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Food Stamps are one of the most abused and wasteful social program this country has ever developed. A family of four receives more money monthly then my family of five spends a month on food. The amount paid out each month should be cut by at least one third. Purchases by food stamps should be (if not already) restricted to the following: Fresh/frozen non prepared meats & fish, fresh/frozen non prepared vegetables, deli meats/cheeses, canned goods, breads, non sweetened dairy, and non sweetened juices. The following should always be banned, and processes need to be in place where not already, to restrict: Soda, bottled water, power and energy drinks, sweetened juices, coffee, tea, ice cream, candy, energy bars, any pre-prepared meals or sandwiches, snacks/junk food, or any food that is mail ordered or shipped anywhere. If these rules would be followed, and recipients would learn how to shop and properly eat, no one would be hungry and we the taxpayers would save billions.Tobacco and alcohol should be banned from purchase by welfare funds. No cash should be allowed to be pulled off of any assistance cards except at banks and should be limited to a very low percentage of funds.
Just wait until you retire? Meat is a luxury, and it's usually a pork roast, which is about half the price of ground beef? Chicken, when on sale... I'm a fisherman and hunter, and try to harvest as much fish each summer (into the freezer) and game in the fall (venison, geese, ducks, etc.). I keep a small vegetable garden and raise tomatoes, turnips, lettuce, squash, peas, beans, and process some of them and freeze them. Some things, like squash, will store under the right conditions, all winter.
If I get a deer in the fall, I butcher it myself, and using a motorized grinder, make venison burger, then freeze it. Also freeze roasts, chops, but most is ground? Ground venison is very lean, but just about impossible to distinguish from lean ground beef?
COLA is based on the inflation rate. Here is the caveat. Under the Obama administration, in order to keep inflation artificially low, food and fuel (gasoline, heating oil, natural gas, etc.) are no longer figured into the inflation calculation.
While our President goes on Letterman, takes a yearly trip to Hawaii, plays plenty of golf, hob knobs with Hollywood celebrities, and Michelle plus entourage takes world site seeing trips on our dime, the working class and seniors who depend on COLA to keep up with rising prices get screwed.
Pretty nice eh?
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