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Squawk of the Day - Jan. 20, 2012

"I never thought that I would see this country have 25 percent of the people living off of food stamps."

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MRKIA 1 year, 3 months ago

WHAT DID PEOPLE THINK WOULD HAPPEN WHEN THE FEDS ALLOWED DEBIT CARDS TO ISSUED INSTEAD OF THE ACTUAL FOOD?

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 3 months ago

"When you pay people to be poor, you will have a lot of them"

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sowegap 1 year, 3 months ago

Debit cards are used, but if you only get food stamps then you can only use one to purchase food, if you both welfare and food stamps then you get use it to purchase both food items use it like a normal debit card. Some people have actually earned the right to government assistance by working hard all their life and being without a job when their place of employment downsized or went under.

I was raised to believe that these were only temporary, just until a person got back on their feet, it is a sad thing to begrudge a child a meal, because mommy and daddy work hard, but their paychecks never seem to be as high as the bills and living expenses.

Do not categorize these people with the ones who have only worked flat on their backs or hanging out on the corner with their paper bag in hand or waiting on their next meth high.

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Shorty50 1 year, 3 months ago

Wait 4 years. It will be more than 25%.

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whattheheck 1 year, 2 months ago

Won't be that long at the way people are being added. I think you can expect an easing of the criteria and a boost in payment amounts to add to our misery. Most of it is done on the internet and the number rejected as improper is decreasing.

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RedEric 1 year, 3 months ago

The last I heard It was 47 million people on food stamps which is less than 25%. Maybe the squawker is reading Obamas projections for this year. And maybe this is the year they vote in refrigerated beer trucks in every neighborhood, free of course, several brands, bring your own glass.

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chinaberry25 1 year, 3 months ago

Still that is too many folks. Even ones who could actually grow a garden will go on them and sell food. They have have folks give them money too. Let the military go on them. They will pay civil service employees an astronomical amount to go to work for them after they have trained them, but do not pay guys who put their lives on the line a fair wage. Like cops and teachers. The higher up the pecking order the more money you make for less work. Albany's pay scale, no one could live off of it. A beginning teacher cannot live by herself, she or he grosses $2879/mo After taxes there is nothing left over for food. If you make $9/hr in Albany you are doing good.

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whattheheck 1 year, 2 months ago

Those without a family who cannot live on $3,000 a month are doing something wrong. Perhaps their expectations and their spending habits are a little high. And bear in mind, the work is nine months and the time off during the summer is pretty good. Retirement is a nice perk. However, I would not care to deal with the little apples we are raising now so perhaps we need some extra as combat pay, eh?

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 3 months ago

There is a specific demographic in the United States that has 1 in 4 on food stamps etc. I think that's what the squawker is talking about. None of the statistics sites will give you this information, you have to calculate it for yourself. It remains true that most assistance is received by Caucasian recipients but at a low per capita percent.

But for a community that doesn't understand 1 chance in 400 Billion that CRCT cheating did not occur, these facts will just sail over the heads of most.

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ObjectiveEyes 1 year, 2 months ago

Liberals don't do statistics...or science.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 2 months ago

That was an ignorant statement. I hope that it was sarcasm that went over my head.

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Amazed2 1 year, 3 months ago

The Obama master plan has been and is to Grow that program. The more people that he gets into programs then the more assured or guranteed voters and supporters he has. Think about for every person and family that is on the Obama Government program how many are going to vote against his agenda. Basically it is just the old vote buying tactics of the corrupt old days. Instead of giving out $20 cash or a bottle of whiskey Obama has devloped the free government programs like free cell phones. The Welfare roles has almost doubled in the 4 years of his first term.

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daisymae 1 year, 2 months ago

And if you pay attention to the ones who pull out that EBT card, they are sporting a brand new Coach or Dooney Burke handbag, just had their nails did, their hair did (@100.00 at the least amount) and are driving the nicest cars, their kids have on Air Jordan sneakers...no wonder they have to have an EBT card, they don't have their priorities in the right place.

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MRKIA 1 year, 2 months ago

A LOT OF THOSE HIGH PRICED ACCESSORIES YOU SEE SOME OF THE TIME ARE KNOCK-OFFS. THE ALBANY MALL DOES NOT HAVE HIGHER END STORES. NOT DEFENDING, BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF WANNABE'S AROUND.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 2 months ago

While we are talking about fiscal irresponsiblitity with taxpayers' money, I want to include corporate welfare, foreign aid, United Nations, illegal and unneccesary wars, and bloated bureauracracy in both congress and government. Let's talk about the one trillion dollars in medicare/medicaid waste and fraud. All of this seems okay with the far left and far right wingnuts. Now I would like to stay and participate but I have to go to church.

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ustaknow 1 year, 2 months ago

Welfare cost 45k per person on welfare now maybe you do not get that much yourself but government says it cost that much so if one welfare recipient goes to work _ we save that 45k plus we add the income tax they would pay and we get a net gain to the government of 47-50k so add the avg say of 48k to the government times how many millions of people on welfare and pretty soon you see we could pay off deficit

48k x 31 million people = a hell of a lot of money

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SayWhatHeffa 1 year, 2 months ago

Smdh....wish they would throw me a few "stamps"!!

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Ihope4albany 1 year, 2 months ago

Let's back up some. You can't have a system of economy, capitalism, that feeds off of the permanent lower class, middle class, and upper class to where all of the money is hoarded in a small 1-3 percent of people, the super class. The system cannot sustain itself. What is happening to the lower class is the harbinger for these rest.

This process is not just happening in the US, but elsewhere too in the globe, look at Greece.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 2 months ago

You are a F....ing idiot.

Karl Marx........here's another fool that owes dues to the Communist Party. Please collect them!

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FryarTuk 1 year, 2 months ago

I cannot understand why the lower socio-economic class doesn't take advantage of the free public education in the USA. The one thing I clearly understood from the time I could read was that education was my ticket to food, success and fulfillment on this earth. Every member of my family worked in the field from the time we could walk and hold a hoe. When the drought came in the 50's and prices fell in the 60's we were poor as church mice. I sold Grit newspapers, my sisters sold Blair products and my brothers peddled Fuller brushes. We carried papers in town from 4:30 AM for Atlanta Journal & Constitution. Later for ABY papers. We enjoyed hunting because we had fun and got fresh meat. Our large family never felt sorry for ourselves. We never thought of anything being given to us. Didn't want it and wouldn't have taken it. Free meals at school? Heck no, we took biscuits with a piece of fried steak of lean meat (if we were lucky). It never hurt us a bit. We all got some form of higher training either in the military or in college because we knew if we didn't no one was there to make it work for us. It's no worse to be poor today than it was then. Free public education is the best thing that has happened on this planet and parents and children who don't take advantage of it just have no right profit from other folks' earned achievement. Giving people handouts for total life subsistence robs them of their human strengths and innate abilities to achieve.

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Racc 1 year, 2 months ago

My Mom is retired and she tried to get some much needed help and all they gave her was 30 dollars a month!!! 30 STUPID DOLLARS, when will obumma start to cater to the other color in his life, since, after all he is mixed and has catered to one side of his family now the next four year should be the other color he gives to right??

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