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A Sad Picture Of Amerika: Interactive Food Stamp Map

• Ritholtz.com & blogs.wsj.com/
 
Most Americans seem not to want to admit it, but we have fairly Socialist, rather Christian tendencies as a country. You know, things like charity, feeding the poor, broad government assistance to reduce senior and childhood poverty, etc. Consider this WSJ headline today that blares out “1 in 7 Americans Receive Food Stamps.” ONE IN SEVEN! That is a huge amount of folks on the public dole. As the very red map shows, this varies greatly by state. Oregon and Michigan have 20% of the population on Food stamps, NY and Texas have over 15%, California less than 10%, Wyoming only 6.6%. When you ask Americans if they support these social programs in the abstract, a high percentage will oppose them. But as you get more specific — “Do you support feeding families/children who are on the edge of starvation”– suddenly, we become downright European. Don’t believe me — look at the WSJ map below! http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2011/05/welcome-to-socialist-america/

2 Comments in Response to

Comment by Xaul Ex
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The idea that a human should enjoy food, while another hungers, makes the latter awfuly hungry.  

Comment by Sharon Jarvis
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I'd like to know the specific polls that show most Americans oppose social programs.  Somehow I doubt their veracity.

 Meanwhile, idiots like Rush Limbaugh claim that helping the poor does not make America great and that charity is a failed experiment throughout history.  I guess Rush isn't as smart as he claims.  Every anthropologist and archeologist knows that even the Neanderthals took care of their old and sick.


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