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Food Stamp Adds?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by Oh8ch, Mar 25, 2004.

  1. Oh8ch

    Oh8ch Cognoscente of Omphaloskepsis Staff Member

    Don't know if folks outside Columbus are hearing these same commercials, but the local radio the past few days has been airing adds for Food Stamps.

    Essentially it seems to be aimed at folks who may not be aware that food stamps are available to them or who don't realize they may qualify. In particular it highlights the case of someone who is working and doesn't realize that they can still get food stamps. I would assume that such an add is a response to a reduced demand for food stamps, leaving that particular department with a risk of personnel cutbacks and some extra dollars (but maybe it is something else). In any case it seems an interesting strategy in this age of local, state, and federal deficits.

    I consider myself one of those 'compassionate conservatives' for the most part. But I am a bit confused when my tax dollars are used not only to provide food for those in need but also to buy advertising to convince folks that they are in need. Let's face it, if you can't feed your family you are looking for help and aren't likely to miss the food stamp option. These adds IMO are aimed at folks who are getting the kids fed but don't realize they can cash in on the taxpayer.

    Any of the board liberals care to educate me on why adds for Food Stamps are a good use of my hard earned dollar? (Actually that's a lie - I haven't worked hard in seven years, but I still want to keep as many of my dollars as I can.)
  2. ashlandbuck

    ashlandbuck Banned

    Doesn't this have something to do with the local agency being fearful that if the amount alotted to them by the feds is not used then the allotment will be reduced next year?
  3. Nixon

    Nixon Wears Scarlet-colored glasses

    Ah, government at its finest.
  4. KillerNut

    KillerNut Banned

    You know I was listening to one of those comercials today and I thought the same thing.

    I feel the same way about advertising the new $20 bill.

    It is rediculous! That is why you can't blame the dems or republicans, they are all stupid, and waste our money, so they can spend our money, and raise our taxes.
  5. FCollinsBuckeye

    FCollinsBuckeye Senior Former Game Champion

    Advertising food stamps sounds like a rediculous waste of money to me. Just like advertising the 'new' medicare benifits. iirc, the GAO said those ads were 'misleading' - I was surprised to see it on the air last night. I think that ad campaign is costing us ~$25 million.
  6. BuckNutty

    BuckNutty Hear The Drummer Get Wicked Staff Member Bookie

    Got any cheese?
  7. gbearbuck

    gbearbuck Herbie for President

    Hey, somebody needs to buy ads to keep the stations in business :tongue2:

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