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  •  IIRC "food stamps" part of Farm Bill nt (5+ / 0-)

    The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

    by JML9999 on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 08:39:29 AM PST

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    •  And the school lunch program (8+ / 0-)

      Those hungry kids just need to go out and get jobs...

      Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

      by bear83 on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 08:40:31 AM PST

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    •  That would be a problem. (1+ / 0-)
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      by dinotrac on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 08:44:46 AM PST

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    •  A good question, however: Why the hell isn't (4+ / 0-)
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      something like that in its own bill?

      No wonder our country can't govern itself and voters have such a damned hard time keeping up.

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      by dinotrac on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 08:45:57 AM PST

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      •  History of "Food Stamps" (1+ / 0-)
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        First Food Stamp Program (FSP) (May 16, 1939—Spring 1943)

        The idea for the first FSP has been credited to various people, most notably U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Henry Wallace and the program's first administrator, Milo Perkins. Of the program, Perkins said, "We got a picture of a gorge, with farm surpluses on one cliff and under-nourished city folks with outstretched hands on the other. We set out to find a practical way to build a bridge across that chasm." The program operated by permitting people on relief to buy orange stamps equal to their normal food expenditures; for every US$1 worth of orange stamps purchased, fifty-cents' worth of blue stamps were received. Orange stamps could be used to buy any food; blue stamps could be used only to buy food determined by the Department to be surplus.

        The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

        by JML9999 on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 08:52:59 AM PST

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