46.5 Million Americans, Record 22.3 Million US Households, On Foodstamps; 8,753,935 On Disability

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America's transition into a welfare state continues, as May saw a new all time high number of American households, 22.3 million to be exact, enter technical poverty and collect foodstamps. At the individual level, 46.5 million Americans lived off foodstamps, a 222,157 increase in the month, or nearly three times the number of people who found jobs in June according to the BLS. Next month this too will be a record, as it is currently just 17,367 before the previous all time high set in December of 2011. The good news, and we use the term loosely, is that the average benefit per household rose from all time lows of $275.82 to $276.76. Surely, the bottom is in and just like housing, there is on blue skies ahead.

And before we go, here is the total number of Americans on disbility: 8,753,935.

Combined foodstamp and disability recipients: 55,250,723

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Fri, 07/27/2012 - 12:14 | 2656686 TruthInSunshine
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The pathethic:

 

 

And the just downright sad:

 

22% of American Children Living In Poverty; 1 in 3.8 Americans Receives Significant Government Financial Assistance for Basic Cost of Living (EBT, SSI, SS, Section 8, etc)

 

"I don't need to tell you that our customer remains challenged…You need not go farther than one of our stores on midnight at the end of the month. And it's real interesting to watch, about 11 p.m. customers start to come in and shop, fill their grocery basket with basic items – baby formula, milk, bread, eggs – and continue to shop and mill about the store until midnight when government electronic benefits cards get activated, and then the checkout starts and occurs. And our sales for those first few hours on the first of the month are substantially and significantly higher. If you really think about it, the only reason somebody gets out in the middle of the night and buys baby formula is that they need it, and they’ve been waiting for it. "

 

--Wal-mart CEO William S. Simon

 

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 12:36 | 2657033 TrumpXVI
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All I needed to read was the first sentence of that quote and I immediately knew it was going to be a quote from a WalMart manager.  I didn't even need to scroll down.

This has been going on for a few years now.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 09:49 | 2658833 veyron
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"This has been going on for a few years now."

 

This has been going on for at least a decade now ...

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 12:47 | 2657103 avidtango
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I volunteer at a charity that pays bills/gives food and it's routine: After saying they have no food in the fridge the "poor person" whips out an Iphone to check on their manicure appointment, without an ounce of shame or even awareness of the incongruity of their actions.  Our stack of "Cheap healthy recipes" goes untouched as does the "library".   Saddest was a young girl thrilled with books but "mom" cursed, "Where the f--- you gonna put those things"  Holding your tongue is the hardest part of the job.
  

Many are desperate but they really need financial mgmt and stability.  Growing up in moving households with rotating strangers and no steady job ensures more of the same.   They get "the aid", work odd jobs, bum on street corners ($20/hour - more with a kid) and have no plans for the future except some good lovin' and fat food. 

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 15:34 | 2657865 DaveyJones
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give em a break. They're only mirroring their elected officials.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 19:12 | 2658269 engineertheeconomy
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My sentiments exactly. If it's ok for the government to steal everything away from us, then nobody should feel shame for taking back a little

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 15:34 | 2657867 ReallySparky
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I too can attest to this mentality.  My extended family owns a farm and sells organic produce to select restaurants, wholesalers and at local city markets.  Obivously nature over-produces on some weeks weather and such permitting.  Rather than to throw un-used quality food on the compost pile they donate the extra organic vegtables/fruit to their local food pantry.  The pantry workers have asked them to not bring in so much  fresh food, because their "clients" do not select those items and much of it goes to waste.  Literally, they pick up spoiled food from the pantry to compost.  They deliver twice a week to the pantry, right after local market days.

Clients would rather have the processed/packaged food that is about to expire.  The pantry workers have gone to great lengths to educate clients about fresh produce and preperation to no avail.  According to the pantry workers it is usually the much older folks whose ss checks don't go far enough, that will choose the fresh food because they know how to prepare it.  Literally, the younger folks are unable or unwilling to cook squash, spinach, apples, pears, peaches, okra, green beans, ect. They are ignorant about canning/freezing or just basic preperation skills.  I was there on one occasion helping to deliver and there were two kids there that didn't even know what summer squash was, they had never seen it.  They thought it was from a foriegn country and was not edible.  I agree with the poster above, these folks need basic household management skills that were a requirement in home economics years ago.

Now my family sends the un-sold produce to a family friend that lives on a busy street in a sub-division.  They literally put the un-spoiled food out on a table under a shade tree with a dry erase sign that states "free squash" or whatever is left over after market.  That table is cleared off in less than a couple of hours with people stopping and just getting free fresh organic food.  These folks live in a middle class neighborhood and not a blighted area.  Obviously, folks are hurting at that social economic level.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 16:20 | 2657972 Lednbrass
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Yup, the food banks in my area don't want real stuff- they want cans. I could have given hundreds of pounds of produce to the one nearest to me this year but they and those they"help"are not interested. 

Their clientele prefers to swipe a card and eat processed free handout shit whenever possible, its only dumb shmucks like me who grow and can their own to save money instead of just signing up for some government largesse.

I have had an extremely productive year and what I don't sell at the market or give to friends gets chucked into the woods for the critters. The squirrels and groundhogs are quite plump from a couple hundred pounds of donations so far.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 16:58 | 2658062 dolly madison
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I too can attest.  I run an RV park, and many of our monthly customers do not have much money.  They do a food giveaway in town once in awhile.  I have had more tenants try to give me lettuce while moaning that all the good stuff was already given away.  They say they don't like lettuce, but they took it anyway because they had waited in line so long.

The other thing is that here in town we have an apple tree in front of the social services building and walnut trees in the park.  The food from them drops to the ground and rots, while people wait in line for hours for the free food giveaway.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 21:08 | 2658417 ForTheWorld
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Ugh. Idiots.

I could make a ton of cider if I had an apple tree. Well, if I had the space to have an apple tree.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 16:04 | 2657932 Enceladus
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Holding your tougue is part of the issue.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 17:14 | 2658088 SafelyGraze
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"..moving households with rotating strangers and no steady job.."

this was the plan all along, right?

now be a good girl and come here to nanny.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 13:17 | 2657238 Arnold Ziffel
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The three Sears in my city are almost empty 24/7. One manager there said they look to online sales for survival. No one was even near the tools or in the Auto department, traditionally strong areas for Sears. When this interent tax goes into effect, Sear smay be in for a Big Hickey. I really don't understand what's keeping them afloat.....anyone offer an explanation?

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 13:30 | 2657264 TruthInSunshine
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Unless one lives in the two Welfare King areas of either Manhattan, with the damsels formerly in distress but now flush with TARP/TALF/0.25%-Cost-BernankBux, or the tri-area of D.C.-Virginia-Maryland, with its massive, bloated, fat & happy federal government employees or employees of government contractors corridor, brick and mortar is ghost city, where the employees outnumber the patrons.

But fear not. The Bernank will probably monetize  brick & mortar retailers next.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 13:40 | 2657333 Agent P
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Sears won't be hurt from taxes on internet transactions, as they already levy taxes online because they have physical stores in the state (all) where the online sale is made (at least that's how it works in IL).  If anything, Sears and other brick and mortar stores (think local businesses) will benefit if state sales taxes are applied to internet transactions.

I hate taxes, but with the majority of the states bust-ass broke and the playing field tilted against local businesses, this is actually one I favor and think should have been implemented long ago.

As for what's keeping Sears afloat, you got me.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 11:30 | 2656690 Vincent Vega
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Who gives a fuck; the DOW is almost 13,000.   /sarc

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 11:41 | 2656744 The Big Ching-aso
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Geez.  They should lock-in an amount & rename them Forever Food Stamps.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 12:04 | 2656869 Incubus
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The Ron Paul Rises.

"When western civilization is ashes, you have my permission to die."

Requesting a Bernanke Bane photochop.

 

Banenke.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 11:43 | 2656760 sickofthepunx
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we really need a good war.  not this pussy-footing iraq-afghani shit but a real goddamned mans war

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 11:52 | 2656801 Buckaroo Banzai
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Be careful what you wish for. This nation is rapidly congealing into two camps: the Makers, and the Takers. And you know which side FedGov is on.

Pray that when the two camps finally square off, and it gets violent, that the shooting ends quickly and the good guys win.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 12:21 | 2656952 Flakmeister
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Just how would classify the plutocrats like the Kochs?

Let me guess, you see those guys as the "good guys"?

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 12:52 | 2657118 CrockettAlmanac.com
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The answer is in Atlas Shrugged. And at LewRockwell.com. But you disagree with libertarians who despise plutocracy.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 13:11 | 2657209 Flakmeister
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Wow... Atlas Shrugged, a work of fiction writtern by a sociopath that appeals to teenage narcissists.. 

Nope.. I don't despise Libertatarians... I find that they can be a tad naive, but that is hardly despising... Try again...

So how exactly would *you* deal with the plutocrats and a manner consistent with your political ideology?  Better yet provide a working definition so that we can all know what to look for...

You are the self-proclaimed expert here in the Libertarian ideology, now surprise me with a coherent post on this matter, in your own words, please...

 

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 13:47 | 2657386 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Wow... Atlas Shrugged, a work of fiction writtern by a sociopath that appeals to teenage narcissists..

 

When I was teenager I was a liberal Democrat. I read Atlas Shrugged when I was 45.

 

I don't despise Libertatarians... I find that they can be a tad naive, but that is hardly despising

 

I never said you despised libertarians . I said that you disagreed with them. May I once again suggest that you pursue a remedial reading course.

 

So how exactly would *you* deal with the plutocrats and a manner consistent with your political ideology?  Better yet provide a working definition so that we can all know what to look for...

 

I've shrugged.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 13:52 | 2657422 Flakmeister
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You clearly avoided the question I posed to you... (not that I am surprised, you always look to weasel out when confronted)...

Enlighten us all... The floor is yours..

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 14:07 | 2657520 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Look, it's a damned shame that you can't comprehend the English language but don't depend on me to take you by the hand and give you the "Everything a Boy Needs to Know to be a Man" speech.

And as for weaseling out, you still haven't explained why Dr. Schneider of the IPCC said that scientist should consider lying in order to promote the "science" of global warming. Are you ever going to answer that question which I've asked a dozen times or are you going to keep avoiding it by engaging in ad hominem attacks?

 

On the one hand, as scientists we are ethically bound to the scientific method, in effect promising to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but — which means that we must include all the doubts, the caveats, the ifs, ands, and buts. On the other hand, we are not just scientists but human beings as well. And like most people we’d like to see the world a better place, which in this context translates into our working to reduce the risk of potentially disastrous climatic change. To do that we need to get some broadbased support, to capture the public’s imagination. That, of course, entails getting loads of media coverage. So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have. This ‘double ethical bind’ we frequently find ourselves in cannot be solved by any formula. Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest. I hope that means being both. -- Dr. Stephen Schneider, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Quoted in Discover, pp. 45–48, Oct. 1989.)

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 14:36 | 2657629 Flakmeister
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Again you avoid the question...

Define how you deal with plutocrats (using your definition thereof) consistent with your Libertarian ideology... I defy you to...

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Still trotting out a 23 year old quote from a guy that is now dead as a rebuttal of Global warming...

At least you quote the entire Schnieder now. and not selectively edited version....

Where exactly does he say it is ok to "lie"? Or imply anyone is lying?

Do you hold the statements of people who satisfy your confirmation bias to the same level of scrutiny? But we already know the answer to that, don't we?

Given that you have no idea what "Confidence Level" means within the context of a scientific result, any discussion with you on what he means by "doubts" would be a waste of time....

Finally, you are aware that some of those "doubts' from 23 years ago have long put to rest?

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 14:46 | 2657728 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Define how you deal with plutocrats (using your definition thereof) consistent with your Libertarian ideology... I defy you to...

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I've reduced my level of production to where I'm just getting by because being taxed in order to kill and enslave innocent people repulses me. Most folks around here understand the literary allusion behind the words, "I shrugged." Sometimes I forget that you are not well read.

 

Where exactly does he say it is ok to "lie"? Or imply anyone is lying?

 

Dude, get into that remedial reading course ASAP! Schneider said:

 

On the one hand, as scientists we are ethically bound to the scientific method, in effect promising to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but — which means that we must include all the doubts, the caveats, the ifs, ands, and buts. On the other hand, we are not just scientists but human beings as well. And like most people we’d like to see the world a better place, which in this context translates into our working to reduce the risk of potentially disastrous climatic change. To do that we need to get some broadbased support, to capture the public’s imagination. That, of course, entails getting loads of media coverage. So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have. This ‘double ethical bind’ we frequently find ourselves in cannot be solved by any formula. Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest. I hope that means being both. -- Dr. Stephen Schneider, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Quoted in Discover, pp. 45–48, Oct. 1989.)

 

There is no no conflict between honesty and effective science, except in the field of global warming. Please explain why AGW promoters alone among scientists believe that honesty and effectiveness might be at odds with each other.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 15:04 | 2657785 Flakmeister
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Pretty lame response....

And you *still* did not address the question of dealing with the plutocrats....

You are the self proclaimed expert on Libertarianism.... my question should be easy for you...

Keeping hoisting that little petard of yours... Or is that quote a small magic talisman for you? Get back to us when you have clear evidence of malfeasance on the part of climate scientists....I'll be waiting...

It is very clear that you have nothing more to offer in this exchange and I am tired off bandying words with a known liar...

 

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 15:10 | 2657803 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Dude, I answered the question. You apparently lack the ability to comprehend simple statements made in English. That's probably one reason why you call documented facts "lies." I'm actually starting to feel sorry for you.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 17:35 | 2658115 Flakmeister
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And Crockett shrugged...

What a fucking cop out...

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 17:53 | 2658143 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Whereas you happily support those who murder innocents. Good for you, killer, good for you.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 18:11 | 2658175 Flakmeister
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Strawman much?

Yet more faulty logic from you....

 

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 18:39 | 2658219 CrockettAlmanac.com
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How can you support government's monopoly on violence to rule society but ignore the victims of that violence?

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 11:56 | 2658998 Bay of Pigs
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Faulty logic? That's pretty funny coming from you. 

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 13:22 | 2657246 CH1
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Just how would classify...

Trolling. No desire to know and improve, only to cut, confuse, polarize and demoralize.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 13:41 | 2657343 Flakmeister
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Really?  I wasn't the one to divide the nation in two, predict bloodshed and the eventual winner...

 

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 14:08 | 2657537 CH1
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Yup, really.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 14:29 | 2657647 Flakmeister
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If so, you have a reading comprehension problem... or are on the Koch's payroll...

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 15:10 | 2657809 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Paranoid much?

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 17:31 | 2658108 Flakmeister
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This is coming from a guy that has posted a 23 year old quote at least 50 times here as proof that scientists are out to get him....

The irony is too much....

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 18:00 | 2658152 CrockettAlmanac.com
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What's funny is the way you throw a prominent climate scientist under the bus rather than give us your rational explanation for why he said that scientists should consider lying in order to promote AGW.  If you've dumped Schneider and the IPCC then you might as well give up on the whole charade.

As for paranoia, the Schneider quote is a documented fact unlike your bizarre fear of Koch sponsored ZH posters.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 13:32 | 2657282 FreedomGuy
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Personally, I am getting tired of working. I enjoy what I do but I was listening to the radio and hearing about this earned income BS. Women with kids who pay no income taxes get multiple thousands in a sort of over-refund. It nearly sent me over the top. I have paid 30-40+% taxes the last few years and I don't do it to pass it out to other people. You want my type of money, you do what it takes. Earn it!

I am considering an exit strategy but where the hell do you go now that America is going full blown socialist?!? America was the exit plan for the last two or three centuries.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 09:47 | 2658830 HungrySeagull
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New Zealand would be good...

 

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 13:56 | 2657454 LMAOLORI
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Indeed there's current articles about that very subject

 

America's coming civil war -- makers vs. takers

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 14:23 | 2657617 Marco
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"In those same years a growing public sector, by contrast, turned Europe into a cesspool of debt, stalled economies, and chronic social dysfunction that’s set the streets of Athens -- and perhaps other European capitals--on fire."

Gotta love someone living in a country living on the credit card of the House of Saud trash talking a union which in aggregate has a trade balance.

Hell, his whole premise is revisionist ... sure the government budget to GDP ratios is higher than in his post WW2 golden decades, but not that much higher, from 30 to 40% big whoop ... mixed economies have been a phenomenal success. It's crony capitalism and peak oil which has brought us low, not wellfare (not to say that poorly targeted wellfare can't be corrosive to society, just that it's not inherent in the concept).

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 15:10 | 2657808 Anusocracy
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The liberal/hunter-gatherers harvesting the fruits of the labor of producers.

Hunter-gatherers used to be at the gates of civilization as raiders, now they are within, still doing what they always did to survive: living off their environment.

It's a 10,000 year war, now done at a low level.

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