Bloomberg dropped a nice article today discussing the GOP’s position on cutting welfare and how it relates to their electorate.
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.
- Republicans Vow To Cut Food Stamps In Areas Full Of Lazy Republicans (wonkette.com)
- Food Stamp Use Rises; Some 15% of U.S. Gets Benefits (blogs.wsj.com)
- Politics Counts: The Complicated Farm-Bill Math (blogs.wsj.com)
- Nearly 1 in 6 Americans Receive Food Stamps (blogs.wsj.com)
- House passes farm bill without food stamp measure (firstread.nbcnews.com)