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Living on Food Stamps in Middle-Class Suburbia

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Since the recession, persistent unemployment has left middle-class life out of reach for millions of Americans.


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Past Member (0)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 3:36 am
thank you

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 5:54 am
protect life, prosecute those that seek to destroy our shared home and our fellow beings
life has value beyond measure
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Past Member (0)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 6:18 am
Thanks for the article, but I think it is called SNAP now.

paul m (93)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 6:30 am

I wonder would your Polititions live on welfare ,stamps ?

Thursday June 14, 2012, 6:35 am
Sadly, expect it to get worse, as the U.S. population ages.

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 7:38 am

Azaima A (207)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 9:01 am

Jason S (50)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 9:27 am

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 9:31 am
I know it is not a very poular way to live life these days but it is very very important to live well within your means because you never know when your situation is going to change for the worse. It is not necessary to have a mortgage that is based on your 6 figure salary or for the family members to shop til they drop. Quality of life is much more than quantity of things in your life. I have simpathy for the "Smiths" but not a lot.

pam w (139)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 9:57 am
Every now & then, an email comes around which suggests that anyone on food stamps should be forced to undergo drug testing, home inspections, etc. The authors of this crap obviously don't know any of the millions of decent, hard-working citizens whose bad luck in wrong place/wrong time situations brought them to unemployment.

My friend John is 62 and has been laid off three times in the last four years. He worked as project manager for multi-million-dollar business modifications. Those jobs are just NOT happening now....and, if you're 62, you will NOT be hired first!

After 50 years of working for a living, he's now on welfare. It's HORRIBLE.

Kerrie G (116)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 11:16 am
Noted, thanks.

Audrey B (0)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 12:12 pm


Have you noticed, your Social Security check is now referred to as a "federal benefit payment"?
I'll be part of the one percent, to forward this, our government gets away with way too much in all areas of our lives, while they live lavishly on their grossly overpaid incomes!





This was sent to me, I am forwarding it because it does touch a nerve in me.
This is another example of what Rick Perry called "TREASON in high places" !!!

Get angry and pass this on!

Remember, not only did you contribute to Social Security but your employer did too. It totaled 15% of your income before taxes. If you averaged only $30K over your working life, that's close to $220,500.
If you calculate the future value of $4,500 per year (yours & your employer's contribution) at a simple 5% (less than what the government pays on the money that it borrows), after 49 years of working you'd have $892,919.98.
If you took out only 3% per year, you'd receive $26,787.60 per year and it would last better than 30 years (until you're 95 if you retire at age 65) and that's with no interest paid on that final amount on deposit! If you bought an annuity and it paid 4% per year, you'd have a lifetime income of $2,976.40 per month.
The folks in Washington have pulled off a bigger Ponzi scheme than Bernie Madhoff ever had.
Entitlement my butt, I paid cash for my social security insurance!!!! Just because they borrowed the money, doesn't make my benefits some kind of charity or handout!!
Congressional benefits ---- free healthcare, outrageous retirement packages, 67 paid holidays, three weeks paid vacation, unlimited paid sick days, now that's welfare, and they have the nerve to call my social security retirement entitlements?
We're "broke" and can't help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, Homeless.
In the last months we have provided aid to Haiti , Chile , and Turkey . And now Pakistan ......home of bin Laden. Literally, BILLIONS of DOLLARS!!!
Our retired seniors living on a 'fixed income' receive no aid nor do they get any breaks while our government and religious organizations pour Hundreds of Billions of $$$$$$'s and Tons of Food to Foreign Countries!
They call Social Security and Medicare an entitlement even though most of us have been paying for it all our working lives and now when it's time for us to collect, the government is running out of money. Why did the government borrow from it in the first place? Imagine if the *GOVERNMENT* gave 'US' the same support they give to other countries.

Sad isn't it? This will effect us all in our lifetime. Pass it along Middle Class

Les Lambert (185)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 1:49 pm
Somehow we must reach out to all of our people.

Tracey O (38)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 3:43 pm
What's sad is congress want to cut SNAP by billions. I have been on & off of food stamps since age 17 & there is nothing to be ashamed of if you need them. I too get Social Security but it is because I am now disabled. it's not much as I did not have time to work to retirement. People in my own family see me as just lazy living off the government.See half of my family is Republican. I wish I could still hold a job but sadly it is impossible. I don't receive SSI or SNAP benefits. SSI is a supplemental income & is very different from Social Security. I worry most about Romney getting in as people like me will certainly not fair well with his ideas on Medicare & Medicaid. No telling what he may do to Social Security.

Florence Eaise (132)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 5:18 pm
middle class is disappearing quickly sad thanks

Mary Donnelly (47)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 6:46 pm
Thanks Cal--fascinating post. In Australia the minimum wage is $A17.10 per hour. No wonder so many families are living on food stamps in parts of the USA!

Sheryl G (360)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 7:00 pm
That is what minimum wage should be in the USA Mary to be considered at "living wage" that doesn't mean getting rich, that just means able to live and keep food on table, roof over head, and the utilites on. Minimum wage also varies from State to State here in the Usa. Florida's minimum wage is $7.67 so I think most people here would feel they were rich if they could be receiving $17.10.

The State with the Highest minimum wage is Washington at $9.04 which is still a lot below Australia's. Wyoming has the worst at $5.15 but employees can be paid less if they work for a company that employs less than 4 people.

The latest census data shows nearly one in two Americans, or 150 million people, have fallen into poverty -- or could be classified as low income. For more information click on link below.

Jennifer Jimenez (18)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 8:47 pm
Very sad. thanks for sharing, noted.

Esther Z (94)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 11:11 pm
Noted. I guess the Repug's trickle down theory hasn't been reaching the middle class folks who are now in need of food stamps.

Ellen m (215)
Friday June 15, 2012, 4:01 am
Sad indeed...but if you want to talk about any "drain" on the economy due to those that need/receive government assistance in any area, please note that the red states have the blue beat by a large margin if you look at it as a
"per capita" problem...

And when Texas or Arizona talks about succeeding...(Ha!) I hope they're not secretly hoping someone is going to actually say "Oh no! Please reconsider!"

Sheryl G (360)
Friday June 15, 2012, 5:50 am
“Hungry children didn’t cause the recession or the deficit, and cutting food stamps will not solve our debt problem,” he said. “But hungry children don’t have lobbyists, so programs like food stamps end up on the Republican chopping block.”

'SHOW SOME HEART" said, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)

Sen. Lautenberg also mentioned that each meal on the Food Stamp Program is $1.50, that is all that is given per meal. He said, how much lower than a $1.50 do you want to cut. He said I'd like to see all of Congress try eating for a month on $1.50 per meal.

Past Member (0)
Friday June 15, 2012, 11:05 am
Spoiled adults caused the recession.
Should be cut-off, by their own advice.
Budget cuts should come from the Pentagon's budget.
War, killing, drone assasinaton, military domination, propagandace state, foreign & domestic situation.
Cut the dictators' budget; feed, clothe, medically care for the people.
Wonder where all the FAT is in U.S. government?

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Past Member (0)
Friday June 15, 2012, 11:21 am
Care2 censored me again.
Two political parties.
Two political philosophies.
One political direction.
Toward Fascism.

Robert O (12)
Friday June 15, 2012, 2:55 pm
It's a sad reality that tens of millions of people are forced to live with. Thanks Cal.

Sheryl G (360)
Friday June 15, 2012, 4:53 pm
You used the correct term Robert, "forced" is correct. So many of us were in the labor market doing what we had been taught to do, get a good education, work to support ourselves and families, volunteer for our local communities, you know, lived by the rules of this society. What many of us have gotten for this is a royal kick in the arse. Then we are told that we are lazy, were not smart enough, think we are entitled, blah blah blah.

I do think we are entitled, entitled not to have the rug pulled out from us by these Crooks and Criminals on Wall St. and the ones in Washington who turned a blind eye or were part and parcel helping them out. Not to mention all the Vulture Capitalist, the Oil Barons that keep polluting the world and keeping us in wars. Yes, I feel very much entitled to live in a better system than this crap thrown at me and the rest of us.

Marie W (67)
Friday June 15, 2012, 9:50 pm
Soon there will be nothing left for the 99% to eat but the rich...

Ruth R (246)
Friday June 15, 2012, 11:18 pm
A repeat of history from the 1980's.

Sheryl G (360)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 5:44 am
Worse Ruth, a lot worse.
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