What Do You Think Of Food-Stamp Cuts?

On June 3, the full U.S. Senate passed a new five-year, $955-billion farm bill on a 66 to 27 vote. The bill would reduce food-stamp funding by $4 billion, far less than the $20 billion-plus called for by the House. This week’s online poll question is: “What do you think of the food-stamp cuts in the Senate bill?” Leave your thoughts in the comments section after voting.

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Anonymous
on Nov 1, 2013

I agree. Food Stamps need to be cut. Many people are abusing it. For example why are you having 5 children that you can't afford to feed. The elderly, disable and people who fall on hard times by losing their jobs, should receive this assistance. The Food Supplement should only be for temporary not a lifestyle. There are so many people whose been receiving Food Stamps and Section 8 over 15 years. Many of these can work. The freebies need to stop.

Anonymous
on Jun 25, 2013

Cut money given to foreign countries, not Americans

Anonymous
on Jun 24, 2013

Morgan Stanley made $10 billion providing food cards over the last 3 years......really makes you think about the whole program.

Anonymous
on Jun 23, 2013

1, Farm bill, conservation programs and food stamps should be 3 separate bills.
2. Food stamps should not be transferrable.
3. Food stamps should not be able to buy soda pop and potato chips
4 Food stamps should not be accepted at restaurants. Not even at Papa Murphy's

Anonymous
on Jun 23, 2013

Food stamps do not need to be part of the farm bill. Each should stand on their own. Children should not go hungry, but people driving $50,000 SUV's shouldn't be recieving food stamps either. I witnessed this example the other day at a local grocery store. I believe government programs are designed to make people depenent upon them and rife with corruption and waste.

Anonymous
on Jun 22, 2013

Surely, the food stamp and other welfare programs of USDA are at least as full of corruption as any other government program, if not more so.

Advertising to draw more people in to such programs is one example of government excess.

Subsidies for farmers, and conservation and other 'farm' programs began to keep food prices low for ALL consumers in the USA, NOT because farmers somehow are favored by government! What other nation has a lower cost for food than does the USA, at less than ten percent of income???

The reason the 'farm program' and 'public assistance programs' are tied together is because there wouldn't be enough votes to pass either one.

How much money is 'enough' to spend on subsidies for people who 'need' such assistance?

How much is currently spent on food and other assistance for people 'in need'.....and granted, some people are in real need?

There are many, many volunteer programs spending non-government money to help feed the needy, as well as the obscenely mismanaged federal funds to state, county, and local funds. Shouldn't we determine how much is already being spent, and how many people are being served, as well as how many could help themselves, before adding ever more funding to these programs?

And, NO, I do not like direct subsidies that crop farmers get, unless tied to genuine need in order to produce adequate supplies for the people here and abroad.

Conservation programs, I also have doubts about, but the general population seems to demand ever more if it, and if the land cannot produce enough income to support it, how is it supposed to be accomplished?

Anonymous
on Jun 21, 2013

All this talk about entitlement, welfare and people with their hand out expecting the government to help them. I'm confused - are we talking about greedy, rich farmers collecting huge farm program payments or hungry children? Kind of hard to have any credibility complaining about government spending when you have your own arm up to the elbow in the cookie jar.

Anonymous
on Jun 21, 2013

Exactly. It's more important to ensure that American kids aren't malnourished. That reduces their lifelong potential.

Anonymous
on Jun 21, 2013

I don't know what you are seeing but the cookie jar has always been completely EMPTY when I open the lid. Maine

Anonymous
on Jun 21, 2013

food stamp program has no business being in the farm bill..

Anonymous
on Jun 21, 2013

Food stamps should not be a part of the farm bill. They should be a separate bill. Most people have no idea that the biggest percentage of farm bill dollars are food stamps.

Anonymous
on Jun 21, 2013

It is time we separated the the Farm Bill from all the other freebies the gov't is giving out.
Some people need to be more responsible for their own well being.
Even if it is having to work.
Generations on welfare is not what the plan ever was is it?

Anonymous
on Jun 21, 2013

they need to have a welfare make over

Anonymous
on Jun 21, 2013

Until America wakes up and realizes bigger government is not the answer, we'll continue down this road until our economy is just like that of Europe. Our founding fathers recognized that a dependency on government was not the answer and attempted to ensure it didn't happen in this land. They hoped that citizens would always cherish their freedoms and liberties and with hard work and determination one could realize the true American Dream. However, in the last few years, we have become a people that think we are owed something and expect the govenment to provide it to us without us having to sacrifice anything. This thought process is a recipe for failure and with the current Administration and Congress, sadly we are reaching a point of no return.

Anonymous
on Jun 21, 2013

There should be limits on what type items can be purchased with a food stamp credit card. Items like soft drinks, candy, and and many processed foods should not be allowed. Instead items purchased should be stables like corn meal, meats, rice, and canned vegtables.

Anonymous
on Jun 28, 2013

Why not fresh vegetables? Sometimes they are cheaper. It seems that the dollar amount is high, but the restrictions prevented the most economical use of WIC dollars, when I had WIC many years ago. I think WIC now allows fresh vegetables. Micromanagement can cause inefficient use of a careful shopper recepients food dollar. But so many do not know how to shop carefully when on a tight budget. And soft drinks should certainly be off the list.

Anonymous
on Jun 21, 2013

TOO much entitlement and far too little incentive for people to go to work.

Anonymous
on Jun 21, 2013

It is embarrassing that cutting food to the poor get any bipartisan support. Remember, food stamps buy your products.

Anonymous
on Jun 21, 2013

Food "assistance" should be restricted to staple food products. If it is, the cost would less and agricural products would still benefit.

Anonymous
on Jun 21, 2013

Farm program funding needs to be at least cut, and would be best if totally eliminated

Anonymous
on Jun 21, 2013

it needs some real refining - these people that we see get junk for their kids and self - sell their cards or money on them so they can get unapproved items like lottery tickets - and this is just not one person that I have personally seen do this. A shame that people fuss about the "farm bill" and yet 80%+ has nothing to do with farming - for information - I am a 67 year old woman - we farm and there is no retirement in our future.

Anonymous
on Jun 21, 2013

It may be time to separate food stamps/school lunch/WIC etc. from the farm bill so Agriculture will cease to be blamed for this "fat cow." 84% of the "FARM BILL" is not Agriculture!

Anonymous
on Jun 21, 2013

add to the cuts drug testing and citizenship verification

Anonymous
on Jun 21, 2013

Cut out 20-40% of the food stamp budget and then watch beef demand sink like a leaky submarine!

Anonymous
on Jun 21, 2013

you would think if someone was not handed everything needed for his existence he eventual get up and go to work. I understand that there are some people that should be on food stamps. I also see that there are more on it than should be.

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