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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 04:32 PM

A different take on Food Stamps. [View all]

Republicans have it all wrong. Food Stamps are not a gift to poor people. Nor are they a gift to people who are too lazy to work.

I have a good friend who owns a discount grocery store. It is a large supermarket with over 50 employees. Around 80% of his business is Food Stamps. He makes around 500K a year in before-tax profits. He is a staunch Republican, and he says if the Food Stamp program was ended, he would be out of business and 50 people would be out of a job.

The Food Stamp is a gift to the grocery industry, the farmers, and the entire supply chain between them. You know, hard-working people with jobs. And if some people get fed in the process, all the better.

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