The last time I wrote about food stamps I didn't talk about what the food stamp benefit actually is. For a single individual, it's about $29 a week.
If you're on food stamps, you need to feed yourself on $29 a week or less.
The major of Phoenix, AZ did that this week. He lived within the food stamp budget, and found it pretty informative.
That's the thing about food stamps. I don't think that people sign up for it because of the easy living -- I think they sign up for them because they need to live.
Mitt Romney, in his "47% won't vote for me" said that he felt that people weren't entitled to food, and other stuff -- see the link. I disagree.
I think that people who work and try and strive are worthy of support, and I appreciate the people who do. But I'm not going to let someone go hungry.
The most frequently hungry are the children. And even if the parent is a deadbeat, I'm going to say that feeding a deadbeat is worth it to get the children fed, too.
Yes, some folks sell food stamps for $0.10 on the dollar -- which means that they can reap a whole $3 off their entire weekly food budget. That's another issue, and it's usually drug related, and there are other solutions to that than deny hungry people food.
3 days ago