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America Celebrates Positive NFP Surprise And Wealth Effect With Another Foodstamp Record

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As some Americans managed to find part-time and temporary jobs in March, some other Americans dropped below the poverty level threshold. 105 thousand in one month to be precise. The total foodstamp participation in January hit an all time record 44,187,831 according to the USDA. But fear not, here's the bullish spin... sorry, there is no way to spin this.

And while there is no positive spin, here is the negative: the average monthly benefit on a per person and per household basis, has been declining for two years straight and is now at the lowest it has been since April 2009.

In summary: more Americans than ever are living on government subsistence, but at least the amount these people are receiving is the lowest since 2009, or $132.81 per month. Unfortunately, America's attempt to recreate communism may not be working out all that well.

And now back to your regularly scheduled episode of BTFD.

h/t John Lohman


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Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:24 | 1125876 snowball777
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Wait a minute...they fall off the rolls, but they get to keep eating?!

What is this country coming to?

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:41 | 1125951 AR15AU
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My girlfriend pointed out how the latest rage at all the pizza places is to sell you an unbaked pizza!! ie, capture the foodstamp sales.  And y'all said there was no TARP for main street. 

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:44 | 1125963 MachoMan
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16" cheese pizza @ sam's made fresh is $6.50

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:09 | 1126086 DonnieD
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Those pizzas aren't bad but fruits and vegetables at Sams can be horrid. Somehow green bananas purchased their have brown spots on them the next day. They seem to skip the "ripe" stage somehow.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 16:52 | 1126555 MachoMan
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Absolutely, notice the same exact thing.  Their meats are pretty solid though and generally at or slightly below the going rate...  the $5 cooked chickens are solid...  and the bags of trimmed chicken $11.50/6lbs. are pretty good...  The $5 kiwi box is also pretty solid (if you're looking for potassium) and lasts longer than the bananas...  I generally stay away from their fruits...  but they do have cheap salad in bulk that is vastly better than its walmart counterpart...

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 20:24 | 1127057 prole
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uh.... isn't that a 'store' where you have to pay them to let you in?  Is it like Amsterdam or something going on I don't know about? Otherwise I damn sure ain't paying to get in some stupid store.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 20:26 | 1127060 MachoMan
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yearly membership...  I think it's ~$30...  just depends on how much you buy whether it's worth it.  They are also routinely $.03-.05/gallon cheaper on gas...  doesn't take long to pay for itself...

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 22:39 | 1127264 prole
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Well I respect anyone's individual choice in a free market (even if a free market exists only in theory) But I can't help my personal opinion that it is silly to pay a store to let you in when hundreds of stores are marketing you hoping you come in every day for free.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 22:57 | 1127277 MachoMan
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It's pretty easy to calculate whether there will be net savings given your general spending habits...

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 17:10 | 1128476 zerozulu
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My wife do the shopping and I enjoy the fattest asses in town.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 19:50 | 1126997 texpat
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Geez, no one can make pizza at home any more?

$6.50 sounds pretty steep for a pizza.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:55 | 1126013 VisualCSharp
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Wow, it's so interesting you mention this. I went out to a Baskin Robbins the other day and noticed that, next door, there was an "unbaked pizza" joint! My wife and I were like, "WTF?" Now it makes complete sense!

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:09 | 1126083 AR15AU
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Yes, ma and pa PDs (pizza dealers) getting their share of the POMO (pepperoni / olive / mushroom / onion) cash.  

All this talk of OTC food stamp trading desks is making me hungry.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:14 | 1126122 werealldoomed
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Seriously made me laugh hard with that one..

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 16:07 | 1126369 Austin Wannabe
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Fri, 04/01/2011 - 19:08 | 1126918 Maniac Researcher
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It's cute how pervasive poverty and unemployment are a big joke to ZHers.

I suppose since the apocalypse is [always] tomorrow, all of you can sleep soundly knowing you did nothing about it but snarkily trade bigoted jokes, bad investment advice and poorly conceived conspiracy theories.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 20:06 | 1127035 StychoKiller
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Alleviate some suffering, then:

Mon, 04/04/2011 - 14:58 | 1133663 Maniac Researcher
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I think I'll do my part without the bullshit religious dogma/profiteering. Stycho -- you look foolish promoting a company that even Oxfam [who has their own house to clean] has strongly criticized.

Glad you are entertained, prole. I hope you were joking when you mentioned paying for 'content' here on ZH. If not, the joke's on you.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 20:50 | 1127108 prole
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Oh come on. Who junked the researcher? That was funny as hell. I mean as long as we are paying for these posts at least we should be entertained. Put in for a raise researcher.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:33 | 1126219 Porkbellytrader
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The take and bake pizza is the only decent pizza in Minnesota, and they have beena round and taken food stamp cards long before TSHTF.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 16:13 | 1126397 NotApplicable
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There is also the commuter aspect. By the time I can get home with a pizza, it will have cooled off quite a bit. Instead, our local pizzeria has unbaked pies in the grocery stores, so I can have the best local pizza, piping hot at home.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:27 | 1126174 markmotive
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Many of us live our lives as worker bees so we get treated as disposible citizens - perhaps (as much as I hate to say it) as individuals we are. 

Unfortunately, we worker bees make up the middle class, and as a whole are essential to the functioning of the economic hive. Kill enough worker bees and the queen dies too.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 16:32 | 1126481 snowball777
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Have you considered that it's merely a way to sell the part of the pizza with the best margins while not spending money on inflating energy costs to do the baking? You can also hustle a lot more of the unbaked ones in an hour since you don't have to wait until they're done, pay a delivery guy, etc.



Fri, 04/01/2011 - 16:36 | 1126495 snowball777
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So far 6 people have declared themselves incapable of parsing sarcasm.

Far be it from me to point out that decreasing UE and increasing EBT means someone is "half-baking" their stats.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:25 | 1125882 dexter_morgan
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And unemployment is down - go figger.............

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:31 | 1125919 Dr. Richard Head
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Unemplomynet is down ONLY if you believe in the birth/death adjustment.  Many have put this number in context and see that nearly half of the "created" jobs were just that, created piece of fiction.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:35 | 1125927 dexter_morgan
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true Mr. Head, er Dick, , should have added <sarc> after my post

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:45 | 1125976 Dr. Richard Head
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I wasn't sure one way or the other about whether sarcasm was intended or not.  I figured I would toss that in there so as to help all of the newbies I have been directing here through LinkedIn. 

I remember what I was like before ZH and I needed me hand held like Bush did for the Saudies and Obama continues to do.

By the way, you can call me Dick Head. Everyone else does, including my two year old.

Fuck the BLS!  Fuck the Fed!  Can't wait till this system is dead.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:54 | 1126012 patience...
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To Dick Head.

When you got old enough to care, did you tell dad thanks.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:07 | 1126071 Dr. Richard Head
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HAHA.  My parents named me something else, but everyone kept calling me a dick head. 

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:51 | 1126318 SilverBaron
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I knew a guy who was Richard Jr.  He said they started trying to call him Little Dick. 

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 17:50 | 1126702 krispkritter
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I'm glad my parents didn't name me Richard.  My last name is Kless(no shit)...I probably would have come home from school at age 12, grabbed my shotgun and the old man and said 'Dad, we need to have a talk about my name..."

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 19:05 | 1126914 Rainman
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Fri, 04/01/2011 - 19:41 | 1126981 krispkritter
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Kless is German. But I'm half Polish so that must be the 'noshit' part...

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 18:21 | 1128627 Henry Hub
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I'm really pissed off about it. Dick was a perfectly good normal nick-name for Richard until about the sixties. Then some dickhead decided that dick would mean penis. Very traumatic. How would you feel if that happened to your name. Anyway, I changed it to Henry. Try messing with Henry and I'm coming with both barrels blazing.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:26 | 1125885 slow_roast
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USSRessurection bitchez

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:24 | 1125887 hambone
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Best form of stimulus out there...starving people need spend all of it right away on first day of the month at Wallmart.

Posititive spin - duhhh.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:29 | 1125906 Racer
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Ah I have just worked out why the markets always go up on the first of the month... it is the surge in food stamp use....

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:42 | 1125962 Waterfallsparkles
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Plus, they always go up on Mondays and Option Expiration day.

I read on the Yahoo Message Boards that expriations are now weekly.  Anyone know about that?

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:56 | 1126025 VisualCSharp
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Looks to me like they're daily, so-to-speak. :)

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 16:21 | 1126433 Waterfallsparkles
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Does seem lately that the price of stocks are pegged to some option price.  Usually around an even price.  Almost appears like the whole day and a stocks price is to sell options all day.  More trading on options than the real market.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:39 | 1125941 ShankyS
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Ya think these folks got it bad now, wait till that "serious" inflation hits Wal-Mart. Add to the already downsized yet more expensive products another 10 to 20%. Nice. They not only thin your wallet but your wasteline as well!

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:25 | 1125890 AldoHux_IV
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"Yes we can! Yes we can!"

What a sad reality-- welcome to crony capitalism at it's finest.  Let's give Obama another Nobel prize.

Sun, 04/03/2011 - 02:50 | 1129365 Antipodeus
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In 'econnomics' this time?  It worked out so well, the last time.


Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:25 | 1125891 Larry Darrell
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Everyone gearing up for Summer of Recovery round 2, and all that awaits is nuclear winter.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:26 | 1125894 whatz that smell
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hookers, cocaine, and food stamps, oh my!

praise be the bernank! may the good numbers be gooder forever!

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:27 | 1125895 DutchTreat
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US future:

(notice the bankers who eat their POMO)

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:26 | 1125896 D.M.
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Will the Apple store accept my stamps?

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:32 | 1125923 alien-IQ
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of course they will because, as we all know, I-Pads are edible....and oh so nutritious!

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:45 | 1125969 Guarded Pessimist
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I understand Micky D's accepts food stamps, and I hear cc companies make money on the food stamp debit cards. WTF?

It's good business, food stamps. We just gotta get more of the country using them, but how?

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:33 | 1126220 unununium
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> Will the Apple store accept my stamps?

No, but they will gladly take the money you didn't spend on food.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 16:19 | 1126411 NotApplicable
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Just as soon as they finish the iEat app.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:26 | 1125898 g3h
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So 70 billion dollars per year.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:27 | 1125899 aVian
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go long generic food companies

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:28 | 1125908 hedgeless_horseman
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Soylent Green is people.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:32 | 1125924 EvlTheCat
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Hey that's my line!! :)

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:49 | 1125979 hedgeless_horseman
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And so is the furniture...people, that is.

Leigh Taylor-Young in soylent green:

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:18 | 1126134 EvlTheCat
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However, unfortunatelly so is:

Opra Winfrey is Soylent Green

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:48 | 1125900 hedgeless_horseman
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Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:30 | 1125910 alien-IQ
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If only there was a bank that profited from the issuance of these food stamp cards...could there be...I couldn't possibly...

Reminder to self: go long JPM

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 16:18 | 1126419 NotApplicable
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It's probably how they hedge their silver shorts.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:28 | 1125912 dexter_morgan
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20K DOW bitchez!

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:30 | 1125913 99er
Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:32 | 1125916 toros
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Ben - "Let them eat block of cheese."

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:33 | 1125922 AldoHux_IV
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Go long the poverty trade-- buy JPM b/c revenues gotta be screaming with all the foodstamp processing.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:33 | 1125929 the grateful un...
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a lot of (marginally) eligible recipients are probably joining the ranks, it's not that tough to qualify, and the stigma is lessened. Not sure if there is an inflation guide to benefits either. I know a lot of people who could be on this program, who aren't but as the economic recovery falters, they will reluctantly join.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:49 | 1125984 Misean
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Man, when I first read that I thought it was "(marginally) edible" which was pretty friggin' funny...

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:34 | 1125932 Alcoholic Nativ...
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****gobbles down a pot roast****

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:43 | 1125968 Gene Parmesan
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Wonderful - my coworkers are now wondering wtf I'm laughing at.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:36 | 1125938 Mr Anderson
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everyone apply for food stamps. Buy non perishable food so that you can say the govt helped you get ready for when SHTF. 

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:36 | 1125939 DB Cooper
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Should show the charts in "months to buy an ipad".

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:39 | 1125943 Ferg .
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New highs in the Dow today . Anyone here BTFD last week ?

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:40 | 1125947 EvlTheCat
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Wow, the government is trying to feed more people with the same pie.  I guess we need a bigger pie or start killing people.

Well The Bureaucracy failed at the free market what makes them think they can do Communism any better.  Especially trying it on the fly?

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:40 | 1125950 Chasecran
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Good thing food is cheaper these days...

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:41 | 1125952 truont
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America's attempt to recreate communism may not be working out all that well.


Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:41 | 1125957 dexter_morgan
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I dunno, seems to be working out as all attempts at it have actually.......not good in the long run

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:56 | 1126014 thedrickster
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Watch out for the well armed and dumb as rocks youth corps.


Fri, 04/01/2011 - 16:29 | 1126462 dexter_morgan
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The "Cityyear" kids in the red jackets all over the downtown area, or the kids with the clipboards wanting you to sign up for greenpeace, gay rights, or whatever the leftist cause of the day is?

Sun, 04/03/2011 - 02:57 | 1129369 Antipodeus
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But the program to revive ph.@.scism is proceeding largely according to plan. After all, they've had MUCH more practice at that. (No sarc)

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:46 | 1125970 massergy
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So you're on food stamps--could life get any worse? Yes--you could be purchasing groceries with a credit card.

/still paying off Thanksgiving

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:01 | 1126049 Dr. Richard Head
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When you start seeing suburban house moms with signs saying "Will Fuck for Food" the uprising will commence, after I finish.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 17:53 | 1126713 krispkritter
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Yeah, I'm expecting to see more action once they see the size of

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 18:19 | 1126788 ParaZite
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When I see those "Will Fuck for Food" signs, I will participate in the free "to fuck your mom" market then. Milfs for Milk... I'm ok with that. 

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:46 | 1125973 lynnybee
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Please share gifts of food wth those less fortunate, remember our elderly that BERNANKE has turned his back upon.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:49 | 1125992 massergy
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Seriously, that's a good point. If your city has a food bank, get your well-fed keister down there.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:52 | 1125999 Internet Tough Guy
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I volunteer in a mission and can tell you that food banks are turning people away these days. A lot of people who used to donate now need to receive.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:40 | 1126279 hardcleareye
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I am seeing the same thing at our local food bank.  We are in a rural area and with spring/summer coming we get local grown food coming in, that will help.  Lots of "first time" people in real need and hungry.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:54 | 1125998 Misean
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Are you implying we should feed the elderly to the less fortunate?

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:25 | 1126160 willien1derland
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++good - I do not know how Mr. Bernacke sleeps at night -

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 17:03 | 1126593 aerial view
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Vampires don't sleep at night.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:48 | 1125981 baby_BLYTHE
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Scott Brown betrays Tea Party supporters once again!

Time to take to the streets America. Take back your government!

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:06 | 1126079 lynnybee
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Calling for real revolution!

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:21 | 1126130 baby_BLYTHE
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too bad my friends don't give a damn. They are so apathetic towards this BS.

I, however, will never give up.

I want to look back and remember I fought as hard as possible to "take back America".

Third World hell awaits us all, otherwise.

Sun, 04/03/2011 - 03:09 | 1129373 Antipodeus
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The remaining survivors of "the greatest generation", for whom I still have enormous respect, must often be thinking: "Why did we even bother? (sigh)."

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:49 | 1125983 MarketTruth
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Food for thought, SNAP (food stamps) is run by JP Morgan

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:58 | 1126042 EvlTheCat
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Blythe Masters evil plan to manipulate commodities by using SNAP proceeds.  As The Bureaucracy and the FED force commodities inflation to put more people on SNAP cards.  All while not expanding the SNAP entitlement pie to accommodate new recipients.

 Elitist circle jerk extraordinaire!

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:50 | 1125987 Ricky Bobby
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Bread and Circus - mortuus republica imperii Vivant!

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:50 | 1125990 Dr. Porkchop
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Another Festivus miracle!

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:49 | 1125993 Internet Tough Guy
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This is ghastly, and with gas rising fast the squeeze is on. $132 won't put food on the table for more than a week for a family. The other three weeks you can beg borrow or steal. Anecdotally, I see lots of arrest reports here for shoplifting and store security jobs being advertised. Employee interest in reviewing my receipt on the way out is at an all time high.

We are all Jean Valjean.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:05 | 1126072 AlaricBalth
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And who would be your Etienne Javert?

Victor Hugo believed in revolution against injustice. Valjean stood up for himself and for what was right. Will the disaffected US populace do the same or will they continue to self-medicate on their preferred "Soma" and numb themselves with the modern "opiate of the people"...television.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:50 | 1125994 Misean
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By the end of summer $132 should get you a small potato...or a tortilla...

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:53 | 1125997 Cdad
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more Americans than ever are living on government subsistence, but at least the amount these people are receiving is the lowest since 2009, or $132.81 per month.


"Computer...extrapolate, at $139.81 per month, how many Ipads can the Average middle class American eat per week in order to benefit from the Dudley/Bernank deflation wave loose in the country?  Report."

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:56 | 1126016 Misean
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Sorry Captain, the crew has eaten the computer's memory core.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:04 | 1126060 EvlTheCat
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Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:10 | 1126099 Cdad
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Dammit Misean...we need more Ipad memory space in the next hour or Apple will fall another .03%...and people will call it a correction...and BTFD!

Divert distraction power from the Sokol and use the UnicornDew fuel rods...NOW!



Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:53 | 1126007 AcidRastaHead
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Anybody feeling the pinch at the grocery store should invite themselves over to dinner at Bernanke's place.  Hey how about a flash mob on his front lawn where everyone nibbles an ipad (mine would be cardboard facsimile - beef favoured).

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:57 | 1126020 chindit13
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Rumor has it Treasury is going to allow the use of Food Stamps to purchase both equities and Treasuries.  Bite the Fucking Dip!

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:56 | 1126029 Tense INDIAN
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Massive resistance ahead for Nifty

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:58 | 1126032 Segestan
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No way.. the recession ended TWO YEARS AGO!!!

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 14:59 | 1126034 onlooker
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The second chart is somewhat deceptive. The drop of $ received looks large but is only less than maybe 2% per person and per household. Not a well proportioned chart--- like maybe a government chart to make it look better.


HOWEVER, for those at ZH or those who actually go to the store to buy food, it is blatantly apparent that the chart is not in purchasing power. With the fall of the dollar and the huge increase in food prices, the food stamp recipient is getting a small reduction in the # printed on the food stamp and a huge reduction of the product that # will buy.


Food stamps are decreasing the amount of food being brought into the home. Times get harder, you eat less. I do not defend the food stamp fraudsters, and unlike the fraudsters in NY and DC, I am sometimes in back of them at the check out register. It does tend to piss one off.


However, this is a pressure cooker. What appears to be a reduced agriculture production with associated unfriendly weather patterns coupled with reduced food availability now, and will raise food costs and make some food products restricted? That applies to food stamps or no food stamps.


Many of us do not understand the voodoo tricks/criminality of Wall Street or the Fed and do not voice loud or effective complaints. FOOD is a cat of a different volatility potential. Obama will have to ratchet up the spin that personal bad times are caused by the individual not having enough education. This will have to be taught in the school system so that kids can ask Dad at the table why he does not have adequate education to put food on the table. This will need a great deal of spin—Responsibility Shift, too further fool the sheeple.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:29 | 1126191 Dr. Porkchop
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Isnt that the idea sold to every American? That the rich are rich solely because of their talent? If you're poor its because you're a personal failure and God doesnt like you. If you dare suggest things arent equal you must be a commie agitator..

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:35 | 1126253 hardcleareye
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Well said!

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 16:04 | 1126357 SilverBaron
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Dad will say "I fucked up and went for the Masters Degree son, so now I am overqualified for the only jobs available.  McDonald's and Walmart.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:01 | 1126045 Slartebartfast
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What do you mean?  This is extremely bullish.  Can only be bullish.  All that extra income to JP Morgue will certainly trickle into the stock market.  Bullish all the way!

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:01 | 1126047 Infinite QE
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I hear all you have to show at the grocery store now for your foodstamp order is one's EWI card.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:02 | 1126052 Temporalist
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"sorry, there is no way to spin this."

Sure there is.  JP Morgan services the SNAP cards.  Weath effect.  Rock on.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:02 | 1126057 gulf breeze
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Robo traders mom could you please post a chart of the apple slaughter or can I find it on yahoo

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:12 | 1126062 Village Smithy
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Interestingly I see from Ran Squawk that BMW's U.S. sales are up 21.7% (luxury brand) while Toyota's (value brand) are down 5.7%. I think that the unequal and unjust recovery has a little further to stretch but sooner or later it's going to give. Even Mohammed El whatever his name is said yesterday on Tom Keene that it's in no one's best interests to create a society with so much disparity between rich and poor. P.S. BTFD on the IWM while you can !

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:37 | 1126249 Chuck Walla
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It is very much in the Revolutionaries interest to continue to pry the distance apart. A hug base of poor at the bottom of the Pyramid, and a tiny apex of elite. The missing middle WAS the middle class.  How else can our articulate, fresh, young Fascist bring about substantive and meaningful change for his Bankster pals without revolutionay conditions?

 A revolution is impossible without a revolutionary situation; furthermore, not every revolutionary situation leads to revolution. 

Vladimir Lenin


If Socialism can only be realized when the intellectual development of all the people permits it, then we shall not see Socialism for at least five hundred years. 

Vladimir Lenin


Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:04 | 1126063 Mad Max
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Who cares?  It's not like you can eat food stamps!

Fiatscos bitchez!

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:05 | 1126067 gwar5
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The numbers are all bogus to make it look like Bernanke and Obama should keep their jobs.

Unemployment is hidden because people stopped looking, and anybody that does get a new job is paid half what they used to earn.  We're doomed. Santelli is right to rant.


Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:10 | 1126090 scoteroni
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$19.00 will still buy 50lbs of rice at Costco.  Buy enough for yourself and enough to give away to a foodstamper to balance out his bag of Cheetos.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:34 | 1126229 hardcleareye
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Suggestion, try volunteering at your local food bank so you can "put eyes" on the actual families that are hungry, Cheetos are NOT on the menu of these families!!!!  <Moron>

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:15 | 1126119 Jrsurf00
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can someone post that EBIX research report from about a week ago?

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:19 | 1126138 handy457
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Market turning down. No POMO boost...

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:26 | 1126166 Chuck Walla
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I love it when a plan comes together.  Well done, Braack! 

Your BFF,


Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:44 | 1126272 cabernet
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Wonder if I can get food stamps. I have to spend all my cash on gasoline. Oh the humanity.


Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:44 | 1126290 Temporalist
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The Greatest Mind In Keynseian Printing Paul Krugman burns his many and powerful brain cells to bring this:


"We need much more than this." Paul Krugman

My shrine to Krugman grows by the day.  If only they had printed more money right Kruger?

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 15:52 | 1126325 Milton Waddams
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The higher that graph goes the more prosperous the nation become, at least according to the logic of Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service:

SNAP also provides a significant boost to local economies.  For every $5 in new SNAP benefits, $9.20 is generated in total economic activity.  By injecting immediate revenue streams into local business, SNAP helps accomplish a primary goal of the new Act – stimulating the American economy.


Fri, 04/01/2011 - 16:14 | 1126399 gkm
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Ah yes.  The old 'if I spend your money I create more stimulative (multiplier) effects than if you spend your money' logic.  Good observation.  H/t Milt

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 16:53 | 1126559 the grateful un...
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subsidize the essentials and you free up discretionary spending. (teenagers have the most disc. cash). I started the Free Gasoline for Everybody Party a few years ago. I went back in time and diverted the trillion dollars we were going to spend in Iraq to energy subsidies. That would be a trillion more spendable consumer discretionary dollars and roughly 10% of that would come back in tax revenue, immediately. I was really surprised when Obama diverted all that money to the banks, why does he hate the economy?. 

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 18:01 | 1126729 krispkritter
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That's Nancy Pelogic for you...

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 16:08 | 1126365 hardcleareye
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The processed foods are what seem to have increased the most in price.  I was shocked to read in a USDA report that the average time the American family spends in food preparation is about 15 min per day. 

If you make your meals from "scratch" your cost per meal drops substantially.   For example, it cost me about .35 cents to make a loaf of bread (estimating energy input, varies because I will combine cooking of other foods and make several loafs at the time) a loaf of bread cost between 2 to 3 dollars in the store (and it's crap compared to my bread).  It takes me total of 10 min (excluding raising/baking time) to make several loaves of bread.  Point being maybe our culture will change yet again, higher unemployment and processed food prices equals more time to "improve" the quality of your life.... lol <said tongue in cheek>

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 21:58 | 1127215 prole
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I have never heard of "processed food" is that like "dog food?" But I can tell you that roma tomatoes are 3$ a pound in my locality. I can remember just the shortest time ago they were 1$ to 1.50$ per lb. Avocado $2 per (avocado). Full dosclosure potato chicken beef still pretty cheap. And with 100% of those likely to hit the streets = getting free credit cards from big brother which gives them free magic food forever, seems our Mubaric is much smarter than the real Mubaric. What difference can food prices possibly make when they aren't paying for the food anyway it's free.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 16:09 | 1126374 Bansters-in-my-...
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And you's don't revolt..??? What a pathetic bunch of losers. Without letting the Banksters steal your hard earned dollars and buliding thier very own "super power" to protect what they have stolen from yous your country would really be a joke. Ya got NO democracy,and NO freedom,but hey,you got a Big Military to protec you from the bogie man....

Make me puke...!!!

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 16:21 | 1126435 baby_BLYTHE
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I'm ready.

Don't start the Revolution without me!

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 13:18 | 1128031 trav7777
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nevermind all that, what are you wearing?

Sun, 04/03/2011 - 06:40 | 1129176 baby_BLYTHE
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<3 u Trav, my favorite ZHer. (Been reading your posts on ZH for well over a year now;)

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 16:12 | 1126385 gkm
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Those darn foodstampers sitting on their long crude positions, eating government provided bonbons and ipads.  For shame.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 16:16 | 1126400 Bansters-in-my-...
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...baby_Blythe for President

You go girl....

Sounds like some of these so called guys could take a lesson or two from you.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 16:20 | 1126422 baby_BLYTHE
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In other news, there might not be a 4th Season of Jersey Shore...

Snooki & friends are DEMANDING more worthless fiat currency!

Maybe the dollar will collapse before they set to shoot, making the whole 'situation' irrelevant!

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 18:02 | 1126732 krispkritter
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Best use for your TV is as a fishtank...or for target practice. I mean if you want a revolution you better know how to shoot...

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 01:43 | 1127479 Yen Cross
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I am liking Medvedev right now! Bitch.

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 01:39 | 1127477 Yen Cross
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Describe FIAT Giggles!

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 16:25 | 1126452 Bansters-in-my-...
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Sounds like"Jersey Shore is a T.V show(series)

T.V makes people brain dead.

I chucked my T.V 16 years ago and it felt GOOD...!!!!

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 16:37 | 1126511 Stuck on Zero
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Why doesn't the government hand out "Stock Stamps" every month, too.  These will be easily handed over for shares in S&P 500 companies.  That gives the recipients a stake in America. 

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 16:39 | 1126520 SunBlaster
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$283 a month?!? That's a one week food supply for a family of 3

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 17:13 | 1126620 Pheesh
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I always chuckle at these types of claims. If stimulative efforts actually resulted in positive net benefits, why would it only be used during 'bad times'. Just spend 500 trillion on snap, it'd create 900 trillion in activity, right? It's magic!

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 21:18 | 1127143 experimentals
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I think this whole inflation thing, downsizing portions, upping energy costs, etc etc is a secret way to solve the largest problem we face as nation.  Fat fuck America has to learn the hard way. Starve some people to death...sorry..  but make a shit load of other people lose a shit load of weight.  They then consume less when they weigh 200lbs less.  If they consume less they actually help the world because they no longer hog the resources.  I have 3 close friends who are paramedic/firefighters.  When I hang out with them they all admit that the poor fat unhelthy fucks of this world are sucking this ocuntries healthcare resources and taxpayer dollars dry.  They all work in different cities within California. 


I say let food inflation skyrocket!

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 00:10 | 1127385 Founders Keeper
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[America's attempt to recreate communism may not be working out all that well.]---TD

PM Thargaret Matcher[sic]: "The problem with communism is that you eventually run out of crony capitalist trade nations."



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