Food Stamps

NJ Gov Christie Vetoes Food Stamps Extension Bill, Costing Low Income Families $90/Month

NJ Gov Christie Vetoes Food Stamps Extension Bill, Costing Low Income Families $90/Month
Gov. Chris Christie vetoed legislation late last week that would have used an expansion of federal heating aid to prevent cuts in federal food assistance to about 159,000 New Jersey families. The bill — A2956/S1893 — was a response to changes in federal rules adopted earlier this year with the passage of the federal farm bill. The new rules altered eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the largest federal nutrition program.
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Paul Ryan Poor-Shames Better Than Most, With a Twinkle and a Budget

Paul Ryan Poor-Shames Better Than Most, With a Twinkle and a Budget
Paul Ryan's plan is to basically shame the poor. Let's take a look into the bizarre paternalism of Paul Ryan’s poverty plan, one he disguises as a change to block grants. One that goes against the very mechanism that has made safety nets in this country matter for nearly a century.
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Food Stamps Mean Vacations in Barbados: The Right Wing Welfare Fantasy

Food Stamps Mean Vacations in Barbados: The Right Wing Welfare Fantasy
There are many myths perpetuated and consumed by the extreme Right on any number of issues, but perhaps none as vitriolic as those spread about government assistance to the poor. Why are welfare and food stamps so vilified by GOP and its voting base?
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Rocked by Obesity and 'Food Deserts,' NJ Needs Gov Christie to Step Up

Rocked by Obesity and 'Food Deserts,' NJ Needs Gov Christie to Step Up
Governors across the Northeast are increasing heat subsidies for millions of people impacted by a harsh winter and even harsher cuts to federal safety nets. New Jersey has been especially hit hard, but has yet to receive any help from its top executive, Gov. Chris Christie.
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The Neo-Colonial Dynamic: Walmart's Destructive Gaming of the System (Opinion)

The Neo-Colonial Dynamic: Walmart's Destructive Gaming of the System (Opinion)
It used be Molasses to Rum to Slaves and so on and so forth back in Colonial American days of old, but today we see a new version of a horrid classic. Walmart and Sam's Club love to pay their people low wages, so low that they can't possibly afford to sustain themselves and their families on them, so they end up on programs like food stamps and using local food pantries to supplement their food to survive on which Sam's Club and Walmart are all too happy to donate to the local bank that supplies these pantries.
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'Corporate Welfare' Triumphs as Farm Bill Fails the Hungry

'Corporate Welfare' Triumphs as Farm Bill Fails the Hungry
Though the bill has some positive features including new conservation requirements for farm businesses that collect crop insurance subsidies and more funding for local and organic farmers, critics say the bad far outweighs the good.
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FOX News Spreads Myth That Food Stamps Can Be Used for Marijuana

FOX News Spreads Myth That Food Stamps Can Be Used for Marijuana
Despite nearly two weeks of reports to the contrary, FOX News pushed the incorrect story that Colorado recipients of food stamps could use their government assistance to purchase marijuana. It shouldn't be surprising, but was it intentional or just lazy reporting?
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Health Risks, Malnourishment to Increase if Food Stamps Cut, Say Doctors

Health Risks, Malnourishment to Increase if Food Stamps Cut, Say Doctors
Doctors are warning that if Congress cuts food stamps, the federal government could be socked with bigger health bills. Maybe not immediately, they say, but over time if the poor wind up in doctors' offices or hospitals as a result.
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Republicans Redouble Efforts to Kill FDR's New Deal

Republicans Redouble Efforts to Kill FDR's New Deal
Franklin Delano Roosevelt understood that when times were tough a safety net was desperately needed to soften the fall. The New Deal allowed families a reprieve from the very worst of the Great Depression, but Republicans have been trying - and, unfortunately, succeeding - in undoing much of what FDR accomplished.
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TX Drunk-Driving Teen Who Killed 4 People Highlights America's 'Affluenza' Affliction

TX Drunk-Driving Teen Who Killed 4 People Highlights America's 'Affluenza' Affliction
Two weeks ago, Ethan Couch, a TX teen, killed four Texans. He got behind the wheel of his car with three times the legal limit of alcohol in his blood, mowed down several pedestrians, and now four families are without their children. The judge let Ethan off with 10 years probation and prescribed therapy. The defense argued that Ethan has "affluenza," a condition by which rich people don't understand and are thus not responsible for the consequences of their actions.
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