Hipsters on food stamps

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    we are so screwed

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    They're young, they're broke, and they pay for organic salmon with government subsidies. Got a problem with that?
    By Jennifer Bleyer

    In the John Waters-esque sector of northwest Baltimore — equal parts kitschy, sketchy, artsy and weird — Gerry Mak and Sarah Magida sauntered through a small ethnic market stocked with Japanese eggplant, mint chutney and fresh turmeric. After gathering ingredients for that evening’s dinner, they walked to the cash register and awaited their moments of truth.

    “I have $80 bucks left!” Magida said. “I’m so happy!”

    “I have $12,” Mak said with a frown.

    The two friends weren’t tabulating the cash in their wallets but what remained of the monthly allotment on their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program debit cards, the official new term for what are still known colloquially as food stamps.

    Magida, a 30-year-old art school graduate, had been installing museum exhibits for a living until the recession caused arts funding — and her usual gigs — to dry up. She applied for food stamps last summer, and since then she’s used her $150 in monthly benefits for things like fresh produce, raw honey and fresh-squeezed juices from markets near her house in the neighborhood of Hampden, and soy meat alternatives and gourmet ice cream from a Whole Foods a few miles away.

    “I’m eating better than I ever have before,” she told me. “Even with food stamps, it’s not like I’m living large, but it helps.”

    all of it here
    Hipsters on food stamps - Salon.com
     
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    40% of people on Food Stamps have jobs.

    So again, we have the old "They are eating steaks with food stamps."

    Now, I'd have no problem reducing Food Stamps to only being able to purchase staple foods. Nothing fancy, no junk foods, etc.

    You know who would scream the loudest about that?

    The food industry.
     
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    I work in a supermarket.
    One guess who buys the live lobsters?
     
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    What about "not living large" don't you understand? No wonder the public is deserting the Republicans in droves!
     
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    It always tastes better when someone else is paying for it!
     
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    If you qualify, they're there to help, but it's not like you're going to be "living large" for more than a few days, if you do buy lobsters.
     
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    Where my Obama money at?
     

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