7/10/2013 11:02 AM ET|
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.
Before commenting, research your state for the chart that shows what a family of "x" number of people in a household will receive. For example, in NYC, a single person will only receive $200 per month for food stamps. A family of 2 will NOT receive $400. The amount for a family of 2 is much less that $400 but I don't remember the amount. My point is that, I, as one person, could not buy food for the entire month with $200 of food stamps in New York and I try my best to purchase foods on sale and also cut out coupons. The government charts/schedules for the amount of food stamps that people receive must be revised to reflect today's prices and not the prices of years ago.
Also, I have gained a lot of weight due to the stress of my situation. Therefore, if Entenman's is on sale, I will buy it and eat it in two days. This is due to stress. I have been slim my entire life until I have had the horror/trauma of being laid off and not finding a job to pay my bills. It's not just stress. Its the feeling of hopelessness, helplessness, and severe depression that I eat. Therefore, I am assuming that a lot of people in America are very unhappy people and that this is the reason for obesity. If we don't fix the emotional pain, we will never eradicate obesity.
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