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House food stamps bill would create real standards, cut billions

Dude, they’re at it again.

With House Republicans gearing up to again try to cut the food stamp program down to where it belongs – helping people who really need it – the signs of stamp abuse are everywhere.

Literally.

As in, “We accept EBT” signs – electronic benefit transfers.

Convenience-store chain 7-Eleven is trying to cash in by marketing pizzas to food stamp recipients.

And Twitter users aren’t happy about it.

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The House is expected to vote this week tighten requirements to receive food stamps, such as requiring at least 20 hours of work or participation in job training, and allow states to require recipients to be drug-tested. It’s passage is uncertain, and even if it does, it’s probably dead in the Democrat Senate.

But one of seven Americans are now receiving food stamps – technically known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – and the program’s cost has more than doubled since President Obama took office, according to ABC News.

The federal government spent about $80 billion in 2012 compared to $40 billion in 2008, according to the Wall Street Journal. Food stamp payments are about $133 per recipient per month.

surferfoodstampLiberals wail, as is their wont, that cutting food stamps is like cutting a lifeline (which is also the official name of the Obama phone) for the poor. But the liberals’ cause wasn’t helped by a video Fox News aired in August that showed how a 29-year-old surfer in California gamed the system to use food stamps to support idle living.

Even food stamp supporters had to give in to the outrage over “welfare queen” Jason Greenslate and his laid-back lifestyle.

The libs’ big problem, as always, is reality. Either Obama’s the greatest thing since Solon and saved the economy from disaster or, five years in, the Obama economy is only swelling the ranks of the poor and idle.

Either way, though, the House GOP is insisting that something’s got to give, whether the liberals like it or not.

“It’s extraordinary to say to a jobless, unemployed individual, ‘You’re not working, so I’m going to take away your food assistance,’ ” Stacy Dean, vice president of food-assistance policy at the lefty Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, told the Journal.

Try saying you’ll take away the surfboard and the food stamps, Stacy.

You might be surprised at what happens.

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