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Food Stamp Nation: R.I. Town
Shows Leftism´s Dead End

Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial

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Posted By:RustMB, 3/21/2013 8:14:07 AM

Food Stamp Nation: A little town in Rhode Island shows where liberalism and all its talk of economic "security" ultimately leads — a stale economy and suffocating dependence on big government. In a surprisingly candid and lengthy expose, the Washington Post described how Woonsocket, an economically depressed town in Rhode Island, has been turned upside down by food stamps. With a third of the town enrolled, food stamps have created a huge boom-and-bust economy in Woonsocket

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Sanspeur, 3/21/2013 8:49:32 AM     (No. 9236441)

Ah Eve, come on ..., just one bite ....

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Reply 2 - Posted by: chillijilli, 3/21/2013 9:18:52 AM     (No. 9236526)

To discover the failures of socialism, just look at Indian reservations.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 3/21/2013 9:21:45 AM     (No. 9236530)

Should change the name to "Woundsocket".

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Reply 4 - Posted by: fire_mission, 3/21/2013 9:29:42 AM     (No. 9236542)

Woonsocket is not a ´little town´, it is a city of about 40,000..and is the HQ of CVS Pharmacy...one of the few private enterprises willing to put up with RI´s socialism.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 3/21/2013 10:05:26 AM     (No. 9236594)

Doesn´t this abject human dependency on food stamps remind you of fish in a tank or dogs chained outside waiting to be fed by their masters?

Hum a few bars of the Eagles´ "Lyin´ Eyes" as you recollect this line:

"I guess every form of refuge has its price."

Puck said it best....

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Reply 6 - Posted by: rushie, 3/21/2013 10:09:15 AM     (No. 9236600)

New Orleans before Katrina.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: nimby, 3/21/2013 10:17:40 AM     (No. 9236623)

And look at their representatives!! Both dRats!!!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: lylacat, 3/21/2013 10:35:38 AM     (No. 9236642)

Recently I was in line at a local grocery which is located next to a Home Depot. The man in front of me was one of the day laborers who hang around the parking lot looking for work. He was trying to pay for some hot ribs he had picked up, and he was already eating them as he stood in line. After many attempts to get his card to pay for the food, the cashier finally realized he had an EBT (Food Stamp) card, and he could not buy the ribs which is prepared food. He had no money, so was allowed to leave not paying for the half eaten package of ribs. As I loaded my groceries in the car, I watched him sitting next to his three Mexican friends, each of them had their free cell phones out texting as they sat there. I am so ashamed of what our country has wrought.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: joew9, 3/21/2013 10:39:28 AM     (No. 9236651)

Throughout history, when economic opportunities dried up, the people moved. Government aid short circuits this historic procedure. Look around and you can find the remains of many towns and cities that are now just archaeological digs. Ghost towns in the southwest. A town in my neighborhood that has completely evaporated over the last 100 years and has recently been removed from maps.

There is nothing wrong with the people moving to find other and better opportunities. Often there are tears shed during this procedure. But ultimately the people find better lives. The government should get out of the way of this time honored tradition instead of creating a worsening dependent slum.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Salt5792, 3/21/2013 11:12:44 AM     (No. 9236735)

Article should have added, they are almost all obese.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Ribicon, 3/21/2013 11:25:04 AM     (No. 9236756)

FTA: "No matter how well-meaning programs like food stamps are, they can end up draining the dignity and self-respect of those who rely on them."

Guess what? After paying high taxes so others can eat on my dime, while scaling way back on my own purchases because of raging inflation, I couldn´t care less about the dignity of the grifters whose carts invariably are loaded high with junk food and snacks.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Ribicon, 3/21/2013 11:29:47 AM     (No. 9236765)

Also, RI is behind the curve. States with more established food stampers simply recharge those EBT cards on a rolling basis throughout the month, eliminating the first-week bottleneck.

Big retailers pushed for this change. Their bottom lines are fattened by an influx of customers who reliably buy the high-margin items (retailer´s dream: "price is no object!"), and staggering EBT recharges means they pay less overtime for cashiers. Uncle Karl and Uncle Friedrich would blush at the efficiency of our systems.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: treecat, 3/21/2013 11:46:50 AM     (No. 9236800)

´,,,when 50% rely on a Government Check, we will Never be defeated at the Polls again...´




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Reply 14 - Posted by: saguni, 3/21/2013 7:52:43 PM     (No. 9237584)

"...expand the program so people can access it "easily and with dignity and respect."

This is what is wrong with the whole system! A few short years ago, people were ashamed to go on "the county dole" because that was proof of one´s own failure to be responsible for oneself and children.

But PC has declared "shame" is abusive! One woman in a suburb near here made her teenaged shop-lifting child stand on a street corner with a sign that read "I am a thief" and it was on the news because children´s services was called on her for "abusing" her child by making the girl feel ashamed!

Because they have no shame, they then feel entitled to demand more, and argue with you in a split second for "dissing" them.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Japanorama, 3/22/2013 4:34:34 PM     (No. 9239080)

Republicans, wake up and act now.
By destroying the middle class and impoverishing all of us, the Left is making us all dependent on the government for our very existence.
Capitalism, exit stage right.
Socialism, enter stage left.

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