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Mon Mar 23, 2015, 10:14 PM

MO lawmakers introduce bill to prevent food stamp recipients from buying fish

They say if you give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day. But teach the man to fish, and you will feed him for a lifetime.

Some Missouri lawmakers have seemingly taken the old saying and distilled it down to its most reductive lesson: Don't give fish to poor people.

Indeed, there does seems to be something a bit twisted in Republican Representative Rick Brattin's House Bill 813, which would bar Missouri's roughly 930,000 food-stamp recipients from using their government payouts to buy seafood. The bill would also ban energy drinks, soda, cookies, chips and steak.

Brattin's bill follows in the footsteps of several recent laws designed to restrict how needy Missourians use their federal assistance. In 2011 the legislature passed a law that required drug testing applicants who were applying for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. Two years later lawmakers banned the use of electronic benefit cards to withdraw welfare funds from casino and strip-club ATMs.


http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/dailyrft/2015/03/missouri_lawmakers_think_welfare_recipients_waste_money_on_fish_steak_and_porn.php

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Mon Mar 23, 2015, 10:19 PM

1. "MO lawmakers feed on the pure distilled essence of meanness."

Corrected it for you.

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Response to delrem (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 03:43 AM

9. Let's remember

that there are some good Democrats and a few Moderate Republicans in the Missouri Legislature. Painting with too broad a brush helps no one. I think every state legislature has it's share of "interesting" bills introduced that will never see the light of committee debate. Chances are this is just another one of those attention seeking bill introductions.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #9)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 03:07 PM

15. Let's also remember that I was responding to the OP, using the words of the OP,

so the intent re. who was meant by "MO lawmakers" was clear as could be.

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Response to delrem (Reply #15)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 04:45 PM

16. Oh, I got your meaning

all too well.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #16)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 06:25 PM

17. Good! I like being clear.

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Mon Mar 23, 2015, 10:19 PM

2. Mean spirited assholes. Why can't they spend their time on

positive instead of punitive measures. It's like they just look for ways to be hateful. Makes my blood boil.....

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Response to Laurian (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 06:19 AM

10. Because the freedoms that party pushes is freedom to despise, discriminate and

deny people, just like considerate tender loving parents trying to tend to wayward incompetent children.

Because you know...

It's what Jesus would do!

Taking fish and bread away from the haves to feed a crowd of have-nots isn't a parable. It's a parody. Intended to illustrate the futility of charity.

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Mon Mar 23, 2015, 10:46 PM

3. Just in time for the last two Fridays of Lent

 

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 23, 2015, 11:16 PM

7. I'll bet that clown calls himself a "good Christian" too. nt

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Mon Mar 23, 2015, 10:47 PM

4. Because, you know, Jesus wouldn't want to feed anyone fish

 


Are they banning loaves too?

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #4)

Mon Mar 23, 2015, 10:57 PM

5. These guys wouldn't understand that in the story

Jesus was eating the same thing as the crowd listening to his lessons.

These guys just see ready-made victims, ones who they can score points off of by kicking them when they're down, to ensure that they stay down, so the crowd applauding their lesson can feel satisfied that their superiority has been defended and upholded and celebrated. Their meanness gets them votes, from their crowd.

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Mon Mar 23, 2015, 11:16 PM

6. NO FISHSTICKS OR TUNA FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This guy is some kinda crazy--those are "traditional" kid meals, and he's being an ass.

And even if the steak goes on sale and is less than the burger, they can't buy the steak, because....huh?

When is this guy planning on giving the poor their fishing lessons, I wonder? I think people should show up at his office with fishing poles and ask for help with casting and so forth!!! Why aren't these idiots taking this approach:

...Instead, Rank points to solutions that increased food choices, such as allowing welfare recipients to use their EBT cards at farmers' markets. More nutritious options, he says, will go much further in improving diets than laws that merely reinforce paternalistic "concerns" over what poor people are and are not eating.

"What I find is, first of all, food stamps run out by the third week of the month," says Rank. "A lot of people I met are extremely frugal in terms of using their food stamps and making decent decisions for what foods to buy or not."

"What I find," he adds, "is for the most part, people are trying to get by."




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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Mon Mar 23, 2015, 11:30 PM

8. When are these turkeys going to realize

that recipients don't make money from food stamps? Grocery stores and the food industry make money from food stamps. Ever cut in food stamps is a cut in corporate and farm sales

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 06:30 AM

11. Well that'll larn them takers not to be buyin' Lobsters on their stamps!

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 07:30 AM

12. Pure evil nt

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 07:42 AM

13. I don't know this for a fact, but I'd surmise that one of the primary beneficiaries

 

of SNAP assistance (if not the primary beneficiary), is children. Why is this bastard punishing children by restricting their access to one of the more relatively healthy forms of protein and essential nutrients?

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 08:41 AM

14. Jon Stewart did an awesome takedown on this last year.

http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/elvsf4/what-not-to-buy


When did seafood become "the Mercedes of food?"

This is the DU member formerly known as Tommy_Carcetti.

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