; some former farmer turned scientist wrote a great book about that whole issue- sorry to be vague i’ll go back and try to find you the link to google books.

        take the beanie off!!

        • FaithColeridge33

          Forced to raise prices and $50.00 a pound are too entirely different things. And like I said, give me the inverse, I’d very much support the ending of all subsidies with proportional tax cuts that support those subsidies.

    • Stephen L. Hall

      Yes, end all subsidies. All subsidies are bad.

      However, your conclusion that costs would skyrocket is false, prices are more complicated than you pretend. Farm subsidies were “intended” to keep prices higher, not to lower them, often called price supports. It backfired, and increased production thus lowering costs, but had the unintended consequences of creating ever greater dependence on chemical fertilizers and pesticides, which in turn raise costs. The real problem which confronts us it the depletion of aquifers caused by subsidized water costs by farmers in places like California and the great plains.

      • Woodrow Wilson

        did you just say my argument is not complicated enough, but then you made a similar (very valid) point about water subsides?- anyway- I think we can agree its another niche of government dependence that needs to go.

    • Ronald Green

      Most of the farm subsides you speak of go to pay people to not farm their land except in trees or hay. It’s people like Ted Turner who aren’t going to farm anything anyway that need to be cut out of it. Your avatar is appropriate, the clown that gave us the head tax / income tax.

      • Woodrow Wilson

        exactly- I wrestle with how I view Wilson’s actions: we did get the income tax but we did get lower tariffs(governments only source of income) which aided farmers to sell their goods overseas- but by the 1930s, tariffs become a non-issue: the money gained through tariffs were now small compared to what the government was spending. So, if we hadn’t switched to federal income tax– idk what would have happened- probably a larger more long lasting crash than the 30s- but not sure…

        • Ronald Green

          Had it stayed at the 1 or 2 % level as Wilson swore it would, maybe we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in today. But that’s all if, maybe, but, perhaps…. mere conjecture with no way to test or prove any of it.

        • Ronald Green

          Had it stayed at the 1 or 2 % level as Wilson swore it would, maybe we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in today. But that’s all if, maybe, but, perhaps…. mere conjecture with no way to test or prove any of it.

  • kim

    We buy a cow every two years. Hit meat sales for pork chops and chicken, buy 2 turkeys and 1 ham per year and in summer buy 10 # hotdogs, 5#brats and 5# kielbasa.(for cookouts)
    Raise a garden and grow 90% of all our vegetables which I freeze, can, dehydrate and/or store
    Go to granery/mennonite store every fall and buy flour, sugar, oatmeal, yeast, rice, barley, etc for baking and staple needs.
    Other than that I shop at Aldi’s one a month and spend less than 150.00 a month and I have to cover breakfast, lunches(school days and weekends), dinners and snacks.

    • Woodrow Wilson

      can I marry you;)

    • Squirrel!

      I like the buy a cow idea. We’ve talked about it. Could even go halfsies with someone

    • AWomaninTX

      This is awesome but truly not a realistic expectation for many. Especially for renters and those who live in cities.
      That is an achievement to be proud of, though. Honestly.

  • 912er

    Could someone please tell me what in the eff the farm bill would have to do with food stamps?

  • yestradamous

    My grocery store checker told me she sees ladies come in with $5000 balances on their EBT cards……

    • Woodrow Wilson

      so sad- government slaves and users- I hate em

    • AJ

      what the freak? How in the heck can they do that

      • yestradamous

        I don’t know how she knows that. Are they able to see the balances on the cards when they are used?

  • radjahshelduck

    Hmmm… now where can a poor family buy groceries the cheapest? Oh, that’s right, at Wal-Mart, the place liberals would like to shut down. By the way–Ms. Ribali could have done even better. Notice the Honey Nut Cheerios in the photo. She could have saved a few dimes by purchasing a generic equivalent.

    • Chris Chambers

      Sometimes the generic is not cheaper…but she did good shopping. If these folks would cut out the beer and smokes expense they’d have a pile more cash to spend on real necessities. (Yes, kicking smoking is hard to do, but it can be done.)

    • AWomaninTX

      Here, HEB. Wal-Mart is overpriced. And they are local. Plus they have the *best* store brands, ever!

    • u2u2u2

      Walmart isn’t even close to being the cheapest, and the quality of their meat section is lousy.

  • John Howard

    How about doing it reality TV show style? Put bunches of the SNAPers in groups and have them vote who gets thrown out of their group?

  • Chris Chambers

    Many years ago (late 70’s) I was a cashier in the local supermarket (Big Apple, now defunct) and we were located katy corner to a Section 8 apartment complex, and saw many, many Food Stanp users (back when there were actual stamps….not sure if they still issue them).
    Many users were careful and shopped wisely (lots of chicken, raw produce, raw grains, baby food…), but many users bought high end deli foods, party trays, bags and bags of candy, expensive cuts of meat, exotic cheeses….really nice grocery items. Sure seemed like an abuse of the intent of the system, even to a teen cashier like me.

  • JustLikeAnimals

    Yep, getting people off of government assistance is going to be a real challenge. Just think of all the “single moms” who will lose all that income…….

    • Woodrow Wilson

      reminds me of a t-shirt I saw for sale at a Tucson strip club: picture of a stripper with words underneath: ‘support single moms’. haha loved it

  • AWomaninTX

    My husband and I, many years ago, received aid. We were dirt poor & got off of it as soon as we could. (and by that, I mean we got off of it because we could manage with budgeting even though we still qualified to receive “benefits”.)

    We used it for what it was for… assistance.

    We were both required by the state to either work, go to college or volunteer to remain qualified for what little we got. (He worked full time & I volunteered at a local adult day-care.) Today, they give far more and people are not required to do as much as we were.

    Our car was so old and loud that we (my sons & I) could hear my husband before he pulled up into our drive way. We did not have cable. And at that time, cell phones were not *even* in the question. All our clothing was second hand and there were times I had to wash them in the bath-tub because we could not afford the laundromat.

    Today it makes me *sick* to see people abusing the system, to see parents claim their children have disabilities to receive things — and that usually means mental disabilities because that is the easiest to fake, never mind the new cars and cell phones.

    SNAP & Medicaid is *not* a right!

    • Conservative Blk Chick

      Amen. God bless you & yours!

  • Tanker74

    Dang, that was a good price on milk. Was it on sale?

  • Millard Kinnison

    As long as the dimwitocrats keep giving out food stamps, the less likely those on them will get off. Remember this: we have a culture of “entitlement”…..some people think they are “entitled” to grabberment handouts at everyone else’s expense.

  • Jer

    Good Lord people it’s not rocket science. People who work 40 hours a week spend this same amount if needed. Here is a quick easy list that anyone can live on. Not fine dinning for sure but then this isn’t a fine dinning issue. It’s about helping those who need it until they can turn things around. It’s intended as a short term help to keep you going until you are back on your feet. 3. Gallon of milk.
    2. Juice
    1. dozen eggs
    2. cereal
    1. loaf of bread
    1. Peanut butter/Jelly ( based on one weeks use of a jar that should last weeks)
    1. Hot dogs
    2. Chicken breasts , one pound equals two meals
    3. Ground beef, one pound equals two meals
    3. Fish
    2. TV dinner
    3. Potatoes 5 pounds
    2. Pasta two nights
    1 Rice

    And they seem to be spending this money daily. That’s just insane. People on a budget can’t do that and use the funds wisely. You get the funds all on one day and most the meat, dry and can goods should be done in a single trip. You can cut the above cost 20% or more and buy even more food. You just have to separate it at home for the freezer or bag it for single uses later.

    • Conservative Blk Chick

      Careful! Now you’re using logic! LOL & smh

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      Potatoes? COOL-We have a Deep fryer, I can make home-made French-er, American Fries! Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Jeffrey Smith

    legalize nonprofit, nontaxed incentives for micro food producers, and the farmers who would, say, work exchange of 25 hours per week in exchange for room/meal a day. Of course the govt horde will want their vig. And have nonprofit farmers markets that do not charge so much for a weekly stall. Massive tax incentives for farmers training the welfare crowd, govt pays for solar power, water etc etc and not for the armies of millionaire bureaucrats creating obstacles for abundant living.

  • Conrad2010

    I get 100.00 a month EBT. Thats 25..00 a week. It’s a bitch on Social Security. Oh pardon me. What security?

    • Ronald Green

      Neither was ever intended to be your sole source of income after retirement. If you did nothing to build a retirement account while working, that’s your fault. If you became disabled while working, SS benefits for 100% disability are between 2000 and 2500 a month. If you can’t live on that, again who bears responsibility for that? You do. What you conveniently leave out are those very important details, like what is your total monthly income. And if you’re so broke, how can you post here?

      • Secede

        He be textin on his Obamaphone !

      • Woodrow Wilson

        love it Ronald- GET HIIIM!

        • Ronald Green

          It’s called affirming personal responsibility. Something that liberals have forgotten about.

        • Ronald Green

          It’s called affirming personal responsibility. Something that liberals have forgotten about.

  • BeautifulAmerica

    SNAP?? I thought that meant Shiftless Nutjobs And Pimps.

    • Secede

      O Snap !

  • u2u2u2

    I don’t disrespect people who work full time and still need food stamps to make ends meet.because everything else is expensive. Gas has doubled, housing has gone up, and lots of foods are more expensive than they were, while wages have been stagnant. But as someone who does household food shopping and pays for it from my own paycheck, I can tell you that 4.50 a day per person is more than enough to eat well and healthy if you have even a modicum of understanding of how to plan healthy/nutritious meals, purchase food intelligently, and cook/prepare food.

    When you see these congresspeople making clowns ouf of themselves, buying food in a way that would leave anybody hungry and unsatisfied on 4.50/day, you have to ask yourself who helps these people bathe and dress themselves in the morning. They must never buy their own food at grocery stores. Either someone else always buys groceries for them, and they eat a lot of restaurant food, or their IQs are way below average. You see them:

    Shopping at expensive organic stores and buying lots of fruit

    Buying precooked food (the hardboiled egg for a dollar was hilarious) instead of buying ingredients that people make food with. I didn’t see any of them buy things that would be cooked in a casserole dish. My wife makes lasagna, that’s 1 dinner plus leftovers for at least 2 days of lunch.

    Buying foods that most welfare people would never buy, like the Rep who bought non-GMO soy veggie Boca Burgers, only 2 patties for 6 dollars!

    Buying processed food separated into individual serving packets

    Buying only enough food for one day, instead of buying bulk sizes that cost much less per ounce and last at least a week, usually more

    No coupons, no BOGOs

    Very little cheap, high energy staples (potatoes, rice, dry beans, pasta, etc)

    Buying extras like coffee and then complaining they didn’t have enough for fresh vegetables, though they could afford frozen veggies

    ______

    Congresspeople, your #SNAPchallenge might be intended to show that increasing the SNAP budget by 5 percent instead of 7 percent is going to force people to go hungry, but it doesn’t. It just shows that you have no idea how the people who actually pay for SNAP go about feeding themselves on a daily basis.

    Here’s a SNAP challenge for you, Congresspeople. Go to a grocery store, and stand near the checkout stands. Watch for people coming through with about ten 12 packs of soda and gatorade, lots of sugary stuff, a bunch of frozen entrees, but no produce or meat from the butcher’s section. Check how many of them use SNAP to pay for it. Then ask yourself if the program needs reform. Only certain foods should be bought at the taxpayer’s expense. No soda, no Twinkies, etc. Just food that you have to take home and cook yourself. You’ll be fighting hunger by making SNAP recipients’ allowance go farther, and fighting obesity by not giving them free food that is nutritionally barren and weightgain causing.

    End of rant

    • Richard Wayne

      Here here! Just go to any inflation calculator and type in the snap challenge’s weekly allowance and see what that would have bought us just 13 years ago. (if she spent 70 dollars worth of goods in 2000, then that would equate to 95 dollars worth of goods in 2013)

      Inflation is robbing our poor and middle class. If conservatives want a message that will resonate with the poor and lower middle class, then you have the prime way of tying it to deficit spending. The more our government charges, the less their benefits are worth.

    • Conservative Blk Chick

      Amen! Agreed. smh

    • $29561723

      True, but in many states, people can use their EBT cards for smokes, pornos, and liquor. It’s everything. Our population is gradually being brainwashed into thinking that everything needs to be provided FOR them by the benevolent Government Master Class.

      Hopefully, people will resist. Otherwise we’re doomed. Britain and Europe can finish what they started.

      1776 was a POSTPONEMENT

  • bitemeDC

    We have been LONG eligible for “government assistance”…me in real estate, my husband in non union construction….a kid in college with a scholarship, a kid who had to drop out due to lack of funds…I will stab my own eyes out rather than go against my principles…

    Ramon noodles…I wish some days I could even afford that…and there are days we go hungry…I mean really hungry…but I will continue to teach my kids and live within our means and not ask my neighbor to subsidize our lifestyle….cut them off…they will be better for it…..no one should get a free ride…and be enabled to continue bad and irresponsible behavior….

  • yestradamous

    If hunger is such a big issue, why don’t we see more skinny people? That sounds harsh, but come on. The heaviest people in our society are in the lower socio-economic rungs. The skinny ones are the richest.

    • aliwilcox

      Could it be that the skinniest/richest are also the best educated and eat more nutritiously? Junk food is cheap and comforting, albeit bad for you. It’s easy to grab when don’t want to cook. Going to fast food joints feels like “going out for dinner,” but the calorie count for one meal equates to an entire day’s sensible recommendation
      .

  • Max Artifice

    Sorry, but Kristina Ribali is an idiot for tweeting that “we need to be as little like Mark Levin as possible.” That is about the stupidest thing possible to say about Levin.

  • BigSky1970

    Hey elitist schmuck, you’re not telling me anything new, I grew up on a farm.

  • Squirrel!

    Ground meat actually isn’t that cheap. She bought one of those 1 lb cylinder packaged things. I can’t buy that to feed my family. We makes several meals with ground meat. We can’t buy the lean ground meat, though. Too expensive.

  • Woodrow Wilson

    dude- trust me, that is cheap compared to $50lbs. for hamburger if the government didn’t infuse money and subsides into the equation, period.