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    "The indictment below was issued today. It is unlikely to result in extradition of the individuals from Russia, but the document could lay the groundwork for charges against Americans for aiding and abetting their work, though no Americans are implicated in this document."

    This one is at least related to the Trump campaign, I guess. I wonder if congress feels like they're getting their (our) money's worth from Mueller and his team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pensive_pilgrim View Post
    That report only looks at cases where people sell their food stamps for cash directly to retailers. I can believe that's low, I never witnessed or heard of it happening. What I saw commonly was the method where you let someone use the card to buy stuff and then receive cash or drugs in exchange outside of the store. That was the way everyone did it when I was doing the same thing.
    I'd start by requiring ID for SNAP cards. That helps address the situations where people are handing over their cards without forcing people to have larger portions of their diet pushed into the most heavily processed foods. Obviously you can circumvent by having the payer escort the SNAP recipient, but it challenges the convenience of the arrangement.

    If you can barter food for drugs you can barter food for drugs. Canned peas may be hard barter, but forcing everyone into having the least healthy food because some are abusing the program is a gross attitude--though very much in line with the common hatred of the poor disguised as paternalism.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hephaestus View Post
    I'd start by requiring ID for SNAP cards.
    Not that I advocate the basket idea, but requiring ID doesn't solve the issue of crooked store owners accepting SNAP benefits in return for cash at $.50 per $1.00 of benefits. That's very lucrative and tempting for a small store owner.

    A more effective solution would be to only certify large corporate stores to accept SNAP benefits. But then there would be inconvenience and discrimination issues with that approach, forcing the beneficiary to leave her neighborhood to shop and making it harder for the immigrant small store owner to realize the American dream.

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    Personally, I think the best approach would be to add more restrictions on what you can buy with food stamps. Lots more. Like, in order to get your product approved for food stamp sale it should need to be certified by some board that it is healthy and nutritious and cost effective. No candy, no soda and no steaks or lobster either. You should be limited to store brands and whole foods. This would help curb both fraud and misuse.

    One big problem with the food box is that a lot of the people on food stamps are homeless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Not that I advocate the basket idea, but requiring ID doesn't solve the issue of crooked store owners accepting SNAP benefits in return for cash at $.50 per $1.00 of benefits. That's very lucrative and tempting for a small store owner.

    A more effective solution would be to only certify large corporate stores to accept SNAP benefits. But then there would be inconvenience and discrimination issues with that approach, forcing the beneficiary to leave her neighborhood to shop and making it harder for the immigrant small store owner to realize the American dream.
    @oxyjen previously established that that seems to be a very very small percentage of SNAP use.

    But yeah, the convenience store/bodega use is an awkward problem without good solution. I onced lived in a town where all there was was the sort of place that is almost always called "Vic's Market". Not a chain, but definitely a type.
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    When I was on food stamps I was surprised by how it was done. I expected something like a book of scrip for basics like produce, dairy, grains, sugar and flour.
    He was old when I met him. I doubt that's changed with the passage of time.

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