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BLITZER’S BLOG: Hunger in America growing at staggering pace
August 4th, 2011
02:37 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: Hunger in America growing at staggering pace

(CNN) - It’s hard to believe, but one in seven Americans – 15% of the country – now need government-provided food stamps simply to survive.

The new numbers just came out from the United States Department of Agriculture, which administers what’s officially called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Nearly 46 million Americans receive food stamps out of a population of some 311 million people. That’s the highest number on record.

The continued high unemployment and the weak U.S. economy have contributed to the explosive growth of the food stamp program – with no end in sight to the monthly increases.

Here’s some context:
- In October 2007, some 27 million Americans were on food stamps.
- A year later, October 2008, the number had reached nearly 31 million.
- By October 2009, the number was approaching more than 37 million.
- Last October saw the program increase to 43 million.
- By the end of May, 45,753,078 Americans were dependent on food stamps.

So how much money in food stamps do they get?
- An eligible individual gets $200 a month in food stamps – in the form of a debit card that can be used at supermarkets and stores to buy authorized food.
- A two-person household gets $367 a month.
- A three-person household gets $526 a month.
- And a four-person household gets $668 a month.

That’s certainly not a lot of money to purchase food for adults and children, but that’s what so many American families have to live on. Many of them simply don’t have any other money.

By the way, the just-approved first round of nearly $1 trillion in debt ceiling spending cuts over the next 10 years exempted any cuts in the food stamps program.

RELATED STORY: Food stamp use rises to record 45.8 million

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  1. Thomas

    Ahmed Chalabi is the man whose information provided the justification for the American invasion of Iraq.

    He will never know hunger , he made billions off of fools looking for WMD's !

    Thanks for the ride !

    August 4, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
  2. Barbara Szabo

    So I came to this blog because of the startling headline "Hunger in America growing at staggering pace." What did I read instead? Food stamp use is growing. Presumably those people are buying food with those food stamps, right? So where's the HUNGER??

    Wolf, that's just sensationalism, not journalism. Stop it.

    August 4, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
  3. Rocko

    Every time I go to walmart and see the lady in front of me with a basket full of brand name food and she pulls out her food stamp card and she no habla engles I know what the problem is. Meanwhile I keep on buy generic stuff and keep looking for the best price.

    August 4, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
  4. abby

    Even a Republican President & WW 2 general knew that if you spend your money on wars you starve children..... His words, not mine: "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This is, I repeat, the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron."

    But, what does that matter? As long as the top 2% can keep buying their luxury cars, multiple homes, etc. let the poor go hungry, children go hungry and homeless, seniors go hungry and desperate

    America is all about making the top 2% happy - the rest can suck eggs - oops, they can't afford one!

    August 4, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  5. Mary

    I am sorry I don't feel sorry for the majority of them! Those are the choices they made! I see women who are in their late teens with not less than two kids. I am almost 30 and I still don't have kids because my husband and I ,who together make a six figure salary, don't have enough savings to even think of having a kid! That is called responsibility! Besides if all these welfare schemes were taken away trust me Americans WOULD take the jobs "nobody wants".

    August 4, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  6. Afell

    As the number of have-nots in this country increases exponentially, while the haves continue to increase their wealth, eventually it will foment in a revolution that will turn over the entire system. This is what happened in France, Russia and Cuba. It even happened in England, though to a much lesser extent where the middle class overthrew the aristocracy.

    Unless reason steps in and starts to stave off trends where the rich get richer, the poor become more numerous and the middle class gets thinner and thinner each year, there will be an upheaval in this country. I can only hope that it is a turnover with votes in the ballot box, and not with guns and bullets.

    August 4, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  7. Dorlan H. Francis

    I have been warning AMERICANS. The ASININE purchase of TERM LIFE INSURANCE would TERMINATE Americas prosperity. It is coming to pass. Read my book LIFE INSURANCE – The CAUSE of Economic Prosperity and see how and why. Its available at xlibris.com. You can watch my YOUTUBE videos also.

    August 4, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  8. CPW

    It's a shame that we cannot take care of our own. But "many" not all Americans live beyond their means thats something that you cannot argue.
    If you collect food stamps but are driving a BMW chances are you your living beyond your means OR abusing the system, if you have a 52 inch plasma and collecting food stamps chances are ...you get the picture. People that apply for food stamps should take a drug test just like people that go on unemployment. Too many people are abusing the system and the Govt seems to be more than willing to give in.

    Thats just my opinion.

    August 4, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  9. Sickofit

    What a bunch of crap.. this program is part of the whole debt problem.It's not the governments responsibility to feed people.It's their own responsibility.And obsese and real food what a freaking joke, they come into a store i work at and buy candy, cookies, cokes, chips, ice cream, not one iota of real food, plus they sell them to have cash to buy drugs.I say cut out the program altogether.. sink or swim, if people starve because they wont get off their lazy ass and work..then so be it,

    August 4, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  10. Poor student

    I know of a lot of privileged students that abused the system. I used to work at a grocery store and some would come in wearing expensive clothing and buy ridiculous things like a case of Evian water, junk food. Clearly not needing it well now some that need it ruined it for everyone. I work just under 20 hours a week and no longer can get the help. It sucks starving but only can eat once a day. People tell me to take out more money for loans so I guess that's what I am going to do. It is hard to concentrate on my studies hungry. College is too expensive as it is. My friends dad paid 20 dollars a credit at MSU now it's over 400 a credit hour. Hoping this school gig pays off some day.

    August 4, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
    • Poor student

      Sorry for the typo *friend's . I am a biology person :)

      August 4, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  11. M.L. Zambrana

    Food stamps are $200 for the average single person? Well, that depends on what part of the country you live in! Here in L.A. County, I put in for food stamps last year and was told that I was eligible for $22/month! That's all, because my only proof of income was $500 that I made off a clinical trial the previous month–that was the only W-2 I had to show them, as everything else I'd been doing to make money was working for straight-up cash. I wrote about it in an article that I put on Amazon, "NOTICE OF ACTION: Food Stamps Approval" and had to use the letter itself for the cover art... because so many people were saying that I was lying about receiving only $22. I never collected; I wrote them a letter declining their "generosity."

    August 4, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  12. obvious

    The US has less then 1% farmers. Give them seeds and teach them to farm. Feed yourself with what mother-earth provides not what the government provides. It will even force you to eat healthy.

    August 4, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  13. Craig Killy

    I have been listening to news on the current market down turn. I would like to think that our market reflects what is happening in the world i.e. the European market. But I cannot help but reflect on the debacle w/ the GOP that has held our country hostage. A congress of the people reflecting a apathetic eye to the needs of our people, those struggling w/ mortgage debt, unemployment, health care etc. And as we ask for jobs our congress continues to drag its feet taking a vacation. Maybe congress is paid too much money?

    We know that these action of the GOP (tea inclosed) are not dominated by a party ideology but motived by a political goal. Its not something I could write this off as a childish outburst. The action of dragging their feet instead of clearing the airline & collective bargaining problems is not only costing the country money daily it is also lowering the confidence needed for growth. Now at this cusp we know what to expect of the GOP. More of the same partisan bickering which will continue to devaluing our economy both here and abroad, insuring the middle class gap and keeping our people in poverty while discrediting the president of the United States. Somebody should tell congress that we do have a memory and it will reflect our understanding of the country especially on election days.

    August 4, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  14. Hinhanska

    The Preamble of the Constitution speaks of the General Welfare. Not . The free give away of the peoples much needed resource. MONEY. I grew up in the projects. My mother, and one other lady worked towards bettering our lives. The rest used the system to drain everything out of it that they could. This is still going on. Answer. Forcing responsible behavior. Then. Hopefully the next generation will not want to use the system as their parent's taught them to.

    August 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  15. conoclast

    That there are working poor in this country is nothing short of a national disgrace, for whatever the reason! But what the phenomenon does give us is a stark preview of what conditions will be like when the middle class finally evaporates. It's going to be butt-ugly and I"m very glad I won't be around to see it!

    August 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  16. Gennady Kupperheimer

    Bring our jobs back, do not sent our jobs to China. China is growing we are all jobless here in North America. Until when we we will see everything from China in our stores? Time to go back to MADE IN USA, this is the way to survive and go back to prosperity again. God Bless America

    August 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  17. concerned

    This almost perfectly mirrors the unemployment numbers. Hire and we solve the problem. I love how corporate America is invisible in the fight to save the American economy. And the media does't ever question CEOs and business leaders about not lifting a finer to save THEIR revenue stream- the American people.

    August 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  18. The Genius

    Based on the numbers stated in the article, if we could trim 59 billion dollars off of our interest, we could make food free for every American. Wouldn't that be great?!

    August 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  19. pmk1953

    Almost every country in the world protects their industry. Not the dumbasses running the USA. They give tax breaks to companies that move production overseas. Most basic industry has left the country and the repubs are trying to kill what's left. We need to give breaks to companies that will actually MAKE something HERE! We can't survive as a nation by being pencil pushers. The people that run the bank for international settlements have stated that THEY won't happy until the US wages have dropped to chinese levels. These people are our real enemy, not the chinese.

    August 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  20. Tim

    President Barack Obama – The food stamp president.

    August 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  21. Bob

    Hunger in America growing? Really? I know. Let's cut social spending. Obviously, if you are hungry, you are part of the problem and deserve to starve.

    August 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  22. Lily

    When my family immigrated to this country LEGALLY 28 years ago, we didn't know there was such a thing as food stamps. Both my parents instilled in us the value of hard work, humility and honesty. They kept telling us that one day, we will be able to buy a car and perhaps even a home. But even with a small income, my parents never allowed us to go hungry and five years later, we bought our first home. Now, my nieces and nephews are all college-bound, one in graduate school and another in professional school. They too have been instilled the same values that my parents instilled in me and my siblings. I guess my point is, if my family can make it through, anybody can…but it takes a lot of hard work and sacrifice. I strongly believe that had we known about food stamps, we wouldn’t have worked as hard and see the value of earning our own money. Success is sweeter when you know you’ve worked hard to earn it.

    August 4, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  23. Moses

    The food stamps correlate well with the lack of jobs. Since the 1980's, American manufacturers have shipped jobs overseas to get around unions and for an quick and easy made profit on Wallstreet. This is the source of the problem.
    Unless Americans decide not to buy any products made outside the US, jobs in America will not come back. The jobs of today and those of tomorrow are still being shipped overseas. It is time for Republicans and Democrats to tax the job shippers and use this money to re-invest in America.
    Americans need to see politicians working on their behalh. That means weekly meetings at the white House between the leaders of both parties with a clear job agenda for America. This also means no vacations for any politician until America is on a better footing.

    August 4, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  24. angelo

    As long as we continue to outsource by moving jobs overseas we will never get out of this debt and joblessness. Hunger will be on the rise and forever until we have a government that will put a stop to outsourcing. We as a country grew from manufacturing, now that it has been outsourced we are in debt. Bring back manufacturing to this country it will solve the joblessness and hunger as well as debt problems. Our leaders and business leaders have to quit developing countries like China, India, Vietnam, Mexico, etc etc and bring the work back here.

    August 4, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  25. rene

    We aint seen nothing yet, wait till the debt ceiling triggers go into play and the GOP takes away any remaining benefits for the poor and hungry so that they can continue to pay Bachman millions of $'s to not grow food! We will see famine in America unless every red state starts the impeachment and recall process of their newly elected TP terrorists today.

    August 4, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  26. Danny

    Welcome to tea bagger America. I just wonder who's going to pay for all the tax cuts for the wealthy when there is no more middle class. Yeah, America, the greatest country in the world.

    August 4, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  27. hih

    There is so much abuse in these programs... people living in section 8 housing,selling their food stamps for 50% cash while they drive around in new cars talking on government supplied cell phones etc...everything paid for by uncle sam..

    August 4, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  28. chad fom kansas city missouri

    I'm jobless and I am full from the mud pie and goose poop milk shake. Now I need a tall glass of sewage water to wash it all down. If you wanna read more of my inner thoughst, here is my blog. Thanks Wolf. http://imcheap-imcheap.blogspot.com/

    August 4, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
    • Agog

      god bless Americans ~ methinks ye've been had the worst.

      August 4, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
  29. Mike

    Actually, that much money for food actually can go quite a long way. I know one person who was on food stamps along with her two kids, and they got more in food stamps than they could use, so she bought food for her mom, too, who gave her cash in exchange. Lots of people do that kind of "stamps for cash" trading so they can buy the toiletries and gasoline that food stamps won't purchase.

    August 4, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
    • Beeg

      I am a senior on SS in Florida with multiple health issues & no other income. I qualified for $16.00 a MONTH in foodstamps back in Penna. & now live in Florida & get the same amount 3 years later. No COLA for the program so what I could buy with 16 bucks 3 ago is now almost half that. I love how people come on here & comment I know "someone". Well, I am telling you straight from the horses mouth what I get. Maybe you can feed yourself on $16 a month, but I can't. My family is all gone except for a 90 y/o uncle & aunt up north & one of them is in career military nursing home & the other is being helped by her one son who is left. So all of you who KNOW SOMEONE & are jealous of my $16 a MONTH. You can have it if you wish to give it to the rich for their cuts cause God knows, they need it more than me. BTW, I am also a vet as well.

      August 4, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
    • Edwin

      There is a lot of trading and other fraud that goes with the food stamp program. If it weren't so necessary, I would suggest we shut it down. On the other hand, I imagine the Tea Party conservatives consider this to be part of the evil of Obama's Socialism - never mind that it has run under presidents of both parties and keeps American citizens from starving to death...

      August 4, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
  30. Cindy

    Here we are getting ready to turn out 1200 mentally ill people from their assisted living housing. It seems that assisted living is suppose to be for the elderly only and in violation of medicaid rules. These people will have to be turned out into the street. There is no other place for them.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
    • Enuff

      Oh, geez. That is heartbreaking! Good luck to them, and you.

      August 4, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
    • CarmenSo

      In Minnesota before Pawlenty left office he de-funded health care for 1500 vulnerable adults and cancelled a special food program that feed lower income people who have special dietary needs. I guess its easy to sleep at night when you are heartless.

      August 4, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
  31. anna

    and when Obama finishes running the big tax payers out of the country, who cover that ssi, welfare check,ss check , food stamps and housing. you will all be living in tents and eating out of trash cans. So don't for get to grab that Obama picture on your way out so you can hang it in your tent and look at who got you there.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
    • catLoversInc

      The millions were spent in a war that didn't get the US anything. This country was heavily in debt before Obama came to power.

      August 4, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
    • mjmvideo

      Completely mis-directed anger, anna. Keep in mind that it is NOT Obama's agenda and policies that got us here. Due to Repbulicans' getting "98% of what they want", Obama is stuck with the Republican agenda and policies.

      August 4, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
    • Wzrd1

      So, the PRESIDENT is going to run the "big taxpayers out of the country", how? Oh, I know! By making them pay less in taxes than the middle class does, as usual.
      Wait, I forgot! CONGRESS sets the taxes and economic policy for this nation.
      The wealthy pay VERY LITTLE TO NOTHING IN TAXES. WE pay the taxes.
      But, that is fine, tea party moron. You're cutting the food stamps, so those 46 million can starve, for the good of the country.
      The elderly will lose their homes and go homeless and hungry, for the good of the country.
      The mentally ill will be put back onto the streets again, for the good of the country.
      The government will leave us alone. To stew in the filth and high crime, while the wealthy have their armed guards on their estates.
      Our roads will fall apart. The airports will decay. All so that you get your dream, the USSA as a third world nation.

      August 4, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
    • Fig1024

      Obama is doing 98% of what the Republicans want – according to Republicans. So what you see here is America under Republican rule. Democratic policies are not implemented, with Democratic policies you'd actually see a decrease in hunger, as that's what Dems care about.
      So if you don't like what's going on with the country, you don't like Republican policies.

      August 4, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
    • MOWMOW

      you whiny biatch

      August 4, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
    • GaryOwen27

      Don't let the door hit them in the ass on the way out....

      August 4, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
    • GaryOwen27

      Don't let the door hit them in the butt on the way out......

      It was the Red Neck Right that got us in this mess.

      August 4, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
    • Mike Harrod

      Boy it is looking like the 30's all over again. The ones with the most are walking fast past the ones with nothing. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. You make me sick!

      August 4, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
    • Dan, TX

      hogwash. Let the big tax payers renounce their citizenship and take all their money with them. There are thousands who can and will step up to take each of their places. They can be replaced just like anyone else. Believe me, I know, and so do they.

      August 4, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
    • TD

      Anna, Congratulations on receiving your diploma from the Limbaugh university of brainwashing. Well done!!!

      August 4, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
    • Americans Voter Party

      Anna, you need to find reality. 10% of the people in this country possess 90 % of the wealth. These same 10 % do not pay 90% of the taxes. Is that fair? NO! They pay about 50% of the taxes with an effective rate 19% after loopholes, credits and deductions which the middle class fail to qualify for. The people who fall in the 50% income range which is about $54,000 per year have an effective rate of 28%. From a percentage point of view and having very little discretionary expenses to cut back on, why should the middle class have to pay more in taxes (28% verses 19%) then the millionaires in this country. What political party do you think most of the top 10% are affiliated with? Give you a hint. It starts with an "R".

      August 4, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
    • CarmenSo

      Obama is running to middle class out of the country?

      August 4, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
    • cosmicsnoop

      And exactly where in the world will these people go? Europe is falling apart and they would be taxed more there. Hardly any other place has our level of freedom. Are they going to move to some 3rd world place where their factories are and have to walk around with a personal army lest they be killed instantly? They got their wealth BECAUSE of the country they live in and are required to pay into it at the amount the majority agrees on. Your thinking is morally bankrupt and you have it backwards; people like you will be the ones removed from the planet.

      August 4, 2011 at 9:36 pm |
    • Nursehope

      Sorry Anna, but the BIG taxpayers are the middle class who themselves are struggling to make ends meet. Don't look for them with their passports leaving the country. Taxpayers who earn .$105,000/yr. DO NOT PAY SSI on earnings beyond that amount, not one dime. They earn millions/billions and DO NOT PAY any portion past $105,000. And since these big earners are the top 2% of the population and the OTHER 98% DOES contribute, who exactly pays? Do the math M'aam!

      August 4, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
    • Dan

      The big tax payers only thinks about themselves and do not care of the community at all.

      August 4, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
    • Shawn

      Anna, please proceed to http://www.foxnews.com, where you are welcome. CNN is for intelligent people.

      August 4, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
    • Kim

      Anna – Maybe you aren't aware that in other prosperous countries (France, Germany, England), they pay WAY more taxes than we as Americans do . . . those rich people won't find a better home. Their complaints about over taxation are unrealistic.

      August 5, 2011 at 9:22 am |
  32. Dan K

    The food stamp program was an excellent idea when it was first incepted! But, as with most gov't run programs many take blatant advantage of it! It was meant to put food on a hungary citizens table or to keep a child or adult going hungary!
    The problem with the food stamp program is the too many people use it to supplement their income so they can buy the kids an x-box or the wife a new Mercedes.
    This is no ones fault other than the Gov't agency that is supposed to police it People should be required to prioritize their spending and if they have money for non-essentuals such as x-boxes and Mercedes or lose theri food stamp "give-away"!
    Many truely need this help especially with the jobless situatuion But!!!!!!! Dan K OCR Alabama!

    August 4, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
    • I hardly

      I hardly doubt food stamps can supplement an income enough for a family to be able to afford a mercedes!!! I mean come on!!!

      August 4, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
    • wavejump1100

      you cant get food stamps if you are working unless you have kids and earn very little money. some peoploe take advantage of the system by working off the books and collecting food stamps or other ways but most people receiving food stamps need them

      August 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
    • Wzrd1

      Since food stamps are run by a debit card that can ONLY PURCHASE FOOD, do enlighten us on HOW an Xbox is bought with it, liar.
      With $567/month, they get an Xbox and food, huh? Liar.
      You only want 46 million Americans to starve. Know what? I'll LET you, just so you can finish destroying this nation the rest of the way.
      Welcome to the tea party dream, the USSA, the world's newest third world nation, with starvation in the streets.

      August 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
    • Bill Brooker

      Buying a Mercedes? While eligible for food stamps? You're SURE about that, or are you maybe exaggerating it a little bit?

      August 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
    • Margaret L

      X-boxes and Mercedes? The people I know on food stamps are trying to keep enough electric to keep the refridgerator running and the water on.

      August 4, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
    • mikey

      proof? So many people just spout off opinion as fact. please show us your proof that people are buying xbox's and the like with their food stamp windfall. What a bunch of crap.

      August 4, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
    • DG

      I'm soooooo HUNGARY lol

      August 4, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
    • cosmicsnoop

      Please describe to me exactly how you purchase a Mercedes with food stamps. I would like to get in on that scam. Or you could grow up now.

      August 4, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
    • Rationality

      Food stamps to buy a mercedes? To get food stamps you have to apply and meet program guidelines. Furthermore, you don't get cash, you get stamps to pay for food at stores that accept them. You can't lease a benz with food stamps. Your argument is the basic propoganda used against every social program. It also goes both ways since there are plenty of wealthy individuals that use loopholes to game the system. LIke Bacchman getting farm subsidies since her family owns a farm.

      August 4, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
  33. joe

    please find out if prineville oregon food department is breaking the law by denying poor non christians food stamps

    August 4, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  34. anna

    and when Obama finishes running the big tax payers out of the country, who cover that ssi, welfare check,ss check , food stamps and housing. you will all be living in tents and eating out of trash cans. So don't for get to grab that Obama picture on your way out so you can hang it in your tent.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
    • Andres

      Really ! I figured they left on their own when Republicans under bush gave Companies tax breaks to move abroad !!! It was Obama that forced all those Corporations to Incorporate in the Virgin islands ! Wait the were already there ! Corporations single goal is to make money! Nothing else ! They donate big money to Republicans so they don't have to pay their own share taxes and given loop holes ! Another conservative blaming the less fortunate for our problems ! last time i checked their weren't that many poor people running Wall Street when it crashed and burned in 2007- 2008! Oh wait that to was Obamas fault!

      August 4, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
      • Cassandra M.

        Funny how we, excuse me I mean conservatives, forget-exactly, Obama could never do anything right for those people. Let them have Palin or some other complete moron, that may be the only way they understand.

        August 4, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
      • Bob

        Look again, Andres. The big corporations gave to Obama more that McCain. get your facts right before you spew BS.

        August 4, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
      • GTG

        Andres – do a little research. The nominal corporate tax rate in the US is already among the highest in the world, that is why so many companies have to offshore their profits. Even Bill Clinton has come out and said that we need to drastically cut the US corporate tax rate. If we were to do that, these corporations would start to onshore their profits again and tax revenues would increase in the US.

        August 4, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
      • Pensera

        This attitude is called "identity with the oppressor." It was promulgated years ago, and you can see from the postings here how powerful and pervasive it still is. Poor people, such as many of these here, prefer to identify with tax-dodging billionaires and reject the idea of food stamps for the poor - in fact they actively loathe the poor. Why? Because they have been manipulated into thinking of themselves as "made of the same stuff" as the plutocrats and entrepreneurs. They don't want to admit that they have more in common economically with immigrants and the unemployed. So time after time, they vote with the very rich and against their best interests, while spewing contempt for the underprivilieged. Scratch the surface and you'll find plenty of racism beneath this "self-reliant" attitude too. I earn a good income and pay my taxes proudly because I love my country, and I'm grateful for the opportunities it's given me. I hope my taxes go to help the less fortunate, and I don't begrudge them a nickel. I came from a poor family, and I worked hard to get a first-class education. Grants and loans helped me when my parents couldn't. Now I turn around and repay generosity by being generous myself. The children of the wealthy have done nothing to deserve their good fortune. Why not save your ire for the rich and lay off the poor?

        August 4, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
    • Chris

      And where do you expect these "big tax payers" to go when they leave the country? Most other advanced countries have a much higher tax rate than the US.

      August 4, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
    • David

      Don't worry the rich will be alright -the baggers aren't doing anything to them. There are 223 Billionaires in the US more than the entire industrial nations combined. Geez! I keep hearing we can’t tax wealthy they are the ones that create jobs. If that were true we would be up to our butts in jobs. We have to think for ourselves when the talking heads start.

      August 4, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
    • lookindown

      Yes Anna we must not offend the BigMoney, we must bow down to BIGMONEY, and pray they will trickle down some crumbs to the ignorant masses.

      August 4, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
    • jean2009

      President Obama was too late to have caused that exodus...thank Bush for paying businesses to leave///So the question begs, why should the American citizen(read taxpayer) become an economic serf to the multinational corporations that claim the full protection of the US government but do not make profits and circulate them through investment in this country's manufacturing infrastructure. Why should the American citizen(read taxpayer) become an economic serf subsidizing the relocation of American manufacturing to foreign countries which they have done through a series of trade agreements for infrastructure development and foreign aid which allowed American companies to move overseas AND NEVER RISK ONE PENNY OF THEIR OWN MONEY to do so? When the business doesn't assume the risk of their overseas investment, that isn't free trade, it is corporate socialism. Also, why should the American taxpayer be forced to protect these companies with the force of the US government-through tax subsidies– once they have moved offshore? These companies hide the true cost of these so called "cheap products" with the loss of national security, the loss of security to our food supply (treaties like NAFTA allow third world countries to sue us if we stop importing their food based on sanitary reasons) and the cost of the unemployed on the American taxpayer and on the countries infrastructure. All because these corporations want a place to do business that uses slave labor and disregards the destruction of their environment. I say if they plan to bring those items back into this country let them pay a hefty tariff...or pay a higher tax. We can no longer afford welfare for the rich.

      August 4, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
    • Mark

      When the upper tax rate was 90% guess what? There were rich Americans. When the upper tax rate was 70% guess what? There were rich Americans. Now that the upper tax rate is 35% you're worried they're going to run away? And how exactly is Obama going to chase them away...he caves to the Republicans on everything!

      August 4, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
  35. OKLady

    My daughter and I have been on foodstamps for years. Jobs are simply not there and yes I've tried working low wage fast food jobs when they're available but it's still not enough to live on and still receive enough aid to feed my daughter. It's a trap really but we receive $367 monthly and it's still not enough with the cost of food constantly going up and I do my best to budget and buy generic brands. We don't eat junk food and I don't buy steaks. Right now I'm still waiting for my benefits to show up for this month as I haven't eaten today but by God I made sure my daughter did. Things are not as easy as some would like to think. The economy is crashing down, not just slumping.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
    • shooter

      OKLady...

      What education level have you attained?

      Have you considered moving to where the jobs are...like TX or WI?

      August 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
    • Enuff

      (((((((((HUGS))))))))))) and good wishes that things change for you.

      August 4, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
    • Joe

      OKLady some tough but relevant questions: Where is the father? Assuming that the father is not the best provider, did you have any choice in choosing this person to be the father of your child? Assuming you were not raped, did you think that it might be a good idea to get enough education or training to have a good job before having a child? Did you study to the best of your ability? Bottom line is that I am guessing that you have made some bad life choices, which you and only you are responsible for. People sometimes must take responsibilites for their bad choices, and learn from that.

      August 4, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
      • ibrad

        Good post. You week little man that you are! Be glad your hiding behind that screen I`d punch you out cold!

        August 4, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
    • ibrad

      You do your best,you sound like your trying too! Don`t worry about these people in here. They would rather make sure the CEO`s make 200 million rather then you having $500 for food money ! I hope your daughter and you live healthy lives and long!

      August 4, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  36. Robita

    Conservatard tea bags claim that not working hard enough makes you poor and forces the rest of us to pay for it. I'll tell you what, if $668 feeds a family of 4 then we could feed 2.25 million people a year for what the top 500 executives in America made last year. That's one CEO's pay = food for 4500 people. If you think the rich are not to blame, I point to my numbers. If you can't understand this simple math, you are a fool.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
    • Matt

      If you're going to complain about the rich, please be an equal opportunity complainer and included the liberal guys in Hollywood too. The top 15 paid actors made of 473 millon last year with Leonardo DiCaprio making $77 million himself. If Leo donated his income, he could buy food for 8800 Americans. I believe you'll also find that the top 500 paid athletes can buy just as much food as the fortune 500 CEOs.

      August 4, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
    • Margaret L

      The tea party and republicans say they can't tax the wealthy any more, and can't get rid of the Bush tax cut because it will cause a loss of jobs. That tax cut has been in effect for years, and companies have not been creating more jobs, and they have moved corporate headquarters offshore, and outsourced. Obviously the tax cut did not do what they said it would.

      August 4, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
    • Jason

      You miss the entire point. Yes, a CEO could pay for that many meals. But it's not their job to feed you or anyone else. Solve your own problem.

      August 4, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
    • runner920

      I understand your math (a division problem), but I fail to see how rich people are responsible for people being on food stamps. You're not suggesting we seize their assets and redistribute them, are you?

      August 4, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
    • Joe

      A suggestion, be a CEO and not a Robita. Work your tail off and quit complaining that other people make so much more money than you.

      August 4, 2011 at 9:36 pm |
    • jack

      actualy you and that party are retards. If you would understand the following. Government programs are good, they can aid and help people in need. They can also make people lazy and they should be used as a temporary crutch and not the lifestyle it has become for many.
      The influx of people using foodstamps is the result of abuse by the corporate fat cats who can buy both democratic and republican public servants to give them favors to spread the gap between rich middle class and poor.

      Republicans do it by helping buddies screw employees out of cash in the name of growth and by giving them tax breaks. this leads to downsizing, sending jobs overseas with no penalty , and the free market abuse. which in turn drives wages down and other people take your job.. all the whiel being promised more jobs if the company does well. then they make those jobs and they pay horrible so you end up int he food stamp lane.

      democrats allow big business to make laws that funnel everyone to corporate fat cat products and services. they then use tax dollars to pay these companies. They over pay the coporations and under pay the government workers hired to run it. the tax dollars to cover this are gotten from tax increases on the private sector which exempts all corporate fat cats and only the people and small business are affected.. driving these private business closign down and sending people tight on money to the food stamp lane.

      THEY ALL SCREW YOU ITHE SAY WAY.. THEY JUST DO IT IN A DIFFERENT MANNER BUT EVERYONE IS TO CAUGHT UP IN THE LEFT RIGHT BS AND NO THE T BAGGERS.

      August 4, 2011 at 9:38 pm |
  37. TODAY

    Prediction: Euro will drop significantly, mass numbers of Americans will hit food stamp rolls. 401K will lose all value by next week. The DOW is dropping significantly today. Most everyone on this post will experience economic problems. Check back by december 2011.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  38. Lola

    And yet, 1 in 3 Americans is considered OBESE! Go figure...

    August 4, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
    • Dave

      It averages out over the states, for starters. Also, food that is better for you is more expensive. Poor people living off the dollar menu at McDonald's might end up with a lot of fat in their diet. Think about cause and effect!

      August 4, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
      • d

        Why are they eating out at all? Do people who make $10 a day in China eat out? Get your head right before commenting. This is like telling me how awful it is with gas prices going up. MAN YOU MUST HAVE A CAR! So, things can't be THAT bad.

        August 4, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
      • marsta

        so eat less of it.

        August 4, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
      • Rudy

        veggies are cheaper than a BigMac value menu.

        August 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
      • shooter

        Poor people can exercise too...

        August 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
      • Alex

        BS. Just because you're poor doesn't mean you have to eat crap. That's a lame excuse. And, my poor relatives in Europe eat what they can afford but aren't fat, lazy slobs, like most Americans. They also burn the calories they consume by walking and actually getting up off of the couch (unlike here).

        August 4, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
    • Enuff

      Believe it or not, obesity can be caused by a lack of nutrition. You aren't getting the nutrients in the cheap foods you are eating, so your body keeps telling you it is hungry so you eat more and more of the same cheap food. Vicious circle.

      August 4, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
    • Margaret L

      If you have ever been to a food bank, they give out a lot of pies, cakes, cookies, sacks and sacks of bread, noodles, a small jar of peanut butter, and maybe 1 or 2 cans of tuna. They also give whatever vegetables are donated, which means rotting weird ones. Artichokes, fennel, etc. Honest, we had to look it up to find out what to do with some of the stuff. Sometimes its huge restaurant sized sacks of chopped lettuce or carrots, but not often. I got boxes of plastic bags, and paper bags in mine once.

      August 4, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
    • #thanks!

      right! maybe if they were not fat ass es they wouldne be so hungry all the time. with that said, its NOT all of the people that are on aid that are fat just the majority who make the rest look bad

      August 4, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
    • Spijder

      Combining the fact that the cheap foods most people will resort to to make a dollar stretch are not healthy foods with the reason starvation diets do not work and portion control diets can be so frustratingly slow with results; ie- the fact that when you have do without or regularly skip a meal (become physically hungry) when you do get a chance to eat, the body will store most of it as fat as it has just been trained by the lapse in 'not hungry' signals from the stomach that it needs to store as much as it can while it can. This is why people that aren't eating well are fat and may not be actually overeating, they've just retrained their metabolism into crisis mode.

      August 4, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
  39. Kynt

    It would be interesting to know how many of those 15% actually have jobs that just don't pay enough to feed their families. It turns food stamps into indirect subsidies for companies.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
    • conoclast

      Like WalMart perhaps?

      August 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  40. knghtshingrmour

    Well the poor in Pensylvania can eat their free cell phones

    August 4, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  41. Kristopher

    This article is deceiving. I only make $21K a year, my wife lost her job, and I have two small kids. We only receive $400 a month in SNAP benefits. It's hard..very hard.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
    • darrell

      im sorry but if you only make 21k a year should you really of made the decision to have kids?

      August 4, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
      • Pensera

        With grammar and spelling as bad as yours, should you "of really" made the decision to reveal your ignorance by posting on this site?

        August 5, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
      • Elle

        Your syntax and spelling are so poor that you should "of really" avoided posting.

        August 5, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
    • Becca

      I know how you feel. My mom is our family's beneficiary. While my brother and I are 18 and 21 and have minimum wage jobs, it's not enough to support her and my grandmother...and we are still her dependents because we can't support ourselves on our own. And because my brother turned 18, our food stamps got reduced to $200 a month–definitely not enough for a family of four to live on!

      August 4, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
    • CarmenSo

      I am sorry. I hope things get better for you and your family

      August 4, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
  42. Scream to masses

    Maybe if some of these people's parentson this post had aborted them we would have a better society.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  43. hmm

    Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
    Dwight D. Eisenhower

    August 4, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  44. Quit cryin'

    The food stamp program should be done away with, in favor of a Sterilization program.

    Having a child, when you know that you cannot afford one, is despicable, inhumane, and should be a felony.

    I would much rather fund abortions, sterilizations and birth control.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
    • Darkronin

      Sad to say you are quick to judgement as most people in blogs are. If you were to lose your job tomorrow morning that you had been working faithfully for 10 years what would you do? Would you look into your 4month old son and 3 year old daughter's eyes and tell them "Sorry you guys have to ignore those hunger pains we aren't going to be eating for a few weeks, months or years"

      I am not a fan of any hand out system but I can understand why people sometimes have to swallow their pride and resort to what ever it takes to make it.

      Not all are on those systems who truely need it but I like to believe that 80% are at least.

      August 4, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
    • Margaret L

      While I would like to see zero population growth, what you are recommending is not an option. Consider this: many of the people who had children when the housing bubble was growing were making great money in construction, real estate, banking and other industries. They could afford the children then, and none of them figured they would end up on food stamps in just a few years. As they say hindsight is 20/20.

      August 4, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
    • Corvus1

      Problem: poor kids ALREADY EXIST, so doing away with food stamps in order to fund BC and abortions would be harming those kids. Unless you're OK with kids starving to death?

      And sterilization? Uh, no. No eugenics, please.

      August 4, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
    • darrell

      love u!!

      August 4, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
  45. usaf2

    Dear Blitzer "the wooolf in a Armani suit" how about you give up some of the money that you stole from AIPAC to the poor kids?

    August 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  46. charismaforever

    @sense of priority how many people on this post receive food stamps? Incredible argument. Maybe you should prioritize enhancing your spelling skills; it helps immensely with day to day interactions. How is it possible that we are arguing about programs that America instituted during the great depression? Why do we villify people who are subjected to the greed of others? Why is it so important to degrade someone who is down and out instead of lending a helping hand. In this we degrade ourself as a nation.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • hilo, HI

      charisma, I was raised on Food Stamps -can tell you, the system needs to be overhauled, limits set. Poor mothers actually do have a choice not to keep breeding while they're already using tax $$ to feed the kids they already have. Some stats here would be helpful Nothing like being in a welfare waiting room with pregnant women filling out forms -her 2 and 3 others running amok. How much should families who live (and breed) within their means, keep getting taxed to support this behavior? These poor kids are being used like hostages by their own parents ...."You wouldn't want them to starve would you?.....OK, well I wanna have some more, so add a few hundred more to that EBT Card, OK?"

      August 4, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
      • charismaforever

        I agree Hilo that there are people who abuse the system, however what are you suggesting? Eugenics? That program failed miserably in the past. I would suggest that we get these criminals out of Congress. However, that will never happen. People will continue to allow Congress to be paid off by Wall Street and bankrupt America while their slur campaigns talk about non issues. Let's talk facts. The food stamp program costs us $9.3 billion dollars a month. Our biggest payments are to defense $31.7 billion and Medicare $28.6 billion. Medicaid $21.4 billion I guess you get the picture; Food stamps and poor women who have children due to ignorance is not our problem. We need to change our system. In addition, I came across a government document that states that Social Security Part B has not been paid for in some time. That is astronomical considering Part B covers HOSPITAL coverage. Also, it states that surpluses were used and this was done before 2008. We need to get to the bottom of all this, because Medicare and Social Security will be the death of us.

        August 4, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
      • hUhhh

        Perhaps if the male population would begin taking responsibility for their mistake as well, less women would have to be sitting in a welfare office.

        August 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
      • mikey

        proof? another opinion stated as fact. the poor dont average more children than any other income group. the falicy just makes it easier for you to look the other way as fellow Americans suffer. simply more ridiculious opinions stated as fact.

        August 4, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
  47. IndepenentThought

    To all the "rich" and rich people: remember, the poor will eventually find out where you live...

    August 4, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
    • hilo, HI

      Yes, but they'll be too busy overbreeding kids they can't feed to do anything about it.

      August 4, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • CSnord

      So, you are saying that I should pay them off to ensure my safety? That sounds a little like extortion to me.

      August 4, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  48. Jim

    Republicans are gutting this country, little piece by little piece. First it was education, now it is the poor and the elderly. Americans want jobs, but they can't get them because they don't have the education needed. Here in Silicon Valley there are thousands and thousands of jobs that are unfilled because the American Public Education system has been gutted and decimated by Republican spending cuts so now we have to depend on foreigners not only for money, but for talent as well. These tea baggers need to put Country ahead of money instead of money in front of Country which is how they think now. Either that or start learning Chinese.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
    • hilo, HI

      The population is growing in staggering numbers too. That's the problem. Yes, Reps, especially religious conservatives, do Nothing to stem the overbreeding (opposite), but dems w/ programs to promote welfare breeding are just as bad.

      August 4, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
    • Republicans Are The American Taliban

      Is putting country ahead of money in the Constitution? I think not...

      August 4, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • Tea Party Mike

      Jim, you are so wrong. Republicans have not gutted the education system. There are a lot of young people who simpley do not take advantage of it. My daughter just graduated with from college with a BA degree in education math and got a job high school teaching job on her second interview. She went to a public high school and her secondary education was paid for with a combination of loans, academic schoolarships, her earning money by working, and some paid for by her parents. Some of her less well off classmates got free Federal money. And everyone can go to high school for free. But few young people these days want to be tech geeks or go into math or science or engerning. No one is stopping them. The education system has not been gutted by Republicans or anyone else. Open your eyes and clean out the Obama propganda from your brain.

      August 4, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
      • ihaveabridgetosellyou

        So whats your answer jerky, give rich people bigger tax cuts so they can send my job overseas? Typical crap from a typical teabagger.

        August 4, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
      • sakemarie

        Mike, if you are trying to make a point about the high quality of education in this country, I suggest you learn to spell first. Why is it the Tea Party posters on this forum always seem to have so many spelling and grammar errors. The educational system in this country is abysmmal. We need better teachers, more involved parents, and more motivated students. Until government allocates the appropriate resources to education we will continue to fall behind China, India and other countries.

        August 4, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
      • jean2009

        No child left behind was a farce...and yes the system has been gutted, due to corporations not picking up their fair share of local school taxes in enterprise zones.

        August 4, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
    • Rocko

      Jim, you liberals just don't get it. We spend more money on education than we ever have. You should be asking your self why our eduction system sucks. The problem is you won't like the answers. You have unions who keep lazy incompetent teachers on board. Student's are no longer required to meet minimum standards to move on to the next grade (hence no incentive to learn) Liberals removed diciplinary tools from school authorities. Schools have been overloaded with illegal immigrants who refuse to learn our language, which deteriates the whole learning process. Face it Jim, you and your kind have ruined the system and your only solution is throwing more money at it. (which we have to borrow now). I noticed from your comment that you live in California. How long before you guys will be screaming for a bailout to support all those liberal programs you can't pay for?

      August 4, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
    • Jason

      @Jim, Calfornia spends 51% of its general fund of education. I think they are getting plenty of money. Money Smart People

      means, not equal

      August 4, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
  49. Earnest T Bass

    I'd bet gay marriage had to do with this sell off.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  50. descarado

    Are 45 million Americans really that hungry or is a reckless political movement giving away the family store in return for votes at the ballot box?

    August 4, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  51. Earnest T Bass

    Well My Stock investment advisors just blew their holiday bonus from me.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  52. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Screw hungry kids....what's important is to give more tax breaks to oil companies.....

    August 4, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • Charlotte

      Indeed.

      August 4, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
    • CSnord

      If people practiced responsible reproduction, there would be no hungry kids.

      August 4, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
      • jean2009

        Nonsense! I suppose the family with two children, and two working parents, who have now both lost their job and their unemployment benefits have run out...were not being responsible? ...thank you, and that moron GW Bush for your failed policies.

        August 5, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
    • draco

      amen to that! let the poor, sick and elderly fend for themselves! give more tax breaks to the top 1%. Heck, just eliminate their taxes altogether.

      August 4, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
      • Rocko

        Draco, just FYI Obama's biggest supporter was the General Electric Corp. paid zero income tax last year. Why do you suppose that was?

        August 4, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
    • Bob

      David & Charles Koch must be thrilled by this news as they work to make America an oligarchy for the rich, powerful, and privileged. For them, the masses can just live on cake.

      August 4, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
  53. jdog

    this is because you have messes up priorities and are NOT taking care of your own and believe in survival of the richest

    August 4, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  54. Sense of Priority

    Has anyone noticed the posting from people on food stamps? First off, I think these programs are nexessary but if you are on food stamps or complaining about the amoutn you get versus the maximum, here is an idea...sell your computer and drop your internet service, and get your priorities in order. How can you let your family go hungry while you play around online complaining about everything. Use the library computer for job searches...and if you are at the library..look for a job, don't post comments..or move aside so the next person in line can use th ecomputer to look for work in this difficult market.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • AmesIA

      Or perhaps they are escaping from the heat at a computer at the public library. If we just privatized our library system adn keep the unwashed riff-raff out we could be one step closer to keeping poverty out of site and out of mind.

      August 4, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • hilo, HI

      Sense, great point. I am from a neighborhood of poverty. At the end of the day Free Will -so many people having 3, 4, 5 even more kids they cannot afford, rather than focusing on the 2 they have. Walmart, etc. depends on this overbreeding (think diaper sales, etc.) -which tax-payers fund. "We have a habit, it's call breeding. Welfare pays for baby feeding!" -was the rhyme growing up.

      August 4, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
      • guitarguymv

        Some people just don't know when to shut up.

        August 4, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
      • mikey

        try reading facts
        http://tiss.zdv.uni-tuebingen.de/webroot/sp/spsba01_W98_1/denver2.htm
        women on welfare have an average of 2 children. well below the average children per household in the USA 2.5
        please stop spouting opinion as fact.

        August 4, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
      • jean2009

        Probably written in Reagan's failed administration.

        August 5, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
    • conoclast

      What I hear you actually saying to the poor and disadvantaged is: "wither and die, freeloaders!" There's just no excuse for the poor owning computers, is there. What possible need could the underclass have for staying informed anyway?
      They're clearly sub-human; they'd just use their computers to buy bling on eBay, right? Go put bars on your windows; you're going to need 'em!

      August 4, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  55. CSM

    Thank the Republicans and Tea Party for this!

    August 4, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  56. charismaforever

    I have one last statement about the cost of food. Bloomberg did an article as well as other media that food costs rose in 2011. Food costs have significantly risen since the beginning of the depression. Many people who receive food stamps would not receive the full benefit due to their personal financial circumstances. I know of a family where the husband lost his six figure job and had no choice but to apply for food stamps. This was after two years of actively looking for employment. They received less than $250 month. Obviously, we need to forget the stereotypes and realize that we as a country are in significant financial dire straits.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  57. saneCanadian

    One day the poor in your country are going to rise up. Then you tea baggers will be in hot water. The price will be 'steep'.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
    • JoePub

      Threats.... Spoken like a true Liberal.

      August 4, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
      • saneCanadian

        Threats? You mistake me. I am prognosticating.

        August 4, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
    • hilo, HI

      Rise up? hahahahaha! Too busy overbreeding to do any real damage. EBT promotes this behavior. It's actually a form of oppression.

      August 4, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
      • guitarguymv

        If only your mother had listened to your advice about overbreeding, we would be spared your pointless drivel.

        August 4, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
      • jean2009

        Guitarguy...Good one!

        August 5, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
    • Rocko

      No problem, when they do we'll just send them up your way. Then we'll see who's complaining about the treatment of illegal immigration. The fact is we're broke and it does'nt help us that we have to protect your country. Doesn't Greece have a bigger armed forces than Canada.

      August 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
    • Jason

      Why I bought a nice .45.. bring it on.

      August 4, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
  58. Zeeman

    Eat the FAT people!

    August 4, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  59. scieng1

    I strongly support the food stamp programs and many other "safety nets". I oppose the climate of hate for business that this administration has created, and the massive new cost burdens that are shutting down so many current and potential businesses. We need jobs, not Obama's corruption.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
    • CSM

      You are unreal. The climate of hate is coming from the Tea Party and Republicans who are trying to protect the wealthy and instill corporate welfare!!!

      August 4, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
      • Rocko

        CSM careful your ignorance is showing. When you see a gathering of the tea party, you won't find a bunch of CEOs and other wealthy hobnobs. You'll find mostly middle class people with common sense who realize Liberals have spent all of our money and who want to keep borrowing money from China to keep paying for programs we can't afford.

        August 4, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
      • jean2009

        Rocko ... what you will really find are brainwashed people who think someday they will win the lottery.

        August 5, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
    • draco

      what planet do you live in???

      August 4, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  60. Henry Miller

    That percentage is going to keep climbing as long as Obama keeps wrecking the US economy.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • CSM

      It is not Obama... it's your tea bagger friends.

      August 4, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
    • bob saget

      Get a grip stoopid. This is a Bush induced problem. Thanks for waking up 10 years late.

      August 4, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
    • JoePub

      Wrong CSM, It is Obama and his failed policies.

      August 4, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
      • mikey

        Bush's policies are responsible for 75% of the debt over past 11 years simply put your stating opinion as fact

        August 4, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
      • Mark

        Obama's failed policies...you mean giving the Republicans everything they want?

        August 4, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
    • Lily

      Henry Miller, no one's listening. You have too much common sense :)

      August 4, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
    • Edwin

      If I recall correctly (I *am* a liberal, so my thinking must be faulty, after all) the bank crash happened during Bush's years, and TARP was a Bush-created program. Again, maybe it my stupidity, but I thought I had heard everyone from every party agree that the reason for the serious economic problems were three:

      1) housing bubble burst (happened before Obama),
      2) bank crash (before Obama), and
      3) less revenue and more spending (started under Bush).

      Granted, Obama increased spending - which is what economists say a government needs to do to combat a serious recession. Many say that we could have recovered if the initial stimulus had been twice or three times as big. But the bottom line is that the disaster started and mostly occurred BEFORE Obama became president.

      But, hey, what do I know? I'm a libtard.

      August 4, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
  61. Andyvon

    Why have food stamps at all? Food stamps simply force people to purchase and consume more food than they need. That's hardly sensible or healthy and the longterm effects cost the taxpayer more. Here in the UK people on welfare get all their money as cash. That way they can buy whatever food they require but they then don't buy too much. Any surplus can be spent on other things.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
    • Earnest T Bass

      like Beer cigarettes and so on.

      August 4, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
    • Mojojuju

      I'm sorry to say it, but the reason that the money is required to be spent on food is that they don't trust people with cash. Many of them (certainly not all, but enough to make it matter) will spend it on stupid stuff. I can't tell you how many kids at my former school had sparkling new designer shoes and clothes and were hungry every day, stuffing food from the cafeteria into said clothes so that they could sneak it home and have some food for dinner. SAD, but true. Some people's priorities are very messed up.

      August 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  62. JR

    I visited the http://foodstampforum.com linked earlier.
    It is new and small but it looks like it has great potential to become a valuable resource for people in need.
    People helping people is what we need these days.
    The dividing politics of right vs. left are not getting us out of this mess.
    They are just digging a deeper pit.

    August 4, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
    • Henry Miller

      I'd be glad to help people–on my terms, not at the point of a government tax-collector's virtual gun.

      August 4, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  63. Sammie

    I'm certain that there are many who are in need. However, as always, there are too many who abuse the system. Yesterday evening, I stood behind a woman in the checkout lane purchasing several cases of soda and bags of potato chips, nothing else, that filled her cart to the brim....and out came the food stamp card. She was at least 70+ lbs overweight, as was the young girl with her. I'm all for helping those in need, but there should also be a stipulation as to what these people can buy when using food stamps. I'm certain that because of her size, eating habits, and lack of money, I the taxpayer am paying for her health care as well.

    August 4, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
    • Diane

      You did not see her purchase chips, beer & soda with food stamps. These are not considered food & they would not be pd for with the food stamps the computer program that processes payment would not permit pymt from the food stamp card. The anger that's been expressed towards people requiring assistance is mind blowing. Not to mention extremely short sighted. The majority of those receiving this help are people who wkd and pd taxes along with all of us until losing their job due to the economy, and would like nothing more than to be back wkg & paying taxes.

      August 4, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
    • mikey

      you saw one person doing this and now all food stamp users are doing it? opinion stated as fact once again, does anyone here support their opinions with facts? let me help you.
      http://tiss.zdv.uni-tuebingen.de/webroot/sp/spsba01_W98_1/denver2.htm

      August 4, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
  64. V. Thomas

    As stated prior, the article is not completely accurate. It assumes a zero income for all amounts listed. Obvioulsy on a zero income, all of the SNAP benefits would most likely be needed. However, as with any entitlement program, there are gray areas and variances. Income and shelter costs determine what the household will receive in SNAP benefits.
    Some folks do receive much more in SNAP that many middle income families would think to spend, some folks just get buy with what they receive. Unfortunately, budgeting food dollars and buying healthy foods is not usually part of oue public school curriculum.

    August 4, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  65. abnguy

    Hunger on the rise...this is a stupid article of course it is on the rise, we have a rough economy and have to support the welfare class that all this social engineering has created. I'm suprised he did not write an article about how many on food stamps are obese.

    August 4, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
    • Mojojuju

      Please don't lump every unemployed person in dire straits into "the welfare class." Some of us are well educated, have never asked for help in our lives, and have just begun to run out of options in this economy. Thank goodness for these safety nets. I'd probably be starving without them.

      August 4, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  66. Rob Rowello

    In America, you have all the resources to do what is necessary to make more money. Get an education, stay out of jail, and learn from those who are successful. You don't need a "social program" for that....it's pretty simple.

    August 4, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  67. me

    That's a lot of money for food! Why does the author claim it's not enough?? What kind of food do these people purchase?? My husband is the only one working in our family of 3, he MAYBE make 50K a year, I'm able to go grocery shopping on LESS then $350/mos. It's DEALS they need to look for in order to survive on the amount they are given. Maybe if the government went back to paper money in the form of booklets like it used to be-to show embarrassment-then maybe the number wouldn't be so high of those on FS.....but let's make it as less-prideful as possible:/

    August 4, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
    • jm

      since the economy tanked a few years ago – most of us, including middle class folks, have had to cut back – i lost a portion of my household income and had to cut back drastically – i cut out cable, home phone, and a few others things – i now spend less than $300 a month in food and provide for my family – we eat fine – it's about budgeting and learning how to shop for bargains – we don't buy sodas or junk food – we don't go out to eat like we used to, but may be able to order a pizza about once per month, if we save on other things – sure, it's hard to change, but i have a feeling things will get worse for all of us before it gets better, and we all need to learn to make it on as little as possible – i can remember when i had a pantry full of extra – now, it's payday to payday – i can also remember growing up as a child and growing our own food – and also not having much – we only had meat once per week and it was usually a chicken, but we managed – as for those on food stamps – i am thankful i have not had to go that route yet, but if i did, i would make it work somehow – guess we would eat a lot of rice and beans and start growing my own food again

      August 4, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  68. koolkrowd

    We need real solutions people – not just ranting, raving, and finger-pointing. The truth of the matter is that in the greatest and wealthiest nation on earth, 46 million people should not have to use food stamps!

    August 4, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • herald heckuba

      It's the Democrats' fault.

      August 4, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
    • GeoDux

      Personally, I believe the only solution is to create a program that will allow thousands of americans to start their own small business (yes, there are programs today and they are not working) and, well, stop buying so much crap from China and stop allowing corporations to send all their jobs overseas. It's all about the greed. We have to come together as Americans if we ever hope to see our Country back on its feet.

      August 4, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
    • scieng1

      You are right. We need an administration that allows job creation, and does not make America the costliest country on earth to run a business in due to stupid regulations and corruption.

      August 4, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
      • ihaveabridgetosellyou

        I guess you get your news from Fox.

        August 4, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
      • Mark

        Stupid regulations are put in place because 'trust us' only leads to disaster.

        August 4, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
    • smart chices

      Kool, not everyone makes smart choices in life and some of us make smart choices in which periods of time are very low income (graduate school). I survived just fine on $13,500 gross income in my first year because I had no safety net and I knew I had to make good choices all around. I lived with roommates in places where neighbors were getting arrested nightly and I made every meal from scratch. I didn't buy clothes and everything was generic. I don't smoke, drink or do drugs and my $35/month birth control pills made sure I didn't add an expensive baby to my pile when I couldn't afford one. Smart people do ok. Stupid people don't. I emerged from 7 years of grad school with no debt at all. It can be done and it just requires discipline. Rule #1 when you're in the hole: make sure you STOP having kids. Adding more is very stupid.

      August 4, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  69. Darrel

    The gap between rich and poor has increased so much since Reagan was first elected 30 years ago. I do believe the Republicans are to blame for this since they constantly try to sell the American people trickle down economics. Everyone should know by now when you give big tax breaks to the wealthy and big corporations, they hold on to it and seldom does it reach the common working person. If you like big tax breaks for the rich and big business keep voting Republican. If we continue on this course we will be like India within the next 50 years.

    August 4, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • scieng1

      Look at your history, poverty always grows under the Dems. It always reduces under the GOP. That 's why JOBS are important. Guess what is going to happen with the next 10 million jobs lost due to ridiculous ozone and CO2 regulations?

      August 4, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
      • mikey

        Historically the stock market has done better under democrats not republicans. its the economic cycle not who is in charge, Does anyone here read or just spout off opinion based on no fact but someone told me so?
        http://tiss.zdv.uni-tuebingen.de/webroot/sp/spsba01_W98_1/denver2.htm

        August 4, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
      • ihaveabridgetosellyou

        Poverty grows from democrats? I guess you you weren't around in the nineties or during the Clinton years or you got your history book from Texas.

        August 4, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
    • jean2009

      We are actually still suffering from the effects of Reagan's presidency. Basically, we still haven't paid off the interest on his deficit...not to mention the principal.

      August 5, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  70. ChrisInMn

    I thought it was a "food support" program? With that kind of grocery money – the rest of us working fools aren't supporting your meals, we are paying for all of them. And my family of 3 doesn't spend as much on food as a family of 3 gets with this program!

    August 4, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  71. RodBinNC

    Could it be that the GOP is on full assault on the poor and middle class? Could it be that all programs that help the poor and middle class are being cut and the poor and middle class are told to "share the sacrifice"? WE(poor and middle class) have been hit the hardest with unemployment and the to 2% are doing better than ever, yet we are only ones who have sacrificed. It seems to me that the GOP only love the rich and corporations.

    August 4, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
    • overtaxed and no tax

      Rod, did you pay federal income taxes this year? Last year? The year before? Nope, didn't think so. I'm considered upper middle class and I paid about $12k just in federal taxes this year. How much food have I paid for via foodstamps? I'm tired of working hard AND paying for people like you while half of America doesn't pay at all, including you. Who's getting favored here? You receive and don't even contribute at all. I contribute and never receive. Spread the burden out and everyone should pay something. Even a flat 5% tax means I still pay a lot more than you but everyone pays. That's fair considering I still won't receive but you will. Grow up, Rod, and realize what you're saying.

      August 4, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
      • mikey

        you have no idea if he paid taxes or not, your just lumping him in with a misconception you heard from another person. if income taxes were the only taxes we paid you might have a leg to stand on but they certainly are not. everyone pays sales tax, every homeowner pays property tax every driver pays the tax in gas prices corporations pass the cost of tax on to the consumer. Is Warren Buffett a liar? He saqys he pays much lower taxes then his secretary does. the tax loop holes for high ncome earners are huge. you find me some facts with support that state what you are saysinf please.

        August 4, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
      • Mark

        Federal Income taxes are at 50 year lows...how are you overtaxed?

        August 4, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
  72. teepee

    umm...that would be white america...welcome to hood life.

    August 4, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  73. mrg

    I actually think that $526/month for 3 people IS adequate. I have 3 people in my family, buy organic food at Wholefoods, and only spend $600/month (and I even buy some garbagy stuff like potato chips and soda).
    I could do $526/month easily, no problem whatsoever.

    August 4, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  74. Nassau

    Gee Wolf, I wonder why we have this problem of hunger and need? We have a do nothing president that is doing nothing to create job growth and catering to a group of people that are generations into the democrats "Great Society". In addition, he is doing absolutely nothing about the illegal immigration problem. Now, all those little chickens have come home to roost, and guess who is having to feed them? You have a problem with feeding the hungry (or just plain lazy)? Stop being the mouth piece for a failed administration.

    August 4, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  75. Kim

    $526/mo for 3 people!! My husband and I are middle class (we make $95k/yr) and have a child. At the moment my husband is unemployed so we're making 60k. Our grocery budget is $130/wk (a few dollars less then food stamps). Each week I buy fresh meat, fish, fruits, veggies, dairy (som Organic!) and I live just outside of Philadelphia, so not in a low income area. I'm proud to say that I make healthy meals everyday. I am in disbelief that this article gives the impression that that isn't much money. Also, I'm not an extreme couponer . . . the government needs to get a clue about what REAL budgets entail in America and hold people accountable, especially with our dire budget situation. Seriously.

    August 4, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
    • herald heckuba

      Well said, Kim.

      August 4, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
    • GeoDux

      Bad news... If you make 95k a year and have one child - you're not "middle class" any longer. You're rich.

      August 4, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
      • Realist

        Uh read closer. She now makes 60K.

        August 4, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
    • RodBinNC

      Kim..I am not sure what your point is. Are you saying that we should cut food stamps?

      August 4, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
      • generous amount

        Kim's point is that the food stamp allotment is by no means stingy for people who buy sensibly. I completely agree. What does this mean? No Starbucks coffee? No prepackaged food? No eating out? Why yes, and how awful that must be. People in the USA are pansies.

        August 4, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
      • Nellyv85

        I think her point is that $500 is a lot of money for a family of 3. I agree with her.

        August 4, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
    • jm

      i have never spent $500 in food per month, even when my 3 grown children were little and we had a family of 5 – people need to learn how to budget – WHEW!

      August 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
    • Mary

      Cannot agree more! I have seen people on Food Stamps in Shoppers Stop and it is my husband and I ,who have full time jobs, who look like the ones on welfare by the way we carefully choose and save on our groceries!

      August 4, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
  76. musicguy1953

    Do all you Republicans and Tea Party people really believe that average Americans want to be on the dole? Get real. They don't. We're living through an unprecedentedly grave economic crisis and unless the U.S. government offers assistance like food stamps, people will starve.
    Thanks to the stupidity of just over 40 years of "Reaganomics" the American Dream is just about dead (excepting the good times of the Clinton years). Middle class incomes are flat, there are few good jobs for college grads and many extremely intelligent, motivated, hard working people simply cannot find work that will pay the bills. We must ask ourselves: "Where did all the money go?" Not to average workers, not to the middle class, not to small business. The beneficiaries of the Republican economic era have been the few at the very top. The rest of us work harder for less and less.
    I believe it was Teddy Roosevelt who called supply side economics "Donkey and Sparrow Economics"....give all the oats to the donkey and it may just poop enough out the back end to feed one sparrow. These days, Roosevelt would have been a Democrat and would have called the Tea Party, the conservative Republicans and the Ayn Randian Libertarians just what they are: greedy traitors to the real American way. I've had enough of Elephant and Sparrow Economics. I've generally voted Republican in the past. Never again.

    August 4, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
    • herald heckuba

      You've never voted Republican in your life, so your vote won't be missed.

      August 4, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
      • IndepenentThought

        I'd like to see the look on your face when you're own "people" give you the shaft after you've supported them your adult life.

        August 4, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • scieng1

      If you want a job, support those running for office that will promote jobs. For a clue, adding to the cost of business does not create jobs. Most businesses survive on a 2-15% profit. Take away 10% more income for new regulatory costs and taxes, and you can see why jobs are lost–or move overseas.

      August 4, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • globalization

      The "American Dream" was never sustainable: man works 40 hours per week to very comfortably support a dependant wife and kids. Globalization has destroyed high-salary US jobs because so many other newy accessible people will manufacture goods for so much less. There is now unskilled and very highly skilled competition and that always drives wages down. Europe heavily protects workers and jobs but for how long can they afford to do that? US workers must adapt and train for higher-paying jobs that are left. Stop dropping out of high school and stop majoring in "Communications", Literature, Art History or anything not directly connected with a career. It is a waste of money and time.

      August 4, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  77. Eric

    Those of you trashing Obama do also notice the significant increases from the years of the Bush administration, right? This is an American problem... not a Republican or Democrat problem.

    August 4, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • John

      I used to go along the party line, but just like you I find neither the Republicans or the Democrats are the answer. Time for a third party, but I don't think the Tea Party is the third party unless they get rid of the fringe lunatics that have infested the party.

      August 4, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
    • Rocko

      Eric, you gotta good point, the problem is Republicans are trying to fix the problem, while the Democrats want to keep spending money we don't have and want to keep borrowing money to pay for programs we can't afford and most likely don't really need. We need both sides to work on reducing waste of tax dollars. I just don't see the Dems doing their part.

      August 4, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  78. FauxNews

    Nobody is starving, everyone of them has cash left over for beer, cigarettes, and lottery tickets.

    August 4, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • Deb Carfield

      I totallly agree. We tried to hire ao help us couple of people to help us roof, thy live on food stamps and other assistance, no way would they help us, they were going to get paid for helping, but-- no way would they get off thier duff.

      August 4, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
  79. Nuno

    1 in 7 americans are NOT americans .. they are iligal immigrants that somehow got the citizenship

    August 4, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
    • teepee

      stop hating...that is what landed us here in the first place...no matter what you say...we are one nation...win and lose TOGETHER!

      August 4, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
      • Rocko

        Teepee, Please take your lips off your crackpipe long enough to wake up and join the rest of us in the real world.

        August 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
    • me

      They don't need legal citizenship to be on welfare in America....

      August 4, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
    • V

      And theyre the ones who are working and not on food stamps

      August 4, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • draco

      I am illegal immigrant who work hard and get high salary. Lazy Americans don't want to do my job. My taxes pay for your food stamps. Quit trolling the internet and get to work!!

      August 4, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  80. Amy

    Why is it the governments job to feed us? What's with everyone and 'entitlement' programs? Isn't it up to US to help each other? Sure, Congress needs to get off their A$$... The amount of tax revenue is plenty for necessary programs (Defense, for example) without raising taxes on anyone... figure out how to cut the fat and make necessary cuts! Start with entitlement programs.

    August 4, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • Chazo

      The government is us, idiot. We are the government. It is not our job to help people in need, it is our duty and moral obligation. All of us at times need help this is what we are here for, to help each other. Stop thinking of the "government" as some alien force.

      August 4, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  81. Rob Rowello

    I am a libertarian (fiscally conservative), and I do not have a problem with the Government providing food assistance for the truly needy. But there needs to be some rules about WHAT you can purchase. I was at Walmart the other day, and saw a very obese woman toting 4 kids unload a cartful of junk onto the belt at the checkout. Chips, sugary cereal, fruit punch, cookies...not ONE vegetable or item of nutritional value. Make these people buy REAL food, and not waste it on junk!

    August 4, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • Daniel M

      Healthier food costs more than junk food.

      August 4, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
      • Realist

        not really when you factor in the health care cost down the road

        August 4, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  82. Joseph

    We all could eat if they lifted some restrictions on growing your own food, seeds were cheaper and so on,

    For now, I have started a Food Stamp Forum at http://foodstampforum.com to help others get food stamps and also teach people how to spend them right, We also have a small but growing food pantry listing service,

    Everyone is welcome, Come on by

    Thanks for reading,

    Joseph

    August 4, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • me

      If this is true, Joseph, then kudos to you and everyone who helps!

      How sad is it that so many take advantage that I have to second guess your help for others....:/

      August 4, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
      • Joseph

        Its true, We are trying to get some of the 46 million people to join up and have a voice ! Let bring America back !!! We are also looking for moderators and helpers if anyone is interested ! Just sign up and let us know :) Thanks for the kind words !! <3

        August 4, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
    • huh?

      If seeds were cheaper? WTF? Seeds are, well, dirt cheap! Anyways, a good farmer will also save some for next season. The only growing restrictions in this country are for growing pot. Grow all the corn, collards, sweet potatos, carrots and tomatoes you want. Nobody's going to stop you. I live in an apartment in a major city and my neigbors have tomatoes going and I've got sweet potatos and nobody's busted us yet.

      August 4, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
      • jm

        some places do restrict food gardens (HOA's – hate 'em) – but you can always put big planters in your home in a spare room or basement and grow veggies there

        August 4, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  83. Julie Eubank

    I just wanted to clarify – the numbers cited here aren't entirely accurate. The MAXIMUM amount an individual could receive every month is $200; the minimum is a paltry $16. Most people receive something in between.

    I'd also like to thank you for bringing this issue to our attention. Despite some commentors' anger about the existence and widespread use of this program, I'm glad that it exists. It is, after all, the only remaining social safety net program. The fact that enrollment has increased through the recession means that the program works. (Enrollment is cash welfare has not increased at all since 2008.)

    August 4, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
    • chlbr3

      no one out there is getting 16$ a month for food stamps most people do get closer to the 200$

      August 4, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
      • Mariah

        Several thousand people in my state receive less than $25 per month. I know of one person who only makes $900 per month and has to pay rent, some utilities and still only gets $25 per month. Never mind other expenses like a few gallons of gasoline per week.

        August 4, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
  84. GOP = Greed Over People

    The amounts quoted are the MAXIMUM amounts of assistance.

    It is on a sliding scale depending upon income.

    August 4, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  85. Meki60

    Hey Blitzer, why dont you send some of your money, you know, shared scrafice

    August 4, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  86. Ted

    I know of people who earn over $45,000 per year and get food stamps. That seems unreasonable to me. how do they do it? They lie about their income. I hear them talk about it. They do not adequately verify it. As for the "That’s certainly not a lot of money to purchase food for adults and children.' That is a ridiculous statement. My spouse and I make over $150,000. And we spend about $160 each week for our family of four. That is about $640 per month. We are not starving by any means.

    August 4, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
    • me

      I'm not sure where you live but anyone on welfare HAS to prove income and where they live, as in a check stub/utility bill.

      August 4, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
      • chlbr3

        i think it depends on what part of the US you live also ... and yes it is possible to lie and get more food stamps than your supposed its NOT THAT HARD!!! all you have to do is tell them you live with a family member and unable to work due to having smaller children (which most people applying for food stamps have small children) and no they do not check where you live or anything the people that work for food stamps are african american pissed off and hateful they dont care about the truth lol

        August 4, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  87. rob

    The President had a big majority in Congress for 2 years and their record is plain to see. They promised if we did this and that the other thing we would be in good shape now. Well they did this and that and the other thing amd look where we are. There is no more blaming Bush (out of office for over 2 1/2 years) or the repubs (only in charge of the House for 7 months), This is the dems economy and they are out of ideas and other peoples money to spend. Lets put an end to the failed experiments of the Dems in Nov. 2012 once and for all.

    August 4, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • me

      I don't even know why I'm bothering answering you but don't you realize for how LONG we'll suffer due to past Presidents?? When Clinton expanded NAFTA, and included China I KNEW we were screwed as a country, one by one all the jobs left for cheap labor, but now the Chinese are fighting for rights, THANK GOD! I know I wouldn't want to make a nickel/hour AND have the enjoyment of sleeping at my job during the week....so NOW companies are using robots....do they not realize no one will be left to buy their product! Talk about a trickle effect!! Bush passing SS/Medicare bills WITHOUT a way to pay for them AND a war that isn't paid for all the while promising money to said countries we're fighting in, set up whoever the next President was going to be to fail, IMO so he would look like a great ex President....

      August 4, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
      • chlbr3

        rob your not very bright... ME you are very correct BUSH screwed this country in the ground!!! he was the worst president we have EVER had and didnt do not one positive thing for this country and poor obama is getting blamed its NOT RIGHT!!!!

        August 4, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
    • AmesIA

      Big majority? 51 Senators get nothing done when the 49 filibuster.

      August 4, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
    • Peter

      You must have forgotten about all the end runs Republicans did on Obama to prevent him from doing "this and that." You conservatives have the shortest memories in the world. It goes with your stupidity and inability to understand the facts. You morons put us in this situation and now you won't lift a finger to help clean it up. Why don't you all go back to Texas and secede? We can even set a few nuclear detonations all around your border and watch with pleasure when you drift out to sea and finally get out of our hair. We can then clean up your mess (since you refuse to help) and then we can do what Roosevelt did and put people back to work with all of our social programs that help people, instead of your "NO MORE TAXES" fantasy that only destroys this country. Fool.

      August 4, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
      • Rocko

        Peter, you are such a hater! But your argument is weak. Dems have had 4 yrs to fix things and they haven't fixed didily squat. Name one thing obaba has done to make the economy better? Your blame on Bush argument is out dated and inaccurate. The Dems and their support of Fannie May and Freddie Mac caused this Economic disaster. Please get your facts from somewhere besides MSNBC.

        August 4, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  88. Eat Less

    Given Americans' rampant morbid obesity problem, a little hunger will do them some good.

    August 4, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
    • RHinWI

      That's really an extremely stupid thing to say.

      August 4, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • Ann Marie

      Are you kidding me...Really?

      August 4, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • Bob

      Actually, the opposite - they can't afford fresh meat, fruit and vegetables and end up buying cheap, fatty, processed foods.

      August 4, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
      • ljabarr

        Educate that ignoramous my brother

        August 4, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
      • huh?

        Bob, that's utter BS. I made just enough money in the mid 90s as a student to NOT qualify for food stamps. I lived on $30/week in food and I bought ingredients and made my meals. I never bought fast food or crappy stuff. Fact is, people are culturally inclined towards certain foods and it has little to do with money. I ate healthy meals I made myself, the Russian couple across the hall and just as bad off, financially, made Russian meals and they were healthy and the hispanic poor made hispanic, healthy meals. The poor white and black trash largely left McDonalds bags as trash in the parking lot along with Burger King, Taco Bell, cigarettes, lotto scratch offs and sometimes empty 45 oz liquor bottles. Money doesn't mean anything regarding food choices but culture does. Get it straight.

        August 4, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
    • herald heckuba

      True. Also, $200 can buy a buttload of beans and rice.

      August 4, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
    • charismaforever

      Obviously, the greed and criminality on the Street has caused Americans to suffer far more than the great Depression. The failed promises of Congress is a non issue. They are paid for by Wall Street. I wouldn't be surprised if they haven't financed derivatives that predict our demise as a country. When are we as a people going to realize that these criminals do not care about America. What they are doing is TREASON. They have the audacity to call themselves patriotic. I fought and put my life on the line for this country. Many of them wouldn't put their life or money up to help America. Unemployment is above 9.2%. Obviously the government will only post numbers of people who apply and are actively seeking work. The people who exhausted their benefits are not counted. In addition, their greed of 2008 cost the double dip recession we are now experiencing today. It is incredible that we as people have allowed this to happen. I don't believe in these people anymore. However, I do believe in our great country and the honor of our people. Our forefathers warned of times like these. Thomas Jefferson warned our country against being controlled through indebtedness to banks. I wish these tea people would stop lying. These deficits have occurred through republicans and democrats. They just believe we as Americans are ignorant; we are NOT.

      August 4, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
      • Realist

        So where is the political finance reform? Why aren't we marching in the streets? Others saying this form outside the USA are right we are too complacent.

        August 4, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
      • huh?

        Charisma, the collapse of sub-prime mortgages in 2008 caused the slide into our current situation. Banks were greedy, yes, but the Americans who knowingly signed those contracts with the banks to purchase houses they knew they couldn't afford are as just as guilty. I have no pity for either of those groups of people. Everyone, yes EVERYONE, needs to be responsible and they are responsible for our current situation. Greed runs throughout our population and the only person who you can change is the one staring back at you in the mirror. "Just because you can doesn't mean you should".

        August 4, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
    • GeoDux

      I would challenge you, just for the month of August and just by yourself, feed yourself for $200 bucks. Then, and only then, will you begin thinking about solutions.

      August 4, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
      • tennesseeMountains

        It can be done. I've been semi-employed for over three years now. My average income is about $750 a month. I'm single with no kids, not yet old enough to be considered a senior and have over 2K in liquid assets. In my state that means I qualify for no assistance of any kind. I spend less than $150 a month on food.

        August 4, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
    • Jimbobboy

      Some people in this country won't be happy until we have 100 million hungry people with no health care. Will we still be the greatest nation on earth then? I think not! During these last few years of hard times somehow the wealthiest 5% of the people have gotten richer. Go figure.

      August 4, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
    • Peter

      Another ignorant comment by a conservative who prefers to listen to his fantasies than take time to understand the facts. The most obese are the poor, why? Because the cheapest foods are very high in fat. Simple. Doesn't take much intelligence to understand, but it does take a few minutes to research, a thing you believe is only for people who eat arugula.

      August 4, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  89. MichaelB

    What I find truly criminal in all of this is the number of US military families on food stamps. Here we ask our service members to lay their lives on the line for this country and we can't pay them a decent enough wage to keep their families fed.

    August 4, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • FauxNews

      They are paid what they are worth. They should find a real job.

      August 4, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
      • GeoDux

        You're just trying to get a reaction. You're what is known on blogs as a troll. I hope you find some peace in your life and some love. You sound very angry and lonely.

        August 4, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
      • charismaforever

        One person had the audacity to say find a real job! Is an engineer a real job?! Seriously save it! The market has dried up!

        August 4, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
      • Art

        The rate of food stamps does not equal hunger. Hunger does not equal starvations and we don't have anything close to Somalia going on. Blitzer is sensationalizing, I don't know anyone in America trying to grow potatoes in their back yard. If you can grow vegetables in your yard then maybe you should grow some to give away to someone on food stamps. I don't know anyone who feels the urgency to do that.

        August 4, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
    • Name*

      I have to say that we are on of those families. My husband has done two tours in Iraq..And last year we had to move out of our house that we baught 2 years ago. we also had a baby last year. now we live with my parents. my husband recieves unemployment but not enough to pay our bills..we also recieve 205 dollars a month for food stamps and thats a family of 4 it wasnt for my parents we couldnt afford to eat a whole month and my children wouldnt have there basic every day need. Diapers,clothes,school supplies and school clothes...Andfor the last year he has been looking for work every where and nothing has come from it....We and alot of other people need help

      August 4, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
      • chlbr3

        im not 100% when it comes to this war but it does upset how they are treated when they get back especially for the real soldiers out there not the ones over there killing for fun its a shame that there arent more incentives and discounts ...

        August 4, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
    • JulieB

      You have hit the nail right on the head!!! The military should be first in line for jobs, food, benefits and everything else.

      August 4, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
    • charismaforever

      They don't care about those of us from the military. They all believe in their ridiculous ideologies.

      August 4, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
    • huh?

      Michael, soldiers should not get paid according to the number of dependants they have (the German system), they should get paid according to the job they perform. If they cannot afford a family on their salary, they should wait to have a family until they can. That is reality. We can't always get what we want and we have to work hard for it before receiving/achieving it. Love is free, babies are not. Having a baby when not prepared is selfish and foolish. I never want to pay for someone else's baby and nobody should ever have to pay for mine or anyone else's.

      August 4, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  90. Let's get rational now

    My daughter and son in law were unemployed for almost three years. Even with us paying their house payment and with them being on unemployment it was still tough for them to make ends meet. He went back to school to learn a trade and eventually found employment. She is still unemployed.

    They are not unusual. Its not like they were not looking for work. The jobs just are not there. Congress spends all their time fighting with each other and legislating social issues (abortion, planned parenthood, etc.) and has neglected the basic needs of Americans. A tax cut does my family zero good if they are not making any money. Tax cuts under Bush didn't save my son in laws or daughters job. Stop pretending that it does. My family is evidence it doesn't. Without our help (thank God we could do it) our daughter's family would be in a shelter or living with us. Congress needs to stop bickering with each other and the President and get to work on the Economy and jobs.

    August 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
    • tough love

      Sounds like learning a marketable trade was the answer, not anything the government should be doing. People have to help themselves buy making good choices and that includes choices of career. My sister-in-law majored in "Family Studies" and guess what? She hasn't had a job for 12 years and can't get one now- duh! It is a tough job market and as parents, we have to steer our kids towards marketable career choices otherwise we will be making their house payments, etc. Training isn't a joke.

      August 4, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  91. Tea Party Mike

    To bad that the nearly $900 billion Obama/Democrat stimulus bill did not work as advertised. If it had there would be far less people on food stamps. All borrowed money, all added to the national debt. And here we are stuck. You throw in the $600 billion increase (last Bush budget was 3.2 trillion, current is 3.8 trillion) in the Federal budget under Obama and the Democrats, all borrowed money added to the national debt and we have run into a wall. We can't afford to borrow any more money for stimulus and can not afford any more tax cuts for stimulus because the deficts and national debt are at disasterous levels. In fact ratings agencies will down grade the US credit rating if a plan is not enacted to reduce the deficits even more than the just passed debt ceiling bill does. All that stimulus spending and increased budget spending was supposed to grow the economy and lead us into a new era of prosperity. It instead failed and left us with a mountain of debt that has tied our hands. Thanks a lot Obama and Pelosi and Reid. They all need to be gone after the 2012 election.

    August 4, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • USA401

      Oh you mean all that money that was paid back to the government with interest? Your just another dumb teabagger crying about Obama but at the same time chanting to bring down the government and causing the current economic problems.

      August 4, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
      • Tea Party Mike

        What is stupid is you have mixed up the stimulus with TARP and the auto bailouts. Some of that money has been paid back. The nealy 900 billion stimulus and the additional 600 billion increase to the budget is just plain spent.

        August 4, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
    • AS

      Unfortunately, the stimulus was not big enough. Google Paul Krugman, a Nobel-Prize winning economist if you don't want to take my word for it. The stimulus could have been big enough, but the Republicans blocked that. And don't forget who got us into this mess to start with, by starting wars we couldn't afford and giving tax cuts to the rich.

      By the way I was a life-long Republican up until they destroyed the economy of our country, rewarding the rich and letting ordinary people suffer. Use the brain God gave you and don't vote Republican just because that's your habit. Look what they did last week with the debt ceiling deadline. They have done so much damage.

      August 4, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
      • Tea Party Mike

        I don't have to google Paul Krugman. I know very well who he is and what he thinks. He has been saying for a long time that the stimulus needed to be bigger. Thank God it was not or we would be right where we are now only even farther in debt. Paul Krugman deserves a Nobel Prize in economics even less than Obama did for peace. Krugman is a loon. The stimulus did not come close to doing what it was supposed to and proves Krugman wrong. Even more would have just been even more wasted. Get a clue or get out of the way.

        August 4, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ Mike actually the stimulus needed to be a whole lot bigger...and a lot more diverse.

        August 4, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
    • BK

      Have you donated to food shelters in your area?

      August 4, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
      • Tea Party Mike

        Yes I have, but that is an argument for letting private sector charity feed the poor instead of the government. I support a government safety net and the one we have seems adequate especially considering the added role of food shelters and food banks. But my point was that if the Obama/Pelosi/Reid stimulus had worked as advertised more people would have a job and less would need food stamps. Maybe you should be asking Obama if he gives to food shelters considering how many more people are on food stamps due to the stimulus failing.

        August 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
    • jean2009

      The Economic Stimulus Bill of 2002, 2004, 2006 were basically looting the surplus and sending the funds to wealthiest Americans as tax breaks for the rich. .The Economic Stimulus Bill of 2008 passed and was signed by George W. Bush February 13, 2008. That was Bush's final attempted Hail Mary Pass to advert a major blemish on his presidential history record, with hopes of saving us a major recession before the November election...$152 billion didn't stop the hemorrhage of 2.6 million jobs. Then came TARP $25 billion on Oct. 3, 2008, and the auto bailout on December 19, 2008. Chrysler and GM received $13.4 billion in loans...then add 2 unfunded wars, a drug benefit that was unpaid for and the perfect storm was created...just the interest on that kind of debt is mind-boggling. Just reinstate the Clinton era tax rates and be done with it.

      August 4, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
  92. buddha12

    Sounds like Obama's ploy is working. Get Everyone on the government dole and then no one will vote for true change and fiscal conservitism. Why work when the govt. will pay for everything for you?

    August 4, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  93. MiddleOfTheRoad

    All Republicans know these people are hungry because they choose to be hungry. Cut back spending on these programs and force the lazy people to eat better. My God, if you're hungry just move out of your housing and live on the street. That will free up some money. Simple solutions for simple problems.

    August 4, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • BK

      It blows my mind how ignorant Americans, like yourself, are to the genuine state of our economy and what it will take to fix it. Equally amazing - you obviously have no heart. I feel sorry if you have a spouse or children or, any living relatives for that matter. Who would want to know you or even associate with you? If life is that bad for you, do something about it.

      August 4, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
      • me

        Another scary thought, BK, people like that person vote o.O

        August 4, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
      • MiddleOfTheRoad

        Sorry BK. The comment was meant to be sarcastic.

        August 5, 2011 at 9:23 am |
  94. Jim Thomas

    It is time to cut off all foreign aid and start taking care of our own people in the USA.We feed them,then the A/holes shoot at us.We have F-16's at Luke A/B and the piolets need training.Lets use the along the southern border instead of wasting lives.It is time to toughen up USA.Jim Thomas Phx.Az.

    August 4, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  95. Tea Party Mike

    It says in this story that a family of three on food stamps gets $526 a month to buy food. So how can the title in this story be Hunger in America growing at staggering pace? A family of 3 will not go hungry on $526 a month for food. I know because there are 3 in my family and we budget $550 a month for food. We stay within that budget give or take about $30 a month. We even eat steak at least once a month. I buy the most expensive leanest hamburger. We have talked about what we would do if either myself or my wife lost our job. We would cut out the steak, buy cheaper hamburger, buy store brand ceral and soup and such. We could shave at least $100 to $150 of our bill that way.
    I do not envey anyone who has to use food stamps, I hope for their sake they find themselves in a better situation soon. But based on the amount of dollars they get in food stamps, thank God they are no way going hungry. The safety net appears to be more than adequate.

    August 4, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
    • Mike you are clueless

      You are a complete tool, Mike. I hope you do lose your job. Then you can tell everyone how awesome it is to have to cut back and maybe even get to try out the wonderful world of foodstamps. Your ideology is simple – other people must sacrafice so you can have your way. The Tea Baggers suck.

      August 4, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
      • Tea Party Mike

        I do not think you really read what I said. I did not say people should not recieve food stamps and I said I hoped anyone who was on them found themselves in a better situation soon. I wish everyone had a job and did not need food stamps. I simply expressed that based on the amount of food stamps people get, they should not go hungry, it looks like they should have enough to eat thanks to the food stamp program being adequate.

        August 4, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
    • JC

      I used to administer the food stamp program. What the article fails to say is that households receive food stamps at that level only if they have zero countable income. If they have income coming in from any source, that will decrease the amount of food stamps they receive. It's not on a dollar for dollar basis, but it's pretty significant. When I was working with the program, an elderly couple with $750 in social security benefits would probably receive $15 in food stamps. So yes, if they want to keep a roof over their heads, people may very well be going hungry in this country. Have some sympathy.

      August 4, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
    • James Ravazzolo

      Good point, the title really should be "Need for assistance growing" . But it appears that people are applying and getting the help. If they were not then the original title would be correct. We haven't reached that point, and probably never will. And $367 for 2 people a month – that $12/day to feed two people. If people can't survive easily on that, then they don't know how to shop or cook. A spaghetti dinner (with a pound of meat) can easily be made for $5. Even the poorest Americans are much better off than most of the world's population.

      August 4, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
    • jean2009

      If you figure it takes about $2.20 per meal / per person to feed a family of 4 and multiply that by 3 meals a day for 30 days. I think you will come to a bit more than the figure you are stating. I say about $790 per month to feed a family of 4 three meals a day at an average of $2.20 per meal.

      Try it for a month then speak.

      August 4, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
    • CarmenSo

      I think one thing that you aren't taking into consideration Mike is that a lot of people who are on food stamps either live in rural areas or in a the cities. They also do not have the transportation necessary to drive to large retails store where they are likely to get a better bargain on food. A lot of people who are on food stamps depend on their local corners or neighborhood store where the price tend to be more expensive and their dollars are not getting the best deals and the selections are limited. They can't pick the generic brand, which is cheaper, over the name brand products which are more expensive.

      August 4, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
      • jean2009

        CarmenSo...you are so right. intercity food deserts, and rural area lack of major market chain competition means everything costs more.

        August 4, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  96. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Fortunately, I've never received food stamps, unemployment or any type of government subsidies but people must have a means to feed themselves and their children and it's part of God's teachings that we do so. If it were not for the grace of God, there goes you or I, maybe not today but maybe tomorrow.

    August 4, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • Bobby

      Then why don't they turn to the millionaire churches? You know, those multimillion dollar structures that take in millions of tax free dollars every year. Why don't they hear "God" calling?

      August 4, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
  97. SMS USAF

    Way to go Obama and Reid

    August 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • Dingus

      Yeah people are going hungry in this country and the Tea Party fought tooth and nail to preserve tax loopholes for Billionaires. Must be Obama's fault. What role do you serve in the Air Force? Wing Nut?

      August 4, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
      • buddha12

        @ dingus, and ALL liberals-Are you really so stupid to think that the billionaires, as you call them, are the problem? When the top 10% of income earners pay over 70% of the taxes, and the bottom 51% pay nothing, why is it the tea party that is to blame? You keep crying to close the loopholes, how about everyone pay 10% of their gross? You say NO, I can't afford it, butyou expect others to pay for your "Entitlements". Grow up, get a job, and support yourself.

        August 4, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  98. Stampie

    Just for the record, the food stamp allotment amounts, per household size as listed in this article, is not accurate. I am in a 2-person household, and received only $77/month. It varies depending on one's expense/income ratio.

    August 4, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  99. Chino

    There is NO reason why anyone in America should go hungry. Problem is, we send way too much food support to other countries that just let it rot on the docks. So, easy as pie, we quit sending the food out of the country and take care of our own????

    August 4, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • Rasheed

      How about: we spend too much on bombs to turn other countries' hungry people into ash and smoke? Some of that money, if we weren't so addicted to wars could have helped these people and our economy.

      August 4, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
      • Earnest T Bass

        Ya have to start talking to your fellow Muslims which is why we're there in the first place. In other words YOU STARTED IT!

        August 4, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
      • Rocko

        Rasheed, Remember 911, Do you really believe we want to spend billions ofdollars we don't have to try overturn brutal dictators and give the rights and priveledes you enjoy to those camel herders in Iraq and Afganistan. But I agree with you total waste of our money.

        August 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
      • Edwin

        Earnest: those who study foreign policy disagree with you. The initial volley, so to speak, of the current hostilities does belong to al Qaeda (not muslims in general), but the hostility grew for several reasons. One of the primary reasons was the meddlesome foreign policy of the United States from the early 1900's to the late 1900's (Shah of Iran, selling arms to Iraq, setting up dictators like Mubarak, etc.).

        I'm not saying al Qaeda was justified, but a simplistic "they started it" is both useless and wrong.

        August 4, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
      • lisa

        Rasheed, I am sorry someone made that Muslim comment, please ignore that its their ignorance.

        As a JEW, an AMERICAN and a MOTHER....I agree with Rasheed. If we minded our own business and took care of our own problems we would not be in this position. Terrorists come from all backgrounds, and demonizing one group is wrong. Jews were demonized forever, now Muslims are the next group to be. Please lets not repeat the past people.

        The point is no WMD's were ever found, Little bush ran over to finish Big bushes issues. Now I do agree that Saddam did some bad stuff to his people, and its nice for us to help out other countries. But, who in the world died and made us god? Once we helped Iraq and Afghanistan stabilize we should have left them to their own devices and pulled our military out of there. we proclaim war with out declaring it, and between reckless spending and war that was never officially a war we have plunged this country into the ground.

        When there are people IN THIS COUNTRY starving, living in HOTELS and going without HEALTHCARE, we have no business in other countries. Especially when the intell we have is than 100%.

        Now I am not saying there is no Alquaida, nor am I saying that terrorism isn't alive and well. But what I am saying is its not just ONE GROUP or ONE RACE. If a terrorist group comes out and everyone in it is Christian shall we demonize all the Christians?

        We are in this situation because spending went unchecked, we fought a war even our own soldiers want out of, and we refuse as a country to live withing our means.

        This crosses all races, all economic levels and all political parties. We all got to big for britches, it happens...now its time to clean it up.

        August 4, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  100. ronald Hah ha Came back on you pizziowwwww

    i said the internet is so lovely auto response johnson to rescue

    August 4, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
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