Food Stamps For Jumbo Crab Legs

A sign of the times, and a story to go with the millionaire welfare recipient from earlier today. Did you know that you can buy jumbo crab legs with food stamps?

More here.

But remember folks, food stamps are economic stimulus!

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • WOOF

    Deadliest catch stimulus.
    For extra credit:
    If you bought nothing but  jumbo crab legs, how many weeks of each year would you go  hungry ?
    Do not  neglect drawn butter, lemons and Crestor in your costs.

  • $8194357

    Gotta keep the strength up for voting multiple times and filling out all those multiple welfare forms?

    • realitybasedbob

      Despite A 0.0002 Percent Rate Of Voter Fraud, Reince Priebus Claims Wisconsin Is ‘Riddled With Voter Fraud’

      By Scott Keyes on Dec 2, 2011 at 5:05 pm

      Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus made a curious
      claim on MSNBC today, alleging that Wisconsin is a state “that was
      absolutely riddled with voter fraud.”

      The problem? A recent study by the nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice found just seven cases of voter fraud out of three million votes cast in Wisconsin during the 2004 election, a fraud rate of 0.0002 percent. All seven of these cases involved persons with felony
      convictions who weren’t eligible to vote after being released from

      Watch out now, the boogie men are everywhere.

      • $8194357

        Those “boogiemen” are really just liberal comminist apoligists like you..Millions of them…They’ve had there “brains sucked out” by indoctrination and blame anyone who is a Constitutional conservitive for all the worlds evil…NO KNOWN CURE!!!

  • Anonymous

    I work for a major retail company. I see people using SNAP cards all the time and buying high priced food items like crab legs and big steaks. Stuff I can’t afford and I work there. Right here in North Dakota!

  • Fight Czech

    Thank God for food stamps…  the liquor industry would go broke if these people had to spend their money on food…

    • Anna830

      LOL.. oops, I guess that isn’t actually funny because it’s so true, but it made me laugh nonetheless

  • WOOF

    Food stamp money goes to the fisherman, the farmer, the truck driver, the railroads, the warehouseman, the supermarket. That’s the multiplier.
    Children, the poor, the elderly eat.

    What do you suppose happens in counties where people don’t have enough to eat?

    Yond’ Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much: such men are dangerous.

    • Jfisher17

      Ah, you protest too much!

    • Thresherman

      Well Hell then, just put everyone on foodstamps and everyone’s quality of life goes up and all are problems are solved!

      Really, you need to get to OWS PRONTO!  They are in dire need of intellects of your caliber RIGHT NOW!

    • Kevin Flanagan

      “What do you suppose happens in counties where people don’t have enough to eat?” The riffraff aren’t able to reproduce like they are here. 

    • yy4u2

      I’m guessing they go to the nearest liberal’s house and they feed him and perhaps his family because that’s what they lead the country to believe they do.  They’re all about helping people. /sarc

      Actually, they demand the city, state and fed govt to extract more money from people so they, the liberals, don’t have to see the unsightliness of it all.  Because the taxpayers are already stretched thin, some or most have to go and get another job to pay their bills taking even more jobs away from those that won’t work to begin with and are hungry. 

      Viscious f’n circle I’d say.

  • Guan

    Thank God for food stamps…  the liquor industry would go broke if these people had to spend their money on food…Thanks for sharing it. I like your article.And you can have a good see in

  • Game

    So, let me get this straight, if the government pays for school lunches and tells the type of food people can and cannot eat, it is too much government! However if the government pays for food stamps, they should tell you what you can or cannot eat?

     Just a little carity requested?

    • $8194357

      So “government” “control” of healthcare? They have the right to tell me how to live, what to eat, when to die, what insurance to buy? Clarification requested please?

    • JustRuss

      Government should not subsidize school lunch, if they do, then they get to tell people what to eat. If I am buying you lunch because you can’t afford your own I might give you a choice of what to eat but I won’t be buying you a $20 steak or Jumbo Crablegs.

      I was SNAP at one point and I and my kids ate responsibly. But I was extremely surprised that I could get just about anything I want. I expected vouchers like the WIC program and I think that is the way it should be.

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        So I never used food stamps and I don’t mind my tax dollars being used for food stamps, but you have used food stamps and want to deny that to other people?  Where’s the justice in that?

        BTW, please show me evidence that anyone purchased crab legs with their food stamps.

        This is no different than someone putting a porn stand up at a Tea Party event then claiming the Tea Party patriots purchased the porn.

        • JustRuss

          There is no accountability as long as its a food item, so no proof of crab legs purchases unless you pull receipts from the cash register at the store. I have no problem with people using food stamps, but I was expecting a voucher type program (like WIC) and that is what I think it should be instead of a food debit card with no accountability.

          And…what is the equivalence to the porn cart? I mean, just because it is available doesn’t mean people are buying it, but there are many instances I’ve heard of, where people buy seafood with their EBT card, then return it for cash.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            You could buy any food item and return it for cash.  And why shouldn’t a person on food stamps buy fish?

            Again, there is no evidence the food stamps recipients made the conscience decision to buy crab legs with their food stamps.

            There were LaRouche booths at the tea party, that means tea party people took Obama as Hitler posters and carried them, right?

          • JustRuss

            Seafood is high dollar for a single item that is why it was used as the example.

    • badlands4

      Both school lunches and food stamps are programs you must actively apply for. If you apply for food-stamps or partake from the school lunch program, then yes, the entity(in these cases, the federal govt) administering the program has the right to tell you what you can and cannot eat within that program. The WIC program already does that and has, perhaps since its inception. It is a different thing than the govt telling someone who is on no program what they can or cannot buy form the grocery store.

  • Kevin Flanagan

    Crab legs require a lot of work to eat.

    • WOOF

      Speak to your waiter.

  • flamemeister

    Can you use food stamps to get a crisp Chardonnay to go with the crab legs?

    • WOOF

      Speak to your waiter.

      • flamemeister

        Speak to the hand.

    • Jamermorrow

      Not anymore. Food stamps come on a credit card now. When it was stamps people would barter food stamps for money, booze, etc…

    • JustRuss

      No thank goodness, you cannot buy alcohol or tobacco with the food portion of SNAP. 

      • flamemeister

        They have a RIGHT to have a suitable white wine with their crablegs!!! (or will)

  • Sandyseashells

    So What!  What’s wrong with that?  Do you want Food Nazi’s to be in charge?  C’mon people, write about something I care about.

    • 2hotel9

      If you don’t care why are you commenting, f*cking moron.

  • NaCaWo

    I bet local churches don’t put crab legs in their food boxes for the poor. Yet another reason why private charity is superior to the state.

  • 2hotel9

    Here in PA the ACCESS cards are used for all manner of luxury items. Nothing new.

  • mikemc1970

    In California you can get money from your welfare card at the casino ATM. Crab legs and casino gambling go hand and hand on the government dime. Welcome to The Great Society.

  • Rick Olson

    Minnesota also allows food stamp recipients to get cash back on their purchases at the point of sale through their EBT cards. Is it any wonder that state had to plug a huge budget gap in order to make the books balance? I swear they hand out public assistance gift wrapped on a platter over there. All I know is where I work (I cannot disclose the name of the company I work for in a public forum such as this — it is against company policy for me to do so), I see people paying for these high priced items all the time on their EBT cards.  Particularly, it’s the immigrants — who come in and buy these expensive items on the taxpayers dime!!  Because of the fact they’ve been handed these programs basically since the day they got off the boat, they have no incentive to work.  Welfare, food stamps, etc. were never meant to be a person’s permanent means of living.  Welfare was designed to be a stop gap, a carryover, until someone is able to get and keep a job and start making a living for themselves.

  • SigFan

    Food stamps should cover basic nutritional necessities and nothing more.  Luxury items, non-essentials and nice but not needed items should not be purchasable with them.

    • Rick Olson

      I totally agree.  However, it appears that Congress has left the day to day enforcement of the food stamp program rules up to the states.  This is why the rules are apparently different in one state versus another state.

    • Jamermorrow

      Treat it like WIC and would not be that hard to regulate. 

      • SigFan

        Yep – that would work.  Interestingly, we were sorting through a box of old pictures and papers from my in-laws the other day and found the ration book my mother-in-law had saved from during WWII.  Ration stamps for staples like flour, milk, cheese and gas, limited in amount on a weekly/monthly basis.  No one would starve on what they were allotted, but no one was going to get fat on it either.  I feel that something along that line is exactly what these programs should be – only what you truly need. 

        • badlands4

          We had a ration card when we were overseas; liquor, cigarettes and I think coffee(can’t remember for sure, as I didn’t drink coffee back then).

          We also had black market regulations at the commissary, capping the amount of say, cake mix, you could buy at one time.

          It was weird, but not traumatizing or belittling. We were living where this was part of the dea, so you deal with it. Frankly, it didn’t affect us at all since we didn’t smoke, we rarely(and I do mean rarely) bought any alcohol and didn’t drink coffee at the time.

          We also had milk that came out of a box like a giant juice pack. That is not something I would inflict on anyone regardless of what kind of program they were on ;)

  • JustRuss

    SNAP is ONLY used for food and you cannot get cash for SNAP off your EBT card. However if you have TANF that also goes onto your EBT card and you can use that money for anything like it were a credit card.  I know from personal experience and I never asked for TANF even though I qualified. I was extremely surprised and a bit dismayed that I could buy any non “hot” food item I wished, including leftover “hot” items that were now served in the cold section. I was expecting WIC style voucher checks and I think that is the way it should be.

  • ec99

    One more govt program that breeds a mindset of entitlement.  I once watched as a woman bought high-end groceries with food stamps while her carload of spawn looked on.  She saw my look of disgust and belligerently said “We have a right to eat well too!”

  • Anna830

    In Washington state you can get cash back (don’t ask me how), and it’s been recorded that people have been receiving cash back at the casinos and strip clubs. I lost all hope for our system when they started accepting EBT cards at the convenience stores. Give me a break.. there’s nothing of necessity except maybe milk and that’s way over price there. As they said above it needs to be done like WIC or the like

  • flyingpenguinzz

    I like crab legs