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Food-stamp benefit cut on horizon for Ohioans



Published: Wed, August 7, 2013 @ 12:55 p.m.

COLUMBUS (AP) — About 1.8 million Ohioans who get food stamps will see a reduction in benefits when a federal program expires in November.

And a new report says that will be devastating to the people who use the program.

In 2009, as part of the economic-stimulus law, federal food assistance increased maximum monthly benefits for food-stamp recipients. That increase will expire at the end of October for the 47 million Americans using food stamps.

The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities says 16 percent of Ohioans would see nutrition assistance cut by a total of $193 million through September 2014.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that for a family of three, that means $29 less per month — leaving them each with less than $1.40 per meal.


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1NilesOhio(691 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Best bet is to move to a state that can support the expense. Ohio is a shell of what it once was, and simply cannot afford it anymore.

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2busyman(239 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Now some of the obesse welfare people will loose some wieght. Tell them now to worry. They still have the free breakfast, lunchs at the schools, missions and food from the give aways like the food banks and churches. I am sure that they will manage. We did when we were kids and dad was layed off before the free governement dole was around. Find all the babies daddys and get some money from them. Cancel the cell phones, cable tv and give up the cigs. That will more than make up for the $29.00 less a month they will be getting. Now let's start to only pay for the first two babies the welfare queens have. That is not too far behind.

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3dontbeafool(835 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I agree with busyman. Life is about choices, and if you make nothing but bad ones, it shouldn't be up to government to pay for those mistakes. I agree to help out those in need TEMPORARILY, but not as a way of life. Throw in mandatory DRUG TESTING in order to receive free money as well.

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4Attis(860 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Those squeaky clean good Christians behind this cut in food stamps may wish to check out Matthew 25 ("I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat...") for the consequences of their sin. It ain't pretty.

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5dontbeafool(835 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

That is bull Attis. What do you say about the MANY of those "in need" who take there food stamps and sell them for 50 cents on the dollar, and take the money to buy cigarettes, drugs, and alchohol? Or they are on gov assistance and are driving a nicer car than you? Some people are truly in need, but it is these dependant vultures that are ruining the system for the people who actually need it.

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6gdog4766(1401 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

First busyman, yu sell reel gud. You people want to hurt the many who need this benefit to get the few who abuse it. I hope you lose your job, your house your car. I hope you lose your health insurance and get sick. Just like you rescumlicans hope for these people.

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7NilesOhio(691 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Attis - the context of that scripture was about Jesus' followers. Reading the police blotter leads me to believe that the vast majority of these people do not fall into that category.

And if you want to delve into scripture, what about Matthew 26:11 where Jesus said "you will always have the poor with you" and not to be making trouble for someone who chose to spend their money on something other than the poor people?

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8dontbeafool(835 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

gdog, many abuse it, not a few. And we don't want anyone to lose their job, or to get sick. We want the lazy to get a job and their own insurance, and not mooching off of the government for 20 years or more. I have no problem with those who have lost their jobs and legitimately are trying to get off of the system and get another one. It is the ones who party all night, wake up in the afternoon, and do not try to improve their situation.

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9Attis(860 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

NilesOhio, please carefully reread Matthew 25:31-46 and realize that Christ is, today, incarnated in the recipients of food stamps and all others in the community of need. As far as Matthew 26:11 is concerned, please put it into and context and realize that Christ meant that "you will always have the poor with you - to shower with your generosity as this woman just showered me with hers". Both passages say the same thing: the poor are God's chosen class, there as a test of the compassion and generosity of the non-poor, especially the super-rich. So far we failed the test abysmally. Nation under God? Don't make me cry/laugh/puke...

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10NilesOhio(691 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Attis - "God's chosen class" has nothing to do with material possessions or perceived wealth. It has everything to do with accurate understanding, loyalty and obedience. Yes, part of that is showing mercy to "the lowly ones" but that doesn't mean creating a system of abuse and looking the other way, foolishly thinking that most claiming to need the help actually use it as intended. In this case, it's a system of abuse that needs to stop.

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11dontbeafool(835 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

very well put Niles....I don't think God is looking favorably on the people in need as they scam the system.

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