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    Quote Originally Posted by ClintParsons View Post
    How do you know it belonged to them? You don't. It may have been borrowed.
    Good one! I can just see their rich neighbor giving the car a thorough sanitizing clean when they bring it back.
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    Stay chooned in for more! Clint's Avatar
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    I was thinking family members lol.

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    The food stamp program is run to increase consumption of the products of the US agricultural-industrial complex. Which means the program is only too happy when people choose highly processed foodoids. If all the people who use food stamps suddenly switched to locally grown produce, political support for the program would evaporate.
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    Years ago, when I first started my job, I didn't make a lot. I barley made enough to survive. I would spend less than $15 a week for groceries. That included sandwiches for my lunch. I ate a lot of rice, beans, potatoes, etc.

    One day I was was in line behind this woman that had a grocery cart full of food. I don't remember now all she had, but I do remember that she had steak, shrimp and other expensive food. Then she paid for it with food stamps. I stood there thinking that I am paying for her to eat steak and shrimp and I can barley afford to buy the beans and rice that I had.

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    I see this a lot around here. There are many people who work their way around the system in many ways. One for example: A mother with many who is a homemaker is in a relationship with a well off man that lives with them and supports them. She gets benefits for her entire 100 kids and decides not to document her partners additional income or that he lives there. Its ridiculous but it happens.
    But, sometimes people pick and choose how to spend the money that they do have. Some families may decide to put the little money that they have towards their children, their education, and where they live. They then have to compensate by only spending on necessities. Others may choose to spend their money on personal items such as "pimped" rides and $500 purses and shoes. They compensate by living in crappy houses in bad neighborhoods... etc.

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    I'm not wholly comfortable with the scapegoating of the foodstamp and AFDC programs that goes on here. Both of these programs, which constitute the vast bulk of the programs for the poor, each take up 1% of the federal budget. While there may be cases of abuse, they help a hell of a lot of people.

    These programs are not why your taxes are high. They are tiny parts of our bloated budget, aimed at the most struggling of people. You could eliminate the programs entirely, plunging millions into more misery, and your tax bill would be essentially the same. Just keep that in mind. Of course we should weed out the abusers, but let's just keep the whole thing in perspective.

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    I wish I could set that kind of deal up I could use a nice steak for free. Oh wait I have those pesky morals that tell me its wrong. Damn them.
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    A very conservative friend of mine who was working his way through school by sacking groceries in the evening got upset once when a woman came in to the store tried to buy dog food with her food stamps. He lectured her on how food stamps were meant to help poor people feed themselves, not their pets.

    So... she went back to the meat department and returned with a big stack of steaks for her dogs.


    Anyway, I grew up in Houston (and still live in the area) and yeah, it's weird to see how many nice cars there are in really bad neighborhoods. I guess people believe that acquiring the trappings of wealth equals actual wealth.

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