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Food Stamps Food Fight

Original post made by Tom Cushing, Danville, on Dec 14, 2012

As I wandered the web a few days ago, this dust-up between CNN correspondent Soledad O’Brien and Senator Jeff Sessions caught my ear: Web Link . I’ll admit that my preconceptions include the suspicion that the Senator’s heart could cut glass. That said, the issue did arise repeatedly in the Presidential campaign, and Mr. Sessions seemed to be making serious claims about both the remarkable growth of the program and its potential for fraud – items not fully addressed by Ms. O’Brien’s inquiries and rejoinders. If, indeed, 1-in-6 Americans receives this form of assistance, then like the Pentagon in last week’s epistle, it ought to occupy our budgetary attentions. The results of some digging follow, below.

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Danville
on Dec 14, 2012 at 2:48 pm

The choice between spending public funds for bombs or bread is not a hard one for me, when the U.S. already spends more on its military than the next 17 nations combined do.

One in every six children in this country goes to bed hungry. We should be ashamed of that figure.

Private charity to help feed the hungry is a worthy cause, one that I support both morally and financially. But, it can never do the whole job.

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Posted by Frank Taxpayer
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Dec 18, 2012 at 8:21 pm

The fraud is rampant.. Ask store clerks what they see every day. Where MY Obamaphone? Removing the work requirement by the current prez was just a way to push entitlement voters. My cousin teaches illegals -yes they brag about it-who get food cards too. If you have 7 kids by as many "dads" but couldn't feed one-that's child abuse. You birth it-you feed it. Where dat Obamaphone again? Some ppl ARE deserving of assistance- but for MANY- this is a way of life.

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Posted by Tom Cushing
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 19, 2012 at 7:08 am

Sam and Frank: Thanks for commenting. With private options already overwhelmed, it's hard to see how they could pick-up more than a small fraction of this many multi-$Billion load.

@ Frank: you know that scene in the Ocean’s Eleven remake, when Danny Ocean tells casino owner Terry Benedict that he can find out who took the casino’s money, because he “knows a guy?”

And Benedict replies: “You know a guy…”

Well, that’s how I feel about your comment. You state that fraud is rampant, and your sources are … a store clerk and your cousin? You know two guys? Got any other sources?

People being people, there will be attempts at fraud -- hence all those eligibility audits, and stiff store penalties, when they get caught. And coded cards means better purchase records and trace-ability than with generic stamps. A 'rampant’ claim based on anecdotal evidence sounds a lot like an excuse to inhabit an alternate reality.