Not only will Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker reply to just about any tweet sent his way, he’ll accept challenges too. As Twitchy reported yesterday, Booker, a Democrat, called for more investment (i.e., taxes) in schools and nutrition, despite the fact that Newark public schools spend around $22,000 annually per child.

A Twitter follower who describes herself as “fighting against any and all forms of socialism/communism” kicked off the challenge by responding to Booker’s call for more money.

https://twitter.com/MWadeNC/status/270352913853976576

https://twitter.com/MWadeNC/status/270357953654169600

Now this is the sort of battle of ideas we would have liked to have seen during the presidential debates. To be fair, we did see a bit of it, but it looks like in this case we don’t all have to suffer for four years to find out who was right after all.

https://twitter.com/MWadeNC/status/270361209537196033

As of now, the details are still being worked out. Onlookers are suggesting their own additional rules. Will Booker and his challenger agree to forgo their own cars for public transportation for the duration? After all, if you’re on food stamps, you can’t possibly have your own wheels, right? Right? Oh, and no fancy spices and seasonings.

No restaurant food? Do the rules prohibit selling the food stamps and using the cash at a restaurant? Or the Apple Store?

In the meantime, an out-of-state challenger has approached. The Community Service organization at the University of Bridgeport (whose annual tuition is about the same as Newark’s annual expenditure per student) has horned in and set up its own challenge.

We had hopes for Booker during Superstorm Sandy, when he encouraged a constituent to handle his own shortage of Hot Pockets. (“I know this is a problem you can handle,” Booker replied.) Why Hot Pockets guy got the cold shoulder while the mayor lobbies for more money for schools and nutrition for others, we don’t know.

What will the food stamp challenge prove? We’re not sure. For some of Booker’s supporters, though, Booker has nothing to prove — he’s showed that he cares, and that’s enough. Unless you’re a heartless conservative.

  • Zane Henry

    Booker gets to play the role of hero by shaming people into agreeing to higher taxes. (I honestly don’t see how taxes could be higher on those suckers in the NE US) Fact is, we spend a gosh-awful amount on education in this country, but the fact is, most of that money ends up in the unions without ever benefiting a single student.

    Give the families of students in NJ a 15k voucher, and you’ll see improvement across the board. Charter schools and private schools all the way, baby!

    Now on topic….IMO, Booker will most definitely cheat on his little challenge, without a doubt.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000455315456 Sith’ari Jule

      Just look at the proliferation of Starbucks in the NE. They can afford a 5 dollar cup of coffee then the libs can pay more in taxes.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000455315456 Sith’ari Jule

        Just wait till the libs discover that every penny adds up and they can’t afford their new iPhone, then they will get mad.

  • HannahJK

    The budget is $35 a week for a family of four?

    • DizzyMissL

      $35 per person

      • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

        Wow, my husband and I would eat well on $35 per person, per week. $70 can buy a LOT of food. Or well, it used to.

        • DizzyMissL

          Agree.

        • DizzyMissL

          Agree.

        • Liberal Hater

          It can buy a lot if done right for sure. If I was on food stamps and needed help I’d be using coupons, shopping sales, etc. to make the most out of the help. The problem is many of these dimwits don’t spend it properly.

      • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

        Wow, my husband and I would eat well on $35 per person, per week. $70 can buy a LOT of food. Or well, it used to.

  • Lord Foggybottom

    You’re not supposed to be able to live on food stamps! Food stamps are there as help when you need it – they’re not supposed to be a way of life – they’re a supplement. These people are acting like being on food stamps is a permanent thing and the only source of income. This will prove nothing other than we should provide MORE in food stamp funding, instead of getting people OFF of food stamps by going to work.

    • Zane Henry

      Why create jobs when you can create a zombie army of dependents? Fact is, if there weren’t a permanent dependent class, the democrats would have evaporated decades ago.

    • http://twitter.com/liberalretards lisa

      MORE FOOD STAMPS MORE DEMOCRAPS VOTES(BUYING VOTE STEAL TAX PAYER MONEY) THATS HOW CORRUPT OBAMA WON

    • AWomaninTX

      “You’re not supposed to be able to live on food stamps! Food stamps are there as help when you need it – they’re not supposed to be a way of life – they’re a supplement.”

      Exactly! And furthermore, they are not being honest.

      Unless New Jersey implements different regulations than Texas, you can buy spices with food stamps. You can buy darned near anything edible with them! Maybe not a rotisserie chicken but a boxed lasagna, packaged salads, junk food & soda… even shrimp!

      ‘Food Stamps’ does *not* equal “bland”!

  • GaryTheBrave

    How is Booker and the challenger supposed to qualify for food stamps, or are they being handed out like candy on Halloween?

    • Zane Henry

      It’s probably going to be one of those “show me your receipts” sort of thing. doubt they’ll be applying for a SNAP card.

    • PurpAv

      You could in theory have a net worth in the millions and still qualify for food stamps if it was all in assets with no paper trails, like stamp/book/art/.tool collections, not in bank/brokerage accounts, or real estate you not living in, and your “income” was under the limit.

      You’re allowed to own a house/car and collect food stamps.

    • rivers

      Pretty sure he’s just going to live on a food stamp budget,not actual food stamps.

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

      There’s not really any criteria anymore to ‘qualify’. We had student advisors here, at MSU (Michigan State University) encouraging their students to apply for benefits. MSU is not a poor college…

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

      There’s not really any criteria anymore to ‘qualify’. We had student advisors here, at MSU (Michigan State University) encouraging their students to apply for benefits. MSU is not a poor college…

  • PurpAv

    I have a single friend who’s on disability. He get like $250/month in food stamps, which is more than adequate for a month’s worth of food.

    If you’re choosing carefully and not squandering it, its quite easy to eat decently on under $3/day. If you go super-Spartan and don’t have much variety, $1/day is about the lower limit. I went for about 6 months not too long ago on $1/day when liquid cash was very tight.

  • louisiana_mom

    No one still has approached the problem, if these families receive food stamps to feed their families, why do they get two free meals at school? Isn’t this the government spending money twice for the same thing?

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

      Because they give their kids their Bridge cards(MI) (Snap benefits) and come spend $15 on candy and energy drinks.

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

      Because they give their kids their Bridge cards(MI) (Snap benefits) and come spend $15 on candy and energy drinks.

    • irishgirl91

      Thank you! I have asked that question b-4 and have been called a racist. Though in the same breath they have pointed out more white people take FS. I didn’t bother to point out percentages versus #’s because I figured that was more racist. I also asked if we then should feed all kids b/c of obesity and nut allergies (sarcasm lost on the left). The libs agreed until someone asked if homeschool kids allowed. No, b/c of course it was racist b/c most hs kids were white!

    • Liberal Hater

      Because the idiots waste the food stamp money and still don’t feed their children.

    • AWomaninTX

      They’re feeding the children who are unfortunate enough to be born to parents who either cannot fully provide enough or *won’t*.

      • louisiana_mom

        It’s not my fault this parents “won’t” feed their children. And we provide food stamps so these parents “can” provide breakfast and send a lunch sack (paid for with food stamps) with the child if they cannot afford the school lunch. Either that or duing the school year, lower their food stamps to reflect these children getting “free” meals at school.

        • AWomaninTX

          Yes. Punish the children because their parent might be inept… right? Is that seriously what you want to complain about, that some children receive a “free” meal?

          FYI, not all children who qualify for, and receive, free or reduced lunches have parents who qualify for food stamps.

          • louisiana_mom

            I’m not the one “punishing” these children, their parents did that when they gave birth to children they couldn’t afford to raise. So, by your analogy, my children should do without so we can provide benefits twice to these children. All I said was the ones who are recieving food stamps should provide their children’s breakfasts and lunches with the food stamp. This would still allow those children who do not receive food stamps to receive the free meals. But I am tired of providing twice for the same meals.

          • AWomaninTX

            Again, not all children who qualify for, and receive, free or reduced lunches have parents who qualify for food stamps.
            In other words, you can qualify for one but not the other…
            Meaning, you are not necessarily paying for their meals twice.

            And no, my argument does not equate to your analogy.

            ETA:
            In all seriousness, no one is suggesting it’s your responsibility. *I* simply suggested why children may be receiving those meals as an answer to your question.

            Feel free to hate it. Simply vent here and elsewhere.

            Or get up and do something about it! Address the issue at the next School Board meeting local to you. Seek out support for your stance and address it.

            One person *can* make a difference… good or bad.

          • louisiana_mom

            What I am saying is those on food stamps should not receive free lunches… we are already paying for their food. Yes, there are some who receive free meals who are not on food stamps Having worked at a school for 6 years I am aware of that, I am also aware the vast majority of free lunch recipients are food stamp recipient!

          • AWomaninTX

            Again, not all children who qualify for, and receive, free or reduced lunches have parents who qualify for food stamps.
            In other words, you can qualify for one but not the other…
            Meaning, you are not necessarily paying for their meals twice.

            And no, my argument does not equate to your analogy.

            ETA:
            In all seriousness, no one is suggesting it’s your responsibility. *I* simply suggested why children may be receiving those meals as an answer to your question.

            Feel free to hate it. Simply vent here and elsewhere.

            Or get up and do something about it! Address the issue at the next School Board meeting local to you. Seek out support for your stance and address it.

            One person *can* make a difference… good or bad.

  • Concerned

    This is rediculous that people actually believe those on food stamps don’t have adequate cooking utensils, spices, or a car. From my own experience I have seen them have just as much or more than me of these things.

    • Zane Henry

      Just today a woman parked her dealer plates Escalade next to my hooptie. She was ahead of me in the checkout lane. Paid for loads of goodies with her food stamps card. FML

      • Concerned

        Awful! And people wonder why we aren’t just thrilled about it.

    • Zane Henry

      Just today a woman parked her dealer plates Escalade next to my hooptie. She was ahead of me in the checkout lane. Paid for loads of goodies with her food stamps card. FML

  • Jayve

    Booker is a spineless fool, typical holier than thou liberal. Proving his point on raising taxes by living off of raman noodles for a week. Big effing deal, I did that for 4 years in college without gov assistance. The sad part is that what seems to be a fair minded individual got sucked into this stupid scheme.

    • TwitWit

      you should see my inbox of hate tweets.

      • Jayve

        I don’t doubt it. Good ol’ party of love and tolerance. I commend you for taking a stand against fools of Booker’s intellectual caliber.

    • TwitWit

      you should see my inbox of hate tweets.

  • Azriel

    The only way this could be done fairly and show a true result is to let the trial last for a month. People receive their food stamps monthly and have what they need to buy staples for the month to make real meals that are nutritional. There should be guidelines on what they can buy, like they do in the WIC program, if the goal really is better nutrition for the children.

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

      Agreed. I had one kid come in today and buy $15 worth of candy and energy drinks on their FS card. He asked me(again) if he could purchase said energy drink on the card, and I flat out told him that if he couldn’t remember that I told him the last time he came in that he could, maybe he didn’t need one.

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

      Agreed. I had one kid come in today and buy $15 worth of candy and energy drinks on their FS card. He asked me(again) if he could purchase said energy drink on the card, and I flat out told him that if he couldn’t remember that I told him the last time he came in that he could, maybe he didn’t need one.

    • TwitWit

      i agree that a month is the only real way to attempt this challenge. if they are allowing $35 per wk. per family member(4) that is $560 just in food stamps a month. I currently spend – roughly- around $800. & i do not use coupons or really plan out my meals, however, that is exactly what i will do during this challenge.

      • Liberal Hater

        $560 for a family four of easy to do. Shop the grocery outlets. I get a whole cart load for under $80 that lasts 2-3 weeks.

        • TwitWit

          thanks for the tip!

      • AWomaninTX

        It’s easy to do. Make a menu, then a budget, then stick to it. I did it when we were on food stamps (many years ago) and I do it now that we are not on food stamps. (We still live cheap.)

        Just remembered: I used coupons far more frequently when we *were* on food stamps than I do now. But then again, my preferred grocery store has store-brand products that tend to be cheaper (and better quality) than national brands are *with* coupons.

        Generics… Another way to save money in your budget!

        • TwitWit

          over the last 4 years my grocery shopping habits have already changed towards the generic or on sale brands. the hardest part for me is the coupons & sticking to the meal planning. not for lack of time or resources.. just thinking about what we should eat for dinner two weeks from now. lol.
          Smart shopping is the key and i should already have a stand alone freezer. i always wanted one. i think that would make it all easier. I’m even a little jealous of Honey Boo Boo’s moms stockpile.. well not the deer meat part.
          Honestly, even if the mayor doesn’t come through on this ‘challenge’, I’m still going to attempt to do it. its a win win for my family in the longer run.

          • AWomaninTX

            Good for you! It can help keep you healthier, too.

    • TwitWit

      i agree that a month is the only real way to attempt this challenge. if they are allowing $35 per wk. per family member(4) that is $560 just in food stamps a month. I currently spend – roughly- around $800. & i do not use coupons or really plan out my meals, however, that is exactly what i will do during this challenge.

  • Azriel

    The only way this could be done fairly and show a true result is to let the trial last for a month. People receive their food stamps monthly and have what they need to buy staples for the month to make real meals that are nutritional. There should be guidelines on what they can buy, like they do in the WIC program, if the goal really is better nutrition for the children.

  • rivers

    The amount you receive is based on your income. You are allowed to own a car, hold a job even. If you have no income, then you will also be receiving cash aid. As your income increases, your allotment decreases. The idea is that you better yourself and ease out of the system. What is cruel or unjust about that?

    • Liberal Hater

      Isn’t the incentive then to NOT improve your situation? If you’re a poor person with zero education and brains, wouldn’t you just think to yourself: I could just get this amount for doing nothing, or I could go out and work and get decreased money (because all they see is they lose the ‘free money’)?

  • rivers

    The amount you receive is based on your income. You are allowed to own a car, hold a job even. If you have no income, then you will also be receiving cash aid. As your income increases, your allotment decreases. The idea is that you better yourself and ease out of the system. What is cruel or unjust about that?

  • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

    I replied to Mr. Booker:

    @CoryBooker Tell you what. You live on our 5.50/hr after taxes, 30max hours a week, and NOT apply for gov’t ast., and then we’ll talk.

    @CoryBooker
    And that’s 2 people working, only 30 hours a week. 15 hours per person.
    I can guarantee I’d feast on food stamps compared to now

  • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

    I replied to Mr. Booker:

    @CoryBooker Tell you what. You live on our 5.50/hr after taxes, 30max hours a week, and NOT apply for gov’t ast., and then we’ll talk.

    @CoryBooker
    And that’s 2 people working, only 30 hours a week. 15 hours per person.
    I can guarantee I’d feast on food stamps compared to now

  • GTFOBigGovt

    Don’t google any food stamps questions. It’s nauseating. Entire message boards of people not working and not interested in working discussing hundreds of dollars a month in free money.

    example:

    “If he gets laid off the only money we will have coming in is unemployment. I am not sure how much that is going to be. I am currently not working because I have been staying home with our son. That may have to change. I am pregnant also so I really don’t want to have to leave both my baby’s.”

  • GTFOBigGovt

    Don’t google any food stamps questions. It’s nauseating. Entire message boards of people not working and not interested in working discussing hundreds of dollars a month in free money.

    example:

    “If he gets laid off the only money we will have coming in is unemployment. I am not sure how much that is going to be. I am currently not working because I have been staying home with our son. That may have to change. I am pregnant also so I really don’t want to have to leave both my baby’s.”

  • disappearing moderate

    I do believe in school breakfasts and lunches for qualifying families. Just because the parents are receiving food stamps, there is no guarantee the parents are providing proper nutrition unfortunately. I spend less that a food stamp allowance for a family of three for my family of three, and we eat quite well. It does require planning and actual cooking however, and the conviction that there is no leftover than can’t be turned into a bisquick impossible pie or a pasta dish.

    • AWomaninTX

      The leftover theory works until they become teenagers, lol! Been There, *doing* That!

  • disappearing moderate

    I do believe in school breakfasts and lunches for qualifying families. Just because the parents are receiving food stamps, there is no guarantee the parents are providing proper nutrition unfortunately. I spend less that a food stamp allowance for a family of three for my family of three, and we eat quite well. It does require planning and actual cooking however, and the conviction that there is no leftover than can’t be turned into a bisquick impossible pie or a pasta dish.

  • Michael Rice

    My family of five (actually 4 because I am not included in the factoring) gets almost 800 per month. Tell me, in the midwest, Indiana in this case, where a family a four can’t live on 800 per month. Make that a fmaily a five, since I eat the food, too.
    IN truth it went down to about 450 for the next two months because I have a season job of about a month and a half that will earn me around 700 dollars after taxes.
    So, for my 350 per month, we lose about 350 per month in food stamps. Factor in my espenses in getting to work and we lose money by me working…makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it?

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      It only makes sense to Congress.

    • irishgirl91

      Bureaucracies have zero common sense and no room for it to be added. The biggest problem with the system is it isn’t staggered, you either get it or you don’t. No incentive to work b/c min. wage doesn’t cover food, full rent and medical. We will soon be what the rest of Europe is, ppl paid off the books and a thriving black mkt.

  • Michael Rice

    My family of five (actually 4 because I am not included in the factoring) gets almost 800 per month. Tell me, in the midwest, Indiana in this case, where a family a four can’t live on 800 per month. Make that a fmaily a five, since I eat the food, too.
    IN truth it went down to about 450 for the next two months because I have a season job of about a month and a half that will earn me around 700 dollars after taxes.
    So, for my 350 per month, we lose about 350 per month in food stamps. Factor in my espenses in getting to work and we lose money by me working…makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it?

  • Michael Rice

    At the school my kids used to go to, some teachers would nto allow students to bring their own lunch on field trips. The reasoning was it was not fair to students who could not “afford to do so”.
    THeir warped logic was, if one “poor child” could not afford a lunch they liked, in contrast to what they provided, then every kid had to eat the provided lunch, regardless if they liked it or not.
    In other words, if you don’t like the provided lunch go hungry…all because that was what was “fair” to everyone. Instead of one “porr” child having to chose between hungry or the provided lunch and everyone else getting to eat soemthing they liked….everyone had to suffer…

  • Michael Rice

    At the school my kids used to go to, some teachers would nto allow students to bring their own lunch on field trips. The reasoning was it was not fair to students who could not “afford to do so”.
    THeir warped logic was, if one “poor child” could not afford a lunch they liked, in contrast to what they provided, then every kid had to eat the provided lunch, regardless if they liked it or not.
    In other words, if you don’t like the provided lunch go hungry…all because that was what was “fair” to everyone. Instead of one “porr” child having to chose between hungry or the provided lunch and everyone else getting to eat soemthing they liked….everyone had to suffer…

  • ember

    This is a joke. No way will that man stick to this plan. He’s a demorat therefore, he’ll cheat.

  • ember

    This is a joke. No way will that man stick to this plan. He’s a demorat therefore, he’ll cheat.

  • Michelle

    My brother and I were raised by a single mom who worked 12 hr. shifts. There was always oatmeal and eggs in the house for breakfast (that we prepared ourselves) and bread, lunch meat, cheese, etc. as well as fruit and a snack to pack a lunch for school (again, prepared ourselves). Then again, I was raised in an era where kids weren’t coddled and we were taught if mama ain’t there to do it, DO IT YOURSELF. I wasn’t raised on food stamps, but I’m pretty sure my mother’s budget for food was about the same as these folks getting food stamps – she made it work and they can too.

  • Michelle

    My brother and I were raised by a single mom who worked 12 hr. shifts. There was always oatmeal and eggs in the house for breakfast (that we prepared ourselves) and bread, lunch meat, cheese, etc. as well as fruit and a snack to pack a lunch for school (again, prepared ourselves). Then again, I was raised in an era where kids weren’t coddled and we were taught if mama ain’t there to do it, DO IT YOURSELF. I wasn’t raised on food stamps, but I’m pretty sure my mother’s budget for food was about the same as these folks getting food stamps – she made it work and they can too.

  • Jerry J Brown

    if you take a handout when you don’t need it, you are just a pet.

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    Hey, what a boost for these local economies! San Fran Nan did tell us that every dollar spent with food stamps magically turns into $1.78 in the economy!!

    Everyone on food stamps!!

  • gracepmc

    Booker should at least have to pay for the foodstamps as this is just yet again another political pr event. This helps who how?

  • John (it true me am)

    … $35 a week? That’s not even a contest, that is higher than my current budget… Though granted I know how to cook and stretch value and have started growing my own vegetables and herbs. I could eat like a king for 35 bucks for one person.

    BTW, pro tip for those living on the ramen budget. Try some Udon instead. You can get it almost as cheap and it’s a billion times better. 😀

  • medicinewomantwo

    Just pick up all the juvenile delinquents and drop them off at his office or house. If he is so brilliant, this will be a breeze to raise and feed and educate the poor little urchins.

  • Jedd McHead

    Dems are DIM! Their reaction to any failing program isn’t the STRUCTURE (or even necessity) of that program but, rather, that we simply haven’t thrown enough tax payer money at it! Look at the reaction by the Left to the FAILED “stimulus” program — “We didn’t SPEND enough” they say.

    Odrama likes to kick around that adage about the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results — and aims the comment at Republicans. Oh, the IRONY.

  • Sus

    All of our Reps should do this! They should have to enroll in Obamacare, too, instead of using taxpayer money to pay for the cadillac insurance plan they are guaranteed to have for life.

  • irishgirl91

    My mom had to use FS for 1mos when my dad was hospitalized. We had our own home and car (no public transport in my town). It was also for the one month. No free lunch at school. Oh yes, my stay at home mom (3 kids under 6) went to work flipping burgers, This was for a short time because of an emergency and we were ashamed to have to use it, but we did and were grateful for the help.

    • http://twitter.com/TheAngieNC2 Angie (D)

      That’s exactly the kind of situation the program was designed for & you shouldn’t be ashamed about it. The problem is that we — as a society– today feel no “shame” about making these programs a lifestyle instead of a temporary situation.

    • AWomaninTX

      I agree with Angie, do *not* feel shame for that. If your mom is like many others (myself included) she did what she had to do because y’all were worth it to her.

  • edward cropper

    Booker is certified dumb ass, trying to look dignified and accomplished. Won’t happen baby !

  • irrelevantinMD

    In Maryland it’s called an “Independence” card.

  • irrelevantinMD

    And to think I could have had all that free money if I didn’t screw up and do everything the right way…graduate HS, no out-of-wedlock babies, stay out of jail…