House food stamp cuts would hit at least 32,000 Minnesotans

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The Congressional Budget Office says as many of 3.8 million people (out of 47 million nationally) could be left without food stamps if the House bill were to pass.

Comments (11)

  1. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 09/19/2013 - 09:46 am.

    Sssshhhh! We dicsiplining somone.

    Hey, we gotta teach those freeloaders a lesson. And we’re going make employers make up the difference with living wages right?

    • Submitted by Tim Saxton on 09/19/2013 - 10:47 am.

      Re: Sssshhhh! We dicsiplining somone

      If those jobs were designed for somebody to make a living wage on. “Entry Level” jobs designed for teens-young adults, not a 35 year old with 4 kids. Back when I worked McDonalds, it didn’t pay rent, utilities and other living expensive. But I lived in a house with 4 friends. My McJob was more than enough to cover 1/5th rent, 1/5th utilities, etc.

      Worked there for a year then found a better paying job using the experience I gained to excel there. Left that job after 2 years, to a rather well paying job that I used to save for college. Went to a Tech school, did well, earned scholarships, and received a personal loan for a 4 year school.. Now making more in a day than I did in week at the McJob.

      That’s how the climbing the ladder works. Each job is just a step to the next one. The next one is better than the last one. The longer people are out of the workforce, the longer they are ‘on the dole’ the more it hurts them as skills decay and they have to fight younger and younger people for the same job…

      We no longer have safety nets. We have safety hammocks. I know people ‘on the dole’. I know people who have “Chronic headaches” and backaches… Who “can’t find a job”, but spend all day playing World of Warcraft. They can sit at a computer, calculate gear changes, heck I know one that has developed a mod (application)… they sit at the computer for 10-12 hours a day, but they can’t get a job in data-entry… Nope. Entering data into a computer for 8 hours is too much.

  2. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 09/19/2013 - 11:38 am.

    In Minnesota

    anyone making less than 165 percent of the federal poverty level (or $38,800 for a family of four) is eligible for food stamps.

    There’s your problem right there. The program should be for poor people, not middleclass people making almost $20 an hour.

    • Submitted by Ken Bearman on 09/19/2013 - 12:35 pm.

      How they should vote

      /sarc on/ Minnesota’s U.S. House delegation should vote against this bill unless it’s changed to include tax cuts for people making over 165% of the federal poverty level. Or maybe just for those making over $250,000 a year (net). /sarc off/

  3. Submitted by Todd Hintz on 09/19/2013 - 11:55 am.

    Entry Level Jobs

    If only everyone could do as Tim did and work their way up the ladder. Except many people aren’t exactly like Tim and don’t have the resources, opportunities, or mental capacity to work their way up, get a four year degree, and live out the American Dream. In many areas of rural America the ladder doesn’t even exist. There are whole counties in Minnesota that don’t have the population base of a single suburb in the Twin Cities, and consequently they have a correspondingly low manufacturing and service base. Simply put, the jobs for moving up simply don’t exist.

    The “I got mine” attitude also ignores the fact that many jobs are purposely structured to be part time so the employers don’t have to pay benefits. Consequently people have to string together several part time jobs to make ends meet, none of which provide health insurance or paid time off. Got the flue coming on? Tough petunias! You’ll have to take a couple of unpaid days off. And good luck trying to save enough money to get yourself through trade school or college on a shekel dot forty-five an hour.

    The problem with people like the previous poster is they think their life is readily applicable to all people in all situations. And anyone who isn’t doing exactly what they did must be a lazy freeloader. Empathy and sympathy is something reserved only for immediate family member–the rest of the country can go pound sand. The whole tribalism attitude bugs me no end. They have no vision for building a better society; one that helps the poor, fixes large problems, and gets behind projects that won’t help them personally because it will make our world a better place to live.

  4. Submitted by Mike Downing on 09/19/2013 - 11:56 am.

    Safety Net vs Poor Choices

    It comes down to everyone believing in a safety net for a very few who need it. However, there is a growing concern that we have been rewarding poor choices by broadening and deepening the safety net. Poor choices including rejecting education & training, buying houses & care people cannot afford, having children people cannot afford, not becoming life long learners in a fast changing technological & global world,…

  5. Submitted by Sara Fleets on 09/19/2013 - 02:55 pm.

    It is FOOD!

    First of all, really, we need to withhold food? Food? It is sad that in one of the wealthiest and prosperous countries some want to control who can have access to decent food. It is shameful.

    Secondly….the poverty guidelines are gross income, not net.

  6. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 09/19/2013 - 02:56 pm.

    Are the Republican working on

    anything with the slightest chance of doing any anyone any good. They can’t just propose stupid thing after stupid thing because at some point it will have to be passed. If we could get them to work as hard for the country as they are working against the county we would all be better off. Not a chance this will happen however as they are totally bent on taking their Party down right past its knees all they way to its ankles.

    • Submitted by Dennis Tester on 09/19/2013 - 03:42 pm.

      “Are the republicans working on

      anything with the slightest chance of doing any anyone any good.”

      Only if you want to be a free man. Which I suppose leaves you out.

      • Submitted by Jonathan Ecklund on 09/19/2013 - 04:59 pm.

        Free White Men, maybe,,,

        But no free women. Really, I think the modern Republican position is best summed up thusly:

        WAR IS PEACE
        FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
        IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

  7. Submitted by Dan Gerber on 09/23/2013 - 01:11 am.

    Then & now

    No more talk about a “thousand points of light” and how churches, foundations, and individuals would step in to make up for cuts in government programs. Just cut and slash without regard to its effect on those with the greatest need. Where is the appeal to any moral or spiritual value to helping one’s neighbor?

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