People who rely on food stamps to support their household budgets are going to get a 13 percent cut in their benefits on November 1, as a key provision in the 2009 stimulus expires. But don´t worry, low income people: the USDA website has tips on how you can avoid debilitating malnutrition. Please note: this reduction is not related to the Republican-backed push to slice $4 billion out of funding for what´s technically known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. Instead, it´s due to the expiration of part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. That bill (better known
Comments: I wonder if the photo is a form of sarcasm: Beautifully dressed, physically fit young people, two with cellphones to ears.
Cry me a river. I saw those "poor" people practically looting the Wal-mart, and they weren´t buying lean chicken and green leafy vegetables. They were buying up all othe junk they could so they could get out the door before the system was fixed.
The rules need to be tightened like they used to be. I was a cashier in college and I was not allowed to sell a person cake mix with her food stamps.
Everywhere I go in town there are signs up begging for help "all shifts" at fast food joints. Maybe if the snap people get hungry enough they might want to ummm, work!! At a job where you can get free or reduced-priced food. What a concept!!!
I suggest that to ease his concern, Philip Bump buy food to take to the local food bank, or send them a check. Although since he writes for the Atlantic Wire, he must be a Leftist/Liberal/Progressive who thinks someone else (like the National Givernment) should be doing the providing.
Perhaps he does not realize that those making the average wage ($50,000) in this country are much less fortunate than those on welfare who are pulling in (an est. $65,000 in benefits) per year.
Again, I don´t ever see this discussed, but where I live the WalMart gas station has large signs on the pumps that say EBT cards accepted. Autozone automobile parts store has a sign in the window that says EBT cards accepted. Neither of these facilities dispense food. What´s up with this?
I volunteer with a group of retired elementary teachers and librarians, and they assure me that classrooms are currently filled with "poor starving children who aren´t being fed at home" so they need donations to the "weekend backpack" food program.
If they are poor enough for free breakfast and lunch, why aren´t they eating off EBT cards their mother´s have??
My dollar shrinks 13% about every year, and Social Security says the cost of living hasn´t gone up to qualify for an adequate COLA, if I have to tighten my belt, so should they, if I need to cook from scratch, so should they, if I can´t afford to buy packaged cookies, and cook my own, so should they.
They have a word for my attitude problem, it comes from being begged by people dressed better than I can afford, using a phone much better than my own..."charity overload" but then, I once told a young woman with a baby stroller, standing outside a grocery store on the first the month ("my welfare check didn´t come in the mail") Get a job, if I can find two, you can find one!
An Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett belongs to actor Ryan O´Neal, a jury determined on Thursday. The artwork´s ownership has been fiercely contested during a three-week trial in which Fawcett´s final wishes and her relationship with O´Neal were dissected. Jurors voted 9-3 in O´Neal´s favor. Their verdict will allow the actor to keep the portrait in his beachside home, where he has said it remains a powerful reminder of his decades-long relationship with Fawcett. O´Neal wasn´t in the courtroom when the verdict was read, but his sons Patrick and Redmond were. The brothers hugged as jurors filed out of the courtroom. Patrick O´Neal said
Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu rolled out her pitch for a fourth term in an interview with the Times-Picayune in April. "I´m indispensable," she told the New Orleans newspaper, noting that her pull in the Senate would "secure for Louisiana a significant and reliable string of revenue." As usual, Ms. Landrieu was talking about her efforts on behalf of Louisiana´s oil and gas sector, the bedrock of the state´s economy. She claims to be her party´s fiercest advocate for that industry, and she talks extensively about her support for the Keystone XL pipeline, her opposition to industry taxes and her desire to
Advocates of immigration reform often argue that sweeping new laws are needed because "the system is broken." But a newly released court opinion suggests the system is broken in part because the Obama administration stubbornly refuses to enforce immigration laws already on the books. United States vs. Mirtha Veronica Nava-Martinez is a human trafficking case. On May 18, Nava-Martinez was caught trying to smuggle a 10-year-old Salvadoran girl across the border checkpoint at the Brownsville & Matamoros International Bridge in Texas. According to an order signed last week by U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen, this is what happened: The girl,
As Secretary of State John Kerry gets ever deeper in the weeds of an Israeli-Palestinian process that he alone believes will lead to peace in our time, the omens suggest things are more likely to get worse. Wednesday brought signs that renewed violence lurks, as well as new complaints about Kerry’s work from both sides. That night, an elite Israeli Defense Force unit, trying to arrest a Hamas top terrorist in the West Bank town of Jenin, got caught in a firefight with armed Palestinians. Nafa al-Saedi, a member of the Palestinian Authority’s internal security apparatus, got caught in the crossfire and killed.
President Barack Obama has never been a man’s man, or, more precisely, a men’s man. In 2008 he failed to win a majority of men’s votes, and in 2012 he lost men decisively. Hostility toward the president is not distributed evenly among men: He does fairly well among Hispanics and enjoys nearly unanimous support among blacks, but he lost the last election by 27 points among white men. In the most recent Quinnipiac poll, men report disapproval of the president by a more than 2-to-1 margin. Men aren’t buying what President Obama is selling. The president’s low standing among the Y-chromosome set,
Ronald Reagan loved to tell stories. When he ran for president in 1976, many of Reagan’s anecdotes converged on a single point: The welfare state is broken, and I’m the man to fix it.(Snip)“In Chicago, they found a woman who holds the record,” the former California governor declared at a campaign rally in January 1976. “She used 80 names, 30 addresses, 15 telephone numbers to collect food stamps, Social Security, veterans’ benefits for four nonexistent deceased veteran husbands, as well as welfare. Her tax-free cash income alone has been running $150,000 a year.” As soon as he quoted that dollar
If Barack Obama wants a worthy legacy, now that he is well on his way to wrecking the health care system, he should establish a Cabinet-level department to make sure that every American gets all the apologies he deserves. Demanding apologies has become the national pastime. The apologies don’t have to be authentic, and in fact few of them are. The most often heard apology, usually offered by a politician, is something like “I sincerely apologize to anyone who might have been offended for anything I said.” Translated from the corporate vernacular, that’s “if I said anything to hurt your feelings,
If you accidentally dropped your most treasured piece of jewelry into the toilet just as you were flushing, you’d scream, you’d cry, and you might tell a sympathetic friend…unless you were just too embarrassed. Among President Obama’s formerly greatest champions — minorities, unions, so-called journalists and young voters — the swirling-into-oblivion administration has engendered a remarkable sullen silence, given their loss, as they passively give up on recovering their once-loved gem, now sullied by this government’s own political excrement. Covered with the stench of debacles including Obamacare, the NSA, Syria, Benghazi, the IRS, and the AP, while demonstrating a level of incompetence
President Obama is more perceptive about the shortcomings of government than we thought. “We have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly,” he told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. Wow! And pity the poor businessman who doesn’t know which federal agency to turn to for help. “If you’re a small business person getting started, you may think you need to go to the Small Business Administration on one thing [and] you have got to go to Commerce on another,” he said. “We have got, for example, 16 different agencies ... to help businesses, large
Well here we go again. Another lawless move by a lawless administration. The Obama administration, in an 11th-hour change just before the holiday break,announced a major exemption in ObamaCare that will let people who lost coverage and are struggling to get a new plan sign up for bare-bones policies. The move Thursday to allow potentially hundreds of thousands of people to sign up for “catastrophic” coverage plans was blasted by the insurance industry as a shift that would cause “tremendous instability.” The administration downplayed the sudden change, saying they expected it to impact fewer than 500,000 people. Yeah, well, they
WASHINGTON -- For months, two review panels given nearly identical assignments by President Barack Obama have been studying how the White House should change or limit the National Security Agency´s surveillance programs. They have functioned separately - with different experts and private and public hearings - but with almost the same mandate. So it was at least a little surprising when the first panel, which recommended changes to NSA´s programs this week, urged the White House to abolish the second panel and replace it with a new one. Among 46 recommendations spelled out in a 300-page document released Wednesday by the President´s
Conservative politicians jumped on the “Duck Dynasty” uproar Wednesday faster than you could load a hunting rifle. And they came out firing at A&E Networks for having the temerity to suspend Phil Robertson, the reality show’s star, for calling homosexuality a sin and equating it with bestiality. Despite all the rhetoric you’ll hear, this is not a free speech issue. Robertson is entitled to say whatever he wants, as he did in the GQ interview, and A&E is entitled to pull him off the air if it deems the comments offensive. There is no First Amendment right to appear on a television
Is this man simply expressing his beliefs or spewing bigotry?Either way, Phil Robertson, the patriarch in A&E´s "Duck Dynasty," won´t be duck calling on air anytime soon. The network suspended him after slamming gays in a magazine interview. In the January issue of GQ, Robertson said homosexuality is a sin and puts it in the same category as bestiality and promiscuity. "It seems like, to me, a vagina -- as a man -- would be more desirable than a man´s anus. That´s just me. I´m just thinking: There´s more there! She´s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know
A&E broke its silence on Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson’s anti-gay comments late Wednesday. The cable network announced Robertson is off the hit show for the time being. The network issued the following statement to EW: “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was hospitalized early Friday morning as a “precaution” after feeling ill, a spokesman said, adding that doctors concluded "everything is normal" after testing. “Early this morning, Senator Reid was not feeling well and as a precaution decided to go to the hospital. Tests have been conducted and everything is normal. He is alert, resting and feeling better,” spokesman Adam Jentleson said in a statement. "Doctors have asked that he remain in the hospital for observation so he will not be working today." The Senate is set to finish its business for the year on Friday.
For a few hours, it looked like Americans would quietly accept the suspension of popular “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson for his unfiltered opinions about sin, sex, gays and blacks in a magazine interview. But then, as if on cue, hundreds of thousands of fans of the openly Christian, duck-hunting businessman took to social networks and started their backlash. As of Thursday night, more than 1.1 million people “liked” the “Stand With Phil Robertson” Facebook page, while about the same number had clicked their support for another Facebook page called “Boycott A&E Until Phil Robertson Is Put Back On Duck
The Obama administration Thursday night significantly relaxed the rules of the health-care law for millions of consumers whose individual insurance policies have been canceled, saying they could buy bare-bones health plans or entirely avoid the requirement that most Americans have health insurance. The surprise announcement, four days before the Dec. 23 deadline for people to choose coverage that begins on Jan. 1, triggered an immediate backlash from the health insurance industry and raised new fairness questions about a law intended to promote affordable and comprehensive coverage. “This type of last-minute change will cause tremendous instability in the marketplace and lead
The suspension of Phil Robertson from A&E’s Duck Dynasty is outrageous in a nation that values freedom, according to social critic and openly gay, dissident feminist Camille Paglia. “I speak with authority here, because I was openly gay before the ‘Stonewall rebellion,’ when it cost you something to be so. And I personally feel as a libertarian that people have the right to free thought and free speech,” Paglia, a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, said on Laura Ingraham’s radio show Thursday. “In a democratic country, people have the right to be homophobic as well as they have
O ne year removed from re-election, President Obama´s approval rating has sunk to the lowest level of his presidency. Furthermore, Obama´s popularity among the Democratic Party base — whose rejuvenated support proved crucial last November — took a huge hit this past year. Only 54 percent of self-described liberals "very strongly" approve of Obama´s job performance, according to a Pew survey released this week. That´s down from an all-time high of nearly 90 percent, and a significant decline from the 73 percent who strongly approved of the president back in June. Why the steep drop? Well, the first year of Obama´s second term
Olympic gold medalist Brian Boitano has announced he is gay. Boitano´s personal news comes two days after the figure skater was named to the official United States 2014 Sochi Olympics delegation by President Obama. "While I am proud to play a public role in representing the American Olympic Delegation as a former Olympic athlete, I have always reserved my private life for my family and friends and will continue to do so," Boitano, 50, said in an official statement. (Snip) Boitano joins tennis player Billie Jean King and Olympic ice hockey bronze medalist Caitlin Cahow as the third openly gay athlete
Hours after we reported that Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson dropped some illogical “logic” on homosexuality during his GQ interview, his home network A&E decided to indefinitely suspend him from the show. While Robertson’s comments were hilariously ignorant, they were predictable — especially given his family’s socially-conservative, Bible-loving image. Suspending the lead character for his wholly predictable comments is not only an overreaction but a gross misstep. To recap: The Duck Commander patriarch remarked to the men’s magazine that homosexuality is on par with bestiality, and used fifth-grade “logic” to imply that homosexual men should give up their ways of choosing a
A&E has placed Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson on indefinite hiatus following anti-gay remarks he made in a recent profile in GQ. "We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty," A&E said in a statement. "His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely." The news comes after Robertson compared homosexuality to bestiality in an interview
The Ivy-League educated half-brother of President Obama is publishing his autobiography in which he makes the shocking claim their father dished out alcohol-fueled beatings to him and his mother and in one terrifying instance held a knife to her throat. Mark Obama Ndesandjo, 48, also uses his new book to set the U.S. president straight on inaccuracies he claims exist in his best-selling 1995 memoir Dreams From My Father and confirms they have never seen eye-to-eye because ´Barack thought I was too white and I thought he was too black.´ The self-published book, Cultures: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery, which will be
It’s not unusual for President Obama to tweet out messages in support of his signature health care law, but a photo attached to one online missive is not getting the type of hype the White House had hoped for. The blogosphere and TV pundits are mocking the picture of a young “hipster”-type man in plaid pajamas and black-frame glasses who, while sipping a warm beverage, looks off camera with a slight grin. “Wear pajamas. Drink hot chocolate. Talk about getting health insurance,” the ad says. The photo got prominent play on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” eliciting laughter from its panel. “You are