Yesha Callahan

Missouri Republicans Do Not Want Welfare Recipients To Have Access To Steak & Seafood

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 9.58.45 AMMissouri Republicans hate the poor, similar to Kansas’ hatred of the poor. But they’re trying to take it one step further. And hit welfare recipients where it hurts, their stomachs.

A new bill in Missouri could ban food stamp purchases of “cookies, chips, energy drinks, soft drinks, seafood or steak.”

So what’s exactly the issue with steak? Would they rather people eat frozen steaks? As opposed to fresh steak? Will they also ban ground beef? Because technically that’s steak as well. Seafood? You’re meaning to tell me, only non-welfare recipients should have access to healthy salmon and other fish?

What in the world is wrong with these people?

What did poor people ever do to them? Besides keeping them employed?

And then you have the people of the ilk, “If I can’t afford it, they shouldn’t be able to either.”

What’s your life looking like, if you’re not on welfare and can’t afford a piece of steak? Even if it is the cheap parts? Don’t blame the poor people for your inabilities to maintain.

If this ludicrous bill is passed, it would go into effect July 1.

Missouri Republicans, I’ll say a prayer and hope you’re never a welfare recipient.

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  1. April 9, 2015 - Reply

    more criminalizing the poor. if i didn’t know it, i would never guess that republicans considered themselves to be majority christian. the same folks who believe Jesus multiplied fish & bread for the masses now want to count every morsel that goes into their mouths. their savior must be so proud.

    • April 9, 2015 - Reply

      @Me

      Somebody needs to point out to this likely “Christian” that his own Lord and Savior fed fishes to the masses. Why would he deny the same food to the poor?

    • April 9, 2015 - Reply

      @Me

      The irony, right?

  2. April 9, 2015 - Reply

    The wicked in high places believe they own people, and have the audacity to tell them what they can/can’t buy. Nazi Germany in the house.

  3. April 9, 2015 - Reply

    The Missouri Republicans who support this bill are totally lost and evil. They know what they are doing. They are actively trying to harm the lives of the poor in disgraceful, fascistic type of ways. Not to mention that seafood can be healthy for people. These Republicans have no shame and they are the types who lecture people on moral values, but this legislation lacks morality, compassion, and honor.

    • April 9, 2015 - Reply

      @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

      Agreed. Also, most poor Caucasians in Missouri are staunch Republicans. In my opinion, its foolish to vote against ones own interest, especially in a State with a high poverty rate.
      The mass media attempts to put a black face on poverty in order to shift the focus away from the truth, sort of like the “slight of hand trick” magicians use on an audience.

      • April 9, 2015 - Reply

        @Chazz A

        Yes, it is totally hypocritical for many poor Caucasians to vote for a party that supports legislation which overtly restricts the economic rights of the poor. The draconian bill is anti-civilization and it represents a lack of human compassion. Deflection and deception are quintessential aspects of the corporate mass media (which is the same entity that readily supported the disaster of the Iraq War, which began in 2003). Black people collectively have been used as scapegoats when the majority of the poor in America are white people.

  4. April 9, 2015 - Reply

    Last I checked steak and seafood are both FOOD. Not only that, they are healthy sources of protein. Aid is supposed to help people survive, and what is more basic to survival than food.

    Of course, this is a moot point anyway because the sponsor of the bill is probably lying or got his information from someone who was lying. People on welfare cannot afford to buy that sort of food and then have enough money to eat for the rest of the week.

    • April 9, 2015 - Reply

      @Anthony

      “I have seen people purchasing filet mignons and crab legs with their EBT cards,” he said.
      knowing good & well he doesn’t go grocery shopping anywhere that the local residents would be on ebt.
      the language he uses is as if he’s trying to restrict people from eating at gourmet restaurants.

    • April 10, 2015 - Reply

      @Anthony

      soda, chips, cookies and candy are not needed to survive and most definitely needs to be cut.

  5. April 9, 2015 - Reply

    Just another way of trying to police the poor. They want to control everything to justify giving you a handful of scraps. If they want to buy steak or seafood, that’s THEIR business. We’re supposed to eat more seafood than chicken because it’s healthier right? So what’s the problem?

    • April 10, 2015 - Reply

      @paintgurl40

      It’s MY business because it’s MY money. They’re not going to buy junk food with my money. So they can catch a stroke so I then have to pay for their medical bill too…smh…
      You think they’re buying wild caught salmon with their food stamps??? No! They’re buying lobsters, shrimp and crab legs which are ALL the most fattening and unhealthiest seafood of them all.

      • April 10, 2015 - Reply

        @Delia

        So the government taking 3 measly ass dollars out of your paycheck to pay for welfare, justifies you to control how someone else lives their life?? You want to sit up here and foam at the mouth about how THEY are dipping into YOUR money, but you ain’t saying jack shit about how these banks is charging you up the ass in interest for your loans and when it’s tax time, they pay NOTHING towards this country! Billionaires are literally paying less in taxes than the middle and lower classes, but you’re mad because poor people are buying chips,pop, and crab legs? Girl bye!

        • April 10, 2015 - Reply

          @paintgurl40

          how you know I’m not against government subsidies and business/government corruption???? I’m all against that, but this article isn’t about that!
          I’m against ABLE BODIED people who take advantage of the system and don’t put in that work and grind. Those who walk around with a sense of entitlement and/or generations of welfare.
          The more people work for a living, the more likely they gonna wonder where the hell their money is going and see through all that government and wall street corruption.
          In past posts I have stated against SNAP reductions, especially during these hard times. But I am no idiot and cutting off junkie edible items is a no brainer. Why would the government and healthy concerned citizens like myself want poor people who are already high risk for disease continue to support such an unhealthy lifestyle???
          And to answer you question, yes my measly $3 justifies control on how to spend my $3 cuz it’s mine and not theirs. When you take something that is not yours you take every stipulation that comes with it without complaint. No one is forcing them to apply. They can spend their own money on that garbage and YOU can continue to support that.
          What your small mind doesn’t understand, is that these unhealthy choices lead to unhealthy outcomes and who you think gonna be paying for their hospital bills when they catch a stroke, get their legs amputated from diabetes????? Then they going on disability, that I have to pay for. It’s a nasty cycle.
          wake up!

          • April 11, 2015 - Reply

            @Delia

            MY small mind?? I’m small minded because I’m too busy worrying about bigger issues than what poor people are buying with their SNAP cards. I’m small minded because I know that in a lot of poor hoods there are food deserts and they aren’t going to get the healthiest produce and meats, so they have to do what they have to do.?
            Our conversation is over. We’ll just agree to disagree. I’d rather be “small minded” than an elitist, uppity, Republican snob like you.

            • April 11, 2015 - Reply

              @paintgurl40

              My money=My business. Whether they’re SNAP recipients, corporations or governmental workers.

              I’m far from a Republican sweetie. Just because I know the bigger picture and I am a realist doesn’t equate to Republican.

              Stay in your small minded world, cuz you not ready to accept the truth. You have no rebuttle from my stance but to call me a Republican (who by the way don’t share my viewpoints) because what I put out is TRUTH.

              • April 11, 2015 - Reply

                @Delia

                You’re sure very far from the left…

              • April 15, 2015 - Reply

                @Delia

                I will stay in my small minded world because I have compassion for those who are less fortunate than I am, and realistic enough to see the bigger picture. I don’t need to rebuttle your stance. I said how I felt and so did you. We’re done.

                • April 15, 2015 - Reply

                  @paintgurl40

                  Truthseeker did not say the same exact things you said. Please reread.

                  • April 20, 2015 - Reply

                    @Delia

                    I’m not going to reread anything. I’m not taking back what I said and we’ll just have to agree to disagree. I don’t understand why you’re so angry about what I initially said or why you chose to jump on my response but it is what it is. Have a good day.

            • April 11, 2015 - Reply

              @paintgurl40

              There are stories all of the time showing how poor
              communities struggle to have access to healthier food choices. You’re right on that point. Many of the poor have to travel miles in order for them to get healthier foods. For many families on SNAP, it is either some foods like steak or near starvation. Even the First Lady Michelle Obama has talked about this issue. Many of the really healthy foods are heavily expensive, so SNAP recipients readily don’t have the resources to constantly pay for extremely healthy foods. That is why there must be a plan establishing living wages nationwide and other comprehensive solutions are needed (like investments in building stories with better foods in poor areas). The vast majority of the poor are not abusing the system, but many of the super-rich abuse the system all of the time. The super wealthy and the poor are treated differently. The bill is wrong to even ban food stamp purchases of seafood since some seafood can be very healthy.

              The bill is authoritarian and overly against the economic rights of the poor. The super wealthy are readily given massive subsidies, bailouts, and record bonuses while the poor are readily scapegoated for the economic problems that they didn’t originate in the first place. The poor (including those who use SNAP) are victims of a corrupt economic system. We pay taxes and I rather have my taxes pay to help the poor than to finance the growth of the military industrial complex (or corporations who dodge taxes).

              Enjoy your Weekend Sister.

              • April 11, 2015 - Reply

                @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

                Most of your points I’m in total agreement with.
                My gripe goes to those who are the able bodied individuals abusing the system and/or have been on welfare for generations at a time.
                I know that most recipients are on assistance temporarily.
                For the seafood portion, it goes either way. But for junk good, I completely disagree that it should be covered. Many states have attempted to ban junk food, soda and candy, but the supermarket corporations and walnart have been shutting those bills down.
                States like New York are giving recipients SNAP credit when they buy fruits and vegetables from farmers markets. It’s been really successful. Initiatives like that need to be adopted nation wide.

                And I know it’s the rich that schemes the government more than the poor, BUT my point is, if these able bodied citizens work for a living they will be more aware of where their money is going. Such as corporate welfare, Israel, military, the school board rather than the students etc.

                • April 11, 2015 - Reply

                  @Delia

                  It is obvious that the Republicans don’t share your concerns and motivations (for improving the communities). They enacted the bill for the reason of ideological purposes and to promote their laissez faire capitalist agenda (not to promote real help to the poor). A credit system and other alternatives that you have described are a whole lot better than the Republican legislation in my view. We all in agreement that anyone who is defaulting the system is wrong and that person should be opposed. I just believe that alternatives can be enacted (other than the Republican legislation), so we can have a decrease of poverty & a promotion of more healthy living. Most people on SNAP are working. Likewise, the generations of poverty was never caused by the poor totally. It was caused by the oligarchy who instituted the system of economic exploitation.

                  Big Agra is one of the most powerful lobbies in America including Big Oil. Therefore, supermarkets do have an incentive to promote unhealthy foods. This should change. Hopefully in the long term, we can see any community (irrespective of class) have access to healthy foods. The seafood section of the bill is blatantly wrong in my view. I do see your point in wanting healthier foods for people and we have to do that by dealing with the economic realities that cripple the opportunities of the poor. Even with our small disagreements on this issue, I certainly respect your right to show your views. I respect you and Sister paintgurl40 too.

                  At the end of the day, we want the same goal for our black people. We care for the youth. We love our people a great deal.

                  • April 11, 2015 - Reply

                    @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

                    I respect your response.

              • April 11, 2015 - Reply

                @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

                What do you mean by “the economic rights”? I have never heard this term.

                • April 11, 2015 - Reply

                  @Pema

                  Economic rights have been talked by many people. Economic rights deal with the right of people to not be economically exploited in a vicious fashion, the right of people to have economic justice, and the right of working people to be treated fair (as the labor rights movement fought against corrupt people as a means for that movement to help establish various workers’ rights). I don’t believe in laissez faire capitalism. I reject neoliberalism.

              • April 15, 2015 - Reply

                @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

                Thank You! You too!

                • April 15, 2015 - Reply

                  @paintgurl40

                  You’re Welcome Sister.

          • April 11, 2015 - Reply

            @Delia

            The money you pay in taxes is not yours. You have no say. I pretend the 20k I paid in taxes this year went to pre schools and not drones. I suggest you do the same.

            • April 12, 2015 - Reply

              @Sparger

              It’s mine until it reaches the hands of the government. And I support their use of my tax dollars in this case.

              • April 12, 2015 - Reply

                @Delia

                Once it leaves your hands its no longer your money. You have no say. Ranting and raving about how responsible you are changes nothing.

            • April 15, 2015 - Reply

              @Sparger

              This is why people vote for politicians that represent their interests. You definitely have a say in how tax dollars are spent.

        • April 11, 2015 - Reply

          @paintgurl40

          And just F.Y.I. this country makes its money off of debt and interests. That’s why a fico score is so important.
          I have a credit union. I don’t get nickled and dimed with fees from them. You should look into it…

          • April 11, 2015 - Reply

            @Delia

            I’m good thanks…

        • April 11, 2015 - Reply

          @paintgurl40

          No billionaires are paying a lower rate than poor people. They are literally paying MORE taxes than the poor/middle class.

      • April 11, 2015 - Reply

        @Delia

        There’s a state between you and them. You don’t get to decide. And we are lucky you’re not.

  6. April 9, 2015 - Reply

    Do they know that some of those people are probably constituents that voted for them in the first place (There is more white people on welfare)? I guess not. Besides, the sponsors of these bills seem to have less than an eight grade education themselves. If a person wanted to buy the very things they are trying to ban, they could simply buy certain “permitted” items and then barter them for hard money to get what they want. But then they will probably arrest people for doing that instead of doing their jobs as government employees.

  7. April 9, 2015 - Reply

    So why the hell should black Americans vote Republican? They really are the Rethuglicans

    • April 9, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      That’s an excellent point Sister. The Republicans have shown their hand. As a black person, I will not vote for a Republican gladly.

    • April 11, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      So all black Americans are on food stamps?

  8. April 10, 2015 - Reply

    Ludacris bill??? Is Clutch s***ting me right now?

    I support this bill all the way! You’re not going to buy junk food with my money. Not only is it not nutritious, but I don’t want to pay for your behind when you catch diabetes and/or a stroke and/or heart disease and/or colorectal cancer (I can go on).

    And the nerve to accuse me of having an ‘inability to maintain’?? WTF?? I know how to spend my money WISELY on my education, home mortgage and healthy foods. I know how to live at my means and if these ABLE BODIED people have such high taste in steak, shrimp, crabs legs and lobsters, they can on some type of grind or live within THEIR means.

    This bill should have been passed a LONG time ago.

    It’s a shame that the lazy and the scammers make it difficult for those who TRULY need this assistance.

    • April 11, 2015 - Reply

      @Delia

      Pffff… Dishonorable words…

  9. April 11, 2015 - Reply

    The sad reality is if you can’t feed yourself, clothe yourself, or house yourself you really don’t have much say in how those things are done.

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