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The Varied Responses to Record High Food Stamp Use

December 1, 2009

The New York Times recently ran a piece about soaring food stamp use in America.  People who never before thought they would need to use government benefits like food stamps are finding themselves without jobs and without money to buy food.  In these tight times more than 36  million Americans are using food stamps to buy their groceries.

With food stamp use seeing record highs, you might think the stigma about food stamps has faded.  And for many people, it has.  But there are still many misconceptions about food stamp benefits and the people who receive them.  Gawker took the time to scour the comments section to gauge the reaction of readers.  Here’s what they found:

The Disconcerting Reality of Food Stamp America

America’s food stamp welfare program is now feeding one in eight Americans, and almost one in every four children. This is terrifying for a number of reasons, the least among them being “everyone’s poor.”

The New York Times ran a big, beautiful piece today profiling the program and its newest recipients. To call this a “touchy” subject would be a gross understatement.

The numbers inspire fear and rage from pretty much every direction: left, right, or having fallen under them. They’re also slightly terrifying due in no small part to the sufficiently irrational discourse held over it. The heavily moderated New York Times‘ comments section offers plenty of choice selections, so imagine what they turned away. Many of them echo this sentiment:

Honestly I find this frightening. This is not a positive thing, this is a broken system. And hello welfare mommies and daddies, I know it’s harsh, but please consider quality v. quantity when “planning” your family.

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