Lavatories of Democracy
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*   A new law in Kansas requires people receiving public benefits to limit their ATM withdrawals to $25 a day. ($20 actually, insofar as ATMs do not dispense $5 bills.)

*  In Wisconsin, recipients of food stamps may be restricted from buying non-white potatoes and ketchup. Also, no shellfish.

*  In Missouri, there are efforts to prevent food stamp recipients from buying “cookies, chips, energy drinks, soft drinks, seafood or steak.”

The 1996 welfare reform allowed state governments to reduce enrollment in what used to be Aid to Families with Dependent Children, now Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. In 1994, there were over five million families receiving AFDC benefits. In 2000, it was reduced to 2.2 million, and in 2011 it was 1.9 million.

Now that AFDC has been hacked, state wingnuts are taking aim at food stamps. Since it’s a federal program they can’t alter benefit amounts. But since they administer the program, they are trying to reduce the value of the program to its million beneficiaries, currently over 46 million of them.

 


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Lavatories of Democracy — 2 Comments

  1. Libertarianism in practice.

    * In Wisconsin, recipients of food stamps may be restricted from buying non-white potatoes and ketchup. Also, no shellfish.

    * In Missouri, there are efforts to prevent food stamp recipients from buying “cookies, chips, energy drinks, soft drinks, seafood or steak.”

  2. “In 1994, there were over five million families receiving AFDC benefits. In 2000, it was reduced to 2.2 million, and in 2011 it was 1.9 million.”

    Keep in mind that such a reduction in aide recipients occurred during an increase in national population numbers of approximately 70 million. And this has taken place during a period of wage loss (theft?) for the people most likely to have been affected. So we have far greater needs being met for far fewer people in need.

    So in Missouri legislature won’t even let the poor eat cake!! Even Marie was more considerate than that.

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