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.
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.
The 10 states receiving the most in federal aid as a percentage of their general revenue, in order, were:
- Mississippi, 42.9% federal aid as percentage of general revenue
- Louisiana, 41.9%
- Tennessee, 39.5%
- South Dakota, 39.0%
- Missouri, 38.2%
- Montana, 37.4%
- Georgia, 37.3%
- New Mexico, 36.6%
- Alabama, 36.1%
- Maine, 35.3%
When it comes to defense contracts, nothing beats the infamy of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jet contract. Yes, this is a program that’s popular for all the wrong reasons — billions over budget, a decade behind schedule, and too many technical problems to list.
No defense contract is bigger than the F-35, with a price tag of almost $339 billion according to the GAO. It’s so big, in fact, that according to its latest quarterly report, F-35 sales accounted for approximately 20% of Lockheed Martin’s total consolidated net sales both for the quarter and for the nine months ending Sept. 27, 2015.
Sampling of Defense Cost Overruns
- Littoral Combat Ship, $360m (Original Budget Initiated: 2004) $667m (Total Overrun by 2014)
- Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle $102m (Original Budget Initiated: 1998) $376m (Total Overrun by 2013)
- Joint Strike Fighter $79m (Original Budget Initiated: 2001) $138m (Total Overrun by 2013)
- JPALS Landing System $29m (Original Budget Initiated: 2008) $77m (Total Overrun by 2014)
- G/ATOR Radar $24m (Original Budget Initiated: 2005) $61m (Total Overrun by 2014)
And this doesn’t even consider major cost overruns in the energy department or transportation department. Projects like the Hanford waste project that were originally budgeted for 4.3 Billion, that ended up costing 13.4 Billion or the Super Collider that was budgeted at 4.4 Billion and ended up costing 11.8 Billion!! Or Boston’s Big Dig Transportation project originally budgeted at 2.6 Billion, ended up costing 14.6 Billion or NY City’s East Side access that was budgeted at 4.3 Billion ended up costing 10.8 Billion!! Denver Airport, Bay Bridge, WTC Rail Link!!! Check out:
And Trillion dollar wars with massive ledger items that are simply impossible to audit? We still don’t know the full cost of the Conflicts in Afghanistan or Iraq. And Veteran’s care bills continue to mount. Was it 3, 4 o4 5 Trillion?
We have reports that over $585 billion and more of the money, e.g., for the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts – your money— is not just unaudited, but, in the sober judgment of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) of the Congress, this vast military budget is year after year UNAUDITABLE. That means that the Congressional auditors cannot obtain the basic accounting data to do their job on your behalf.
Have you heard of the $43 million natural gas station in Afghanistan that was supposed to cost $500,000? Do you know about the $150 million villas that were built for corporate contractors in Afghanistan so they could spend another $600 million advising Afghans about starting private businesses in that war-torn country?
Or how about purchase of billions of dollars of spare parts because the Army or Air Force didn’t know the whereabouts of existing spare parts in forgotten warehouses here and there? What about the $9 billion the Pentagon admitted could not be accounted for in Iraq during the first several months of the invasion?
The point is for every ‘African American welfare queen’ that the Republicans are quick point to, there are for sure ‘welfare states’ or ‘welfare contractors’ that the Republicans conveniently forget to even mentions. And pork barrel republican party defense programs or wars that they want you to rapidly forget about.