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Another 'cpmpassionate conservative' speaks up

Agriculture official's quote "out of context."

A senior Agriculture Department official's comment that people who eat at food banks are "taking the easy way out" was taken out of context, an agency spokeswoman said Wednesday, after several members of Congress called for his resignation. He formerly held a similar position under Bush in Texas, btw...

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(NT) (NT) Re: And the "proper context" would be?????

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"There's a bump, but how much of that is due to people taking the easy way out? I don't know," said Bost, who served as commissioner of the Texas Department of Human Services in the late 1990s.

Bost told the newspaper that food-stamp enrollment is up because of government outreach. He also said that since many food pantries don't require documentation of income, not all recipients are truly in need.


See my post to Dave. Seems the context is pointing out that it is easier to get food assistance -- particularly on a temporary need basis -- from a food bank than a governmental program, so bumps in food-bank demand are probably somewhat unreliable as gauges of changing need.

Evie Happy
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Food stamps registration is up (in my area at least) due to plant closings and underemployment.

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(NT) (NT) Re: closings and unemployment -- Precisely, MK!

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That might be the case ...

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... and the economy is turning around and rebounding STRONGLY.

Has nothing to do with the CONTEXT of the quote which was your original query I tried to respond to.

Maybe it is time for some of those who have lost jobs to look elsewhere ... either by changing their skills to meet the needs of area employers, or moving to areas where their skills are required.

Evie Happy

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More much ado about nothing

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You have obviously never known anyone on government food programs or on the borderline. The comment was made in context to using food-bank demand to gauge need, as you or I could walk in off the street and get free food at one very *easily*. Of course the compassionate liberals never give a conservative any leeway in their wording.

Bost told the newspaper that food-stamp enrollment is up because of government outreach. He also said that since many food pantries don't require documentation of income, not all recipients are truly in need. (from your article)

Many who are struggling financially might still find it difficult to qualify for foodstamps or other governmental assistance programs, or are reluctant to have to divulge all sorts of financial and personal information to qualify. Toni made a similar statement regarding prescription drug assistance recently here: Every pharmaceutical company has an indigent program for people who can't pay. My doctors here locally have stopped filling out the paperwork and are sending people to social services to have the paperwork done....I refused to go there because although the pharm. company only wants and requires limited income information, social services wants copies of my bank statements, my bills, etc. and none of that is any of their business.

Evie Happy

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Speaking of compassion ...

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... do you donate to food banks Dave?

Evie Happy

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Hi, Evie.

Yes, I do. When we do our taxes each year, we get an "audit alert" from the tax program that our claimed charitable deduction is well above the average for our income bracket. I wonder how many "compassionate conservatives" can say the same, particularly if Church contributions aren't included.

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Well good ...

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... because this is the first time you have ever answered that type question when asked in the past. I give a lot and often to local charities as do most of the conservatives I know. Compassion does not have to equal forced giving by the hand of the government.

Evie Happy

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At least, it's encouraging..............

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.....to realize tha some of the "uninformed" are
hanging around and paying attention to what's being
said, if for no other reason than to criticize. Just
might be they will learn something along the way, and
start to see the light.

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He's not that uninformed

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At least Bost knew that food banks existed. Let's give him that.

Dan

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