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FACT: New Study Proves Majority of ‘Lazy Moochers’ on Food Stamps are Actually WORKING Poor

For the first time the majority of Americans receiving Food Stamps are the working poor, having overtaken children and the elderly.  According to the AP news agency one in seven Americans are now covered by the Supplementary Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), and among that figure the fastest growing number were young, college-educated Americans.

Despite the reality of the plight of the working poor in the United States the Republican Party has voted to slash funding for SNAP by billions of dollars, while at the same time voting to give millions of dollars in farm subsidies to some of the wealthiest agricultural land-owners in the country (some of them serving in Congress).

These savage cuts to welfare have often been justified by claims that the welfare recipients are fraudulent and frivolous. However study after study has found that this is not the case. The Republican governor of Maine funded a study into welfare fraud in his state; it found that fraud and spending on commodities like cigarettes and alcohol amounted for less than 1% of all welfare spending.

The state of Georgia will soon debate a bill to force welfare recipients to pass drug tests. This is despite the fact that a similar bill passed in Florida caught out very few people, cost the taxpayer millions of dollars and was ruled unconstitutional three weeks ago. An almost identical bill in Utah also caught a grand total of 12 people.

This study from the AP is yet another example of how the economic recovery is, in a large part of itself, bypassing not just the poorest Americans, but an increasingly large number of Americans who would ordinarily be considered Middle-Class.

One recent study estimated that a staggering 95% of the post-2008 economic gains have gone to the top 1% of earners in the United States. President Obama will address income inequality in his State of the Union address tonight.

Aides close to the Oval Office have said that the president will pledge to use his executive powers to bypass the Republican-controlled House of Representatives if they show a lack of willingness to take action to address the alarming rise in both income inequality and the number of working Americans relying on welfare.

h/t: Houston Chronicle

About Liam O'Connor

Liam O'Connor
Liam OConnor is a graduate from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, where he read politics. While at university his studies included courses on American politics, feminism, and environmental politics. He has had articles published in the Strathclyde Telegraph, the Glasgow Herald and the Washington Post. He is a self-described Marxist, democratic socialist, atheist and humanist. He currently lives just outside Manchester in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. He can be reached for comments or questions at [email protected]
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  • http://twitter.com/Dr_Berglund Dr. Michael Berglund (@Dr_Berglund)

    Your headlines says FACT… then “working poor”. Just because people are college educated doesn’t mean they are working. There are no facts to back up your headline in this article. I typically side with the Tea Party on many issues. My issue is that we can’t pay people to stay home and wait for a suitable job to come along which is what I see when I talk to people. If they are taking my tax money, I want to know that they couldn’t get ANY job and then I’m willing to help.

  • Kevan Scott

    It is a crime what the Tea GOP is forcing upon Food Stamp and SNAP receipents! Only when the people rise up into the streets and the halls of gov’t will this madness stop. By my count, 1 in 7 equals 14% of the population! But, to the GOP that minority doesn’t count, only the Tea Party minority counts when it comes to things like this!

  • Eli

    Let me guess, those college educated people on SNAP got useless degrees in History, English, Philosophy, or something else like that. We can’t have people who are able to actually learn from history, know how to write, or can think well. That would make it so much harder to convince everyone to continue to work for poverty wages, because then they might be able to question the status quo.

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