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It’s Official: White Folks in Red States are the Biggest Food Stamp ‘Moochers’ in the Country!

In an ironic twist to the GOP’s war on the poor, it turns out that the people who are the most negatively affected by Republican cuts in food programs – are Republicans themselves.

Statistics reveal that the city holding the most beneficiaries of the SNAP program (a favorite target of the GOP) is 99.22% white and 95% Republican. Owsley County, Kentucky earns the lowest median household income in the country, but they are the most prolific government-takers in U.S. existence.

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According to a TIME analysis of county-by-county food stamp enrollment data, GOP politicians represent more districts that majorly participate in SNAP than Democrats.

From the TIME report:

While congressional districts with the absolute highest levels of enrollment are more likely to be represented by Democrats, many rural districts with very high participation in the program are represented by Republicans leading the charge in cutting billions from the program. In Kentucky’s 5th district, represented by Republican Hal Rogers, 1 in 3 people receives SNAP benefits. After the House passed its version of the farm bill, however, Rogers wrote: “Struggling children, seniors, veterans and families, clearly in need of assistance … compete against scammers, lottery winners, gamblers and others who may be able to work, but simply refuse.

Many economists agree that food stamps trigger economic activity when poor people utilize their benefits, which more than makes up for the cost. Republicans, however, take the opposite approach; they believe tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires is what stimulates growth, all the while cutting programs that help the poorest in society.

When ranking what methods help the economy, economists say that food stamps rank among the top three, while tax cuts to the rich rank about 12th.

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Sky Palma lives in Los Angeles and has been writing about politics, current events and religion for over a decade. He's also the head editor and founder of deadstate.org.

59 comments

  1. That’s a funny article. It’s funny because when you look at income inequality across the country, cities in more blue regions fare far worse than cities in more red regions. From Brookings:

    http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2014/02/cities-unequal-berube

    Most Inequality:
    1. Atlanta
    2. San Francisco
    3. Miami
    4. Boston
    5. DC
    6. New York
    7. Oakland
    8. Chicago
    9. LA
    10. Baltimore

    Least Inequality:
    41. Oklahoma City
    42. Raleigh
    43. Omaha
    44. Fort Worth
    45. Colorado Springs
    46. Wichita
    47. Las Vegas
    48. Mesa AZ
    49. Arlington TX
    50. Virginia Beach

    Those top ten cities also remind me of places with high concentrations of smug, rich, liberal elitists. Funny, huh? #Demsdirtysecret

    • Wowwww, the cities with the highest concentration of industry leaders has the highest income inequality? That is some mind-blowing information. New York, home to Wall Street, all the major banks, and Fox News HQ? San Francisco, home to numerous technology giants, has more inequality than a one-street town like Omaha? You’ve really done some groundbreaking investigative journalism here. But don’t worry, our taxes go to prop those cities up, so it all evens out, Funny, huh ;)

      • What you claim to be a “one-street town like Omaha” is actually home to 5 Fortune 500 Company HQs and has low income inequality, pretty impressive for a metro region of 885,000 people.

        To me it’s ironic that all these big cities that claim to enact policies that address income inequality and work hard for the little guy actually have the highest rates of income inequality. Perhaps during the summer months when all the wealthy liberal elitists inhabit their second homes in the Hamptons does NYC’s income inequality rating improve.

  2. How is “white” defined here? Is it from the application? Which races or ethnicities or nationalities are listed? This is crucial to know before giving an opinion.

  3. I live in Houston and I work a job that pays decent money but it’s based on taxes so you can support yourself but you can’t really support a family of more than you and a small animal on your paycheck.

    Point being, I have several coworkers on various form of assistance, mostly medicaid or food stamps, and they all vote Republican while telling you that everyone but them on assistance is doing it to get out of working. I tried pointing out to them that they’re probably not the only person working on food stamps because they don’t get paid enough to live, eat and feed their kids and it turns into this “I ate the GOP jello about poor people and they’re all lazy evil mooching bastards that have kids to get more of my tax money… except me. And my neighbor.” And that’s what life is like in a red state.

  4. I just needed to make a slightly off-topic point here, based on some of the comments I have read (not that it will make any difference). Not everyone from a red-state is an uneducated, bigoted, moocher. I am utterly exhausted by the sweeping generalizations I see people constantly make about people from the South (especially). Those of us who are white & liberal are certainly in the minority & know that (trust me), couple that with this idea that everyone in a red state is a tea party automoton and after a while you get the feeling you don’t fit anywhere.

  5. So, Republicans taking assistance are moochers but nobody else. Fascinating way to look at the world. No wonder we keep getting unfit politicians elected.

    • thank you thearmourofgod They found one of the least populated counties in America has if it’s a example of all Red state counties. I’ve seen far left blogs before but this is solely aim at the lowest of low information voters.

  6. Republican controlled states have the worst health, fewer jobs, fewer work place protections and rights, lowest wages and benefits, most people living below the poverty line, most hungry kids, worst social services, worst environment, worst infant death rates and worst education… This is the REALITY of the GOP “ideas” and this is what they want to do to the rest of us.

  7. It’s who they put in to represent them over the past 30+ years and whose raised them with the lies & ignorance that was around well b4 an actor aka Ronnie the Veggie was president. Big Business has been their boss. Has gotten so bad down there they honor their gospel through GOP reps b4 the word of God. Even HE aka GOD says to make your own choices while you honor his word. Big Business isn’t using it. GOP/Tea Party followers have been brainwashed so bad down there they don’t know who was in office and when things like 9/11 or Hurricane Katrina happened. They just hear lies about now, then aka Bush-43 ‘ s days and take it as gospel. Not too Christian to honor lies is it? Find out for yourself (and others) out of good will what the truth is. You know who asks for that, don’t you?

  8. Total lie
    Vote repuglican live the lie.

  9. I do know for a fact that my relatives in NC are Repubs and most of them are on welfare. Me I’m just a liberal Dem, and not on any fed. help.

    • IrishConnell, You gave me a smile. All of my family back in western NC are also Republicans and I am the only Democrat! They are not on welfare, as all rich (compared to me) but still don’t get it! Very few blacks here in Oklahoma, where I am at, are on food-stamps, but the whites certainly are, and most here vote Republican. Love to complain about handouts, but take FEMA and anything THEY can get!

  10. “While congressional districts with the absolute highest levels of enrollment are more likely to be represented by Democrats, many rural districts with very high participation in the program are represented by Republicans leading the charge in cutting billions from the program. In Kentucky’s 5th district, represented by Republican Hal Rogers, 1 in 3 people receives SNAP benefits. After the House passed its version of the farm bill, however, Rogers wrote: “Struggling children, seniors, veterans and families, clearly in need of assistance … compete against scammers, lottery winners, gamblers and others who may be able to work, but simply refuse”
    It’s also been proven that nine of the 10 states that get more in federal help than pay in taxes are the “Red” states…A fact that invalidates Second and Goal’s Fascist GOP propaganda…

  11. “While congressional districts with the absolute highest levels of enrollment are more likely to be represented by Democrats…”

    Yup, we’ll just ignore that part of the study this article is based on…

    • Second and Goal, did you learn that trick of truncated quotations from Faux News? What you really are ignoring is the second half of that sentence which reads, “…many rural districts with very high participation in the program are represented by Republicans leading the charge in cutting billions from the program.” Kinda changes the whole intent of the quote from the Time report, doesn’t it? Nice try. I’m starting to get the feeling you and legendzero are Teapublican trolls.

      • Perry-
        1. My entire point is that this article very conveniently ignores the first part of the quote, and basically pretends it doesn’t exist. Exactly what you accuse Faux News of. Sorry, did you want to be the pot or the kettle today?
        2. I don’t watch Faux News. Nor do I watch any mainstream news program. They are all equally horrible as you believe Faux News to be.
        3. The Tea Party is equally as offensive to me as hyper-contentious uber liberals. While both groups have some good ideas, they are both equally responsible for the problems this country faces. Extremism is never the answer. Moderation, cooperation, and compromise are. Until we marginalize both those groups to the point of irrelevancy, we will never be able to restore our country to greatness.

        • Second & Goal – You rock. Couldn’t have said it better. So many of these studies on both sides of the isle are so biased it is offensive that they were probably paid for, at least in part, with tax payer money.

          If you look to Fox, CNN or MSNBC for anything more than entertainment, then you have serious denial problems.

          This story could be twisted the other direction to argue that Republicans are pushing what they think are right, even if it negatively impacts a portion of their voting constituency.This article belongs here, as this is my first visit to this site and I find it hilariously bigoted and biased.

        • I don’t think so, 2nd and goal. I think you are a Nazi troll who watches the Fox Nazi Channel all day long. It represents who you are, a tea party Nazi.

          • Dave, don’t bother trying to deal with these Teapublican morons. I figured I wouldn’t waste my time after I read Second and Goal’s second point above. He said he doesn’t watch Faux News or mainstream news but he talks the company line pretty good. So I figure he is either a Koch brothers troll or not smart enough to realize when he has been lied to.

  12. Can we talk about the predominant race that buries their heads in the feeding trough that is the 650 billion dollar defense budget…….welfare at its’ best!

    • You are so right (correct). As a thoroughly convinced believer in president Eisenhower’s warning to America about the “military industrial complex”, I could see quite clearly as a 27 year veteran just how that bloated budget came into existence. Today we had Cheney out downgrading Obama for the reductions he plans to make in the military. We don’t need the force we have today and we sure don’t need to send our kids out on these fool’s errands we have been engaged in since WWII. We need to vote out senators and congressmen/women who vote for weapons systems that have more to do with employing civilians in their districts than keeping America safe. If unrestrained capitalism is as great as the Republicans seem to think it is, they shouldn’t need the crutch of the military to keep people employed.

  13. The only thing this proves is that there are still more whites in this country than any other race and more whites in each state that is listed. Stop reporting statistics without giving the WHOLE picture.

  14. That is why the workers in those states want the program reformed. These people will put $50 on their EBT than turn around and buy $50 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets.

    • Legendzero, you’ve been listening to Faux News. We can tell. Have you ever tried to stop and think how stupid some of these quotes from them sound? And what their motivation is for telling you those lies? Widen your information sphere. Learn to distinguish between truth and BS. Because if you don’t, someone will try to sell you a bridge or Glenn Beck will try to sell you gold. Yeah, we all knew that was a scam. Did you? How about those fallout shelters? At what point do you start to think they figure you’re an easy mark?

    • With respect that is bull, the article is about the FOOD STAMP program not general ‘welfare’. You cannot spend food stamp benefits except on food (specifically groceries not liquer, not hot food from the deli and not restaurants) and sure as sunrise NOT lottery tickets.

      I lack the information to agree or disagree on the # of SNAP recipients that are dem or repub but I do know that much.

    • except that you can’t use the money for anything other than food and not all states offer lotteries.

  15. So how does the one guy on here know if a Democrat or Republican is on Welfare? When you sign up for food stamps does the application have a section that asks what political party you align yourself with? I do have to say by observation whenever I travel around the Country during election time the places with the most welfare recipients tend to vote republican. You’d think these four wheel’n, gun loving, trailer dwellers would vote Democrat.

    • I think they maybe using election results om how that zip code votes. For example, zipcode 12345 (a real zip code in New York) may bote as democrats and that is tied to the amount of people applying for food stamps..

    • That’s because they are ignorant and believe whatever the Fox Nazi Channel tells them. If you drew a line from Arizona to North Carolina and let everything to the south become it’s own country, the world would have a new 3rd world nation to deal with. Probably somewhere similar to Somalia but that would be an offense to Somalians.

  16. I like that “ironic twist” part. Because GOP opposition to expanded welfare entitlements has always been race-based, right? File under: Delusions of the Progressive Mind.

  17. Redneck motto.” We may be poor white trash………but at least we’re white.”

  18. Not really surprising. Fiscal conservatives suck at economics. Part of the reason why Republican states are such moochers from more prosperous Democratic states that practice progressive economics.

    • What nonsense. I live in a red state, and we have a huge number of white food stamp recipients, but almost all of them are democrats. What idiot thinks red states are 100% Republican? We have an immense number of inner city food stamp recipients, but better than 90% of them vote democrat. Why? Because they want more freebies, and know democrats will exchange taxpayer money for votes.

      • Did you even read the article? Good right winger, don’t let facts stand in the way of your opinions.

      • Actually, West Virginia and Kentucky, which are in the top-10 of food-stamp usage, are predominantly white and Republican. Oh, and 38.8% of those on food stamps are white, which means there are more whites than blacks or Hispanics on food stamps.

      • No, I am certain that almost all of them are republican.

        How do I know? How do you?

      • Are you blind……. I know people who work for social services who see cases daily of white people who always vote republican that are on food stamps and it’s been this way for years, it’s a dirty little secret and a manipulative tactic. YES ! there are democratic white people on food stamps, Blacks, Hispanics etc…… go spend some time out in the country at in any government run food stamp office and you will see the majority of the people are poor and white. black people only comprise 12 percent of the populace, white 70 percent….. the very wealthy in the low percentiles, it does not take much to figure this out.

      • You’re an idiot that is trying to make your point by quoting percentages. Nobody thinks that red states are 100% Teapublican morons. We all know that normal people suffer in red states. The rest of your statistics you’ll have to prove because I have a feeling you got it from Faux News and they are well know for lying and misleading information.

      • Do they have POLITICAL TATTOOS?? Because they receive food stamps, you innately KNOW they don’t vote that same as you? Do you have reliable polling data to support your “90% ” claim or your statement that “they want more freebies”? To quote YOU… “WHAT NONSENSE”!!

      • Where is your proof that “almost all of them are Democrats”? Do you work for the Health and Human Resources Dept? I’d like to see your proof, please.

      • How exactly would you know the voting or political affiliation of the individuals collecting food stamps in your state? By your logic, blue states should be the biggest moochers since we have a whole mess a’ Democrats!

        All you guys ever do is make excuses when facts are presented. You do everything to dismiss what is a fact. Red states are moocher states; always have been. You people have never paid your fair share when it comes to running this country, but you like to believe we “liberals” have our hands out. Meanwhile, I probably pay more in parking garages per month than you people pay in taxes per year.

  19. Agreed I no longer read comments section on many websites due to the racism and bigoted nature sad horrible ppl

  20. Giving tax breaks to the ultra-wealthy is actually detrimental to the economy. They are most apt to hide the tax break in overseas financial institutions instead of spending it here. This will hide their foreign investment profits and therefore the profits are not subject to federal and state taxation. Federal and state assistance, such as food stamps and unemployment benefits, are spent in the local economy and reduce unemployment while helping local businesses thrive.

    • Everything she said ^****^^*^^^^^ it’s sad but these people are the worst kinda republican without them the democrat would win every election Hilary 2012

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