Archive for May, 2009

Ayuh, Maine’s in the headlines again! With Comrade Baldacci’s most recent blunder, signing the “we accept sin in the form of homosexuality bill,” AKA Gay Marriage bill, we are once again poised to be highlighted in a negative light, nationally speaking. It is bad enough that this special interest group known as the LGBT(lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community snookered the law makers in Augusta into supporting a law that is clearly wrong. Now they want to attack one of the few institutions brave enough to call a sin a sin, and the Catholic Church should know what sin is, and punish them with more bad publicity, as well as a potential lawsuit via a complaint to the IRS to have their tax exempt status removed.

I’m not that great of a supporter of the Catholic Church, even though I was a longtime member, but they do not deserve to be treated in this manner by a group of selfish perverts. And that’s exactly what they are. These Antichrist worshipers are not going to be satisfied until every sign of decency and correctness is removed from the world. They will not be satisfied with having centuries old tradition and accepted customs destroyed, they want God to be gone completely. All references, suggestions, symbols, icons, everything.

But I got news for them. They’re gonna pay big time when judgment day comes. According to scripture, they will be thrown into the lake of fire for refusing to repent of their sins. Look it up. Some holy rollers like to say that it is OK to be gay, but these are apostate believers, or simply imposters with no sense of biblical truth. Those church’s and denominations that support this sort of lifestyle, and especially those allowing gay and lesbian leaders are apostate, and are referred to as the Synagogue’s of Satan in the scriptures.

Of course, since Maine is under the thumb of UN control, we do what the great Harlot wants us to do. Because of our adoration to the goddess Gaia through environmental extremism, we have allowed ourselves to be led astray to follow a false belief system. I believe it is safe to say that the final day is on its way.

Here’s a news article from CNSNews with the story that so far, Maine’s papers haven’t published. Will they continue to keep silent? Or will the story be in the headlines when I rise in the morning? Either way, it is time for those of us Mainer’s that hold to a moral belief system that is based upon a sound scriptural foundation to rise up and shed this state of this abhorrent burden. Sign the [petitions and get your butts into the polls at election time and get involved with your local, county and state level governments. Let’s work to return Maine to an upright position in front of the Lord.

 

Homosexual Group’s IRS Complaint is ‘Bogus,’ Maine Catholic Diocese Says
Tuesday, May 26, 2009

By Pete Winn, Senior Writer/Editor

(CNSNews.com) – A San Diego-based homosexual activist group has filed a formal complaint with the Internal Revenue Service charging the Roman Catholic diocese of Portland, Me., with violating federal tax rules by taking part in a referendum campaign aimed at repealing the state’s new same-sex marriage law.
 
Tyler Davis, media director for the Empowering Spirits Foundation, told CNSNews.com that the complaint was filed at the IRS office in Dallas last Wednesday. 

The group wants the Church’s nonprofit tax status revoked.
 
“The problem is, Marc Mutty, who is the public affairs director for the Catholic diocese of Portland, Me., went onto public television stating that the church itself would be behind – and this is his own quote, ‘the largest grassroots movement in Maine’s history,’ to overturn same-sex marriage in Maine,” Davis said.
 
“When he did that we had a lot of members who started calling our organization, concerned,” Davis added. “Obviously in most cases where a church may overstep its bounds, we’re not going to get involved, but in this case, it’s at the core of our mission because it affects every LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered) person potentially within the state of Maine.”
 
“Because he went on public television that the Church would be behind this, that’s a violation of IRS code, section 501(c)3,” Davis added.
 
Mutty told CNSNews.com that the quote, which had been broadcast on Maine Public Television, was accurate. But the homosexual group’s IRS charge was not. 
 
Nothing in his statement violated IRS rules, Mutty said.
 
“The claim that’s been filed is completely bogus,” he added. “The Catholic Church, or any entity for that matter, has every legitimate right — and is perfectly within their jurisdiction under the IRS code — to speak to issues. We’re not in a position to speak about candidates, ever, but we can certainly speak to issues and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”
 
For decades, Mutty said, the IRS has interpreted section 501(c)3 to allow nonprofits to spend up to 10 percent of their revenues on “grassroots lobbying” – that is, conducting informational/educational campaigns on legislation or ballot initiatives.
 
The homosexual activist group, however, insist that the only way that nonprofits can weigh in politically is through a political action committee. He admitted that the Church is part of a political action committee – The Maine Marriage Initiative.
 
“However, they are using individuals from the church, who are paid by the church for their salaries and they are using church assets to fund this campaign,” he said. 
 
But Mutty said the allegation is untrue – and neither is a claim being made in the press that the diocese is already collecting signatures for the referendum. 
 
Though the IRS rules would allow church members to circulate petitions, he said, right now the petitions don’t exist – and won’t be available until sometime in June. 
 
“The referendum in question wasn’t approved by the Secretary of State until just a couple of days ago, and the petitions are at the printers, so there’s no way that we could be engaged in the activity that they purportedly speak of, because the petitions weren’t even available to us,” Mutty added.
 
Mutty said the church has followed the law and the gay activist group’s complaint is merely a tactic. 
 
“It’s very clear what they are trying to do, they are trying to muddy the waters, and cast aspersions on the Catholic Church – and create some sense of doubt in terms of the general public. It’s a distraction and a diversionary tactic that has been used in other states.”
 
In fact, the Empowering Spirits Foundation also filed a complaint against the Mormon Church in California, after voters there overwhelmingly approved Proposition 8 – a state constitutional amendment defining marriage to be between one man and one woman. 
 
The homosexual group anticipates that the California and the Maine complaints will each take from two to five years to resolve, Davis said. 
 
“This is not an attack against any church or religious organization,” he added. “I am a Christian and I go to church, and the Church itself has a wonderful value to society. You also have to abide by the laws, if you are not wanting to pay the taxes.” 
 
Maine Gov. John Baldacci signed the same-sex marriage bill into law in early May. It will take more than 55,000 valid signatures from registered voters for a ballot initiative to qualify.

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Every now and again a songwriter will come up with a timeless tune, a song that fits in the day it was written, and every day that follows as well. Bob Dylan wrote this song during the turbulence of the early 60s era when the hippie movement was taking off in a direction that still remains questionable today. Free love, abundant narcotics and resistance to the man were the trademarks of the day. Remember all of the news from that decade as the Viet Nam war escalated to an eventual failure due to bumbling politicians?

Come gather round people wherever you roam
And admit that the waters around you have grown
And accept it that soon you’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you is worth saving
Then you’d better start swimming or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times, they are a changing

The times, yes indeed, they are a changing, then and now. They always have been, and they always will be changing, until that final day we so long for. I wonder if Dylan knew way back then how many years it would take for this nation to sink into the changes we are facing today? Then, as now, we write of the changes we see and guess as to which way the wind will blow tomorrow. Some of us have prophesied the death of the United States, while others the transformation into a new society.

Come writers and critics who prophesize with your pens
And keep your eyes open, the chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon, the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no telling who that it’s naming
Oh the loser will be later to win
For the times, they are a changing

Yes indeed, the wheel’s still in spin! And like the magical roulette wheel, where it will stop, nobody knows. The liberal left continues to gain power and control as they drive this nation out of our control, and into the control of others. Politicians trade and borrow, beg and steal, whisper and shout their way through the meandering process of turning ideals into legislation. Concepts into law. Dreams into reality.

Come senators, congressmen, please head the call
Don’t stand in the doorway, don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt will be her that has stalled
The battle outside ragging will soon shake your windows
And rattle your hall
For the times, they are a changing

The battle is indeed raging! And we find that the youngsters of the turbulent 60s have now become the warriors of today. Driven by idealistic dreams of a better world we find that their ideology has become ingrained into the educational and political morays the youngsters of today, only to further the degradation of the ideals this nation were founded upon. A battle between the old and the new. Warfare between the Right and the Left. A struggle between good and evil.

Come mothers and fathers all over this land
And don’t criticize what you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughter are beyond your command
Your old role is rapidly aging
Please get out of the new one if you can’t lend a hand
For the times they are a changing

Yes indeed, our old role is rapidly aging! We find that as a nation we are no longer the bearer of protection to the masses. The hope of the world. We no longer hold the dreams of millions of foreigners and the opportunities we hold. We no longer command the tiller of the future, left to steer her own way into the mist of the horizon.


The line, it is drawn, the curse, it is cast
The slow one will later be fast
And the present now will soon be the past
The order is rapidly fading
The first one now will later be last
For the times, they are a changing

Indeed, the order is changing! A new world order has come upon us. An order that dictates who we are, and who we shall be. An order beyond our control. The old order is rapidly fading away. The new world order has come upon us, like a thief in the night. Our virtues stolen away as we slept in complacency. Where once we were first, we now are last.

I wonder if Dylan envisioned the prophetic words this song proclaimed to the ages? I wonder if he knew that he was singing of the death of freedom? The vanishing hope of the world? The ideals and dreams of those who sought to overturn the tables of capitalism in favor of the ideals of socialism have finally begun to pass into reality. The advancement of the New World Order into her seat of power is taking place in front of our very eyes today. The harlot of the ages has come to be seated upon her throne.

But the times, they are a changing, and all things must come to pass. And the reign of the Harlot shall come to pass as well. A world choked by the demands of the ideals of socialism cannot survive. Taxation, regulation, legislation. That is what we shall come to realize of our governments. We will tire of the walls that are being built around us by this generation of warriors. We must be free. We shall be free.

We stand upon the threshold of a new future. And as a man stands within the doorway of his home, he sees the horizon and dreams of what lies beyond. The man grows weary of the burdens placed upon his shoulders by the kings of man. The man dreams of the future. Of freedom. Of opportunity.

And the times, they are a changing. Just as they have in the times of Franklin, Jefferson and Washington. The time of Hamilton and all of the others who dreamed of being free from the burdens placed upon them by the crown of England. They too became free. They too fought the battle to gain control over their own future. And we too shall continue to fight the very battle as our ancestors fought, in order that we may see our dreams fulfilled as well.

Indeed, the times are a changing!

Health care reform has been a big ticket in any theater that feeds the patrons to the lions lately, and for my money, it’s a load of crap. The United States doesn’t need Health Care Reform. What we need is Health Cost Reform. Why the heck should we reform health care when we clearly have the best health care system in the world? We don’t really need the reform. But in reality, the political players call it that because it adds an aura of distress to the cause. It makes one sense there is an urgency to the situation. A problem that needs to be quickly solved. Or, as is more often the case, another catastrophe in the wings, created by the Liberal Left to provide yet another opportunity to legislate us into submission to the New World Order.

An article in regards to this issue at MPBN [1]by a Josie Huang disturbs me greatly in light of the current economic trend for Maine. It’s bad enough we get beaten up regularly in all of the statistical studies that suggest Maine is a lousy state to start or operate a business in, but the Superintendent of Insurance, Mila Kofman, says “Maine doesn’t want businesses in Maine.” That’s a not-truism of course. She didn’t really say that, but the suggestion is there when Josie Huang writes “In her decision, Kofman described Anthem’s 3 percent profit margin, before taxes, as excessive…” 3% is nowhere near excessive for a profit margin. I work in retail, and most retail operations would be thrilled to get 3%. Wal-mart, as huge as they are only managed to turn 3.7% for the last quarter, according to some sources [2].

So why shouldn’t an insurance company make a profit? After all we go into business to make money, and if there is no profit, no money. No money, no business. Is this what Comrade Baldacci and the rest of his cohorts in August want? Could it be that they want legitimate insurance companies to be forced out of Maine so that their pet project Dirigo can take the place of these insurance companies? Looks like another conspiracy theory to me!

The fact that the request by Kofman is so out of line with past actions of prior insurance commissioners lends credibility to that thought. Huang also writes “This is the first time in recent memory that the Superintendent has actually decreased the requested rate increase by such a significant amount,” says Joe Ditre, Executive Director of Consumers for Affordable Health Care, which opposed the Anthem rate increase.  “In the previous years, for at least the past six, seven, maybe eight years, when Anthem has requested rate increases, the Superintendent denied the initial rate request but then only reduced it by about one percent. So for example, there have been some years where they’ve requested 20 per(c)ent and got 19.”

So what are we to think? Is a new trend to accelerate the extinction of business in Maine underway? Unless of course that business complies with the New World Order requirements for doing business, that is. We’ll see what happens shortly as Anthem only has thirty days to respond to that request by Kofman.

Another relevant article was a piece found at the Cato institute on Obama’s health care reform by Michael Tanner. In the piece he lays out eight items that he feels may be included within the greater scope of the coming proposals in Washington for this so called health care reform. Tanner sums up by writing “Taken individually, each of these proposals would be a bad idea. Taken collectively, they would dramatically transform the American health care system in a way that would harm taxpayers, health care providers, and — most importantly — the quality and range of care given to patients.”

In my own horrendous experience with the health care system I feel I can honestly say that instead of going after the insurance companies we really need to be going after the health care providers. And not just a few, but all of them. That is where the cost comes from, not a measly 3% profit at Anthem. The hospitals, for the most part, are making tons of profit even though they are supposed to be non-profit. I bet if we were to stop subsidizing them and threaten to take away their tax exempt status we’d see an abrupt change in the health care costs in this nation.

Some of the stuff I’ve seen would make any business owner seethe with rage. Waste and stupidity seems to be the main operational model the medical professionals use to run their hospitals. It is time we start putting the blame where it really lies in this debate. And it lies not with the insurance companies, but with the providers of health care. And that includes the drug manufacturers as well. Have you seen some of the freebies the reps give out to the doctors gatekeepers? High priced pens and advertising gizmos just so they can peddle some new treatment to the Doc.

In an executive summary from the Heritage Foundation[4] we read “Senator Barack Obama (D–IL) has unveiled an ambitious health care plan that is comprehensive in scope, sparse in detail, and therefore uncertain in its cost and savings estimates. His proposals focus on three stated objectives: offering affordable, comprehensive, and portable coverage; containing spiraling health care costs and improving quality of care; and promoting and strengthening prevention and pub lic health. These key goals would appeal to most Americans, but the coercive means to accomplish them will be far less attractive.

Very little in the Obama health plan is new or original. Many of its policy initiatives are recycled from the ill-fated Clinton health plan of 1993 and the Kerry health plan of 2004 and strongly resemble a detailed proposal by the Commonwealth Fund, a prominent liberal think tank. In general, the Obama plan would give the federal government even more control of health care dollars and decisions—accelerating the federal domination of the U.S. health care system.”

This paper is from October of 2008, but it reads as though it was written today. Obama has grand designs for his administration, and they all center around three basic ideals; bigger government, increased taxation and more legislation that controls our lives. And he doesn’t seem to be wasting any time getting around to imposing his ideals upon the nation he was elected to represent, does he?

 

 

[1]Huang, Josie, Anthem Plots Next Move In Wake of Rejected Proposal MPBN

[2]   Kavilanz, Parija B., Wal-Mart profit ticks up, but sales slip,
http://money.cnn.com/2009/05/14/news/companies/walmart/index.htm?postversion=2009051408 CNNMoney.com

[3]
Tanner, Michael D. “Obamacare to Come: Seven Bad Ideas for Health Care Reform.” May 21, 2009. http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=10218 (accessed May 22, 2009).

[4] Moffit, Robert E., Ph.D. and Owcharenko, Nina, The Obama Health Care Plan: More Power to Washington, http://www.heritage.org/Research/HealthCare/bg2197es.cfm, The Heritage Foundation, 15 October, 2008.

The Welfare Bonus

Posted: 20/05/2009 in Uncategorized
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I came across an interesting article today at the Stateline.org site regarding the multibillion dollar Food Stamp bonanza the states have been pushing to get from the bogus, and ill founded stimulus package enacted earlier this year. Where the money will come from to foot the food bill is anybody’s guess, but the money has been spent. According to the article, the writer says that “experts say is more likely than any other stimulus program to jolt the moribund economy back to life.”

Also; “People who receive these benefits are hard-pressed and will spend any financial aid they receive very quickly,” said Moody’s chief economist Mark Zandi. Every $1 spent on the food assistance program adds $1.73 to local economies because an uptick in food sales creates related jobs and further consumer spending.

And; In April, 32.5 million low-income recipients got their first monthly bonus — a 13.5 percent increase in benefits, averaging about $20 more per person — under the Obama administration’s stimulus plan.  Slated to pump $20 billion into the market over five years, the stimulus plan gives each recipient more buying power but does not affect the number of enrollees.

So how do these people rate? I don’t get a 13.5% raise in my paycheck from the boss, why should they? I don’t have a problem helping people who are needy, such as being hungry and needing clothing and shelter, but wouldn’t it be better to put that money to use providing employment opportunities? Not so, says the writer, Christine Vestal. She writes; “It’s smart for states to promote food stamps, because that and unemployment checks often are enough to delay the need for other types of public assistance — such as welfare and Medicaid — that put pressure on state budgets,” said poverty expert Sheri Steisel at the National Conference of State Legislatures.

There are lots of ways to help put the economy back in order, but I do not believe a double digit increase in the amount of welfare payment the recipient gets is going to really accomplish anything of lasting value. It sounds to me like we’ve become a nation eager to rob Peter, just so we can pay Paul, as the old saying goes. Why do we have to keep increasing the level of poverty in what was once, and still is in my mind, the greatest nation on earth?

Why is it that we cannot use these funds going towards welfare recipients to develop some sort of program that creates employment opportunities? Like I said, I’ve no problem helping people, but isn’t there a greater benefit in helping them get ahead than in just helping them get by?

The article goes on to say; “Last year, the Food Stamp program — recently renamed Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP — served 28 million people nationwide, at a price of $36 billion. In the 12 months ending February 2009, the rolls spiked by 17.4 percent, helping 4.8 million more low-income people pay for groceries — more than in any year since the program began in 1964.” 

Funny how it is that even with the numbers of recipients as high as it is, the states claim that there are millions more who are eligible for this assistance, but are not receiving these food stamp funds, and have not applied. Vestal goes on to write “Despite these efforts, only 60 percent of eligible Americans received food stamps in 2004, the most recent year data are available.”

So what is the real scoop behind this welfare gravy train? How much more are these recipients receiving from these billions of dollars? And exactly how much is really going back into the local economies? After all, the point behind this stimulus package was supposed to put money into the economy. According to Vestal, “The dollar value of food stamps an individual or family can receive is based primarily on income, with benefits ranging from a minimum of $16 per month for an individual to $176 per month for those making under $13,000 per year, and as much as $1,058 for a family of eight, making less than $45,000 per year. A family of four, making less than $27,000, can receive up to $588 per month, according to USDA. For individuals, the stimulus plan adds $24 a month to their debit cards; families of four get an additional $80, families of eight get $144, and larger families get $18 for each additional member.”

So what does this look like here in the Independent Socialist Nation of Maine? Or any other state? Check out this table from the USDA

  FOOD STAMP RECIPIENTS BY STATE

The recession added 4.8 million people to Food Stamp program rolls in the 12 months ending February 2009. The increase exceeded 30 percent in Florida, Idaho, Nevada and Utah.

State

Feb. 2008

Feb. 2009

Change

Idaho

98,613

132,777

34.60%

Utah

130,942

173,916

32.80%

Nevada

139,266

182,949

31.40%

Florida

1,407,409

1,842,181

30.90%

Arizona

606,563

772,534

27.40%

Washington

576,136

733,920

27.40%

Wisconsin

410,210

521,390

27.10%

Vermont

55,247

69,029

24.90%

Georgia

986,643

1,230,960

24.80%

Maryland

350,997

434,339

23.70%

Oregon

454,752

561,331

23.40%

Massachusetts

493,498

607,512

23.10%

Colorado

248,662

304,682

22.50%

Texas

2,431,025

2,932,224

20.60%

California

2,176,434

2,588,728

18.90%

North Carolina

927,714

1,102,385

18.80%

Delaware

72,908

86,502

18.60%

New Hampshire

63,255

74,757

18.20%

New Mexico

234,765

277,045

18.00%

Hawaii

94,775

110,915

17.00%

New York

1,927,903

2,246,664

16.50%

Tennessee

890,020

1,035,894

16.40%

Virginia

539,392

628,039

16.40%

Alabama

563,674

654,335

16.10%

Ohio

1,126,397

1,307,285

16.10%

South Carolina

577,145

667,944

15.70%

Iowa

250,999

289,286

15.30%

Rhode Island

84,339

97,207

15.30%

Missouri

876,031

1,009,334

15.20%

District of Columbia

88,203

101,494

15.10%

Kansas

183,902

210,524

14.50%

Virgin Islands

13,570

15,406

13.50%

Maine

173,932

196,006

12.70%

New Jersey

429,344

483,832

12.70%

Minnesota

291,663

327,357

12.20%

Indiana

608,404

679,420

11.70%

Pennsylvania

1,176,463

1,312,566

11.60%

Michigan

1,251,724

1,395,668

11.50%

Illinois

1,286,507

1,433,163

11.40%

South Dakota

63,335

70,569

11.40%

Wyoming

22,695

25,253

11.30%

Mississippi

439,373

488,264

11.10%

Connecticut

222,730

247,159

11.00%

Kentucky

624,424

689,088

10.40%

Montana

80,525

88,548

10.00%

Guam

27,486

30,105

9.50%

Alaska

58,153

63,592

9.40%

West Virginia

274,487

299,604

9.20%

Nebraska

121,167

129,740

7.10%

Arkansas

373,333

399,347

7.00%

Oklahoma

419,260

446,571

6.50%

North Dakota

48,481

51,501

6.20%

Louisiana

655,828

693,954

5.80%

     Total

27,730,703

32,554,795

17.40%

Source: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service

The Welfare Bonus

Posted: 20/05/2009 in Uncategorized
Tags:

I came across an interesting article today at the Stateline.org site regarding the multibillion dollar Food Stamp bonanza the states have been pushing to get from the bogus, and ill founded stimulus package enacted earlier this year. Where the money will come from to foot the food bill is anybody’s guess, but the money has been spent. According to the article, the writer says that “experts say is more likely than any other stimulus program to jolt the moribund economy back to life.”

Also; “People who receive these benefits are hard-pressed and will spend any financial aid they receive very quickly,” said Moody’s chief economist Mark Zandi. Every $1 spent on the food assistance program adds $1.73 to local economies because an uptick in food sales creates related jobs and further consumer spending.

And; In April, 32.5 million low-income recipients got their first monthly bonus — a 13.5 percent increase in benefits, averaging about $20 more per person — under the Obama administration’s stimulus plan.  Slated to pump $20 billion into the market over five years, the stimulus plan gives each recipient more buying power but does not affect the number of enrollees.

So how do these people rate? I don’t get a 13.5% raise in my paycheck from the boss, why should they? I don’t have a problem helping people who are needy, such as being hungry and needing clothing and shelter, but wouldn’t it be better to put that money to use providing employment opportunities? Not so, says the writer, Christine Vestal. She writes; “It’s smart for states to promote food stamps, because that and unemployment checks often are enough to delay the need for other types of public assistance — such as welfare and Medicaid — that put pressure on state budgets,” said poverty expert Sheri Steisel at the National Conference of State Legislatures.

There are lots of ways to help put the economy back in order, but I do not believe a double digit increase in the amount of welfare payment the recipient gets is going to really accomplish anything of lasting value. It sounds to me like we’ve become a nation eager to rob Peter, just so we can pay Paul, as the old saying goes. Why do we have to keep increasing the level of poverty in what was once, and still is in my mind, the greatest nation on earth?

Why is it that we cannot use these funds going towards welfare recipients to develop some sort of program that creates employment opportunities? Like I said, I’ve no problem helping people, but isn’t there a greater benefit in helping them get ahead than in just helping them get by?

The article goes on to say; “Last year, the Food Stamp program — recently renamed Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP — served 28 million people nationwide, at a price of $36 billion. In the 12 months ending February 2009, the rolls spiked by 17.4 percent, helping 4.8 million more low-income people pay for groceries — more than in any year since the program began in 1964.” 

Funny how it is that even with the numbers of recipients as high as it is, the states claim that there are millions more who are eligible for this assistance, but are not receiving these food stamp funds, and have not applied. Vestal goes on to write “Despite these efforts, only 60 percent of eligible Americans received food stamps in 2004, the most recent year data are available.”

So what is the real scoop behind this welfare gravy train? How much more are these recipients receiving from these billions of dollars? And exactly how much is really going back into the local economies? After all, the point behind this stimulus package was supposed to put money into the economy. According to Vestal, “The dollar value of food stamps an individual or family can receive is based primarily on income, with benefits ranging from a minimum of $16 per month for an individual to $176 per month for those making under $13,000 per year, and as much as $1,058 for a family of eight, making less than $45,000 per year. A family of four, making less than $27,000, can receive up to $588 per month, according to USDA. For individuals, the stimulus plan adds $24 a month to their debit cards; families of four get an additional $80, families of eight get $144, and larger families get $18 for each additional member.”

So what does this look like here in the Independent Socialist Nation of Maine? Or any other state? Check out this table from the USDA

  FOOD STAMP RECIPIENTS BY STATE

The recession added 4.8 million people to Food Stamp program rolls in the 12 months ending February 2009. The increase exceeded 30 percent in Florida, Idaho, Nevada and Utah.

State

Feb. 2008

Feb. 2009

Change

Idaho

98,613

132,777

34.60%

Utah

130,942

173,916

32.80%

Nevada

139,266

182,949

31.40%

Florida

1,407,409

1,842,181

30.90%

Arizona

606,563

772,534

27.40%

Washington

576,136

733,920

27.40%

Wisconsin

410,210

521,390

27.10%

Vermont

55,247

69,029

24.90%

Georgia

986,643

1,230,960

24.80%

Maryland

350,997

434,339

23.70%

Oregon

454,752

561,331

23.40%

Massachusetts

493,498

607,512

23.10%

Colorado

248,662

304,682

22.50%

Texas

2,431,025

2,932,224

20.60%

California

2,176,434

2,588,728

18.90%

North Carolina

927,714

1,102,385

18.80%

Delaware

72,908

86,502

18.60%

New Hampshire

63,255

74,757

18.20%

New Mexico

234,765

277,045

18.00%

Hawaii

94,775

110,915

17.00%

New York

1,927,903

2,246,664

16.50%

Tennessee

890,020

1,035,894

16.40%

Virginia

539,392

628,039

16.40%

Alabama

563,674

654,335

16.10%

Ohio

1,126,397

1,307,285

16.10%

South Carolina

577,145

667,944

15.70%

Iowa

250,999

289,286

15.30%

Rhode Island

84,339

97,207

15.30%

Missouri

876,031

1,009,334

15.20%

District of Columbia

88,203

101,494

15.10%

Kansas

183,902

210,524

14.50%

Virgin Islands

13,570

15,406

13.50%

Maine

173,932

196,006

12.70%

New Jersey

429,344

483,832

12.70%

Minnesota

291,663

327,357

12.20%

Indiana

608,404

679,420

11.70%

Pennsylvania

1,176,463

1,312,566

11.60%

Michigan

1,251,724

1,395,668

11.50%

Illinois

1,286,507

1,433,163

11.40%

South Dakota

63,335

70,569

11.40%

Wyoming

22,695

25,253

11.30%

Mississippi

439,373

488,264

11.10%

Connecticut

222,730

247,159

11.00%

Kentucky

624,424

689,088

10.40%

Montana

80,525

88,548

10.00%

Guam

27,486

30,105

9.50%

Alaska

58,153

63,592

9.40%

West Virginia

274,487

299,604

9.20%

Nebraska

121,167

129,740

7.10%

Arkansas

373,333

399,347

7.00%

Oklahoma

419,260

446,571

6.50%

North Dakota

48,481

51,501

6.20%

Louisiana

655,828

693,954

5.80%

     Total

27,730,703

32,554,795

17.40%

Source: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service