Rob Rogers by Rob Rogers

Rob Rogers

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  1. Kylop

    Kylop said, about 3 years ago

    Well done Rob. Very accurate

  2. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 3 years ago

    At least school is back in session and those cities and towns that can still afford a lunch program are now feeding children who don’t get enough to eat at home.
    Children live what they learn folks. You teach children that their society doesn’t like them, they won’t like their society, and will have no loyalty to it.

  3. furnituremaker

    furnituremaker said, about 3 years ago

    zip, you are looking at PERHAPS 1% of the food stamp
    recipients…that comment seems mean-spirited and self-serving, at the very least.

  4. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, about 3 years ago


    Put that in perspective dude.

    you said: " you are looking at PERHAPS 1% of the food stamp

    The current level of food stamp recipients is just south of 48 million. 1% is 480K people. As you said “perhaps” your estimate may be low (and IMO is) but these people have multiple cards and multiple accounts so you must at least double that to 1 million fraudulent accounts.

    that’s a lot of waste.

  5. Kit Walker

    Kit Walker GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    In real life you don’t see his (so called) mother on drugs around the corner with her fifteen other “keeds” either holding up a similar sign or stealing. You don’t see that she has ten different names on ten different EBT cards that she uses like an ATM card to buy everything but food for those “keeds”. When families need food there are a number of places in every city to get it (food banks, churches, etc). What we need to stop is allowing them to use the “benefits” card to withdraw cash. They didn’t earn the money so they shouldn’t be allowed to spend it any way they so desire.

    Jeezus, Zipi, that comment is so filled with utter racism, rage, and ignorance I don’t know where to begin dissecting it. I think I’ll just leave it as an example of pure right-wing thought and let it decay on its own.

  6. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 3 years ago


    I worked as carpenter when Jimmy Carter was elected. When the oil embargo hit and interest rates went to 15%, I was unemployed. I began going door to door doing yard work, painting, or anything else people would pay me to do in order to keep my pregnant wife in college. We also applied for food stamps and got assistance from the state with my wife’s medical visits. I was actually accused of being stupid because I kept records of what I made and spent while working for myself, and for sharing those records with the food stamp office during each renewal. By cheating the program I could get more stamps.
    Grampa didn’t raise me that way.
    I saw lots of abuse. The waiting room where everyone sat was open and it didn’t take an eavesdropper to hear people talking about how much they had spent on NEW cars, or clothes they had bought for themselves at high end stores, clothes often worn to the appointment itself. It is hard for me to believe the people on the other side of the door were unaware of how often they were laughed at by these people taking advantage of the system.
    I wish I could say it was only 1% of the people with whom I waited.
    I agree Zip’s comment is harsh, not as harsh as some offered in GC, but…
    However, our entitlement system needs to be audited and recipients investigated in order to lift this cloud of corruption and suspicion that lies upon it. Not just the entitlements given to those most in need, but to those corporations and businesses who do NOT need gov’t aid when they already make so much money they give their CEOs ten digit bonuses on top of their salaries.
    I am sympathetic to your comment, and this reply is to just give the view point from my own experience.

  7. Brutatowski

    Brutatowski said, about 3 years ago

    The conservative point of view is drive the fraud out of the system. Make it more difffcult to defraud. This would give us more money to give to people who actually need it. It sickens me to see able bodied and able minded people happy to live the welfare lifestyle with no intention of making an effort, but I can go to the grocery store and see a mentally retarded person pushing buggies, bagging groceries and making a genuine effort to do what they can to support themselves.

  8. furnituremaker

    furnituremaker said, about 3 years ago

    I’ve gone through rough spots when I had to get food stamps,
    and,like Respectful, I kept track of my earnings…I saw SOME
    fraud, yes, but by far the majority of people I saw in FS office
    were, indeed, the working poor who needed temporary aid

  9. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, about 3 years ago

    OK so from a USDA web site article:

    “In FY 2012, over 100 analysts and investigators reviewed over 15,000 stores and conducted nearly 4,500 undercover investigations. Close to 1,400 stores were permanently disqualified for trafficking and nearly 700 stores were sanctioned for other violations such as the sale of ineligible items.”

    you do the math.

  10. Phantom Marine

    Phantom Marine said, about 3 years ago

    You have obviously never worked or volunteered with the real people who live on our streets or are struggling to survive with two jobs at minimum wage!

  11. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, about 3 years ago

    The ultimate goal here is to make being poor so hellish that poor people have no choice but to stop being poor and start being rich.
    Well, either that or die miserably in the streets, but then they stop being poor anyway, so either which way, y’know?

  12. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 3 years ago

    Great toon you posted!
    Feeding those “bears” also ensures a strong voter turnout for the Dems who continue to push dependency.
    It’s very hard to convince these “bears” that life can be much more rewarding when one supports himself through hard work, but it must be done.

  13. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Yep, all the “flakes” on food stamps, combined, might be ripping the taxpayers off, for almost as much as one oil company is doing by NON-payment of royalties from oil pulled from the Gulf of Mexico!!

    I always have to laugh at al the stories generated of food stamp recipients buying steak, and Ferraris, in the right-wing mythology. Yes, there are some flakes, but in my little town that’s had a depressed economy since the second year of the “W” administration caused disaster for the middle and lower classes, the people I see on food stamps ARE barely getting by, AND either looking for work, or already working at low paying jobs.

    What I REALLY don’t understand, is why so many of them in this very conservative rural area, still support the GOPers ripping them off!!!

  14. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 3 years ago

    How does an audit to ferret out abuse turn into kicking the needy out the door, Dycel?
    As far as the Republicans on food stamps go, many of them are anti gay, pro life, pro gun, and would find voting for the Dems to be against their moral principles. My home town has a pop of less than 500 in MS and I can speak with some understanding.
    Also, I believe my history shows that I err on the side of valuing people over money.
    You are focusing on my last paragraph and forgetting where I, like Furnituremaker, benefited from entitlements. You also fail to note that I call for audits of the entitlements given to businesses who do not need them.
    No one gets kicked out the door with my idea unless it is discovered they are one of the small percentage who are abusing the system. The human mind is divided into two hemispheres. Open yours and look at both sides of the issue. If you only have one billion dollars with which to feed a nation, you must at least attempt to make sure that some of that money isn’t being stolen by people who don’t need the help.
    I mean no offense, but nothing is black and white, all or nothing, unless an individual chooses it to be.
    Very Respectfully,

  15. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 3 years ago

    As I said, you err on the side of giving the aid. Just as the IRS often errs on the side of paying a return before something, maybe just a random check, triggers an audit. At that time, the offender is identified, punished appropriately, and forced to pay back what they took through fraudulent statements.
    But I will always err on the side of helping people first. The ambulance doesn’t check your finances before driving to your house, might be a good analogy.
    The Trusted Mechanic makes a similar point that you include in this latest reply, and if it were not for the hubris of the people, I would have nothing to offer. However, on more than one occasion, I heard people talking about how they traded their food stamps for cash, sometimes at 50 cents on the dollar. Back then, you didn’t have to have have a card or id to use the stamps at the stores. I was even approached as I left the office by a person who offered me 70 cents on the dollar. I thanked him for his offer. We were on food stamps of 14 months, and then I found a good job in this new industry called cable tv and that was a pretty good run. My wife didn’t have to quit college and is now known to General Dempsey who gave her one of his coins and a personally signed letter for her work on behalf of the Army Civil Service. And it is because of what she and her office does and how much money they have saved the USA in her 30 years of service that I am a believer in the money inspection, regulation, and auditing can save.
    @ The Trusted Mechanic - after I went to cable tv I never went back to carpentry except for what I have made for my house, my family, and my friends.
    And please believe me that I judge no one who did not convict themselves with their own words. You and Dycel are correct, a new car and good clothes do not indicate fraud, but when the person talks about how they traded stamps for cash, its a different matter.
    Thank you both for sharing your stories and your feelings on this matter. I assure you that we are much more in agreement than you seem to think.

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