Another dissection of the 47%

Bloomberg dropped a nice article today discussing the GOP’s position on cutting welfare and how it relates to their electorate.

From Bloomberg:

Among the 254 counties where food stamp recipients doubled between 2007 and 2011, Republican Mitt Romney won 213 of them in last year’s presidential election, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data compiled by Bloomberg. Kentucky’s Owsley County, which backed Romney with 81 percent of its vote, has the largest proportion of food stamp recipients among those that he carried.


More than half of the Owsley County’s population — 52 percent — received food stamps in 2011, the most recent yearly number available. The county, which in 2012 was 97.6 percent non-Hispanic white and had 4,722 residents, had a median household income of $19,344, well below the Kentucky median of $42,248 and the $52,762 figure nationally, U.S. census data shows. Roughly four in 10 residents live below the poverty line.

Hal Rogers, the Republican chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, represents the county and in winning his 16th term last year got 84 percent of its vote. His 5th congressional district in southeast Kentucky has the largest proportion of food stamp recipients among any held by a Republican, the data shows.

Talk about being blatant about not giving a rat’s ass about the people who elected you to office???  All we heard during 2012 was the “takers vs makers”, “moochers”, “47%”, and other crap tossed by conservative candidates and their supporters.  From Rick Santorum’s ”I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them other people’s money” statement to Mitt Romney’s spill about the 47% of people who were going to vote for Obama because of government dependence, we heard all that crap about people who could not do a thing without the government giving them stuff for free.

Why nobody ever called those politicians to the carpet on the spot is beyond me.  A simple look at the numbers show that more Whites are on welfare than Blacks.  Dollar for dollar, more White Americans get more welfare dollars than any other group simply because of the sheer population difference.  That blows Santorum’s idea to bits and pieces on the spot unless he was really just talking about not wanting to specifically help Blacks and Blacks alone.  If so, that’s a different topic for a different day.  You have conservative spinmasters who like to try to peg that discussion on percentages to population as a means to make it a “Black” issue, but it’s not.  Welfare isn’t paid out in percentage to population dollars, it’s paid out strictly in dollars with no specific amount for specific groups.  It’s nothing to be ashamed of, but for some reason, there are some conservatives who don’t want to own up to more Whites taking more tax dollars for welfare than Blacks.  Now, thanks to Bloomberg, the cat’s really out of the bag.

In reference to Mitt Romney’s 47% remark, it’s poetic justice that he received 47% of the popular vote in the election as there are 47% of the people who vote for the government to give them stuff.  Further backing up that idea is that 83% of the counties that had food stamps double during the recession voted for that same GOP candidate for president.  Of the top 227 counties that reside completely inside of a single congressional district with the highest concentration of food stamp recipients, their elected representative has an almost 3 to 1 chance of being a Republican.  In those 227 counties, 160 Republicans represent the district with the other 67 being Democrats.

When will these people wake up and realize that the current GOP doesn’t give a rat’s ass about them?  The GOP of old may have, the GOP of the future might, but the current GOP doesn’t care about you if you don’t give them lots of money.  At least with the Democratic Party, there are a few who will give you lip service and throw you a bone or two.  The GOP doesn’t even try to hide their disdain for average Americans anymore.  The only reason more people haven’t realized that is because they get distracted by the billion dollar rhetoric machine the GOP has at its disposal.


7 thoughts on “Another dissection of the 47%

  1. I’ve quoted Rick as having said “Blah people” so often (ironically) that I really do sometimes forget that yeah. he really did say “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them other people’s money,” as you’ve quoted him.

    But, it came out “blah” because he HAD to have known as he was saying it, running through his mind just HADDA be “Holy crap, I’m just about to put a gun to my head and commit political suicide by saying what I really believe so I better slam on the brake with both feet and say something else… I already pronounced the first two consonants, think think THINK, um… “BLAH…”

    Not really germane to your topic, just wanted to expound. Obviously the “moochers” bit from the right is effed up and BS, and you’re righteous to patiently explain it like that.


  2. Also too–if you’ve not seen this, about “the really GOOD welfare”, it might shed a bit of light on just why it is so many white folks who are harmed by America’s right wing continue to elect right wingers. It’s a short post, so I will quote it in its entirety:

    “As I’ve written before, an issue in American politics isn’t just that too many whites can’t stand the idea of blah people getting any of “their” money, it’s that they truly think there is some secret welfare system that only blah people have access to. Plenty of white people have had whatever it is amounts to “welfare” in this country and have found it to be quite stingy. All those young bucks with their cadillacs and t-bone steaks must be getting the really good welfare.”


    • There is probably more truth to that quote than anybody will ever acknowledge. I had not seen that quote before as I don’t often read that blog. I usually read it when you’ve linked something to it.


  3. I think dB is onto something with the eschaton quote. It’s a phenomenon I’ve seen myself; white friends who went through a bad patch and got food stamps were dismayed at the small amounts, the many restrictions on their use, and the miles of red tape. But everyone has “seen” some black person using food stamps to buy filet mignon or cigarettes or single-malt Scotch. Those Kentucky and West Virginia voters are angrythey’re eating rice and beans when there are welfare queens living the high life. Politicians like Rick Santorum deliberately feed that fantasy. It’s no secret that Republican voters are also less educated than Democratic voters.

    Part of the immigration argument is the cost of undocumented workers. The Republicans I know tend to believe “illegal aliens” all get free housing and food stamps, even though in reality undocumented people are ineligible for those benefits.


    • I doubt they’ve ever really looked in-depth at how the undocumented live. It’s much easier to survive in the US when you have 10-12 people living under a single roof that all have working income. From my personal view, one of the ways to distinguish the undocumented from the legal is by looking at housing and transportation arrangements. The undocumented tend to pool more resources while the legal are more likely to live like any other person. This is just my personal observation though, and it may not even be remotely correct overall.

      People need to learn to quit assuming things and research things for themselves. Google makes it too darned easy to not research things instead of relying on he said-she said proof.


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