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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Right-wing congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX) is calling for billions of dollars in additional cuts to food stamps, after one of his staffers claimed to save money and gain two pounds after taking the “SNAP challenge.”

Last week, a group of House Democrats responded to their Republican colleagues’ plan to cut $20 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — better known as food stamps — by attempting to live for a week on a food budget of just $4.50 per day, to raise awareness about the difficulties of living on SNAP.

In response, Donny Ferguson — Rep. Stockman’s communications director and agriculture policy adviser — decided to take the challenge himself. According to a press release from Stockman’s office, Ferguson “was able to buy enough food to eat well for a week on just $27.58, almost four dollars less than the $31.50 ‘SNAP Challenge’ figure.”

“I wanted to personally experience the effects of the proposed cuts to food stamps. I didn’t plan ahead or buy strategically, I just saw the publicity stunt and made a snap decision to drive down the street and try it myself. I put my money where my mouth is, and the proposed food stamp cuts are still quite filling,” Ferguson said in the statement. “We can cut the proposed benefits by an additional 12.4 percent and still be able to eat for a week.”

“Not only am I feeding myself for less than the SNAP Challenge, I will probably have food left over,” he added.

In the press release, Stockman’s office provided a list of the groceries that Ferguson purchased for his $27.58:

Two boxes of Honeycomb cereal
Three cans of red beans and rice
Jar of peanut butter
Bottle of grape jelly
Loaf of whole wheat bread
Two cans of refried beans
Box of spaghetti
Large can of pasta sauce
Two liters of root beer
Large box of popsicles
24 servings of Wyler’s fruit drink mix
Eight cups of applesauce
Bag of pinto beans
Bag of rice
Bag of cookies
Gallon milk
Box of instant oatmeal

The list features a notable lack of fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat; the statement from Stockman’s office declined to speculate on the health effects of living on a beans and fruit drink mix diet. This would presumably be a problem for the 47 percent of households receiving SNAP benefits that include a child, however.

“I could have bought cheaper vegetables instead of prepared red beans and rice, but I like red beans and rice,” said Ferguson in the statement. “Folks aren’t buying fast food instead of vegetables because of benefit limits, they’re buying fast food because fast food tastes great and vegetables taste like vegetables.”

According to Stockman’s office, Ferguson’s experiment “debunked” the “left-wing publicity stunt intended to make it appear proposed cuts to food stamps would leave families unable to feed themselves.”

“Democrats have been intentionally buying overpriced food and shopping at high-priced chains to make it appear the cuts go too far,” the statement claims.

In a follow-up statement to Think Progress, Ferguson insisted that he is “feeling great,” and gained two pounds on his SNAP diet. ““As for criticism, liberals issued a challenge and I took them up on it,” he said. “It’s not my fault it backfired on them. Reality has a way of mocking liberalism.”

Reality also has a way of combating Stockman’s talking points. According to the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, the average cost of food at home already exceeds the $133.41 that the average SNAP beneficiary receives in a month.

According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, in 2012 SNAP helped 47 million low-income Americans to afford a nutritionally adequate diet in a typical month. One would think that Stockman, who was once homeless for a full year, would understand the value of food security.

Additionally, the Center for American Progress estimates that every billion dollars cut from SNAP costs the economy 13,781 jobs — meaning that the cuts which Stockman supports could cost over 275,000 jobs.

Photo by Gage Skidmore/Flickr

H/t: Think Progress

  • Cyndy

    so if we all eat beans and rice we can survive. hope no one has diabetes with all the starch.

    • Jill49

      I agree – must be the GOP austerity menu – beans and rice for all.

    • stcroixcarp

      I wouldn’t want to sit in the same room with Stockman’s assistant. not unless the windows open!

      • Russell Byrd

        Do you mean before that steaming stack of crap ate the beans or after?

        • plc97477

          Both.

    • Mark Forsyth

      Just think Cindy,we all can keep each other warm with all the bean farts.

  • Independent1

    When you’re a mentally retarded moron, you’re a mentally retarded mornon. There’s not one meat item on Stockman’s shopping list, and no veggies either. Anyone who thinks people would live on the garbage that Stockman bought as their normal diet is as ignorant as Stockman himself. And I’m not even totally convinced that the items on Stockman’s list could be purchased for anywhere near $27.58 in a lot of sections of America. Where I live, 2 boxes of Honeycomb cereals, a jar of peanut butter and a loaf of whole wheat bread cost over $10. That only leaves $17 for the rest of his items which is clearly not doable – at least not in Maine. It appears to me, that Stockman probably grabbed a grocery store’s specials flier for the week that lists all its loss-leaders (items below wholesale) just to get as much food as he could for the SNAP challenge amount – that’s not how we should be forcing American’s to live – with total disregard for eating healthy. But then again, Republicans these days don’t think about other Americans living well, they appear to only think about serving their donor masters so they can put as much campagin cash in THEIR POCKETS as is possible.

    • tax payer

      Check the shopping carts of these people and you’ll see, no beans, no rice, no potatoes, no fruits, no vegetables. You’ll see, steaks, microwave items, water, sodas, chips, ice cream, expensive cakes, no pork chops, frozen pizzas, candy and who knows what else. They take out a one hundred dollar currency and pay cash for beer, cigarettes, toilet paper, but they wish it was included too. Two full shopping carts and ten children walking behind the two parents each one of them as obese as the parents. This is what food stamps does to the poor or should I say to those that breed to have more than those that have less children to be able to eat a decent meal.

      • Sick of everything

        Bull crap! This has nothing to do with having FS or not. What a stupid comment. Ya some are like that and buy high end food, but abuses are everywhere. Your missing the point Einstein. Maybe your life will change and you will have to apply for your own benefits and see how you like it, jerk.

        • tax payer

          I prepared myself, so I wouldn’t depend on the tax payers to feed me or my family. I worked, saved, invested and know how to managed our resources, so I am sorry you feel the tax payers have to feed you and those that don’t know how to prepare themselves. If everyone was like you than there would be no tax money to feed you and your family because the way it sounds you are mad because I don’t care to feed you. I have applied for my ( OWN BENEFITS ) such as my ( TWO ) retirement checks monthly, but I earned them for working many years. Did you know the children follow the example of their parents, so the cycle never ends unless one of them decides I need to be a responsible parent and earn my own money to feed my family, but that is very rare with those people.

          • jnap

            Get a life low life and quit telling us how great you are.
            I think you are a degenerate that should be ignored.

          • tax payer

            You’re not ignoring me that’s for sure. Really, I am trying to tell you how great I am? If you think that’s what I am trying to tell you than you are an idiot. In this country you have the chance to work and pay taxes, and not expect everything free. A Lowlife is a person that feels we are responsible for the raising of their children and I and ( all the tax payers ) are that person a lowlife needs in order for their family to eat. You won’t understand because you must be waiting for the month to end, so you can get your monthly benefits paid for by the tax payers.

          • Independent1

            LowLifes are also people who focus more on themselves at the expense of others – people like you. And be aware, that when you’re denigrating people that need food stamps, you’re by-in-large denigrating people who live in Republican governed states – aka Red States. Of the 23 states that have more than 15% of their residents living below the poverty level, 21 of them are Red States which have a lot of people sucking welfare and food stamps. That’s why more than 70% of food stamp dollars go to Red States. As egotistical as you post, my guess is you considr yourself a conservative – well if that’s the case – well to the club of welfare suckers!!!!!!!!!

          • hotflashweave

            And the good people of Massachusetts and California are happy to help them out, realizing that taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society.

          • Independent1

            Massachusetts and California do really help out. Considering that there are only 17 states that get less federal aid money than they send to Washington as taxes, it’s these 17 states that are really supporting the other 33. Of the 17 states basically supporting America, 14 of them are Blue States – only 3 red states suck less federal dollars than what they pay in taxes. Of the 17 states that operate with the least help from the feds – the ten that get the least back are all states that voted for Obama in 2012 – and Calif and Mass are in the list of the ten states that get back the least federal help: Here’s the list:

            1. New Jersey ($0.62)
            2. Connecticut ($0.64)
            3. New Hampshire ($0.68)
            4. Nevada ($0.73)
            5. Illinois ($0.77)
            6..Minnesota ($0.77)
            7. Colorado ($0.79)
            8. Massachusetts ($0.79)
            9. California ($0.81)
            10. New York ($0.81)

          • tax payer

            I wish people would try to improve their life, but it won’t happen since the Government does it for them.

          • Russell Byrd

            TOO stupid to even bother with arguing over. The statement was a spoon fed propaganda blurb. No truth, just smoke and vapor designed to provoke decent people and appeal to the sub human.

          • tax payer

            People never accept the truth. so they find a way to convince others we have to work in order for them to eat plain and simple.

          • Russell Byrd

            Manufactured statement based on bigotry, racism, falsehood, and evil. Therefore, has no validity in this discussion. Tax payer’s thought process = when you have nothing, make something up.

          • Mark Forsyth

            Let me clue you in on something you miserable jerkoff.I’m sixty one years old and permanently disabled from thirty three years of long haul truck driving.During that same time I operated my own commercial fishing business for twenty six years during which time I employed a total of eighteen different people who wanted to work on my boat with me.None of them ever went hungry even when the fishing sucked.All my working life I paid taxes that went to fund many of the Social Safety Net programs that you are so ready to piss on.I have been disabled since 2007 and ever since I had to stop working I have heard assholes like you flapping their jaws about how they are being ripped off for their taxes.I paid for what I get each month and the disability payments I get are mine,it’s MY money that I recieve that I paid into the program.
            I’m still working now and then refinishing furniture to supplement my income when I am able.I hope a miserable piece of shit like you never needs any kind of help from anyone for any reason.During the balance of your life while your waiting to see if you become a human being,you can kiss my ass and damn well go fuck yourself.

          • tax payer

            I also get Social Security and a Pension, so I am just like you. I worked for what I have, so who said it was thrown at you. You have what you have because you worked and you surely must know I am referring about those that depend on you, and me to live and eat free. You paid taxes, while you worked, so others could stay home and make babies, and nothing positive in life. I respect you for what you have, but you need to understand you are wrong in thinking I was talking about you because we are in the same boat. I know someone like you won’t apologize, but I don’t expect it since you have made up you mind it was meant for you, when I spoke of the lowlife that never want to work. One thing I always told the young people I met to work and work for a company that offers a retirement plan because social security isn’t going to be enough to live off once you retire. I get a good sum of money from social security and my pension monthly because I chose to work many years at the same company, and never jumped from one job to another. I also saved money every payday and that money is still earning interest right now in Certificates This is what people can do, but they choose an easy life. When they get old they have nothing to show for it and end up getting SSI, and Medicaid, when we both have Medicare or a Medical Advantage ( Humana Golden Plus ). You must be getting SSD for being unable to work, but have earned enough credits to get what someone gets at age 65. and that isn’t SSI.

          • Mark Forsyth

            I never qualified for SSI because my earnings were too high.I went direct to SSD which will convert to SS at age 65.What pisses me off is that people who don’t know me but know that I am disabled,think that I am some kind of lowlife working the program because they see me using food stamps or going hunting or fishing instead of being a cripple in a wheel chair.They don’t stop to realise that I am able to do what I do because I no longer do what I did and that if I didn’t keep moving I would indeed be crippled.
            I experienced a number of financial difficulties due to the prolonged negative economy here in New York State that gradually ate away my savings so my SSD is my main source of income except for those times when I can earn a little extra doing odd jobs.I never expected to be so thoroughly subsidized but there you have it.I know that there are people that game the programs and don’t like it any more than you ,they are crooks but they are small time compared to those in government and big mega corporations.
            I have most of the material things that I want.I would like to have a larger place to live so that I could garden and do some woodworking,in time maybe,but I still am grateful for what I have,I just want to keep it.
            I think your comments would be better recieved if you did not make such broad blanket statements.Those comments do tend to include me,however I accept your explanation and with that in mind I hope you will excuse the harshness of my earlier comment.

          • timsolady

            You are NOTHING like him. You are a POS who doesn’t deserve to breathe the same air that we do.

          • tax payer

            I don’t care for Welfare Cheats like you, so don’t even tell me anything and go breed some more bastards to collect more benefits.

          • Russell Byrd

            Nothing timsolady said could possibly lead one to that conclusion.

            You are a bastard of the lowest possible kind. Whether you are for real or just a trouble loving troll.

          • plc97477

            I think the part you don’t get is these “lowlifes” you keep harping about don’t exist. Welfare was changed about 20 years ago to make it so no one lived on the dole forever.

          • Michael Albertson

            Wow! I really like your post Mark, great job!

          • Russell Byrd

            Why should we ignore you. You claim you have a right to post, but guess what, we do to. And the indescribable ignorance you exhibit is begging us to do so!

          • gmccpa

            Wow. You earned a living for yourself. You should be soooo proud. I’ll bet more than 90% of the people posting here earn a living for themself. And shocking..some of us have actually raised children…and they too earn a living. Difference is we’ve raised responsible AND compassionate ones. And we even pay taxes too.

            So you can get off your high horse. You think you are above ever being in need? BS. It happens to the best of us. I’ve had your arrogant type complain to me about the so called takers…meantime they’ve legally impoverished their own parents. Just so they can make them Medicaid eligible and ‘save’ their inheritance. But one thing…I always know what they mean by ‘those people’.

          • tax payer

            I worked so your family could have food on the table is what I am saying.

          • timsolady

            Quit being so high and mighty. My husband and I have worked hard for over 40 years. We are college educated, earned good money as well as raised three sons. Now that we’ve encountered serious health issues we have fallen on hard times, depleted our savings, and now have to rely on a disability check and a small pittance of food stamps.
            So you’re not the only person who has worked hard. Not everyone who is on food stamps is unemployed or lazy or wants to be dependent on the government to survive.
            It is scum like you that make the ignorant a-holes like you believe all the talk about lazy, unemployable, sit on their behinds while collecting food stamps.
            It is simply NOT true… and I hope you never have to experience a debilitating condition that turns a hard working man into one who struggles to support his family.
            So once again, get off your high horse because you are no better than anyone else no matter how much you try to convince yourself that you are.

          • sigrid28

            I am grateful to you for making this post, because I think you are one family among many in this economy. When hard times fall upon a family as we age, it is easy to forget that real contributions come from 40 years of work, and these do not vanish along with robust health and retirement funds. Furthermore, people like you and me, of good intentions, can still help each other out in many ways. I wonder if you know about two websites where you can locate medications at reasonable prices: “needymeds” and “RXOutreach” dot com.

          • tax payer

            You aren’t reading what I put down. If you are too sick to work than you have earned your benefits and deserve the help you are getting, but it’s because you worked until you were unable to continue working that you are getting benefits right now. I feel like giving up because everyone thinks I am against those that work shouldn’t get their earned benefits because you know that’s only being done by those that don’t work, because they feel they don’t have to work. I get social security because I paid to have it in my elderly years, so what is so wrong in thinking others can do it too?

          • plc97477

            I want to say I am sorry you have hit on some hard times. Luckily not everyone is as selfish as tax payer. Some of us care about others. I hope things get better for you soon.

          • Russell Byrd

            You obviously can’t read either. Like gmccpa stated, probably more than 90% of us work and make a living. So lazy scumbags like you can sit on your ass and waste our time with inane prattle. You do not put food on our tables! In fact, your kind just steals off the tables of those that do provide.

          • tax payer

            Believe what you want, but I provide for my family and that’s all you have to know about me.

          • Russell Byrd

            Like may teanderthals, you have a right and a need to lie. Jealousy, hatred, greed, racism, and untrustworthiness are normal modes of thought for you. Your a “what have you done for me today” kind of dirt-bag. If I do not have a right to know anything about you, why are you here insulting decent people with your ignorant drivel. You are a pure teatard, you think you have a right to be vicious and evil, and call names, but no one has a right to say anything in return. You are just SO special. You, your ignorance, and your ego.

          • tax payer

            If you get food stamps than we do put food on your table, and if you don’t than good for you to not depend on the tax payers to feed your family. Should I say I am proud of you or should you thank me for having food to eat is the question of the day.

          • Russell Byrd

            Your pretty lively for a guy that has claimed to be leaving at least four times. And that is far from the only lies you have told.

            “Lies faster than a dog can trot.”

          • hotflashweave

            You might have had at least a case for your argument, till Big Business sent all the low-skilled jobs overseas, laid-off older workers who have a hard time finding new jobs, people who invested in their homes with every expectation of being able to continue paying their mortgages found themselves jobless, and soon homeless. We tend to forget the calamity of 2008, the workers who were displaced, the families who were too young to have amassed what it would take to weather the storm. In my experience, children either tend to accept or reject the values of their parents in similar numbers. Liberal, and conservative.
            You should probably keep that in mind.

          • tax payer

            If people pay more than their mortgage payments than they can pay them off faster and not lose them to the bank. I did it myself and I only pay the property taxes that we are forced to pay like it or not.

          • Russell Byrd

            HEY EVERYONE, this lying dirtbag is BROKE. He just thinks he deserves more than everyone else. Of course, I am not saying anything we did not know, but now, YOU admitted it!

          • tax payer

            I will let you think I am broke, if that will make you happy. I have funds and I get my social security, and my regular pension, so sit on that one and I hope you have something, when you retire, but most likely it’ll be SSI that the poor get from the Government for never seeing a job in their life.

          • Russell Byrd

            At least try to make coherent sense. I have funds too, I work full time, I have never drawn ANY assistance. I have been hungry. The difference between you and me is I do not want to visit that hardship on anyone else. Especially not children, the elderly, and the disabled. In the greatest nation to ever exist on this planet, and that many times over, we have no reason to allow that to occur. Unfortunately, you seem to thrive on causing misery. The words that best describe you a sadist and sociopath. BUT don’t think I can’t think up many, many more . . . and they are all bad.

          • tax payer

            I have a good life because I worked to not be a Ward of the State in my Golden Years. I am happy I don’t have to be Protesting I need more to make it since I have everything I need and for working all those years to be where I am today. I think most people would like to be in my position, but out of jealousy they thing differently. I am not BROKE because you don’t see me living under a Bridge like you and using a computer at the Library.

          • Russell Byrd

            I did not say that. I guess their is some hidden meaning here since you are so touchy about it. You are saying you actually are broke, and even if you are not living under a bridge, you ARE using a computer at the Library.

          • Russell Byrd

            Seriously, very seriously now. Normal people, i.e. humans, have what is called empathy. You are a sociopath, as you have no empathy. Regardless of whether you were born that way or intend to be that way, all you are doing coming here is harassing decent folk. Really, if your evil ass was known to be out on the street, a lot of people would smash your head with a baseball bat and think absolutely nothing of it. Your defense is your anonymity. Think you are being threatened? Well guess what, you have spewed nothing but hateful, stupid, evil since you got here. You are a threat to a stable nation and literally a threat to the survival of many people.

          • Russell Byrd

            As for seeing you any where, I am not looking. How would I “see” you, troll? If I knew where to look, I imagine the stench would repel me before I saw you.

          • Russell Byrd

            Having said the above, I can only conclude that you are just a troll.
            And not even much of that. You are one pathetic, pitiful waste of skin,
            whose only future is just waiting to die.

          • jarheadgene

            We Amercians, as a whole have too short a memory and are often times too forgiving(to our credit) BUT we must not FORGET 2008…..VOTE AGAINST ALL REPUBLICANS!!!

          • Canistercook

            Guess when you have sired 9 children by 6 different women and don’t have a job you need someone else to feed them all. Octomum has cost the taxpayers a pretty penny so far!

          • tax payer

            You are so right in what you have just mentioned and there is nothing we can do about it since the Government controls our tax money.

          • Russell Byrd

            Slander and propaganda designed to appeal to sub-human teanderthals. Look troll, there is no argument there, just name calling out of the standard repunk playbook.

          • Russell Byrd

            I guess you were the last child of that 6th woman. You got all those cute little dresses to wear as hand me downs. How sorry i am about your rotten luck. Not really.

          • Canistercook

            No but I did learn to cut cardboard innersoles for my shoes when the sole had a hole- and knew how to dodge the puddles.
            Sent from my iPad

          • Robert Parker

            …’those people’– don’t pretend you’re better than they are. One thing is clear from your comments, you’re a selfish, and self righteous jackass. Since you’re so well off, perhaps upon eligibility you can forgo social security and medicare benefits so the tax payers needn’t help feed or provide health care for you.

          • tax payer

            Why should I give up my Social Security and Medicare, and Private Pension plus my investments since I worked 45 years to have them in my retirement. Everyone in this country can make it, but most are too lazy to work a lifetime to have something to show in their Golden Years. I am not selfish because I donate one dollar to the poor once in awhile, when he or she begs for money on a street corner.

          • Michael Albertson

            Very generous of you Robert! I am sure you did all this on your own, no government help, no special considerations and of course you started off at the bottom of the social and economic ladder. Do yourself a favor Robert, keep your dollar. I am sure you need it more than the poor.

          • tax payer

            If you want it you can’t have it because like someone mention awhile ago. It’s my money and I want it now.

          • Russell Byrd

            It’s OUR money and you want it now! Typical Pub.

          • MVH1

            This person, if indeed it’s not a Tasmanian Devil who found someone to type inanities and drivel for it, is truly too dumb to write back. Maybe if we ignore it, the things that rattle around in its head and have mashed what brains it might have once had, it will go away. You think? And on top of everything else, it’s illiterate so we know it wasn’t a white collar indoor job requiring any kind of composition.

          • Russell Byrd

            Because a dirtbag like you has zero credibility if you continue to draw benefits from programs you despise and would deny to others. Tax payer: Lacking in any kind of “sense.” Common or otherwise. Ditto for “decency” as well.

          • tax payer

            I don’t hate them, so you must not understand ( I hate helping those that don’t care to help themselves ) because I never asked for you and the tax payers to support me, so what is so wrong in not begging from the Government?

          • Russell Byrd

            I think it is you that do not understand. It takes little brain power to understand what you mean. You hate people in general. You admire greed and selfishness. If a dying man walked out of the desert, you would refuse him a drink of water. He should have planned on bringing more water with him, RIGHT? And once again, why are you really here?

          • Independent1

            You are the classic example of a totally worthless human being; anyone who thinks that thinks life is only about providing for his or her own needs is a totally worthless human being. Which very much describes the Grand Ole Plutocrats – the GOP. A large collection of totally worthless humans who are such celf-centered egotists that they don’t even realize they are living totally worthless lives full of nothing but selfishness. Your posts on this thread are simply reinforcing for many of us exactly why we want nothing to do with you or any other Republican!!!! Who wants to associate with truly worthless people!!

          • tax payer

            Kiss my cucumber.

          • Russell Byrd

            Here is the same answer I gave you last time you said that. “Remember, you didn’t buy any veggies with your $27.58.” So, no cucumber, no kiss. Of course, you do have the peanuts, the SMALL Spanish kind, savvy?

          • tax payer

            Would you give the poor a thousand dollars from your wallet since you say you don’t mind being there for them. A simple ( yes or no ) will do for an honest answer.

          • Russell Byrd

            This question is as dishonest as the asker. If I had the resources that you claim to have and your rich hero idols have, the answer would be: YES!!!! But anyone besides a MORON knows that you have intentionally asked a trick question. How about yourself, would you give? The same that you have asked of and expect of myself? Yeah, EVERYONE already knows the answer.

          • tax payer

            I will give you an honest answer because I gave while I worked and it was in the form of the tax money I gave to the Federal Government. I also wouldn’t give a thousand dollars to a poor person because they don’t deserve it since they also had the chance, when they Graduated from school to start thinking of the future.

          • Russell Byrd

            You have not been honest yet. . . . You asked me a trick, and very unfair, question to trip me up. Just so you could call me a hypocrite. Even though you know that real working people, i.e. people unlike yourself, do not have a thousand dollars lying around to spend. Much less give away. So I will say for you to go suck a goat, for you are one creepy piece of filth. You want to ‘”win.” I just want ignorant misery, such as yourself, to go away and stew in your own shit.

          • Russell Byrd

            For me, this is about true patriotism. This is about a stronger, healthier, smarter, united America where we all work together to thrive and be truly free. You want a broken, fragmented, racist, third world, police state that functions only to serve your needs, and the needs of the corrupt that you love.

          • tax payer

            I don’t carry that much money in my wallet because my Certificates of Deposits make money for me and I only take out from my checking account to pay a few bills I have ( such as for food, water, electricity, insurance for my three vehicles paid for already ). You are mad because I did something to not depend on the tax payers and that to me isn’t good thinking on your part. I wonder, if you even have friends because, if they are rich they may have to listen to you mouthing off that they should give you some of their money. This is the last time I will converse with you because you are an idiot. Thank Satan.

          • Russell Byrd

            Liars go to hell, tax payer. All you have done there is try to brag about how well off you are. No one believes any of that shit.

          • Russell Byrd

            And finally, if you really are gone this time, all I can tell you to do is get a life. Quit trying to put the helpless in a worse situation that they already are. Maybe, stop worshiping bullies, like the rich that use a crooked system, and crooked laws, and crooked politicians to steal what the true producers have made. Get out from behind the computer and get some fresh air. Try to mend the fences will all the people you have treated shabbily. Like your family. Forget friends, I already know you do not have any. Maybe, take up reading. God only knows you need the practice. Be at peace. OTHERWISE, eat shit and die, you useless sorry bastard.

          • tax payer

            I will tell you the truth. I am as poor as you. Now, does that make you happy? One thing for sure I still won’t ask for food paid for by the tax payers. You get mad because you expect the poor to get what they don’t deserve and the poor ( I mean is those that don’t want to work ). You say I am poor, so I must be poor and don’t know it. If you ever need any money don’t count on me to be there for you because you won’t get a penny from me and I have more than one penny in my accounts. Oh, by the way there is no Hell and no Heaven, so you are a born Liar to try to convince me there is both of them. You die and that’s it, and you are buried and forgotten.

          • Russell Byrd

            Liars go to Hell, tax payer. And do I have to give you a lesson into the meaning of liar. Whether I believe or not is really irrelevant. Using the expression does not convey any attempt on my part to convince you of anything. BUT you did say you were going to leave – AGAIN. You have said several times that you would not address me any more. Those were and are, LIES. And that is just the ones I am going to bother to list.

          • tax payer

            Heaven and Hell aren’t for real because once we die we turn to worms under the ground. Sure, I am leaving, but I know you’ll miss me because who else would take your shit? Have a fucked life.

          • Russell Byrd

            I do despise religious right-wingers. Most ARE both. Most ARE stupid. That is why I do not like to listen to them. As for me, U tend to agree with you. However, being Liberal, I do not care to brainwash my fellow man. I do not dwell on the subject, though as I have said, I do ponder the question quite often. I just do not wish to listen to ignorant superstition and hatred masquerading as God’s will.

          • Russell Byrd

            You made my point for me again. I already know that you did not leave. Why? Because I have already found your next posts. You reminded me of an old saying my dad was fond of: Lies faster than a dog can trot. You are still doing the same old shit. To finish the reply, I can take you or leave you. I am enjoying this too much. I do realize that, but when you are REALLY gone, I will have no reason to continue. Of course, your type is a dime a dozen and this may happen again. Please remember, I told you honestly on more than one occasion why I am doing this. I realize that stupid is chronic, but you have pushed this beyond a failure to understand to pure, obstinate evil.

          • Russell Byrd

            AND I REPEAT YOU HAVE LIED AGAIN. I found your later posts before I found this one. That trick did not work before and yes, I warned you that it wouldn’t. Why do you think it would work now. That is the purest definition of madness.

          • Russell Byrd

            Why don’t you learn to read? Why do you keep lying? Oh, yeah, you are a perfect Teatard. You have not answered any of my questions, but you persist in belaboring your evil point of view.

          • Russell Byrd

            How petty and sneaky are you? I have had you pegged correctly all along. You think that if you claim you are leaving, I won’t check back, and you will get the last word. All this effort for something that is totally meaningless in the grand scheme of things. If that is all you have to live for, then please, please, go jump off a bridge.

          • Russell Byrd

            As for asking you for anything, NOT ON YOUR LIFE. I bet if we compared total worth, mine is probably more than yours. Again, the difference between us is profound. I have no interest in trying to prove I am important because I have stolen from my fellow man. I have no use for arrogance, which walks hand in hand with ignorance. And I have no use for those that employ same.

          • Russell Byrd

            Why would I want to ask a Koch soaker like you for anything. Why? Do you feel important because you can laugh in the face of those that have hardship. I will never need an SOB like you. As I have said, my net worth is likely more than yours anyway. So I definitely am not as poor as you. So I hate to pop your perverted fantasies, but, once again, I will not need anything from you. I am sure you lied, cheated, and bullied your way to the tiny success you have achieved.

          • Russell Byrd

            As for your statement, “You are mad because I did something to not depend on the tax payers. . .” is so ignorant as to make me feel like I have to dumb down six levels just to address it. Why would I care if you were self-sufficient. That is what we are ALL for. That does not include you, of course. You think you are so special. Sooooo precious. I am mad at you because of something that is obvious to decent, intelligent people. You are a sociopathic troll. Look up sociopath. For that matter, look up troll. You have no empathy for anyone. In other words, if you made intelligent conversation without trying to slander and denigrate, the poor, the regular posters, and myself, then, I WOULD NOT HAVE SAID ANYTHING TO YOU!

          • tax payer

            You seem to understand whatever you read, so why bother to look up words that I understand. You are mad because you were born mad. I have never put down anyone that comments in this Blog because they have the right to say what they please. I only respond to you because you never know when to shut up and you feel I am God, when there is no God. I do get money, but money I paid into the system such as Social Security and Medicare. Maybe you are still working and wish you were retired, but I just don’t understand you at all. I can put down only ( one word ) and you will still find something wrong with it, so what the hell is your problem? Are you the daddy of all those people you are defending? I am surprised you haven’t been committed by now because I worked one year, while in internship in a Mental Hospital and I believe you belong in one of those Mental Hospitals the way you present yourself. Really, get some help because I am pretty sure you are headed for a Mental Breakdown. I see you are improving in the way you separate the sentences. Good, it’s an improvement on your part.

          • Russell Byrd

            Your an idiot AND a pathological liar. I am not mad in any sense of the word and I was not born mad. Provedly, you are mad. In every sense of the word. Your post is approaching incoherency. And obviously, you do not understand. You have been putting people down since you arrived. I am just trying to see that you get no joy.

          • Russell Byrd

            I never caught what you did to make all this wonderful money. Probably by hanging out at the Men’s room in the Greyhound bus station.

          • Russell Byrd

            Once again, twice you said you were leaving, or is it three times? I suspect three, but I know two for sure. Three times, at least, you said you would ignore me. Yet, here you are. Is it that important for you to have the last word? That is madness. Keep in mind I am an honest man. As I have said, I am just here to see you get no joy. AND drive you the rest of the way over the edge. You see, you have proven you are living hand to mouth. A well off man, that was even remotely normal, would have the satisfaction of saying, “I told you so,” and be gone.

          • plc97477

            I think he is almost there.

          • Russell Byrd

            Now, let’s parse some of what you said.

            “You seem to understand whatever you read, so why bother to look up words that I understand.” I do understand just about everything that I read, but you seem not to. And your propensity for doing NO research supports my hypothesis that I am dealing with a weak, disorganized mind. I have a graduate degree by the way. I am often a little sloppy, but I recognize good writing and coherent thought when I read it. You just “ain’t” got it!

          • tax payer

            Wow! You have a Graduate Degree and you don’t even bother to Capitalize the first letters of the words.You are saying you are a Sloppy Obese Person? That is something I believe. Look who’s bragging now, so does that make you a hypocrite? I know you have to Capitalize certain words, so did you forget it since you got your Graduate Degree. This must mean you are still employed and paying taxes, so your poor lazy friends can have something to eat. Does that make you proud to have to work and feed those that ( never work ) in their life. I still say those that never work and with your Graduate Degree you should know it’s the people that ( don’t want to work ), but still want to have something to eat. Get it? I don’t think you get it even with all the education you say you have, but you still don’t get it or don’t want to admit you work, so they can eat.

          • Russell Byrd

            To a person with normal intellect, the quotation marks would have given a clue that the words are from elsewhere. The three periods are an ellipsis and signify that the quote is a portion of a larger sentence. THOSE ARE YOUR WORDS, MORON. Of course, as a teatard, you know you have a right to reword anyone’s statements to mean what you wish.The rest of your post is meaningless drivel. You still are emotionally unstable and mentally abnormal. A liar and a sociopath.

          • Russell Byrd

            Now, let’s do some more.

            “You are mad because you were born mad.” No evidence of truth. You could at least give me hell for calling you names. Of course, I only do that to piss you off and get your attention. “‘I have never put down anyone that
            comments in this Blog because they have the right to say what they
            please.” There are lies and then there are damn lies. That is one of the latter.

          • Russell Byrd

            We are on a roll now!

            “I only respond to you because you never know when to shut up. . .” I will shut up when you keep ANY of your promises. Obviously, you are not smart enough to see you are at least equally guilty. As well, I have made no promises, unlike yourself.

            “. . .and
            you feel I am God, . . .” You are either quite mad, stupid, or very silly. I’ll go for the hat trick.

            “. . .when there is no God.” You may be surprised to find out that I doubt that there is. On the other hand, I am open to the idea that he could be there and is ready to get back into practice by sending your stinky soul to Hell. I just do not worry myself over the fact, though I do ponder the problem at times.

          • Russell Byrd

            Continuing.

            “I do get money, but money I paid into the system such as Social Security and Medicare.” No one, including myself, has given you any grief over that. CAN YOU NOT UNDERSTAND THIS IS ABOUT YOUR TOTAL DISDAIN FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT AS SUCCESSFUL AND YOUR LYING SLANDERS TO BELITTLE THEM FOR IT. You have NO empathy. It is quite common in Repubs, but is NOT normal for a healthy human being. You also present yourself as potentially a sociopath. No humor in that statement intended. Your sole purpose to be here has no point for a normal, decent person. You are not here to explain, but to rationalize, categorize, and marginalize a huge group of the population.

          • Russell Byrd

            Yes, you are a sociopath. This has never been about being someone’s “daddy.” Helping people in need is a normal human trait. One you do not seem to understand. If you were not so hateful, evil, and mentally unstable, I would pity you. However, you are too dangerous to give a break to. Returning to the central point of the article: No one lives beyond a starvation diet on $35 a week. Much less, being told by some overfed, LYING, asshole that they should live on $27.58, or whatever. Do you want a weak and getting weaker America? Do you want a revolution that will probably make you a priority target. That with your big money and all. Don’t you want a united, strong nation. As G. H. W. Bush said, “A kinder and gentler America.” Why are you so full of hatred and so addicted to strife. I am not the lunatic here. And I will add, that your strongest technique is to try to spin phrases out of my earlier posts AS IF they were your own. You are not even original.

          • tax payer

            Obama has f-ck-d up our country, so argue with him because he is a traitor and you people that love him should ki-s his balls.

          • Russell Byrd

            This mental case just keeps running from “pillar to post” trying to SNEAK in the last word. Everything he has to say has been previously refuted, and that repeatedly. He cannot stop, so I am here to ruin his joy.

          • tax payer

            I am going to bed now, so look for me in your next lifetime, but remember there is no Heaven and no Hell unless you dig a hole deep enough to be happy there and you can call it Hell.

          • Russell Byrd

            tax payer =
            Liar
            Bigot
            Racist
            Sociopath
            Moron

            Let’s face it. Everything this guy has said has been debunked again and again. He just cannot stop, so I am here to ruin his joy.

          • plc97477

            Didn’t you promise to shut up and go away?

          • tax payer

            As you noticed asshole that was two days ago, so suck my pen?s.

          • Russell Byrd

            The pertinent facts have been discussed repeatedly and you have
            not had any coherent argument, except the one based on you being a
            bastard. Observably, those that have little or no opportunity, and came from environments where this has continued to be so, rarely get ahead. You expect those that start behind and are ill-equipped to thrive to not only catch-up, but surpass those that have had a head start. Only a vicious, evil, and stupid creature would even speak that aloud. You claim to assume as true what any normal, decent person knows is false.

          • Russell Byrd

            Let’s face it, tax payer, your just a pile of stinking garbage. No words, whether kind or nasty, will ever budge you from the highway to Hell. You are amoral. A sociopath that lacks any empathy for your fellow man. I can only hope that you will someday be prevented from preying on your fellow man and end up needing assistance. Assistance that I pray will not be forthcoming.

          • Russell Byrd

            How about I ask you a couple of questions that use the same reasoning and have just as much validity as your own. Do you masterbate in the closet? If yes, then it’s a good spot, isn’t it!? If no, then, do you do it in public? MORON!

          • tax payer

            If you are going to be like that than your w-f- would go nuts watching me do it since it may be years since she last saw you with a hard–.

          • Russell Byrd

            We both know that you can’t make that much effort. You are far too lazy and far too puny. And as far as my home front goes, everything is fabulous. You will not make much headway using that tack. Assuming I am even understanding your incoherent drivel. . . .

          • Russell Byrd

            You WHAT? “I am not selfish because I donate one dollar to the poor once in awhile, when he or she begs for money on a street corner.” Evil like yours will be rewarded in kind. . . . TROLL

          • tax payer

            I am not going to give them more than that because all they want is enough money for another bottle of wine. These are the people I am talking about and to me it seems I am talking about you since you come to their defense knowing full well it’s true.

          • Russell Byrd

            Some people do have a drinking problem. Yet, we both should know that does not apply to the majority. How do we know that you are not a self loather? You always attack people you know nothing about. Must be some corruption deep down in that soul of yours that you have to suppress with hate. You cannot face your true nature.

          • Russell Byrd

            I guess, somehow you know that the millions of children that depend on this program are always drunk on wine. You are a piece of shite, dirtbag.

          • sigrid28

            So you do receive Medicare and Social Security. Welcome to Mitt Romney’s 47%. Unless you are a sock puppet.

          • Russell Byrd

            You probably left a trail of broken colleagues and family on your traipse through life. I am sure your relatives will talk about “Uncle Skinflint” long after you are dead. And I am not joking. “You know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”

          • MVH1

            Words of wisdom are wasted on this fool.

          • Russell Byrd

            Tax payer’s malarkey translates as: I’m flat busted broke and I am mad that I can’t qualify for as much assistance as I think I deserve.

          • tax payer

            That’s you opinion of me, but if you knew what I have you would come and clean my toilet for a salary, but I clean my own, ( not pay anyone ) for a job we can do ourselves.

          • MVH1

            Are we supposed to be impressed by that? Lots of us do that without preening about how virtuous and thrifty we are.

          • Russell Byrd

            Lick it clean, do you? Actually, I have cleaned toilets. Your kind would look for someone to take advantage of. You would starve if you were forced to do a day’s work. I have met several scumbags like you over the years. You do little work, but spend your time trying to convince the bosses of your superiority. As you have proven, repeatedly, you have no shame!

          • plc97477

            I wouldn’t clean your shit hole for all the money you have.

          • tax payer

            So, that’s what you do for a living. You rather get minimum wages for doing your skill, so do it at the Nursing Home you work at and earn less.

          • sigrid28

            You do not mention whether or not one of your two retirement checks is a Social Security check, but I assume it is? You do not mention if you use Medicare, as a retiree?

          • tax payer

            I have mentioned it unless it was deleted. Let me put it to you this way. Millionaires collect Social Security and Medicare because they paid to have it later in Life. Maybe they weren’t rich at first, so now they are and why should they say I don’t care to have it. Sure, they don’t need it, but it’s theirs, so most of them take it. I take it because why use my nest egg to pay for my Medical Care. I have the Right to have Medicare in the form of a Medical Advantage Plan. I would be foolish to say I’ll leave it for those that never paid to have it.

          • sigrid28

            If you are not a sock puppet, just put in this comment thread to drum up readership for the National Memo, you ARE a member of Romney’s 47%–people who will never care for themselves and live on government funding (Medicare and Social Security–both programs the Republican party would like to do away with–along with Food Stamps). I wonder if you are aware that the Republican party you vote for (I guess) intends to do away with the programs you now use to support yourself during retirement. If that were to happen tomorrow, would you still be able to provide for yourself?

          • tax payer

            Those that get Social Security and Medicare funded it themselves, and the Government makes sure it is there, when you retire. Now, Social Security and Medicare I paid like every retiree paid to have, so which do you think would be eliminated, if they asked all the people on Social Security and Medicare? Do I need to answer that one for you?

          • Russell Byrd

            You did not answer the question. You answered a different question of your own choosing, and even then, YOU LIED!

          • sigrid28

            You may have paid into all of these programs. Nevertheless, the leadership of the Republican party stands for ELIMINATING all three: Medicare, Social Security, and food assistance, while at the same time increasing defense spending and sustaining a tax code that allows millionaires and billionaires to pay a lower percentage of the income they live on than you do. So eliminate Social Security, Medicare to cover health care costs, and any food assistance from your monthly “income” column. Can you live on what is left? Republicans don’t care whether can or not. They just don’t want you or anyone else should have these resources if the government is somehow involved in providing them.

          • tax payer

            I have a Pension that pays more than my Social Security and my Social Security is quite a sum. In other words I wouldn’t qualify for the benefits some get right now.

          • sigrid28

            If left to their own devices, the Republicans would want no Americans whatsoever to receive Social Security checks, Medicare coverage, or food assistance, no matter what other income–such as a pension–they might have. Of course, in the last decade many have lost jobs and therefore pensions, and Republicans would leave them with NOTHING if they had their way.

          • tax payer

            In other words the Democrats want to give and the Republicans want to take. There is no way the people would allow this to happen because that would be the end of this country. Republicans would have to really be out of their minds because many of them have Relatives living off their Social Security and you know many Democrats, and Republicans also will get a Pension from the Government and that too would be eliminated, so as to be fair to everyone. I am not worried because it won’t happen in our lifetime.

          • sigrid28

            How do you know this would not occur in our lifetime? A voucher system of privatization is the Republican goal TODAY, was a part of the Ryan budget (you heard about that), and might have already been enacted had Romney won in 2012. Bush wanted to get rid of government involvement in Social Security by privatizing it. Republicans in the House TODAY want to eliminate as many dollars for food assistance as possible while increasing subsidies to wealthy farmers, some of whom are Republican representatives voting in their own self-interest. So Americans could in our lifetimes be obliged to get along in retirement on their pensions alone. That’s what Republicans stand for.

          • Russell Byrd

            You truly don’t have a clue do you. You have the answer in front of your nose, but you cannot see it. The Pubs are out of their minds. The only reason they have not made a more serious move on Senior programs is the number of teatard supporters they have in that group. They do not want to piss off their “base,” but they do not like it.

          • tax payer

            The tax payers are providing their own Resources ( Social Security and Medicare ) by money being taken out every week from their paychecks for future use.

          • plc97477

            S/he would probably still be voting repug too.

        • metrognome3830

          TAX PAYER is as phony as Stockman’s lackey’s story about his shopping trip. Nobody could be as ignorant as he tries to portray himself and still have earned an income sufficient to feed himself much less a family. He’s just another rich, overstuffed Tea Party Troll.

          • Russell Byrd

            I suspected he is not even real, but he trips himself up so much that I tend to think he really believes the nonsense he spouts. A real troll would be smarter and more organized. Of course, he might be the “ne plus ultra” troll, and uses the appearance of extreme stupidity as a clever ploy

          • plc97477

            Oh wow s/he is good.

          • Mark Forsyth

            Anyone besides me ever notice when an ass like taxpayer shows up and is spouting nonsense,that Lana Ward is not on the page at the same time?

          • Russell Byrd

            Yes, and thanks. I was afraid that Lana’s paranoia was contagious and I was coming down with a case.

          • Mark Forsyth

            Yes,well we certainly wouldn’t want that to happen,but I don’t think that it has.At least I don’t get that from anything you post.

      • jnap

        Fuc you. I’ll bet you cart is full of [email protected] since you definitely are.

        • tax payer

          Suc my cucumber.

          • Russell Byrd

            Remember, you didn’t buy any veggies with your $27.58.

      • Canistercook

        I agree I saw a distant relative shop on food stamps recently! Amazed me!

        • Independent1

          As one poster pointed out in this thread – with the recession, and especially with the way many red states have cut budgets and services – a lot of people who you may not have expected would be struggling, are struggling. And I specifically mentioned red states because 21 of the 23 states that now have more that 15% of their resiidents living in poverty, are red states. And with this article on Food Stamps – more than 70% of food stamp dollars go to residents in red states.

          • Russell Byrd

            I guess you realize, these troll clowns are incapable of empathy. They are in love with Ann Rand. Sociopaths all.

          • MVH1

            Well, and they believe the idiots they listen to and buy the crap hook, line and sinker.

          • Independent1

            You’re so right! Some of the supposedly conservative posters are so devoid of empathy that it’s really scary just how badly Satan will corrupt the minds of some people. And we wonder why/how some people create some of the horrific acts that we have seen so much of the last few years when some people are so devoid of any sense of compassion for others.

        • tax payer

          They tend to keep it in the closet like you know who.

          • Russell Byrd

            Like you?

          • tax payer

            Like your father that made you all think he was straight as an arrow maybe.

          • Russell Byrd

            Manufactured statement based on bigotry, racism, falsehood, and evil. Therefore, has no validity in this discussion. Laughable, because you are so lacking in reason and decency, you can only cast aspersions. Once again, you have nothing sensible to argue with. Why are you here? Oops, I just answered the question myself. You have NO sense.

          • MVH1

            You feeble minded soul.

          • tax payer

            Who’s your daddy or was he a hit and run baby maker?

      • Russell Byrd

        And all that on $27.58. My God, no only evil, but incredibly stupid you are. Just plain “ignert.”

    • Canistercook

      Beans are a vegetable, Peanuts are a fruit. My loaf of whole weath bread is $1.99 at Safeway and my jar of peanut butter was $3.49 = $5.48!

      • Independent1

        That’s about right, and if you add 2 boxes of Honeycomb cereal which are $2.68 apiece in Wal-Mart (for the small box), that makes those 3 items $10.84, leaving less than $17 for the remaining 14 items on Stockman’s list which simply isn’t doable in any grocery store I’ve ever been in – and I’ve done all the grocery shopping for our family for over 50 years. And Beans are not the kind of veggie they suggest you eat when they say, eat your veggies – and peanuts are not considered a true fruit either from the standpoint of “eat your fruit and veggies”.

      • Russell Byrd

        Dried beans are NOT fresh vegetables. They are starch and protein. Peanuts may be botanically a fruit, but not in any way that a normal person would believe. And again, starch and protein. Both are legumes, by the way. Your arithmetic is not very impressive and your conclusion still has no point. That is, what about the rest of this master shopper food order? The money still won’t cover.

      • Russell Byrd

        My loaf of whole weath bread is $1.99 at Safeway and my jar of peanut butter was $3.49 = Canistercook is still a stupid, evil Bozo! With change returned!

      • metrognome3830

        Ketchup is a vegetable, too. Ronald Reagan said so.

        • Canistercook

          It is sweetened tomatoes – actually a sweetened fruit! So!

          Sent from my iPad

          • Russell Byrd

            Ignorance is bliss. You should be very, very happy. You are too dumb to even understand the concept of sarcasm.

          • Canistercook

            And you are too rude for me to bother with.

            Sent from my iPad

          • Russell Byrd

            Then, MORON, why are you bothering with me? Just have to have the last word, huh? MORON!

          • metrognome3830

            So don’t forget to put it on your shopping list. Yes, tomatoes are classified as fruit. Reagan misspoke — again.

          • Canistercook

            I do like and use tomato catsup

            Sent from my iPad

    • MVH1

      It appears to me, Mr. Stockman never produced the receipt showing he bought all that for $27.58. I’d like to see that. It’s not only not believable, it’s craven.

      • Independent1

        I agree completely! See my response to Canistercook below – he pointed out that the beans and peanut butter are $5.48 and with 2 Honeycomb cereals that cost $5.36 – those 3 items are $10.84 leaving less than $17 for 14 other items which means Stockman’s list and total are a sham from where I come from.

        • MVH1

          I’d just like to know where he bought all this crappy food anyway. Another problem poor people have is they often live in neighborhoods far from a decent grocery store and they don’t have transportation. They don’t get free bus fare. Everything is a bigger expense for them because poor people wind up paying more for everything since they have to buy in amounts that don’t give the best break. They’re often late paying their utilities, which means they incur penalties. If their utilities are cut off, they have to pay a reconnection fee and a penalty. They don’t have health insurance because even people making enough to keep themselves from being poor can’t afford health insurance — until Obamacare. Stockman is a monster.

          • Mark Forsyth

            I sometimes think that not even a jack hammer will open a closed mind. These mother fuckers should be shot.

          • tax payer

            Getting less means they have to shop wisely to look for the free food these people get monthly, but they seem to think they deserve more and not less. We owe trillions because of our Government being there for only one class of Americans.

          • Mark Forsyth

            There you go with your ignorant generalized blanket statements again.You need to shut up and walk a mile in someone elses shoes.You’re making me sorry for offering you an olive branch.All you are doing is spouting a bunch of nonsense that has no basis in fact.If you insist in being an ignorant putz,you should get off the page.You have nothing to offer that we have not heard before,just bluff and bluster.

          • tax payer

            If fools like you respond to me than who’s the fool. So, stop responding because this isn’t mean for you, but in your mind you may thin I am so sure it’s you. Grow up. I have the right to comment unless you think this ( Blog ) belongs to you and that will never happen in your lifetime.

          • Mark Forsyth

            You do not even own your own mind.We call out liars on this page,so you and your ridiculous lies will get no traction here.You are wasting your time because I intend to hound you for every falsehood you post.You are a posuer,a fake,and a fraud,a goddamned lieing scumsucking good for nothing piece of shit.Go out and pound dirt,maybe you can fertilize something with your bullshit.

          • tax payer

            That sounds like you ( what you have told me ), so welcome to the Club. I can delete you anytime I see your shitty name and not have to read what you post, so how doe that sound to you Egg Head.? I scan and read what I want to read. So, now you are telling me you are a Hound Dog. You do sound ( Bark, Bark ) like one seriously.

          • Mark Forsyth

            You are a pathetic little slimeball dweeb,go jerkoff in your hat.

          • Russell Byrd

            You are starting to lose it. That is, if you ever had “it.” Before, you did not act like you had good sense, but now you are becoming incoherent.

          • tax payer

            Right now I am watching a basketball game, so I won’t answer you until I have time and that may be never after today. F-ck Y-u.

          • tax payer

            Learn to leave a space, when you end a sentence and not make me think you wrote a long sentence of 70 plus words.

          • MVH1

            You’re just too stupid for words. You’re an idiot. Just present some proof, dumbbell.

          • tax payer

            Try looking in the mirror first and than make sure it’s you calling yourself stupid.

          • metrognome3830

            Oh, and you’re witty, too! I haven’t heard such a snappy retort since I was 5 and I’m over 70 now.

          • tax payer

            Are you referring about the lazy Americans in this country that refuse to work than that would save our country money..

          • tax payer

            Now, you expect them to get free bus fare. Oh, brother.

          • MVH1

            No wonder you don’t understand anything at all.

          • tax payer

            I understand you have to pay to ride the bus and, if someone can’t do that than maybe it time to walk and shed some pounds.

      • Mark Forsyth

        Obviously the jerk is a lousy shopper.I live in a small village on the St. Lawrence River in New York State and shop at the local market.Here is a run down on my shopping trip of 6-12-’13, I am so glad I kept my reciept and oh,by the way I used part of my exorbitant monthly food stamp benefit of forty nine dollars.Here it is- one eight pac of tortillas $2.50, one head of Romaine lettuce $1.89,one red bell pepper$1.44,one hot pepper $.45,two cups of Dannon Yogurt $ 2.50, two zuchini squash $.94,two navel oranges $2.58, two chicken breasts $5.90,one eye of round steak$3.64,two loaves of wheat bread on sale for$4.00.Thats a total of $25.40.My cereal and bread purchases are always store brand,that goes for condiments as well.Dry beans and brown rice are moderately high but I get a lot of mileage from each.Stockmans shopping list has nothing to do with reality much less intelligence. I havent seen anyone make a purchase like his other than a very young person with little experience and no interest in nutrition.

        • tax payer

          I pay for my own food since the day I became employed 45 years ago and my parents paid for our food back than ( not the tax payers ).

          • MVH1

            Prove it.

          • tax payer

            Okay, do you have a ( TIME MACHINE ) that can take us back in time? No, you don’t, so how can I prove to you and did you know I don’t have to prove anything to you also because are you the IRS?

      • Russell Byrd

        And very tea party repub.

      • RobGinChicago

        Wonder if the groceries were purchased at the House/Senate or Military taxpayer subsidized Commissary?

        • tax payer

          How did you figure it out I served, so the people could live in a free country? You are good and maybe you too fought to live in a free country? No, I never went there ( too many rules ) and the food is mostly for their pets.

          • MVH1

            Were you brain damaged before you served or after? I’m looking for something to try and help you here.

          • tax payer

            Get a job and that will help you stay away from being a Parasite.

          • Russell Byrd

            Mostly, we ALL work. YOU are the parasite here!

          • Russell Byrd

            I doubt if anybody bought that malarkey. You are not that believable. You have a propensity for unreliability. Anyway, that is not what was said. Nor was it suggested. Of course, we do realize that you are just taking another opportunity to exercise your ego.

        • MVH1

          I hadn’t thought of that but that’s very likely.

          • Mark Forsyth

            Notice the ass holes have nothing to say about the glaringly huge and useless tax payer funded subsidies to big oil and gas who published record profits during just one quarter of the fiscal year.They are O.K. with giving money to those who don’t need it,but God forbid that something be provided to those with a verifiable need.And then you have the dolts who come on this page trying to justify such action.Were they born stupid or do they practice?

          • MVH1

            I honestly don’t know. They’re indoctrinated, I know that. They go only to ultra conservative RWNJ sources for their information, which even most RWNJs know isn’t true. And now the food stamp program so they can give a trillion dollars to the farm subsidy is which not small farmers. It’s foreign companies as well raising food in this country. Why are we subsidizing that anyway? I believe in crop insurance but I personally know a very wealthy family who is paid not to grow something they weren’t going to grow anyway and they are getting subsidies to the tune of one million dollars a year. When another friend commented on it to one of these rich subsidy members, the answer was, “You don’t think we LIVE on that, do you?” In other words, they bank it. People just don’t have a clue what real welfare in this country is and why Americans are poor when we subsidize everybody who doesn’t need it. Heaven forbid these robber barons should think of themselves as welfare recipients.

          • Mark Forsyth

            I know a guy who has worked seasonally during the past 35 years as a groundskeeper at an estate on Round Island here on the St. Lawrence River.The estate belongs to the former owners of the Rollway Bearing Co. of Syracuse.They are senior citizen millionaires who consider themselves to be on fixed income because they collect Social Security.Meanwhile the entire family drives brand new vehicles each year,they fund the construction of mission churches in Zephyr Hills,Fla.,and canceled the groundskeepers health insurance after a botched colonoscopy put him in the hospital for seven weeks a few years ago.They don’t even bother to send him and his wife a card at Christmas.They are scumbag schmucks of the worst kind.

          • Mark Forsyth

            Please forgive,RWNJ ?

          • tax payer

            They are smart business people because they know the Government will be there for the groundskeeper.

          • plc97477

            They do seem to get a lot of practice.

          • Mark Forsyth

            There has got to be a way to make them tired enough to stop.

          • Russell Byrd

            Good question. I will opt for “practice.” They may have been born a little “touched,” but breathtaking stupidity like this takes dedication. You are right of course, they will bend over backward to kiss the a** of the rich. Even though those individuals perform no useful function in our society except to pillage the earnings of those that really did “build it.” Consider this: Do you think this is just a facet of the Teanderthal need to bully. A lot of Pubs have a TERRIBLE problem with bullying other people. They are on the lookout for anyone weaker than they. They love whipping up on the weak. Yet, like most bullies they are really cowards. They do not have the intestinal fortitude to face up to bigger bullies, so they identify with them and get their sick jollies by trying to hurt the weak.

          • Mark Forsyth

            I’ll tell ya Russ,I’m no expert but I would bet on willful ignorance. I think it starts at an early age when a child is not validated in their own God given powers of reasoning,usually by some person in position of some authority whose own thinking has been chalenged with the childs honest curiosity to know why the adults’ way of thinking or doing is better than what the kid has come up with by themselves.This is usually manifested with the adult saying something like ‘Just shut up and do what I told you”.If this is not followed up quickly with an explanation then it tends to be abusive.Then you have results like anger on the kids part,along with a sub-conscious message that doing your own thinking is not a good thing. So curiosity is thwarted as well as the willingness to engage in. concentrated,clear,constant,and concise reasoning that results in sound conclusions.It really aborts the learning process,setting the kid up for more unresolved anger that if unabated grows into a black rage
            It turns into self loathing and a back and forth cycle between rage and frustration that ends up being expressed in socially unaccepted ways.Everyone walks through life with a certain amount of ignorance,no one can know everything.But imagine not having the ability or the will to do what is needed to overcome it That leaves the individual doomed to experience some sort of massive negativity that overwhelmes their life.
            Curiously,many of the folks as you can clearly see by the ones in congress and elswhere,lead lives that seem normal enough on the surface but underneath are on the same plain as a functional alcoholic.All that is required is some unnamed but specific stimulus to activate the negative behavior.That stimulus can be as random as rain but in the aftermath will always prove to have been particularly specific.
            As for the bullying,we will have to leave that topic for another time as I need to wrap it up for one day and bid you GoodNight.

          • Russell Byrd

            Thanks Mark, I appreciate your insight. This is more food for thought. I do mull over things quite a bit, because I naturally seek answers to questions. Regardless, of whether I can affect the outcome or not. So you have given a slight twist to my truth seeking. Mind numbing stupidity and evil like tax payer exhibits leaves a person rather drained.

          • Mark Forsyth

            I agree.We are dealing with someone who has a bottomless supply of crap.Because they can also be sly,coming to the conclusion that we are not going to change that mind can be delayed.The most effective option,though the temptation is opposite,is to ignore the ass.He feeds on conflict.

          • tax payer

            Both of you must be related to Obama. Black as Pepper.

          • tax payer

            Get each others phone numbers and chat.

          • Russell Byrd

            Why would I give my number to a criminal like you. From your own words, you cannot be trusted. Of course, I never said what I actually do for a living. You might think about it.

    • sigrid28

      My dear Independent1, I’m sure I don’t need to tell you this, but it is possible, indeed PROBABLE, that EVERTHING Mr. Ferguson said was just a lie. It’s almost laughable that Republicans who will not be dictated to by fact checkers can be so eager to prove their own flakey assertions by using, this time, really cooked up statistics.

      • Independent1

        Sigrid, of one thing you can always be certain, I NEVER believe what patholigical liars say – and I haven’t encountered anyone working for the GOP these past 25-30 years that hasn’t shown that they’ve learned the art of being just that – a pathological liar. Which really is quite an artform – YOU have to lie so blatantly and so often that even YOU (the liar) believe the lies. It’s hard to understand, but I’ve gotten over the past several years to believe that Republicans actually believe the lies they tell – how sad!!!!

        • Mark Forsyth

          By comparison, drug addicts who have been heavily addicted for years exhibit the same trait.They believe their own lies.With some of them that trait persists even when the person has been in recovery for years.Professionals observe that the addicts moral fiber is absolutely corroded.
          I think we can safely reach the same conclusion about the gop.

          • plc97477

            It is a known fact that a lot of drug addicts are trying to self medicate because of a mental problem. Which brings us right back to the gop.

          • Mark Forsyth

            Definitely over the edge.

  • turtlewoman1039

    No vegetables, and loads of carbs & sugar. If they insist that this is ‘eating well’, then they need to do the exact same thing for several months. Much of that list is junk. The beans and rice are a great combination for protein, speaking as a vegan, but it needs to be part of a broader mix with REAL fruit & REAL vegetables. Much of that list is a prescription for obesity (he gained 2 lbs…) and diabetes. Are we trying to increase health care costs in this country, or bring them down by addressing the dietary changes that would lead to greater health?

    • Canistercook

      Guess none of those people on food stamps can grow anything!

      • MVH1

        In a Section 8 apartment building? Where do you think they live? Some of them are able to grow some food but so what, you want them to eat cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, etc? And if it doesn’t rain, you’ve got to water a garden. You make an excellent Republican, canister.

        • Russell Byrd

          Bet that dirtbag would make an excellent “tea.” Manure tea. [That’s where you steep s**t in water to use as liquid fertilizer.]

      • Russell Byrd

        TROLL alert!

  • Samuel Taylor

    They must cut Snap to increase subsidies to large corporate farms, and water Subsidies for hedge fund Managers, and both koch brothers for the water they don;t use on their dessert lands they lease, and own in the west.
    it must be done, the poor dress so shabily, and some even Smell, soon i hear they will close off acess to the bridges the homeless live under, and post “Only the Worthy are Allowed” in all public parks

    • MVH1

      Exactly.

  • Pamby50

    Wow. Great diet. If you stay on that, you will need Obamacare because you’ll be a over weight, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar.

    • Canistercook

      Try it and add a little fresh salad and you will be surprised at how healthy and thin you will be.

      • MVH1

        Honeycombs? Oh, please.

      • Russell Byrd

        You are an irrelevant ass. Nothing more than a creepy troll. Why don’t you eat your own menu, dirtbag.

      • Eleanore Whitaker

        Most fat asses always know how to tell others how to eat…particularly when these food-addicted personalities are engorging themselves and use beady eyes to make sure they get more than their piggy fills.

      • jarheadgene

        Fresh Salad….have you tried buying Produce lately???? Definitely not in the budget that FATASS BLOWHARD POS GOP Congressman shopped on. And to think I pay that ASS $174K a year to be a jackass.
        shame on anyone voting REPUBLICAN !!!!!!

    • sigrid28

      Someone should tell Mr. Ferguson that you cannot buy restaurant meals or fast food with food assistance dollars: “Folks aren’t buying fast food instead of vegetables because of benefit limits, they’re buying fast food because fast food tastes great and vegetables taste like vegetables.” You also cannot buy cous cous or anything else in bulk from the health food aisles ($4.50 per 32 oz.) versus cous cous on the regular grocery shelves ($10.00 per 32 oz.), and of course alcoholic beverages of any kind.

      What could he have added with the $4 he didn’t spend? A bag of apples, or three heads of romaine lettuce ($3) and shredded cabbage ($1) to have with low-cal salad dressing (from the local food pantry), or three cans of minestrone soup ($4 on sale) to eat with saltine crackers (from the food pantry), or eight 6 oz. servings of yogurt, same price for whole milk as for low-cal, low cholesterol. His sweet tooth got the better of him? He could buy a bag of dark chocolate Kisses to amp up his antioxidants and lift his spirits, which isn’t even fattening.

      So instead of enjoying his meals, meager though they might have been, Mr. Ferguson took the “I have to make the donuts challenge” and stuffed himself with rice and beans all week. He puts on two pounds and then proclaims himself the Poster Child for food stamp reduction. He is, indeed, a model citizen.

      • tax payer

        When you pay for your own food with your hard earned money than you are going to eat what you can afford to buy. When you get free food than you can eat anything you want because it’s free and paid for by the tax payers. Those that are mad are the people that get the food free of charge and it seems they want more, and not less.

        • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

          And I can walk down just about any grocery shelf and point out foods you are already eating that has been paid for by the tax payers.
          Anything that contains corn syrup, corn starch, butter, or any other product where the federal government pays a subsidy to the food growers are already being paid for with your tax dollars.

        • jarheadgene

          WRONG…..what makes me mad…..(also a taxpayer that can afford to pay for his own food, by the grace of GOD). IS when some OVERBLOATED, OVERPAID, LOBBYIST BOUGHT, ARROGANT BLOWHARD like this, POS GOP Congressman, convinces YOU that you should think yourself better than the POOR, like he does. The menu, he spelled out, is so unhealthy, that is WHY he gained 2 pounds. 2 lbs. that he admits to. I’m sure he didn’t mention the PRIME RIB and LOBSTER dinners his SCUMMY LOBBYISTS bought him that week, or the lbs that put on.

          • tax payer

            So, why don’t they do something about it such as work and buy what they want with their hard earned cash. I don’t think they want to stop getting free food and you know it’s true.

          • metrognome3830

            No, tax payer, YOU know it’s true. The majority of people here know it’s not true. You apparently logged on to the wrong website.

          • tax payer

            Well, first you say it’s true and than you come out, and say it’s not true, so which is it? I must have logged in the wrong place as you say. I guess I better leave before you confuse me some more.

          • Russell Byrd

            Sounds like a plan. . . .

          • Russell Byrd

            Why don’t we have enough jobs to go around then? Why are employers not paying what the work is worth? Your s**t idols force people to work for bargain wages and treat them like crap. If people made the money that would be commensurate with the work they do and was based on the profit and wealth of their employers, MOST of these people would not be drawing food stamps anyway. ARE YOU TOO STUPID TO GET IT?

          • Mark Forsyth

            You have identified the crux of the matter in your last seven words.

          • tax payer

            You’ll have less jobs once the illegals get the green light to stay here, so aren’t you glad you have one right now. I am out of the workforce and someone else took my job, and will never need the help of the tax payers. Aren’t you happy for him?

          • Russell Byrd

            That has nothing to do with the topic at hand. You pathologically need to win an argument here. Unfortunately, you have been thrashed. Again and again. Now you are trying to expand the discussion to keep your BS arguments alive. Beyond that your post is not coherent enough to comment on.

          • tax payer

            If you want the last word than you can have it because I am going to bed because I have to get up early to go fishing in my Tiny Boat. I fish for my beer bottles and not for fish.

          • Russell Byrd

            This is the second time in 20 minutes you have went to bed. You have already “left’ six times tonight. If you want peace, then stop. I will say nothing further.

            I hope if your boat springs a leak it is small enough for you to plug it with your tiny pecker.

          • Russell Byrd

            I am curious. You have been lying about one thing or another all night. PROVEN liar. Is this some form of behavior that you used to fool your parents? Did you act like this on the job and in your personal relationships? Did you ever really hold a job for more than a few months at a time? Did you ever really have any personal relationships? Are you currently in prison, on parole, or have served your sentence? I would really like to know. I just cannot get a grip on your pathology. I have rarely experienced such behavior outside an institutionalized population. I will even let you have your way if you admit the truth.

          • Russell Byrd

            One of the greatest tragedies of stupidity is you think that everyone else is even more stupid than yourself. Sorry, but you need to figure out that is not true. You are not very clever, amongst a lot of other negative traits. Once again, ARE YOU TOO STUPID TO GET IT?

          • tax payer

            I feel you are stupid for being here arguing and feeling good about it. Why are you so stupid? Never mind because maybe your birth mother had something to do with it by being drunk, when you were born.

          • Russell Byrd

            One of the greatest tragedies of stupidity is you think that everyone
            else is even more stupid than yourself. Sorry, but you need to figure
            out that is not true. You are not very clever, amongst a lot of other
            negative traits. Once again, ARE YOU TOO STUPID TO GET IT?

          • Russell Byrd

            To prove my point, I have been very honest with you. Even candid. BUT after having told you everything you need to know you continue to play a game you have no cards to win. You have the equivalent of a busted straight. You think you have something until you really look at the cards. Yes, I am having fun, because you are cracking up. And your attempt to put your upbringing on to me does not move me one bit. It does make me a bit sorry that I cannot pity you.

          • tax payer

            I only cracks eggs for Breakfast and look at cracks of my girlfriends before I enter them.

          • Russell Byrd

            Only a self-loather would be so concerned to defend what “should” be taken as obvious exaggeration. You have just admitted you are not married. That after all the aspersions you have cast. What, run her off? That would be no surprise. I had already predicted that in a post. Or is it something else? I bet you wear a brace under a long sleeve shirt to hide the limp wrist.

          • tax payer

            What an asshole you are because you do believe everything I tell you.

          • Russell Byrd

            I believe you are wrong. . . .

            tax payer =
            Liar
            Bigot
            Racist
            Sociopath
            Moron
            Illiterate

            Let’s
            face it. Everything this guy has said has been debunked again and
            again. He just cannot stop, so I am here to ruin his joy.

          • DurdyDawg

            Then tell us what you would do in this situation mutton head..

          • Russell Byrd

            And since you were denigrating my writing and my education, albeit incorrectly, you shouldn’t be too proud of the “masterpiece” you have just written.

          • Russell Byrd

            Most of these people qualify because the growth of the economy and the obscene
            profits of the capitalists, at their expense, have left them in the
            dirt. This has become true of the entire lower 80% of our workforce, as
            well as the disabled and those too old to work a strenuous job. It is
            affecting many of the upper 20% to some degree, as well. BUT NOT, in
            general, the upper 1% and definitely not the 400 richest families. The
            very richest are stealing us blind.

          • Russell Byrd

            The same reasons apply for
            people that pay little or no income tax. Simply put, most people are faced with
            the cost of living of 2013, while they earn 1983 wages!

          • Russell Byrd

            I bet he did not even eat the garbage he bought. Maybe the beans and rice, but not the rest. If I would have been in Stockman’s shoes, the first thing I would have done would have been to wave the receipt around. That would prove nothing, but at least it would have shown that this poser made an effort to get a coherent story together. Of course, I would never dream to do what Stockman did. Even if I were that evil, I am not that stupid to think anyone besides a moron would believe it.

          • Russell Byrd

            Oh yeah, I forgot about tax payer. Oh well. . .

          • tax payer

            Everyone should pay for their own food. I still say ( no hands, no feet ) than you should qualify for help. Plain and simple.

          • Russell Byrd

            I am against people that are stupid and evil getting any assistance. I guess you better have a pension or you will starve.

          • tax payer

            I have two pensions and one is Social Security. I am glad because those of you that are working to pay for my Social Security and Medicare won’t have any for yourself since it’s being given to us. Thank You for being there for us.

        • sigrid28

          It is very boring to have sock puppet posts on the National Memo comment threads.

        • Russell Byrd

          Having hungry people, especially hungry children, does not make a stronger country. Does not make this country a good example of anything except evil greed AND that is what is really destroying us. Once again, reality must come knocking. We already know no one is eating well on either of these menus. So everything you say if effectively a lie. Yes, LIAR.

        • jnap

          The reason you are a heartless bastard is because you don’t understand that many people on food stamps are ex-military with disabilities, old people that can not work, the handicapped, women with children where their ex-husbands disappear and don’t pay child support and those that work full time, like many Wal-mart employees, that don’t make enough money to survive without the SNAP program.
          Wal-mart is particularly despicable since the Walton family alone has more money than 140 million Americans combined. And they buy most of their shit from China.
          How does is feel to be a heartless bastard?

          • Mark Forsyth

            He doesn’t feel anything,jnap,for that very reason-he has no heart.

    • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

      And this will make him any different from the people in Texas who suffer from nutritional and health problems due to low income, lack of health care, and no access to fresh fruits and vegetables how? Remember, this is one of the states that tout such foods as deep-fried butter, batter fried chicken/fish/whatever, oversized steaks slathered with butter, etc.

      • plc97477

        Texas is run by the guys that gave us ketchup as a vegetable.

        • Lynda Groom

          President Reagan used that comment decades before the new guy in Texas.

        • Joseph P. Benn Jr.

          Texas is run by fruits and vegetables. Thank God they have folks like Senator Wendy Davis to keep the loonies in check!

  • realthog

    I’m surprised there’s no cake on the list. Isn’t that what rich elitists traditionally believe the poor should eat rather than starve?

    • MVH1

      As the young college Republicans’ poll of other young people recently said, “The Republicans love you when you’re successful but they offer no assistance on getting there.”

      • Mark Forsyth

        And don’t let the door hit you in the ass when you go, mother fuckers!
        I won’t miss them at all MVH1, and their nastyness makes me wish,right or wrong,that they would hurry up and die en masse,seeing as how they are so interested in reducing the worlds surplus population.

      • Russell Byrd

        I asked my boss if he would have gotten his degree and entered business, IF he had been black. After three tries he finally admits no. BUT he is adamant that the lack of minority success, and also the success of poor people in general, is entirely do to a lack of effort. Of course, he will tell you that he is not a racist or bigot. He also has said that: Welfare helped so many people, but it was a shame that it had to be done away with because a few people cheated, I have concluded that sociopathy and idiocy are rampant in our society. Like my boss, these people cannot grasp the obvious These people have no empathy and do not seem to have a clue about right and wrong. Of course, the truth is even simpler, they are intentionally obtuse.

      • plc97477

        Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

  • hotflashweave

    The GOP have dropped their masks, and their disdain for the poor is palpable. The idea that there is not surplus enough in this great country to keep folks from starving would be laughable, if it wasn’t horrifying. Get rid of these inhumane creatures in 2014, and get back to being America. I have never met folks like this in my 60+ years, and refuse to believe that this is representing what Americans want for their fellow man. They are betting that 51%+ agree with their distorted views…I bet not.

    • Mark Forsyth

      And I hope that you are right.

    • tax payer

      I want the fellow man to be there for his family and not expect the Government to use our tax money to provide for him, and his family. Why do people think it’s our responsibility to provide for their families, when we have to provide for our own? Our taxes is what is use to provide for these people by this Government and it’s about time it came to an end.

      • MVH1

        Why don’t you get more information before you embarrass yourself with this tired, completely incorrect pile of garbage repeated over and over from the Republican handbook you all seem to speak from.

        • tax payer

          Because I don’t care to do any research to please you.

          • MasterWes

            You got that right! YOU DON’T CARE, and that seems to be the only truthfully intelligent thing I have read in your posts.

            Don’t argue the point – my mother taught me never to engage an unarmed person in a battle of wits.

          • Mark Forsyth

            He is woefully short of ammunition.

          • Russell Byrd

            I, tax payer, pledge to be as stupid and uninformed as I can possibly be, in order to be a perfect repub. Amen.

          • Russell Byrd

            Anyway, you doing research neither pleases nor displeases. What it would do is destroy the drivel that you try to pass off as argument. Becoming informed would give credence to any claim you might have to common decency and self-respect.

          • tax payer

            Yawn!

          • metrognome3830

            Yes! Go take a nap! It’s tiring slinging all that BS around! Hell, it’s even making tired just listening to you!

          • Russell Byrd

            That sure is the truth!

          • tax payer

            Yawn to you too.

          • tax payer

            Yawn.

          • metrognome3830

            That is a pretty accurate description of you. A yawn!

          • tax payer

            I have nothing to say because you and the rest of your friends are quite boring and still think we should feed everyone in this country except the RICH.

        • plc97477

          Looks like s/he likes to embarrass themselves.

          • Russell Byrd

            S/he is an expert.

          • MVH1

            I don’t think it has enough brain power to know what it’s doing. It likes hearing its illiterate garbage. We really ought to just quit responding to it on any level. It will find another place to go turn everyone off.

      • Robert Parker

        …because your ‘fellow man’ includes the genuinely poor and unfortunate, dumb-ass … have you read ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ ?

        • tax payer

          I don’t even read the Bible, so don’t expect me to read a comic book.

          • Independent1

            You didn’t have to tell us you don’t read the bible – that’s been very obvious from your celf-centered, egotistical posts. And I hope you realize that the vast majority of the folks you’ve been denigrating by your comments are REPUBLICANS!! By far the biggest welfare suckers of America.

          • Russell Byrd

            Ah, another sociopathic follower of Ann Rand. More likely, you cannot read at all.

          • tax payer

            I am reading your simple sentence, so maybe that’s enough to get by and have a good life, and not have the tax payers support me like we support others, so maybe you are in that crowd.

          • plc97477

            Steinbeck did not write comic books.

          • Russell Byrd

            Now, now, you are expecting too much from that mental superman, . . .

      • Russell Byrd

        Why don’t we more sensibly tax the very rich that are rigging, with the help of corrupt, mostly right-wing politicians, our economic system for their own maximum benefit.

      • Russell Byrd

        And another idea. If you ever need any assistance of any kind, and like most teatards you will probably be first in line when you do, remember to renounce all claims on OUR tax money that you might qualify to receive. Most of your kind always has a hand out if you think you can get something for nothing.

        • tax payer

          You seem to forget as I was working I was paying taxes, so others could eat and have a decent place to sleep, so what the heck are you talking about? Any benefits I get is because I worked and earned them by paying into these funds, so don’t tell me I don’t have the right to claim them because those that don’t work have ( no right to get benefits ), but they are first in line before we retire, so we have the Right to take advantage of the Benefits we earn in life.

          • Mike Maricle

            So the people who lost there jobs, lost every thing, don’t count? They paid taxs all there working lives, but they should just go pound sand, right?
            Why as a personn who lives in a Blue state do we get back $0.71 for every $ we pay, and the “Self Reliant” Red states take more than they paid in?
            I hope I can be thear when you try to “splaine” your self to St. Pete.

          • tax payer

            You still believe there is God. Now, who’s the fool? Once you die that’s it. We turn to dust unless we decide to be cremated and that’s the same thing, but in advanced. Why do you think people aren’t allowed to pray in Public places because they have accepted there is no God and the Atheists have convinced you to stop praying to him. I am not a Religious Freak, but someone that knows we will die in due time and praying won’t keep us alive for forever.

          • Mike Maricle

            So you take umbrage (look it up) with my last line? What about the rest.
            You are a pathectic little worm.

          • jnap

            You died some time ago when you operated on yourself and removed your heart.

          • Russell Byrd

            BUT you obviously did so unwillingly. You have already stated, again and again and again, that you are against using money to help anyone. Unless, of course, they have no hands and feet. How generous!

      • jarheadgene

        MAYBE…you can take pride in the fact that your share of taxes went to the ROMNEY’s tax CREDITS for their SHOW HORSE. Would that make you feel better or MAYBE to the tax CREDITS for sending Jobs overseas. MAYBE that makes you feel better than helping to feed the poor.

        • tax payer

          If I know the poor have no legs, no hands than I am willing to have my tax money be used to feed them, but that’s where I draw the line. Being poor has its advantages, so that’s why ( MOST ) people stay in that situation and expect us to provide for them. It’s hard to make you understand ( why should your tax money go to them ). I am referring to those that will never work and aren’t sick, but plain lazy.

          • jarheadgene

            YOU are a FOX news fed moron….do you know how many WORKING Americans are the WORKING POOR? You idiot. They are working hard and still NEED Gov’t assistance because of the ROMNEY’s and the KOCH’s and the WALTON siblings of the world and their lack of caring and overwhelming greed! And they actually convince YOU there are ALL these (mostly fictitous) abusers out there living high off the Gov’t teat. They not only convince you they sadly convince most GOP people. People who have no business voting against their own best interest by voting GOP. If you are not a millionaire/billionaire you are a moron for voting Republican. And if you are a millionare/billionaire voting GOP…..THEN YOUR JUST A P.O.S.!

          • tax payer

            I didn’t vote ( twice ) for the Traitor we now have in office, but not because of his Party. A Puppet ( DemocRAT ) you must be.

          • metrognome3830

            I thought you were going to take a nap!

          • jarheadgene

            That mr. taxpayer is what psychologists call a projection.

          • Russell Byrd

            Fantastic!

          • Russell Byrd

            Hey jarheadgene! Are you sure that cartoon is real? I mean, like, the redneck looks like he’s been scrubbed. AND that shirt is far, far too clean. He does have an appropriate look of arrogant stupidity, but are you sure he’s not just acting. 🙂

            I hope you do not mind me sharing this jewel with friends. This picture captures the truth of what is at the root of many of America’s worst problems. As I have always thought, there is a lot of truth in humor, even if it is rather sad.

          • jarheadgene

            Downloaded that one during the Presidential election…was one of my favorites. So many people are so duped. Use it without permission, as I have wherever you’d like.

          • Russell Byrd

            Thank you kindly! Several of my friends have liked it very well.

          • Russell Byrd

            I understand. A cryptic way of saying you are a racist as well. I am not surprised at all.

          • jnap

            You are a moron, without a heart or brain.

          • Russell Byrd

            People stay in that situation because they see no clear path to change. Most of the time, that is because there is no path. . . .

      • metrognome3830

        I bet you’re a good “Christian” man, too. It’s so simple isn’t it? You just lump everyone who has no job or is underemployed along with the fewer number of people who don’t work because they don’t want to. Just cut ’em all loose and let ’em starve. Men, women, children, invalids — they’re all worthless scum, right? Let ’em die! I’m sure that’s what it says in your bible tax payer. Drag it out and look up the part where it tells us that. I would, but I haven’t been able to find my bible for about the last 50 years.

        • Russell Byrd

          Very profound post. Definitely to the point.

  • Joseph

    I think we need to cut him some slack, He’s from Texas and in Texas taht may be a acceptable diet.

    • Mark Forsyth

      Moonpie and an R.C.cola anyone?

    • plc97477

      True in texas he could be smart and compassionate in comparison.

  • hjs3

    Is it just me or does it seem to you too that an awful lot of authorship for idiocy reins in the Lone Nut state?

    • MVH1

      Yes, but I think you mean reigns.

      • hjs3

        Yup, that too…..:-)

        • MVH1

          Most excellent. :))

    • plc97477

      It is getting a bit of a reputation. The worse part is they can’t seem to keep their crazies in their own borders.

      • hjs3

        I’ll skip the part about his running for Railroad Commissioner and being defeated and get down to his voting record of late. Clearly doesn’t respect women much but loves his guns in school zones…

  • sacul1

    A press release? How about copies of the actual receipt to show where the shopping was done and all. And after one week I’m sure he’sd be whining if he had to eat all the same stuff again. And again. And again like he is saying other people should.

    • Jill49

      Agree – if he wants to talk the talk, then he needs to walk the walk. He needs to eat this stuff and nothing else for one month!

  • Pat Brown

    No wonder he gained weight. Half of that stuff he bought is full of sugar, some of it is almost nothing but sugar. The malnutrition a child would suffer attempting to live on that diet would be an horrendous health problem in twenty years.

    This is especially galling given how hard the GOP is fighting to prevent women from controlling their family size so they won’t have to use food stamps. These folks should also take a hard look at Walmart, which TRAINS its employees on how to apply for SNAP since they won’t pay them enough to live on.

    And where’s his proof that low income families on SNAP are spending the money on fast food? I wasn’t aware MacDonalds took food stamps. These people are ignorant and dangerous. Come on, people, vote their asses out.

    • tax payer

      In some States they do take the Food Card, but it’s the cash money they can take out because of having children that have no fathers or something like that. Even Ross accepts that card for clothes. They have signs as you enter their stores to let the poor know ( you can get free clothes here ) since the tax payers will pay for them.

      • MVH1

        Prove this ridiculous statement.

        • tax payer

          Google it and you’ll know the facts. The internet can help you in so many ways, but you have to do the search on you own. If I want to know something I do a search and not expect anyone to do it for me. Try it and you’ll see many States have fast food places accepting the Food Stamp Card for the purchase of hot food to be eaten there or taken home.

          • Russell Byrd

            BS . . .

          • Mark Forsyth

            That is just so goddamned patently false you should be ashamed.Once again,that would be a violation of Federal law .You cant even purchase cooked food in a grocery storewith food stamps.People who are qualified for benefits but have no cooking facilities in their living quarters,recieve food vouchers to use in restaruants.Much like foodstamps when the benefit is insufficient,people search for ways to stretch the benefit and use the vouchers in places like Burger King and such in order to get the biggest bang for their buck.Once again you prove yourself to be a blabbering,blithering jerk.

        • Independent1

          MVH, he’s right about some states allowing some Food Stamp users to use their stamps at fast food restaurants – it’s a quirk in the law that was put in back in the 1970s. Here’s a little on it:
          Federal rules generally prohibit food stamp benefits, which are distributed
          under the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), from being
          exchanged for prepared foods. Yet a provision dating to the 1970s allows states
          to allow restaurants to serve disabled, elderly and homeless people, USDA
          spokeswoman Jean Daniel said.

          Between 2005 and 2010, the number of
          businesses certified in the SNAP program went from about 156,000 to nearly
          209,000, according to USDA data.

      • adler56

        That’s a pants on fire lie.

        • tax payer

          Have you ever asked the internet that question? Many states have restaurants that accept them, so pants on fire I am not a liar. Ross in a city I visited last month had a sigh ( we accept the SNAP Card ) for clothes.

          • Russell Byrd

            And, like the girl in a commercial said, everything on the internet is true. Doubly so, when you only ask right-wing propaganda sites. And functionally, that is another pants on fire lie. You have already admitted, in an earlier post, that you do not do any research!

          • Mark Forsyth

            If that were even true it would be a violation of Federal law and they would be closed down inside of a day.You are scraping the bottom of the barrel for something to say.

    • MVH1

      Interesting article out there yesterday about how much the taxpayer subsidizes WalMart employees because they pay them such low wages. They are eligible for food stamps and Medicaid. It’s pretty shocking how much it adds up to per person.

    • John Pigg

      Even if they are I don’t think the government should be in the business of telling you how to spend your SNAP.

  • Bill

    What an idiot, the GOP is completely insane to even suggest something so stupid. I’m a single man who could never live on $133.41 a month for food. Stockman probably spends more than the $31.50 every day for lunch on his expense account, he’s just another example of “I’ve got mine and I don’t care where it comes from” mainly the middle class and the poor because we sure can’t ask the rich to help.

    • tax payer

      The rich aren’t obligated to help the poor. These people have to find a good paying job or, if they can’t work than apply for SSD. If they are over 65 and have nothing to show for the 65 years of live than apply for SSI.

      • MVH1

        And you obviously need an education. I thought you didn’t want them to be helped. What do you think SSD, you call it, is? And these stipends are not enough to live on. If incomes haven’t gone up for the past twenty years in today’s dollar and have actually shrunk, and corporations lay them off, pay minimum wage, etc., just where do you think they’re going to get money to save when they can barely pay living expenses? They work just to exist. How would you like that, tiny tax payer. I’d love to know how much you pay in taxes and what state you’re in. You think you don’t take government assistance but nearly every red state in the country gets more back from the federal government than they pay in taxes, thus you get welfare, my friend. And from the quality of your posts, you’re in a red state.

        • tax payer

          Social Security isn’t Welfare. SSI is Welfare, if you really must know .The more you earn in your lifetime the more you get in Social Security. I get Social Security, but it’s not a handout because I worked over forty-five years and have earned my benefits. I also worked for the same company those forty-five years so I earned my pension. I am sorry some people get less, but you have to earn what you receive and why be mad because I never expected you to pay my way. I paid enough taxes when I worked and now my social security and pension are tax free. I am between the Middle class and the so called poor. Sit on that one. I live in Hawaii.

      • Bill

        And where do they find these good paying jobs? Another GOP Idiot.

        • tax payer

          You have to search and search, and not give up. Most employees aren’t going to start at the top without the benefit of a college degree because you have to work your way up. It may take you ten years, but you are learning as you climb higher and eventually you reach the top, so never go back to the starting point. This is the only way you will find a job that pays a good wage.

          • Bill

            Just another GOP pie in the sky.

      • Russell Byrd

        If so, then we have no moral obligation to even allow the rich to exist! The logic follows.

  • Howard15

    I am surprised that he did not include nuts in this diet. Then again that would be cannibalism.

    • Russell Byrd

      I am thinking of Buckeyes. Hard as rock and potentially poisonous.

    • jnap

      Great response.

  • Dominick Vila

    This is the kind of “diet” that contributes to the obesity epidemic we have. What Rep. Stockman doesn’t know is that a large percentage of the welfare recipients that will be affected by the billions of dollars he wants to cut are Republicans. Very likely, his own constituents in Texas. I guess depriving a child of a peanut butter sandwich is a lot easier that cutting corporate subsidies, eliminating loopholes, and going after tax havens.
    If this is what the GOP believes their “new” image should be, bring it on. I doubt too many Americans will be impressed with this latest demonstration of social irresponsibility.

    • Russell Byrd

      The Pubs only continue to exist because a large part of our electorate is stupid and mean. Well, that is the short description. They do not work for their own best interests, but spend their energy working to prevent other, better people from working in THEIR best interest.

    • MVH1

      Obesity which is officially now considered a disease, as it should be since 1/3 of this country is obese.

    • plc97477

      If the repugs are going to be eating like that, they are probably not going to have a long voting career.

  • Lynda Groom

    Proof again that you can’t fix stupid. This clown does not belong in Congress or anywhere else where some grey matter is required. What a putz!

  • Mark Forsyth

    Similarly,the Nazis figured out just the right amount of calories to feed the labor camp prisoners to keep them alive long enough to make sure they suffered a slow starvation and death.Just one more attempt to funnel money and food to a select few while the rest of us regular folks struggle to survive. Kiss my ass if you think these bastards aren’t trying to kill us.Makes me glad that I know how to hunt and fish and grow some vegetables.

    • tax payer

      I don’t know why people think the Government is obligated to feed them? In the 60’s we ate what we bought and the Government didn’t pay for our food, so why is this being done now? If people can’t support their children than I suggest don’t make babies and live as a couple your whole life, so you’ll have enough to pay for your food.

      • adler56

        There were no programs for free meals when I went to school and my parents didn’t have money to buy me lunch or food to fix for lunch.
        I went hungry all day in school. When we walked in line to the cafeteria
        I got out of line and hid in the boys room for 5-10 minutes then walked out as though I had finished eating quickly. I wouldn’t wish that on any kid. You selfish bastard repugnants need to get out of my country BEFORE the revolution because you’ll be the first to go.

      • RobGinChicago

        Because we are a caring and civilized society, not “Lord of the Flies” predators.

        • plc97477

          Great post. Thank you for adding it to the conversation.

      • Russell Byrd

        If our government, which is the body that runs the nation we all live in, has no concern for its citizens, then whose responsibility is it to care. A nation with this much poverty and income disparity will not last for many more years.

  • Jill49

    What if he had to feed children on this as well as himself. One jar of peanut butter would go too far if that is all you had to give children in one week. Honeycomb cereal would not be a mother’s first choice for health cereal. I also notice he didn’t buy any meat or tuna. Let alone vegetables or fruit. This asshole should try to live on the foods he selected each week for one full month and I mean live on it. Also he can’t cheat and have someone else take him out at night for his steak and other niceties. What a big senseless jerk.

  • IThinkthereforeIVoteMHO

    The reason that, … “Reality has a way of mocking liberalism”, is that “Reality has a well known Liberal bias” …

  • Ian Harmer

    What’s most alarming about this bit of “news” is that it emphasizes just how far out of touch with Americans our politicians have become. Couldn’t Rep. Stockman stop and think for at least one minute before releasing a clearly idiotic shopping list? This guy is going to be shredded by the right as well as the left, because our DC pols like nothing more than attacking other idiots in order to draw attention away from their own inanities. Why can’t we just fire the lot of ’em!

  • irishtap

    Just another specious argument from a member of our ‘Tea Party Taliban’ – doing his part to engineer low expectations for “we the people”. Like the rest, Stockman is a ruthless purveyor of misinformation. How these scum bags can stand to look in the mirror is a mystery to me – and a misery for rest of us.

  • Allan Richardson

    I wonder where he got the food. In the supermarkets where affluent people shop, these “side” items are often discounted as “loss leaders” because the owners know that their shoppers will also buy a healthy proportion of more healthful, and more expensive, meats and vegetables as well. Try shopping in stores that people in poor neighborhoods can WALK to or get there on a BUS. Fresh vegetables may be nonexistent or MUCH higher priced, and ditto for meats; not to mention the health risks of spoilage. And prices of ALL groceries are higher in poor neighborhoods because of the risk of crime, AND “because they can.” When you do not have the option of using a car to get to a more distant store to find bargains, the owners of small “ghetto” food stores, who also lack the economy of scale that Publix or Kroger have, charge whatever the market will bear.

    I think the congressional aide who did this “experiment” would have paid much more for his menu in a small ghetto food store than in the suburban supermarket. And given that he gained two pounds, he has actually proven what nutritionists are already saying: malnutrition does NOT mean weight loss! If he LIVED on that diet that he ate for a week to prove his point, starting in childhood, he would definitely be malnourished.

    • tax payer

      Food prices are high in poor neighborhoods ( because the store owners know the people pay nothing for the food ) since the tax payers pay for the food for them courtesy of the ( Food Card ) they present as they get the food free of charge.

      • Independent1

        You are a very sick person – it is not normal to have zero compassion. You really need to see someone who can figure out why you are totally devoid of empathy for anyone. The day is going to come when you’re going to regret some of the comments you are making in this blog thread.

        • tax payer

          I have compassion for those that work while others stay home, so maybe you are one of those that chose to stay home and expect us to provide for you. Maybe you work and still feel you have to feed those that don’t care to work. I have compassion because I give a few pennies to those that stand in a corner saying they came from Oklahoma because of the tornadoes. I quickly ask them what part of Oklahoma they are from? They walk away. They think we are going to believe they are from a Oklahoma and they don’t even know the name of a city there. Oklahoma City would make sense. Those are the people I am talking about, but you people get so upset because you think I am talking about you and your family.

          • Russell Byrd

            You are saying that you have no compassion. Can you not see that having “compassion” for those that do not need it is not compassion at all.

      • Allan Richardson

        Taxpayers pay PART of the cost, but it is a fixed amount of money, so shoppers STILL have an incentive to spend it as wisely as possible; and they have to use their other money to pay the difference. The reason food prices are higher in poor neighborhoods is because the big chain supermarkets are in the suburbs where people without cars (or without RELIABLE cars and gas money) cannot shop. The EXCUSE is that insurance companies charge them higher rates because of the rate of crime, which unfortunately is true; and in addition, these markets do not get the economy of scale.

        The charge that shoppers in poor neighborhoods are careless with the SNAP money because it is “free” is ridiculous and offensive; as I said above, SNAP recipients get a fixed amount of MONEY on their cards, NOT a fixed amount of FOOD. Poor shoppers simply do not have the bargaining power at the food store (as in so many other aspects of life) to get lower prices.

    • adler56

      Why would you actually believe he did the week of eating on food stamp money- he’s a republican- that means he’s a pathological liar.

      • Russell Byrd

        Well said. I wish I could give a half dozen thumbs up for that statement!

    • Mark Forsyth

      And fat.

  • tax payer

    I say give Food Stamps to every family in this country because why should the poor eat better than those that have to buy less since most of them barely have enough to buy food. These people have to pay cash for almost everything in life, while the poor get almost everything free in their life. My family doesn’t need any ( thanks to me ), but there are some Americans that need help, but they aren’t considered poor since they work for a living earning more than the minimum wage. They are poor too, but our Government has to draw a line, so the same people stay poor until the day they die.

    • jnap

      Your nuts and a complete fool. Shut up before you prove that you are a heartless bastard.

      • tax payer

        Bastard you were, when you were born to a whore of a mother. I know who my father is and maybe you don’t know which whorehouse you were conceived.

        • Susan Dean

          Your hateful thoughts are going to rot your insides if you’re not careful. Or maybe you already have an ulcer, and the pain is making you say such vile things. I will remember every day to be grateful that I don’t have to live with you.

      • Susan Dean

        He already did.

  • Sick of everything

    Just what is the problem with the right? We need jobs badly, need to get Immigration reform done, bridges are falling down, the safety of our food and water is in question and all these useless ass-holes can do is try for more cut’s? God I hate the Republican Party. Oh and I think this guy in the article is full of crap.

    • tax payer

      Immigration is not broken, but the illegals tell Congress it is, so these fools want to repair something that isn’t broken and you people will suffer the consequence; when most jobs will go to the illegals and not to your children unless you have your own business. I hate the Republicans and Democrats because they are both full of it.

      • Russell Byrd

        BS. . .

    • Troy Fisher

      AMEN!!!!!!

  • 1standlastword

    Despicable!!!!!

  • Cyndy

    Honestly, it’s sad to think that we actually have people in Washington representing us that think so little of other human beings. There was a time when our representatives actually thought about the voters(I am in my 50’s, so yes it was a LONG time ago)but now the only concern among MOST politicians is how can I keep mine without you getting yours too. We have to seriously look at the people we’re putting in office. If we can’t do better than what we have, we should just stop having elections and let the country go to hell like it’s heading now.

    • hotflashweave

      It’s the Genghis Khan mentality…It is not enough that I win, everyone else must lose. Monsters gotta go–there are sane and humane solutions to our problems.

    • tax payer

      Those that voted for Obama made the biggest mistake of their life and they did it twice. We put people in office thinking we put them there to represent us, but you do know ( they are there for the illegals ) and not for you, and I and the rest of the Americans in this country. This are the people that are in office right now, so accept it once your children can’t find any jobs because they will be given to the illegals.

      • adler56

        They have medication that is very effective in treating paranoia- try some.

        • RobGinChicago

          Unfortunately, there is no medicine, to my knowledge, to treat their greed and selfishness. Perhaps they can eat a book by Ayn Rand, almost palatable with grape jelly.

        • Russell Byrd

          Decon?

        • plc97477

          I am sorry but you can’t fix stupid. It would be nice if we could then we wouldn’t have to listen to the idiots.

      • Cyndy

        Well I don’t think voting for Obama started politicians not caring. I think it gave the bastards an excuse to use. Screw the citizens and blame it on Obama, yea right. What was the excuse when W was in office? They screwed us then, the only difference they tried to hide it. Now, we’re screwed in broad daylight and they tell us it’s because of Obama. Ignorant, racist pigs. And people like you believe it, that’s how they keep getting in office. You probably support what this idiot is saying and what’s worse is you believe it.

  • Cyndy

    I used to look down on people at the checkout line using food stamps until I was put in a position that I had no choice but to apply for benefits to feed my family. It’s hard going to work every day and still not being able to feed kids and then have a jerk with plenty to spend to tell me I should be able to make it on a small amount of benefits. If I feed my kids that junk he bought, I should be arrested for child neglect.

  • hotflashweave

    Is it just me, or does anyone else notice the abuses planned for groups that tend to vote Dem?? Vaginal probes for women, increased interest on student loans, losses of school lunches for poor people, it all makes sense in a perverse political way. What doesn’t make any kind of sense is alienating this block of voters, especially the poor and lower middle class whose numbers are growing. Oh wait! There’s a plan for that, too…Voter suppression!

    • jnap

      I think they get off thinking about those vaginal probes, the miserable perverts.

      • Canistercook

        Perhaps the vaginal problems are the result of overuse!

        • adler56

          you would know

      • plc97477

        I do too. They are sounding a lot like dirty old men. Even bringing up masturbation by the unborn.

    • Kurt CPI

      Wait. You are saying that women, college students and public school lunch lines are filled with all Democrats, and the Republicans (wherever they’re hiding) are plotting to destroy them all with vaginal probes, loss of lunch and higher interest? I’m pretty sure that when I attended school that about 50% of the students were women and the student body as a whole was comprised of a mix of political persuasions. Or does this happen only to students, women and children who are registered Democrats? Are you serious?

      • hotflashweave

        Women, people aged 18-29, people who make less than 50,000. determined the outcome of the last two elections. and will make all the difference in 2016–I’m saying that apart from simple humanity, there’s enough political incentive to rethink some of the harsh rhetoric and policy proposals. No?

    • tax payer

      Babies shouldn’t be born to people that will always think we have to provide for them since we had nothing to do with the making of that baby. Why should we pay for their Food and Medicaid? If you can’t afford to feed your family than consider staying single and live with mommy. I pay for the school lunch for my daughter and also for the children of the poor with my taxes. I know their parents get food stamps, if they get free lunches at school, but their mothers are too lazy to prepare breakfast for their children before they leave for school, so they sent them to school hungry most of the time. It’s a good thing schools offer free breakfast, but we feed our daughter breakfast at home because most schools provide junk for breakfast that I wouldn’t even feed my parrots.

      • adler56

        and that’s the food the republicans think everyone but them should eat.
        I’ve never been on food stamps and I never will be but i’m not some crazy fake Christian with greedy un-American thinking.

      • elw

        Most people on welfare are white and live in Red States.

    • plc97477

      Don’t forget the lack (so far) of any immigration reform.

  • jnap

    I wish this MF’ker would eat this stuff everyday of his miserable life and die quickly.

    • tax payer

      He’s showing you you can buy good food for less, but since you get it free you don’t agree with him.

      • adler56

        BS. Can’t you read? That’s a diet with no seasonings or hot sauce- you can’t eat that bland stuff for a week- well white republicans can because they all have bad stomachs- it’s the acid you get in your stomach when you lie all day every day.

      • Russell Byrd

        BS from a TROLL. . .

  • mfp

    i work in a ‘supported living for mentally ill-homeless’ situation—the list above is the diet for about 99% of the folks here, with their grand 49$ monthly average snap allotment..the other 1% prefers baloney sammiches…and they all have health problems, starting with diabetes and on from there …so, mssrs stockman and ferguson…fuck you, you relentlessly selfish fuckbags

    • mfp

      oh, and while i’m on about it… every day, i see the damage and real human suffering your sociopathic policies and BS causes…so…fuck you some more

  • Lorr

    I notice Stockman’s office doesn’t say that he ate the food and if he did how long it actually lasted him. Why doesn’t Stockman feed his children that for one week and answer them when they tell him they are still hungry.

  • edwardw69

    The majority of people on SNAP are white. And almost all of them are children.

  • MVH1

    Did he produce the receipt for this purchase? Because I don’t believe him. I guess he thinks we’re supposed to take his word for all this?

  • Mattie Heags

    I hope that most of them will some day experience what many poor and elderly people are experiencing. Many of them will eventually end up in the food stamp when their jobs are cut or sequestered. Mainly after they will have given all our money to foreign countries who do not like us. One day they or someone they love will become prisoners to poverty and distress. Many have fallen from riches to rags and are in mental institutions or have committed suicide. But, those of us who are still standing will overcome because we know what it takes to survive

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    Leave it to a Big Rich Texan to tell others how to live below their own means….What’s this bag of Texas dirt doing preaching gospels he can’t live by himself? Anyone else fed up with Big Rich Texas, That Whole Other Country that can’t keep its slimy oily mitts off federal tax dollars. If there is one thing you always know about plantation mentalities, it’s how bullying, bossying and how they are all know it alls. Sell Texas back to Mexico…Big Oil is losing ground and so now the rest of the country has to suffer so Big Rich Texas That Whole Other Country can lap up more federal tax revenue to support the Big Oil Big Daddies?

    Fresh veggies in NJ…tomatoes? $2.49 a pound. Lettuce $1.79/lb. cucumbers $1 each. And who the hell wants to eat anything that comes out of Texas? These lunatics drink water so badly polluted (yes…TX has THE highest pollution rate in the country.). Who’d trust a single veggie grown in that state to not be fertilized by Big Oil petrochemical carcinogens?

    • plc97477

      I was kinda hoping they would go along with that secession talk.

  • elw

    OH MY, how ignorant can one person be? No wonder he put on two pounds, he ate junk for the week. The experiment is irrelevant in the first place, because the $4.50 a day is not the only money that people on SNAP can spend on food; for most recepients the SNAP funding is an important supplemental to their existing limited food budget. The extra 4.50 allows them to buy fresh fruit and vegetalbles that they often cannot afford. You have to remember the majority of people on SNAP are working, low-income families.

  • Russell Byrd

    This “Snap Challenge” proves the need for these Texans to get a new representative!

  • 4sanity4all

    If the person who bought these groceries had bought some corn or corn tortillas to go with the beans and rice, they would have formed a complete protein, and would have made up for the lack of meat. And there are no fruits or vegetables, except applesauce, so this diet would lead to scurvy. Plenty of sugar, salt, and starch, that would lead to diabetes and high blood pressure. Also absent were cooking oil, seasonings, you know, the things that make food palatable. On the other hand, there was no meat or eggs or cheese to be found, so the meals cooked using these foods would be boring, as well as lacking protein to build and repair body tissues. And did you see any whole grains in there? No, well then add nervous system disorders due to lack of B vitamins.

    • 4sanity4all

      Upon re-reading, I saw whole wheat bread and instant oatmeal. Instant oatmeal is so full of sugar and salt, I bet even ants would not eat it if you spilled it on the floor.

  • labman57

    All of the recent remarks and antics by Ryan, Gohmert, Stockman, et al. simply provide additional evidence that the Congressional GOP doesn’t give a crap about socio-economically disadvantaged American families — their standard m.o. continues to be to use anecdotal examples and snarky retorts to legitimate concerns in a pathetic effort to justify their callous lack of empathy.

    Exhibit A — at a time when there are a greater number of American families in poverty … they suggest that it makes perfect sense to reduce the number of families that can qualify for food stamps and to slash the financial support provided to each of these struggling families.

    So do you feed the kids, pay the heating bill, or gas up the car (assuming that you even own one) so that you can go to work? Take your pick.

  • nancyminter

    Do you suppose poor children feel pain when they are hungry? The same people are trying to ban abortions after 20 weeks because they are sure that the fetus can feel pain. Apparently actual viable children suffering from malnutrition are disposable, but a non-viable fetus is not.

  • Go4man

    Donny Ferguson needs to rerun his challenge (experiment) to be credible. He needs more data points over a longer period of time for repeatability. The true challenge would be to live on SNAP for six months to a year. Make it a family affair. Invite fellow staffers to join you in the challenge. Make the experience complete and move into public housing and live below poverty level. That means giving up the good life for six months. No gym memberships or visits to the country club. Use only walking and calisthenics for exercise. Live poor with family, coworkers, and friends for at least six months. After six months, the participants can return to normal life and maybe celebrate with a modest $50+ dinner.

    Donny Ferguson and Rep. Stockman’s conclusion may be more valid.

    Just remember, the people that rely on SNAP will still continue living in poverty.

    GOD BLESS AMERICA! It is Great to be a nation based on Christian beliefs and values!

  • Joseph P. Benn Jr.

    Great diet plan! Put all the Tea-Bagger GOP nut-jobs on it! Soon, they’ll be extinct! Good riddance!!!!!!