This state is No. 1 for food stamps
With more than 1 in 5 citizens receiving assistance, it has more people on the program than the population of Boston or Seattle.
Has to be one of those lefty, bleeding-heart, tax-guzzling states, doesn't it? Lots of cities, lots of public spending and entitlements, very little "real America." That's exactly the profile of today's taker society, isn't it?
Well, only if you feel that Mississippi fits any of those descriptions. According to the Department of Agriculture's latest figures, mapped out by The Wall Street Journal, 22% of citizens in The Magnolia State are currently enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). That's more than one in every five people in the state and well above the national average of 15%.
Just to be clear, that's the same Mississippi that still sports the Confederate Stars and Bars in its state flag and elected firmly Republican Phil Bryant as its governor and Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker as its senators. The state now has roughly 663,000 people on food stamps, a population larger than that of Boston, Seattle, Denver or Washington, D.C.
It also has a lot of company. With 47.5 million Americans on food stamps, thanks to a recession that had even doctoral recipients seeking assistance, the program doesn't play politics. While 21% (1.3 million people) of right-leaning Tennessee is on food stamps, the same percentage are on the rolls in blue states like New Mexico (441,550) and Oregon (871,676). New York alone has nearly 3.2 million people on food stamps, which still trails the 4 million getting assistance in Texas.
Overall food stamp use across the map climbed by 2.8% in April compared with the same month last year. Meanwhile, the Congressional Budget Office predicts unemployment will drop to 4.6% by 2017 but that SNAP enrollment will only drop to 43.3 million people.
That's not sitting well with some members of Congress, who see the SNAP program as a big spender begging for cuts. After plans to trim food stamp spending helped sink the farm bill, opponents have taken the unprecedented step of attempting to separate nutrition requirements from the farm bill entirely in an effort to cut both farm subsidies and SNAP spending.
Considering that 30% of Mississippi's population is considered obese -- including 60% of residents below the poverty line -- guess which state those cuts will likely affect most.
It seems like every single column on MSN is editorialized somehow. What happened to straight journalism? If I wanted to know people's opinions on the news I'd read some schmoe's blog or browse the comments section.
As for the content of the article, the numbers presented don't even tell half the story. What about demographics? How many of those 663,000 are white vs. black vs. hispanic vs. asian? Why not break it down by district and then compare how those districts voted in the most recent elections? This article is just an excuse to call Republicans hypocrites without doing any real research. You cherry-picked one number and decided to write an article about it. Talk about lazy!
lets use, recipients per square mile.
that will thrust new york to the number 1 spot.
so it now appears new york with 3.2 million on fooodstamps with only 54k square miles of land makes it the worst state for foodstamps now.
isnt playing with numbers fun?
Your on food stamps ..... You are a slave to the Government ! So don't complain about slavery !
New York has over 19 million folks, Mississippi has under 3 million. New York is ranked as one of the top places to start a business and is literally the Business Capital of the World. Mississippi is ranked dead last in almost every category but one, they are number one in Obesity. Calling hard facts a lie just because it doesn't suit your agenda is typical of the types posting on most posting boards.
Pretty soon, we will all be on food stamps. If Obama gets his way by destroying the American spirit, we will all have beans & weenies while he and the other new royals feast on filet mignon.
It's all Obama's fault.
author is smoking something.
3.2 million in new york is more than 660k in Miss.
who cares if its a condederate flag waiving state. Now watch al those so called tolerant liberals give this post a thumbs down. thumbing this down is proof you are an intolerant liberal bigot
i thought liberals LOVED LOVED LOVED helping out those in need? so why do liberals care who they are helping? liberals are also more tolerant and accepting and less likely to judge others based on income and social status. thats what only rich white republicans do right? imean thats what we are told right?
i also love how the author uses percentages instead of hard numbers to say which state has the most on foodstamps. mississippi has 660,000 according to the author but then says New York has 3.2 million.
so how does Miss have more than New York? oh thats right use a percentage to lie. JASON QUOTES A PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE TO LIE
watch all these so called tolerant liberals on here claim that help should be cut off to miss and other red states. Yup, real tolerant all right
I believe the author is nit-picking here. It's not about the percentage of people - in Mississippi or any other state - using food stamps, it's that the government allows too many able bodied people to receive them. I know people that COULD apply for jobs and have a good chance of getting them, but don't want to because they would lose their government assistance. They are lazy, like so many others the government helps out.
Then, there are the women that continue to have more children - while on assistance - because they receive more food stamps and more welfare monies The government should have a rule - FOR EACH ADDITIONAL CHILD YOU GIVE BIRTH TO - WHILE ON FOOD STAMPS AND WELFARE - YOUR BENEFITS WILL BE CUT a certain percent. Maybe that would stop some of the greediness shown by some people in this country.
I don't mind giving a helping hand to those that really need it, but the government is enabling too many in this country.
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