Posted by: maboulette | November 12, 2013


I have always known that conservatives were spreading flat-out lies about Food Stamps but I have never had the time to do the research and write an article about these falsehoods.  Today I found this article by Dave Johnson and checked his facts but I knew he was correct. Interesting and truthful read!   mab 

Conservatives have widely circulated stories about people using food stamps to buy cigarettes and alcohol. The Blaze trumpets stories like, “THIS 65-YEAR-OLD CLERK WAS FIRED FOR REFUSING TO SELL CIGARETTES TO A FOOD STAMP CUSTOMER” and outlets like Fox echo it. These kinds of stories are everywhere in the right-wing echo chamber.

Here are the facts: According to USDA, households may use food stamps to buy foods, such as breads and cereals; fruits and vegetables; meats, fish and poultry; and dairy products. Also they can buy seeds and plants which produce food to eat. (In some areas, restaurants can be authorized to accept SNAP benefits from qualified homeless, elderly, or disabled people in exchange for low-cost meals.)

Households may not use food stamps to buy beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco; pet foods; soaps, paper products; household supplies; vitamins and medicines; food that will be eaten in the store; hot foods.

So here we are in the worst economy in many decades. It’s more than difficult to find a job. Wages are actually falling for 95% of us. We have the highest income and wealth inequality since just before the depression.

Meanwhile, according to the National Priorities Project the government is handing over $1 trillion a year to the wealthiest and corporations in the form of “tax expenditures.” Then there is that $450 billion a year that the IRS just fails to collect. The corporate foreign-income tax “deferral” has corporations holding as much as $2 trillion of taxable income outside the country. And hedge-fund managers making into the billions each year still get their Romney-style tax breaks.

Yet Republicans are picking on the poorest citizens, lying and smearing them as lazy druggies and blaming them for the high unemployment by saying that $133 a month is keeping them from bothering to look for a job. Why do we put up with this? 

More Dave Johnson. 



  1. The truth about food stamps is that because of this Presidents failed economic policies there are now over 45 million Americans that need them.

    Also, FYI, I know first hand that people not only use food stamps on a regular basis for items that they aren’t supposed to buy, IE| pet food and cigarettes but they also SELL their food stamps to other people for cash to by drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. Even a supporter such as your self must be able to figure out how this happens when there is NO accountability. When will you wake up and see what is REALLY happening. This may be the largest BS story you have posted yet. This would entail the abandonment of rat all thought to not figure this one out.

    • In Texas food stamps are all put on a debit card that will not allow certain items to be rung up on the card and you can’t sell or trade food stamps because you would have to sell the entire card and you need it for the next deposit the state puts in your account! They have also done the same with unemployment insurance – you might suggest to the government of PA that they do the same! You have accountability then!

      Oh by the way Bill Ayres was never convicted of anything-all charges were dropped which is a bit of news the right forgets to tell people!

      • Bill Ayres was not convicted because of a technicality and has admitted his involvement. Bernadine Dorn, his accomplis was .OJ wasn’t convicted either but are you going to tell me he didn’t kill those two? Listen to yourself. He is a self confessed terrorist. He is not the only one that this guy surrounds himself with.

        We have cards here in PA too and the people still abuse the system regularly. Food stamp recipients a raise of almost 30% while SS people got 1 1/2%/ Nobody wants to take food and benefits from the truly needy, at least I don’t, but what is happening in this country now is criminal and disgusting. we have gone from a society of rugged individualism to a society of lazy beggars, thieves and deadbeats. Sorry you cant be honest and admit it.


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