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    Surprise—The Majority of SNAP Recipients Live in the 'Burbs!'

    Looks like my comments in other threads about "welfare programs" being utilized by the "working poor" has more validation here:

    When talking about government nutrition assistance, news stories are often illustrated with images of single mothers of color or older retirees in large urban housing developments. Seldom do the suburbs—the land of cul-de-sacs, strip malls, and minivans—come into play in regards to SNAP.

    But increasingly, the ’burbs are becoming the defining image of food stamps. The number of Americans living in suburbs who receive SNAP doubled between 2007 and 2011, and the majority recipients nationwide—55 percent—now live there, according to an analysis of American Community Survey data by the Brookings Institution...

    In the wake of the housing bust and the subsequent Great Recession—economic calamities that caused real wages to fall across the board by 2.8 percent as global food prices continue to rise—almost 48 million Americans have received the nutrition benefit. As a result, the value of SNAP benefits have decreased by seven percent during that time, according to a recent report by the USDA.
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    People who work at low-wage and low-middle-wage positions use Food Stamps and Medicaid (along with personal deficit spending via credit cards) to make ends meet. It not just "welfare mommas" folks, our economy is suffering. Something to consider when members discuss eliminating welfare programs accross the board.
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    Re: Surprise—The Majority of SNAP Recipients Live in the 'Burbs!'

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Adverse View Post
    Looks like my comments in other threads about "welfare programs" being utilized by the "working poor" has more validation here:



    Surprise

    People who work at low-wage and low-middle-wage positions use Food Stamps and Medicaid (along with personal deficit spending via credit cards) to make ends meet. It not just "welfare mommas" folks, our economy is suffering. Something to consider when members discuss eliminating welfare programs accross the board.
    I think almost all of those people would be better off if that money was used to fix our infrastructure and focus on more community and economic developing projects rather then handing out lump sums to different people.

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    Re: Surprise—The Majority of SNAP Recipients Live in the 'Burbs!'

    What? You dare to question a gov't program aimed at buying votes using other people's money? SNAP (and now PPACA) is a key link in the liberal dream of establishing the national "living wage" via income redistribution. No longer will earning a low wage mean living a substandard existance in this land of plenty. From each according to their ability (to pay taxes), to each according to their need (for free stuff).
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    Re: Surprise—The Majority of SNAP Recipients Live in the 'Burbs!'

    Aren't all mothers who get welfare, by definition, "welfare mommas" ?

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    Re: Surprise—The Majority of SNAP Recipients Live in the 'Burbs!'

    Quote Originally Posted by ReformCollege View Post
    I think almost all of those people would be better off if that money was used to fix our infrastructure and focus on more community and economic developing projects rather then handing out lump sums to different people.
    Which method of gov't spending is more likely to produce votes for liberals?
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    Re: Surprise—The Majority of SNAP Recipients Live in the 'Burbs!'

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    Which method of gov't spending is more likely to produce votes for liberals?

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    Re: Surprise—The Majority of SNAP Recipients Live in the 'Burbs!'

    How is it surprising that after creating a handout system and then making it easy to get on and stay on, that in a period of economic decline with zero effort at reestablishing a jobs market, a majority of people (across the board) would take advantage of it? You certainly cant be surprised that there are an ever increasing number of social dependents in this country?

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    Re: Surprise—The Majority of SNAP Recipients Live in the 'Burbs!'

    Quote Originally Posted by ReformCollege View Post
    I think almost all of those people would be better off if that money was used to fix our infrastructure and focus on more community and economic developing projects rather then handing out lump sums to different people.
    Well, I think short-term government work programs would be helpful...temporarily. However, to address the real needs of Americans who work and want to earn a living doing so, we'd be better off figuring out how to morph our "service economy" back into a "multi-purpose" economy. That means major investment in industry, scientific development, and other resource development growth. That's what brings new jobs into play.
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    Re: Surprise—The Majority of SNAP Recipients Live in the 'Burbs!'

    hah no, how else can you recoup even a tiny amount of the taxes you pay?
    Sure why not take snap and any other government benefit you can get your hands on?
    Don't you silly "I hate welfare and all those who collect it" folks realize that the trend towards socialism is accelerating?
    c'mon do the arithmetic, can you even come close to recouping the taxes you pay in your lifetime?
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    Re: Surprise—The Majority of SNAP Recipients Live in the 'Burbs!'

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Adverse View Post
    Well, I think short-term government work programs would be helpful...temporarily. However, to address the real needs of Americans who work and want to earn a living doing so, we'd be better off figuring out how to morph our "service economy" back into a "multi-purpose" economy. That means major investment in industry, scientific development, and other resource development growth. That's what brings new jobs into play.
    Every day billions of dollars in goods arrive at our nations ports full of products that used to be made here. The easiest thing the government could do would be to remove the burden of regulatory incrementalism that has shackled our nations manufacturing base, and sent those jobs to other countries.

    The business community would make the investment, and the red tape and delays associated with government projects would be avoided.

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