Food Stamp Use Soars, and Stigma Fades

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" The program’s growing reach can be seen in a corner of southwestern Ohio where red state politics reign and blue-collar workers have often called food stamps a sign of laziness. But unemployment has soared, and food stamp use in a six-county area outside Cincinnati has risen more than 50 percent.

With most of his co-workers laid off, Greg Dawson, a third-generation electrician in rural Martinsville, considers himself lucky to still have a job. He works the night shift for a contracting firm, installing freezer lights in a chain of grocery stores. But when his overtime income vanished and his expenses went up, Mr. Dawson started skimping on meals to feed his wife and five children."
Note: Perhaps they are all imagining their hunger since it was reported on July 20, 2009 that Obama said the "Fire is Now Out" .

Republicans should not accept food stamps because that would make them hypocrites for railing against government hand-outs. Democrats shouldn't accept the food stamps because the crisis is over.

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