The Food Stamp Capital of the U.S. is WHITE and REPUBLICAN

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In spite of the prevailing stereotypes and assumptions about who uses SNAP Food Stamp benefits the most in the United States, the highest usage is not in Compton, Queens, nor the South Side of Chicago. Instead, a city that is 99.22% white and 95% Republican comes in the lead. Owsley County, Kentucky is a community of about 5,000, residents earning the lowest median household income in the country outside of Puerto Rico, according to the U.S. Census.

The decline in the profits from coal, tobacco and lumber industries led to a harsh toll being taken on the community.

Cale Turner, county executive of Owsley County told ABC back in 2010 that economic hardships have led to a high incidence of drug addiction.

“Those with drug addictions end up in prison without effective treatment. And it happens over and over in this community. The drug problem continues to get worse every year.”

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Strangely enough, the residents of Owsley County are almost entirely Republican, in spite of the traditional opposition to the Food Stamp program by the GOP. In fact, just last November, residents of Owsley saw their SNAP benefits reduced drastically as a result of Republican opposition to funding the program.

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This might rank among the greatest of ironies in history: the Food Stamp Capital of the U.S. is almost entirely white and Republican.

About the author: M.B. David is the author of several scholarly works on Middle Eastern politics, history and religion, such as People of the Book: What the Religions Named in the Qur’an Can Tell Us About the Earliest Understanding of “Islam” as well as the recently published Sci-Fi novel Sleeper Cell 2240: Memoires of the 21st Century Interplanetary Revolution. He is currently working on his doctorate, writing a dissertation focused on the non-profit Hashlamah Project Foundation and associated global study circles.

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  1. Unfortunately, fraud and abuse is blind to political affiliation when access to the handout is practically mandated . But more to the point of the article. It’s not the people on the welfare, its the rampant promotion of the welfare that incites the abuse. That is the political debate and the Democrats are for expanding the abuse

    • jimmywitz says:

      No wonder your screen name is “politically constipated” because you’re totally full of sh*t, Sir.
      Do you have any evidence of “rampant” fraud and abuse? And what exactly did you mean that “access to the handout is practically mandated”?.
      This is obviously a community which has been totally devastated by the decline of its traditional industries, and which has been abandoned by not only the rest of its state, but by the country as a whole as well.And there is real and palpable suffering going on here; suffering which you, Sir, seem to be totally immune to both emotionally and intellectually.
      The fact that they consistently vote against their own best interests by voting for the very people who would keep them in such desperate poverty only adds to the tragedy. And you, Sir, not only have no heart, you have no love for our country or its citizens.

      • Typical response … call people names and neglect to debate the issues. If you actually read the article and were able to interpret it, the tone was to the effect that the community with the highest food stamp usage was a white community not a black community. The article’s author made it racial. I replied to that tone and I merely point out that poverty is blind. However, there is rampant abuse in the system. Proof, there is plenty of it if you venture beyond the confines of MSNBC.

        Oddly, you postulate that these particular conservative white folks, who vote for Republicans, have voted themselves into their situation. Apparently, you are not aware that it is the Democratic Party that is regulating the coal industry out of business, not the Republican Party. So you are way off on that assertion.

        Whether I am compassionate or not is irrelevant to the undertone of race baiting in this article, to which I replied.

        You will note that I did not denigrate you in my reply I just succinctly point out that you don’t know what you are talking about.

        • Rick says:

          “Proof, there is plenty of it if you venture beyond the confines of MSNBC.”

          No, that’s not “proof”, it’s an assertion.

          You made a statement filled with unsupported accusations. A person replied with an argument and you claimed that no argument had been made. And then you make the same argument again and claim that an assertion is a proof.

          You claim both that food stamps are “rammpantly promoted” and that Democrats are “promoting abuse”. Both claims are risible and unsupported.

          • So, because you won’t look beyond your own comfort zone, you believe there is no fraud?

          • wiseoldsnail says:

            there is rampant, enormously costly fraud by those receiving corporate welfare . little to none when it comes to programs used by individuals and families

            do your homework

          • Jerry says:

            Actually I have seen proof on my local news as they sent out their own investigative unit and made actual buys of food stamps from people selling them. These people would rather work for their money in one of the most dangerous jobs out there in the mines but Obummer is shutting them down and they have no choice. Not like the people buying their food with food stamps wear high priced jewelry and clothes fat as all get out and an attitude to match. They leave the store in car others can’t afford and you say there is no fraud???

          • Angel says:

            A- anecdotal to say the least. Anecdotal “evidence” doesn’t qualify as real evidence. Also why did you not name the specific channel and perhaps the name of the reporter? Could it be that you are making this up?

            B- I am just guessing here but methinks you are on snap yourself. I’ve never seen a snap receiver drive a car that a working man supposedly can’t afford. They ride the BUS. Apparently, you are not very well aquainted with REALITY, are you?

          • kurtsteinbach says:

            Actually, some SNAP recipients own cars and have nice clothes. When you get SNAP, they do not make you sell your nice clothes that you already own. In addition, i can and have bought very nice clothes at thrift stores myself. They also do not make you sell your car when you are on SNAP, since most SNAP recipients work and use their car to to work….

          • lheurebleue says:

            In SE KY? Are you kidding? What bus is that? Might be a few rusty school buses around.

        • Ronin says:

          Since when is stating a fact race baiting? Let me tell you something you already know but choose to ignore. Ronald Reagan fired the first salvo in creating the black welfare queen stereotype when he ran for president. Republicans have carried on that BS stereotype for over 30 years and have only grown more rude and incendiary with it. These poor white people somehow believe that voting Republican will get them out of their present condition. Considering the rhetoric of Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Paul Ryan, Michelle Bachmann, Rand Paul, numerous other Republicans that push the stereotype that its blacks but not these people themselves that are poor and they believe it is unreal. Its absolute poppycock but nevermind that for a second. You said that its Democrats that have regulated the coal business out of existence? IT seems to me that every time I watch TV I see commercials for clean coal or read Wall Street reports that energy companies with heavy investments in coal are doing just fine. So do give us all on this board a crock of S on Democrats regulating the coal industry out of existence. Wall street and energy corporations say different.

          • kurtsteinbach says:

            The only “Welfare Queens and Kings” out there are the Kocks, Walmart, McDonald’s, and the oil industry via corporate subsidies. By the way, “clean coal” technology doesn’t exist. It hasn’t been invented yet. It’s a myth….

        • Yoodig says:

          There is little to no regulation on the coal industry. How ’bout the tons and tons of coal-ash put right into the rivers and streams of Kentucky? Do they have to clean it up? NO! they DON’T! What regulation?
          The point of the article was that they vote republican, and these people would take the food right out of their mouths, since it comes from food stamps, or SNAP, that is. They would starve due to lack of money from a paycheck, due to no jobs, due to offshore-ing all the jobs to 3rd world nations, if not for the supplemental nutrition of SNAP, and they still vote for these D bag republicans.
          You still don’t prove any “fraud and abuse” of the SNAP program. The people of the Kentucky county really do need food, no abuse there. They just want to eat until they have a chance to get a job or go somewhere that there is a job. And so do millions of others in other places.
          I didn’t call YOU names either you dumb ass.

        • Um… the coal industry is is running itself out of business. Have you read the news lately? It is poisoning the water of those who work in it. It is spilling chemicals and spewing garbage into the air. There are alternative energies available, and this country better damn sure invest in them because coal and oil and natural gas will poison the human race into extinction.

        • Librarian says:

          Politically Constipated: College English 101, sir.. link a source and who funds it.. otherwise your argument doesn’t hold any weight and might as well be disregarded as bias fluff.

      • Applachianborn says:

        It wasn’t the Republicans who decimated the coal industry in eastern Kentucky, or the tobacco industry, for that matter. It’s Democrats and their “global warming scam” and their determination to tell everyone what they should or should not eat or smoke, that has devastated these industries. Obama made it very clear he intended to destroy the coal industry and he kept his word on that one thing. As for welfare, it’s always been Democrats pushing welfare and dependency instead of work and personal responsibility. Spin it any way you want to, you can’t hide the truth!

        • Thors45 says:

          What did the coal industry in was fracking. It’s been a game changer and natural gas supplies have never been so plentiful or cheap. Coal is going the way of the whaling industry, it is being supplanted by new sources and technology.

          What did the tobacco farmers in was the tobacco companies. Under Reagan the import duties on everything fell – including tobacco. With cheaper sources they didn’t need to buy from American farmers.

          • wiseoldsnail says:

            fracking, like coal digging, are both deeply hazardous to the health of every person and to the planet … the waste is all around us, while the ‘developers’ and ‘investors’ laugh all the way to the bank, leaving ruined lands, poisoned water and air, and sick people and wildlife in their wake

        • lheurebleue says:

          The truth is, you’re full of pickled baloney. You sound quite typical of the Kentuckian who will by God fight CLEAN solar, wind power, and natural gas and cling to FILTHY coal and tobacco even though the first gave him blacklung and the second gave him cancer. Thanks for proving me right. You can’t be taught ANYTHING.

        • paul123454321 says:

          The main cause of the depressed coal economy is cheap natural gas. Not only does natural gas burn cleaner than coal it is much cheaper.

      • Roy says:

        We all know that there is a lot of fraud and abuse going on being championed by Demonrats and they want to expand on this,thats so they can control everyone. The Demonrats know what is good for you and will force you to accept it.How STUPID do you think the American people are????Time to get ol NUMNUTS out.

    • Ron Jacobs says:

      It’s always somebody else’s fault, isn’t it? The biggest problem with GOP rightwingers is their refusal to accept responsibility for any of the ill effects of their anti-human pro-super-rich policies. May you end up on SNAP benefits AFTER they end them.

    • aspen says:

      feeding people is abuse…hmmm

    • Sierrall says:

      I don’t think the Democratic Party made any of the 99.22% of this White Republican City and made them accept food stamps. So, the next question how many in this town, ABUSE SNAP??????

      • kurtsteinbach says:

        Politically Constipated: No one makes or forces anyone to accept welfare or SNAP, certainly not the Democratic Party. If Republicans hate SNAP and Welfare so much, they can always choose to starve and become homeless. Sounds absurd, but no one is forced to take SNAP or Welfare, and those who are on it, 99% of them need it and want to get off of it. There are job search requirements that go with being on SNAP and Welfare/TANF now. An Obama era addition that Bush wasn’t interested in, and didn’t want to fund….

    • Joe says:

      And what about the rampant promotion of corporate welfare? Don’t see a problem there huh? They take billions more than any other group, so if you’re going to slam welfare don’t you think you ought to include the rich? Hypocrisy at it’s finest.

      • Well, my original comment was to be succinct and actually was addressing political blindness of poverty, but its expansion under Democratic initiatives.

        On corporate welfare, I might start with GE and its CEO Jeff Immelt. But, the problem is that corporations create jobs and corporate welfare is often used to entice a company to locate in a particular area. Are you against the jobs that are created?

        A balance has to be struck on all welfare. Unfortunately, self serving politicians help propagate abuses.

        • wiseoldsnail says:

          you don’t know anything about this . do some work . one thing increasing the welfare rolls is the practice by enormous, insanely profitable corporations of underpaying workers

          if you don’t already know this, nothing you say matters

          these companies are the ones reaping benefits of snap, as it is their FULL TIME WORKERS who are having to receive assistance to get by . this is indirect subsidies of obscene profits for corporations

          learn it

        • Angel says:

          Corporate welfare does nothing more than enrich CEO’s and allow companies to move OUT of the United States. Ignorant like most all GOP’ers aren’t you?

          • Judith_Priest says:

            Kisses the hand that smacks him, like ALL middle-classers and working-classers that love, Love, LOVE them some GOP!!!

    • Nevy says:

      Man. you must be poorly educated. Republicans have always been the highest beneficiaries of any government money or care they can get. Democratsare stupid to give any gutless republican anything for ther racist,bigotted,hateful attitude toewards the poor. Funny they should attack there own party and dems should cut you dunb-asses off of welfare.

      • You are right, those crazy Republicans like Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi pretending they raise bees or have farming operations on their land to get farming welfare. Although, when the government makes it easy to abuse the system I would say that is rampant promotion.

        And yes, all of us conservatives are hateful and bigoted. Actually, I wouldn’t mind the Dems cutting off the welfare spigot and retuning the care for our fellow man back to us as friend, neighbors, and community members. Unfortunately, progressives believe government should do that because that way they don’t have to do the heavy lifting themselves. The government can do it!

        • wiseoldsnail says:

          your beloved michelle bachmann and her gay husband defraud the system (and their own clients) by accepting medicaid payments for debunked ‘pray the gay away therapy’ in their unlicensed ‘treatment’ offices

        • rahollier says:

          Since that worked out so well in the past for needy families who relied solely on the kindness of their communities for food, clothing and shelter. Why before food stamps, Medicaid, and the like, we had not poor in this country! BTW – “government” isn’t some abstract entity. WE are the government, and WE, as a majority want to have programs in place to help those in need.

    • Grey Parker says:

      All this “abuse” you keep making assertions about make a snappy bumper-sticker but they aren’t reality based.

      Actual abuse in the form of overpayments and payments to the ineligible is at an all time low.

      In fact, total fraud and abuse across the entire benefits system you’re smearing tops out at under 3%. This makes SNAP one of the MOST efficient and least abused programs of any governmental department. Period.

      http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3239

    • 0z79 says:

      I’m unable to work due to loud noises and unexpected changes really freaking me out; I also have serious issues with my feet and legs.

      I have tried and tried to work; unless I’m guaranteed a place to work quietly, with no interruptions and no side-bars or comments from the peanut gallery, I can’t work with other people.

      SSI allows me to live with a little dignity.. I truly need it. People love messing with one another too much for someone with a social learning disability to work with them.

      So.. whenever I see someone from outside of this country coming in with umpteen children, who can barely speak this language (after all, to visit France you must understand French), and cut into what so many of my fellow U.S citizens rely upon because they’re just ill-equipped to deal with people’s drama…

      OK, whatever. Come into this country, take money from its citizens and add to the issues of everyone, including those who have enough problems dealing with the ultra-competitive bullshit we call a culture…

      WHATEVER.

      • wiseoldsnail says:

        ? this is a really strange comment . we don’t have a national language in this country . you know that, right? france is the size of colorado … people come into this country and work … and contribute in many ways, including by spending what money they make

        willard romney doesn’t do that … he has never worked for a living, has ‘invested in’ and helped ‘run’ companies whose task is literally to drive companies into the ground for a profit … and hides his money in offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes

        i know which type of person i’d rather have for a neighbor

      • lheurebleue says:

        Do you believe that if all the immigrants went home tomorrow that you would get MORE SSI benefits? Please. That extra money would mysteriously disappear overnight…

  2. zenobia says:

    Hi “Politically Constipated”! i’m not sure if you read Jimmywitz’s response or not, but cause there was no name calling. also, he asked for proof of the “rampant” abuse, of which you gave none. you said to venture beyond msnbc. um…. that is proof? wow. well then, write your thesis up and publish it! also, the issue was clearly debated. not sure how welfare is promoted… also not sure how dems are for the abuse of welfare. ask any democrat (if you know any, that is) if they are for welfare abuse. try it. see what they say. i PROMISE you that they are not for the abuse of welfare. are you seriously, as in, in your functioning brain, thinking that dems are for the abuse of welfare? jesus christ on a stick.

  3. Rudewaitress says:

    The biggest fraud is JP Morgan Chase bank making billions of the SNAP program!!

    • Well then, why doesn’t anyone do something about that? If JP’s action are fraudulent and Congress does nothing, are they not complicit in the fraud? That wouldn’t be proof though, would it?

      • wiseoldsnail says:

        why don’t you do something about it? instead of sitting there blaming u.s. economic woes on those receiving food stamps?

      • Thomas Hillgardner says:

        Starting to wake up? Did you just learn today for the first time how much money JPMC makes on the SNAP program? If so, then you had no place in this debate as you failed to educate yourself about the facts before spouting your uneducated opinion. And that in a microcosm is exactly the same problem with all the whites who vote Republican in America’s #1 County for receipt of SNAP benefits. They, too, are uneducated about SNAP benefits before they pull the lever in the voting booth. As long as you let the two major parties divide us on guns, abortion, marriage equality, and gun rights, you fail to appreciate how important it is to get money out of politics and end income inequality,

  4. kj kramer says:

    The reason these poor republicans vote republican is because they hate gays, blacks and democrats. They are too stupid to realize the food stamps, welfare and social security are from the Democrats.

    • Nolan says:

      Have you been to this part of Appalachia? I live in the next county over and understand it very well. So if you would like to discuss the reasons for our voting positions on election day I would be glad to explain them. Just let me know and I will answer any questions that you may have.

      • JonEdHil says:

        OK, so what are they?

        • tr60 says:

          Yeah, why did you make your statement without bringing out your points. You haven’t said anything, just made noise.

          • Jay Rasco says:

            The rest of us got the point though!

          • JonEdHil says:

            Which was…?

          • kristine08 says:

            WHITE PEOPLE WHO PICK ON BLACK PEOPLE ARE ON WELFARE THE MOST AND USE THE MOST SUBSIDIES. THAT IS THE POINT~

          • Michael Bath says:

            dumb. most of the people in that town have never even SEEN a black person up close. that is a community of FIVE THOUSAND PEOPLE who’s livelihoods were utterly DESTROYED by ivory tower liberal policies.
            THAT is why they vote republican.

          • Corey L says:

            Not really..Nightline did a show on that area a few months back and most said they vote republican because they are christians, anti abortion and pro family (which usually means anti gay) So, anti abortion, anti gays usually has anti Black not far behind…

          • tina S says:

            You really think you can make a leap that BIG….what about all the blacks that have those same values are they anti black as well???

          • Betty Eyer says:

            Never seen a black person? Oh, come on. They don’t drive their cars into walmart now and then. Please.

          • tr60 says:

            Eh, I gotta defend him on this one. What most black people don’t realize (and many urban whites) is there are wide swaths of this country where no black people live, or visit. They have no experience outside of what they see on TV. I grew up in the rural Midwest and all the way until I graduated from HS (1975) I knew of only one black family that had ever lived in the area. There were some old black guys that worked on the railroad but they didn’t live in that town. I don’t recall having a conversation with a black woman until I was twenty.

            I remember the name of the first black woman I knew personally. She was beautiful, extremely intelligent and a far better scholar than me. She kept hinting that she was willing to go out with me. My thoughts were what would this gorgeous creature, the daughter of a college professor, see in the son of a hog farmer, and I was terrified she would find out what a hick I was….

          • Betty Eyer says:

            The man said they had never seen a black person up close, which is what I was responding to. You are going into whether black people live there in your town or you have a conversation with them. Not seeing a black person up close by adult hood is pretty improbable to me. They have to drive in to a place with real shopping now and then and I’m thinking they would then interact with a black cashier or similar. Richmond, KY one of the closest towns and the location of a nearby Walmart, has an 8% black population.

          • Betty J Rousey says:

            But 40 or more years ago, you didn’t have to go to a Walmart 30 miles away very often. You had corner grocery stores, and a barber shop, maybe a post office. Times have changed over the last half century.

          • JonEdHil says:

            You, sir, would have been a far better “catch” than most. Your story is at once beautiful and sad, very poignant, and would (shudder…!) make for a terrific novel or movie. I am of American Indian/Anglo extraction, and to think that I wouldn’t exist if two people hadn’t ignored all the cultural bull-sh-t that surrounded their union…well, you can see. Carry on; love happens…

          • javierjuanmanuel says:

            Why is it beautiful? Because a white guy thought he was not good enough for a black girl?

            If the story was the black girl was not good enough for him, or the black girl thought she was not good enough, is that a beautiful story ?

            No need to answer. I know it turns your stomach.

          • Vain Freeman says:

            The shame is that you didn’t realize that no matter your background or anything else, someone saw and considered you a decent human being and that is the only thing that should matter! Your post seems to indicated a very decent person and for that I thank you!

          • javierjuanmanuel says:

            you would NOT see 21 up votes, if your same story was slighty different.

            If you were a white man saying he was too good for poor black trash as you were upper middle class educated family, she was a homely daughter of a washer woman …. how is that story any worse?

            Or from the black female perspective. This tall good looking, well spoken, white, straight tooth, nice dressing white boy son of a banker ….. what would he want with short, plump, homely, bad greasy skinned black little 9th grade educated daughter of unwed washer woman?

            Think that would get 21 up votes?

            It should its the same story!

          • tr60 says:

            Well, in a lot of ways we were very much equals. After a childhood of being a farm laborer I had the physique of a young Arnold, and was often told I was very handsome. Though I was never much at traditional school I was a National Merit Scholar. As for being hog farmers, well, everybody farmed in my time and place and as such we were considered a socially prominent family. At one time my grandfather had been the chairman of the board of county supervisors.

            But now I was out of my place, in a place where people would not understand who and what I was, finally in college, in New Orleans and confronted with what seemed to be way out of my realm of experience. I was terrified of committing an unspeakable faux pas on someone who didn’t deserve it.

          • specom2 says:

            Ignore javier he hates black people and trolls discus commentt sections looking for anyway he can shoehorn negative comments about black people into any conversation.

          • Tracey C says:

            A big part of the story is that he was her equal in all ways but background and it was there that he was the underdog. People type for the under dog.
            I think the second one would. It’s sad when someone sees your beauty, inner or otter, and you can’t see it or find yourself unworthy.

          • Nolan Fergus says:

            You lost me when you started talking about “what most black people don’t realize”… How many black people have you asked whether or not they are aware that there are “wide swaths of this country where no black people live or visit”? One? Two? Hundreds? Thousands? What makes you think that you know anything that thousands and thousands of other people don’t already know too? It is common knowledge that a large majority of blacks live in the big cities on the coasts and in the middle of the country. You should stick to speaking for yourself instead of this terrible fail of an attempt to sound like you know what you’re talking about.

          • tr60 says:

            Okay, I don’t know what I am talking about. Feel better?

          • FILTHIER says:

            Actually seeing Black people might help them to be more tolerant, if they get all there information about who a Black person is from the television and Fox News they’d probably think they were a subhuman race of violent zombies.

          • sean says:

            yes your right we should keep using coal it is the fuel of the future…we should also bring back lynching, stop women from voting and get rid of any regulations on clean water….I like how you think Michael Bath

          • Booyaka Shot says:

            Republicans RUN that state and have done nothing to improve their lives. What liberal policies has them sleeping next to an open stove?

          • JonEdHil says:

            Funny. Looks to me like those “ivory tower liberal policies” are the only things keeping them from starving to death.You think Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell give a tinker’s damn about these folks? Their 6 Republican Reps? Tell me, what have they done for them lately but CUT their SNAP benefits and threaten to take their health care? The Republicans want them to eat words and ideas. You’ll surely go hungry on the Tea Party diet.

          • Vain Freeman says:

            Then based on your logic, since they have always voted republican their problems should be solved or did I miss something! They vote republican, their problems are caused by democrats, but democrats aren’t in office and voting republican doesn’t solve the problems that those democrats not in office caused! I see the real problem and solution – VOTE DEMOCRAT! DAMN!!!!

          • Guest says:

            I think I love you.

          • Penny says:

            I love you. Can I borrow this?

          • Kim Qitqat Brechtel says:

            ivory tower liberal policies….really? Which are…..? I have lived in the coal district. Blame the coal mine owners…..not liberals. I have seen what those owners do.

          • Michael Fox says:

            Michael Bath. President Lyndon B Johnson once said, that the poorest or the poor white people will always have no problem voting against there own interest, as long as you can convince them that they are better and smarter than any black person. He also said that they ( White people ) will allow you into there pockets to take there money as long as they are lead to believe by doing so it makes them superior to black people.

          • Akron says:

            Very well stated.

          • briksteroo says:

            I absolutely love this. So very true. They’d rather starve than see a black person get benefits they don’t deserve. They believe blacks are robbing the system and would rather do without food stamps than help those they believe are inferior to themselves.

          • Tracey C says:

            They’ve been out in that area got over a hundred years. That means that liberal and conservatives policies have failed them.

          • Akron says:

            And how is that working for them now by voting Republican?

          • briksteroo says:

            You’re being sarcastic, right? Medicare, food stamps, unemployment insurance, social security, etc… have destroyed them? You are so very wrong. Those 5000 people would be wise not to vote those benefits out of existence.

          • olinross says:

            Tell me what policies by ivory tower liberals destroyed their livelihoods…..Show documents to verify your bias assumption….
            Kentucky is a red state……… Since when have democrats been in control of Kentucky?……. And why their policies only destroyed this little hick town…. That was really a dumb & absurd remark you just made……..
            You are speaking with a fork tongue….

          • JonEdHil says:

            I understand that. I just wonder if Nolan does, who, so far has not answered “any questions that you may have.”!

          • JonEdHil says:

            I didn’t “make a statement”. I asked a question. I am under no obligation in this discussion to bring out points unless there are points to refute. My query was to “Nolan”, who has yet to respond. Perhaps your question was directed at him…

          • tr60 says:

            Yeah, I was. sorry it got misdirected.

      • JonEdHil says:

        Still waiting.

        • Jay Rasco says:

          Well don’t hold your breath!

          • JonEdHil says:

            Well, fine. Unfortunately, my question wasn’t asked of you, and the person I DID ask still hasn’t followed through on his promise. Is that yet ANOTHER characteristic of Appalachia?

          • Mason Mack says:

            He told you to ask questions, dipshit. “Tell me EVERYTHING” isn’t a question.

          • JonEdHil says:

            I did. My very first reply comprised two questions: “OK, so what are they” [the reasons they vote Republican] and “How do your voting positions make sense?”. I NEVER said “Tell me EVERYTHING”.
            BTW, he (Nolan) still hasn’t answered! Not that he has to, but he did say he would, didn’t he?

          • javierjuanmanuel says:

            Because they have values beyond just free stuff.

            Democrats legislated the jobs out of existenc, then taxed and regulated the rest to death.

            They want to work. There are no jobs.

            Its the opposite of say detroit or southside Chicago were just a few miles away are tens of thousands of jobs paying over 100k. But those people collect welfare, when there are jobs all over the place.

      • Kenny says:

        I’ve been to the part of Appalachia. The vast majority of them are racist, bigoted and ignorant. They’ve been brainwashed to believe white people are superior to minorities. They’ve been brainwashed to believe conservatives are “makers” and liberals are “takers.” When the facts say otherwise.

      • rejectrepublicanlies says:

        You vote based on your love for guns, hate of abortion and your racism.

      • jkld says:

        I grew up in Appalachia and still have relatives who are miners. And yes, they ARE bigoted and YES they vote primarily GOP, and YES, they ARE on welfare/black lung/social security. I left because my parents were professionals and told me to get out into the real world and don’t EVER look back.
        They were right.

      • Harbinger08 says:

        I know it, and I know Wolfe and Lee, too. You know as well as I that people there are not happy about the president being black. Open racism is very commonplace. Even among registered Democrats Hillary Clinton destroyed President Obama in the primaries. I recall her getting up to 80% in some of the rural counties. And those were the Democrats. I can’t even imagine how many white Republicans in the entire state would even consider voting for a black person. I expect it has to be pretty near zero.

        • javierjuanmanuel says:

          More than half of all white people voted for obama. 98% of blacks voted for oboma.

          Do i need to break this down further for you to see where racial politics is most important to bkacks?

          • Harbinger08 says:

            Most black voters voted for Clinton. Because he was the Democratic candidate. Just like they’ve been voting for white Democrats since the civil rights movement. So when the party chooses a black man and they vote for him too you think that’s any different? Listen, the party with the racists is the GOP.

      • sean says:

        let me guess…you like to vote against your own interests?…lol

      • NOLA_Darling says:

        You’re either naive or you think the rest of us are stupid. The reason why some parts of America are exclusively white is often because the racism in those communities is so pervasive that blacks are generally afraid to live, work or even drive through them.

        The absence of “whites only” signs isn’t indicative of the absence of “whites only” attitudes.

      • rejectrepublicanlies says:

        Constipated, you’re attempting to dodge that facts stated in his reply. Spare us the phony indignation. You folks hate blacks, Hispanics, gays, etc. We know it and you’re not fooling us.

        • John W says:

          I don’t really believe these people truly hate people of other races, or sexual orientation. Rather is my take that they vote out of fear. Fear of their world changing, for the worse.

          Put yourself in their shoes. These coal and industrial towns were once booming. So, you use to live in these semi-prosperous towns, and things were okay. Then things started to change, with each change things got a little worse. Closing of plants, loss of value of coal, as the nation switch to other energy sources, manufacturing jobs goes to places with cheaper labor. Under such circumstances, I’d be afraid of change to.

          They are trying to hold onto the world they use to know, where the union and industry helped to provide a decent standard of living, where our narrative tells us, was the 1950s, before civil rights movement, before influx of non-european immigrant populations, before their world changed for the worse.

          Of course, the fallacy of their expectation is the world can never go back there, the world IS changing, and we must find ways to change for the better. Find a new industry, find ways to retrain the people, find new market for their skills. That takes money to develop and risks. So until they truly things can change and advance for the better, they will hold on to what they know, and continue to vote for the people who promises to bring back “the good ol’ days”.

    • Kenny says:

      You’re absolutely correct!!!

    • kristine08 says:

      Thank you…..a voice of reason.

    • Jean Valjean says:

      They aren’t stupid and they do know that Food Stamps are more likely to be promoted by Democrats. They just hate abortion, gays, blacks, etc. enough to vote Republican.

      It’s called, “cutting off your nose to spite your face”.

      The Democrats do the same thing just in different ways.

      It just shows how good the two parties are at dividing the country up and then pitting us against each other.

      “A house divided cannot stand.” It’s not true though. We are a divided nation and that’s how the people in power stay in power.

      Until we stop letting them “bribe” us with welfare, tax cuts, or “sticking it” to those we don’t like they will continue to run the country for their own benefit and the benefit of their lobbyist friends.

    • Ed says:

      That and the fact that these people don’t have a radio let alone a tv so they listen to what they are told by the rethuglican teabilly politician, the Democrats are to be blamed for the cuts. They would not vote for Roosevelt who is in Washington (sarcasm).

    • Rhondayes says:

      The reason for the programs is to create a floor to catch those that are falling into poverty and drowning. To put a floor under shich they can’t fall. This is why their is unemployment, Welfare, Food Stamps, Medicaid, and WIC for the children and babies. This isn’t charity. There’s a time frame

    • Joseph Miranda says:

      No I don’t hate gays I like my father God condemn the sin but try and help the people turn from the sin. I have black best friends so no I don’t hate blacks either. I don’t even hate democrats either because we are all AMERICANS! I disagree with their blind sheep love of debt and being dependent on the government mindset yes. Republicans are too stupid? Or just against the debt and decisions the Liberal government has made the last 8 years they have had control of legislation? This is what has made Americans Poor Moron! We realize that “FREE” handouts and Debt that is destroying our country comes from Democrats you are correct MORON! And we want things back the way they were before Democrats and Obama came in and “CHANGED’ America stupid. America was not created to depend on private bankers and their handouts in return for more money and control. We as a nation are to be dependent on one another for jobs, food, and whatever else we need, not on Food Stamps, Welfare, Social Security, and expensive mandatory healthcare taxes. That is what the Liberals do to America. Blind Fools making each other poorer and the Federal Private Scum that control you richer!

  5. Johnny Chaos says:

    Ironies aside… the fact that the biggest concern is squashing the ambiguous concept of SNAP system abuse, instead of the mentioning the real cause of the problem here. More importantly, no mention of the issue of lack of educational resources available to the community, ironically brought about by purely Republican policies.

    As for Democrats regulating coal industry and production out of business… well, that seems like its actually good for the planet to happen. I’d ask them to find something else to do that adds value to the earth instead of acting entitled to that job, regardless of the environmental consequences to everyone else in the world.

    Intelligent Americans laugh out loud at Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and West Virginia… bless your Jesus loving, gun-toting, animal killing, gay-hating, self-righteous, racist hearts.

    Fat, white, red-state Amer-cuns living in poverty would rather do without Food Stamp or government assistance in order to prevent similar aid that might go to African or Latino Americans. They vote Republican, even though Republicans keep poor white-trash Amer-cuns at the bottom of the poverty barrel. Hilarious!

    • Nolan says:

      Glad to know liberal America feels that way about us here in the Appalachian Mountains. I thought the Democrat party was the party of love and this country is big enough for us all. Well looks like it is, unless that is if you are from my neck of the woods here in eastern KY. What’s that thing the progressives are always saying about prejudice and stereotypes.I guess you missed that segment during the DNC.

      • Angel says:

        Why should anyone accept willfully ignorant people? In all the tolerance, “tolerating” people who harm themselves and others is not part of that whole deal. And if you talk about hatred the GOP outstrips any other political group in the world except perhaps Muslims. It’s ironic- Christians hate muslims (and reasonably so) but they are almost exactly the SAME!

      • lheurebleue says:

        Well, then, what are you doing to fight the stereotype? I live in Somerset, not quite coal country, and what I see here disgusts me to the core. People living like pigs, screwed out of everything by corrupt local bigshots, and STILL VOTING REPUBLICAN for reasons that are nothing less than insane.

      • JonEdHil says:

        Same thing I tell “gangstas”: if you don’t like stereotypes, quit being one.

      • J.R. Crews says:

        Mainstream progressives aren’t true liberals. They’re frauds! They’re nothing more than right wing extremists in drag! People who discriminate against people over appearance are nothing more than bigots! There is only one race in this world and that is the human race!

      • splashy79 says:

        It’s hard to love those that vote against everything the Democrats try to do for them.

        Oh, and it’s Democratic Party. You are showing your pettiness and disdain for Democrats by using the wrong word. You are lucky that Democrats still keep trying to do things for you.

    • Watch out for that climate change regulating government you so desire. They just might regulate all that CO2 you are emitting.

    • wolfendenpackleader says:

      actually all of the oil and other byproducts from fracking are the true culprits of the demise of coal and besides, mines are not safe and Black Lung disease is not something I would wish on anyone.

    • J.R. Crews says:

      And what does their skin color have to do with anything? That’s another reason why I can’t stand political hacks. Their policies are garbage. The far left wants to over regulate companies to a point that jobs are destroyed and the far right will do just about anything to get rid of food stamps and other benefits for the needy. How can you pick one over the other? Both policies (getting rid of food stamps, over regulating businesses) are equally as destructive!

      • Thomas Hillgardner says:

        The destructiveness of government regulation is vastly overstated usually by corporatists who are just interested in more money for themselves and who do not really care about their employees.

    • fifthdentist says:

      I agree with your comment. Except for the Georgia part. We are not to be compared to Kentucky, Tennessee and West Va. Georgia will be a purple-ish state by 2016, not quite there but moving in that direction.
      We have close to the numbers, it’s just getting them out.
      Another impact of the Citizens United decision showed up huge in this election, I believe. The impact of three months of non-stop political ads on TV, day after day after day turns people off from politics and participating in the process.
      But your ‘baggers are going to be motivated, no matter what, and they will show up to vote against their interests every election day.

  6. Johnny Mac says:

    In an attempt to blame white conservatives, they do like to twist their numbers about. To what purpose?

    Even if every person in the town were on SNAP, it doesn’t come close to equaling the SNAP recipients in Detroit, or the South Side of Chicago, or New Orleans.

    So a small town is not, perhaps, the best choice for a Capital City of “Food Stamps.”

    • Deon says:

      That’s the problem with stats and numbers….like the numbers conservatives use to disenfranchising millions of voters with voter ID laws when there is little or no proof of voter fraud.

  7. Cella says:

    The fraud in SNAP is t ll times low. You have to jump through hoops and work to get them. Fox will never tell that. The biggest fraud is big corporations paying little or no taxes. The attack on the poor has been ramped up since the recession. Republicans blaming the poor with no jobs instead of the rich corporations that the tax payers paid to pick up and move their business to China.

    • wiseoldsnail says:

      second biggest fraud : large corporations, after already getting tax exemptions and tax cuts, receiving subsidies in the form of snap and other benefits to their low paid full time workers

      • tobyspeeks says:

        Third biggest fraud: JP Morgan and a couple other big banks administer SANP at a cost of millions to the taxpayers. It’s in their best interest to keep people poor and on programs such as SNAP.

        • wiseoldsnail says:

          ‘zactly . the ‘cost’ of providing food to hungry people would be greatly reduced if we weren’t paying a middleman … same with private prisons, private schools receiving public funds by calling themselves ‘charter’ …

      • rejectrepublicanlies says:

        Wal-Mart does exactly that.

        • kristine08 says:

          GREEDY WALMART with their BILLIONS, paying workers the bare minimum, while in Florida, people getting arrested for giving them something to eat.
          IF WALMART could pay less than minimum wage, they would.
          These same greedy a-holes complain about anyone getting subsidies…and its THEIR FAULT.

    • wolfendenpackleader says:

      there is less than 1% fraud in the SNAP program currently. People earning $ 50,000.00 a year pay about $ 36.00 a year for all of the food programs in America, yet these same people pay about $4,000.00 a year for corporate welfare and tax cuts for the rich and never complain about that.

      • rejectrepublicanlies says:

        You can thank the Right Wing morons participating on this forum. You can also blame “Fox News” and Right Wing Hate Talk Radio for deceiving millions.

      • javierjuanmanuel says:

        There is no such thing as corporate welfare.

        Not a single company gets paid to do nothing. That is welfare. In many cases people when uts all done on welfare can have the life and descretionary income of solidly middle clads people and they never gave to get out of bed.

        So name ten companies that make nothing, sell nothing, fix nothing, the government gives then tens of billions for nothing. No one goes to work aand tens of thousands of their employees get paid to smoke weed and watch judge judy all day.

        Please name these companies!

        • Jav, you obviously do not understand the meaning of the word “corporate welfare.” It has been around for well over 50 years. GE is an example of C.W., they paid no income taxes, made billions in profits and yet were given what is called a “Negative tax refund” by the IRS, which means they were gifted with over 4 Billion Dollars for just 1 year, as a negative tax refund(C.W.).

          That means people like me and other taxpayers make up the difference by paying more in taxes so that the richest of the rich, like BP, received billions in tax subsidies, along with countless other big corporate businesses every year and THAT IS WHAT CORPORATE WELFARE IS.

    • SuYe says:

      ..and those corporations often receive government subsidies, aka welfare.

    • javierjuanmanuel says:

      Big companies paying low taxes is not fraud. They follow the law. Now you obviously do not like it. But its legal

      Stealing aid is iillegal.

  8. niccole says:

    This is so sad that people want to act like we are all on drugs cause we are not we actually suffer from dumb local politicans who dont give a fuck about no one but them so do nothing to try to bring jobs to our county. Yes thier is not enough jobs for as many people as we have this is sad that everyone wants to pick on eastern ky and then have enough nerve to blame it on the GOP no we was doing great until Obama came along so get your shit straight. Thank you Obama for taking food out of my childerns mouth. Thank you GOP for trying to stand up to the SOB

  9. AD says:

    Those poor, sad, ignorant people…still voting for the party that put them in that horrible state. It must be a lack of education or perhaps extreme racism, though that’s kind of doubtful. I read the comments on here, that Politically Constipated fellow needs a swift kick to the rear and a “should have had a v8″ slap to the head and that’s all i’m going to say on that matter.

    • Judith_Priest says:

      It’s the Jesus Thing. (BTW, I like Jesus; I just can’t stand most of his Official Fan Club.)

      Some people have all the discernment of a *snail*, and will trust ANY flimflammer as long as he says something properly pious.

  10. Mary says:

    Quite simply. If a person is in need of SNAP or other subsidy, they need to qualify. There will always be people (regardless of race) who opt to cheat the system. If not SNAP, something else. SAD fact. The bigger issue is big money and political corruption. The CEO’s etc..who make profit but never does this trickle down to those who are actually out there on the front lines. They pocket the profit, claim financial loss, lay off to minimize outlay and dump all of the extra work on their existing staff. How many of you are doing your jobs + that of others (including your superiors) just because we are afraid to speak up. Corporate America are primarily, thieves disguised by their titles.

  11. WhatdidIjustread says:

    The flaws, the flaws, where do I even begin? First, why duplicate a story from another source that is well over a year old, and then provide exactly zero insight to the point of the “article?” Instead of delving into something you want to argue or prove, I just see a few buzzwords to incite trolling – political parties, race, drug usage.

    So there are some cool numbers. Ok. The sample size is a town of 5,000 in what is historically one of the poorest areas of the country and has been for generations. Also, define “usage.” Is it just based on percentage of the total population? All you said was “it’s 99.9999%” white yet you give no insight on how many are on SNAP. All of them? 88%? 23%? Is usage defined as the amount per user/family? What is the retention rate year over year?

    How does Kentucky’s payout compare to benefit value from states like California, Florida, Texas, or Illinois? How does this compare to cities with enormous urban poor populations that everyday live in squalor in such remote places like Los Angeles and New York and a far greater number of people enrolled in benefits?

    Congratulations, the depth of this “article” is like telling me you found a ghost town in the desert with one resident of [insert ethnicity here] and saying you’ve found the [ethnicity-est] town in the US!! Throwing out numbers without meaning or content to incite people to race bait is a low blow, but I can do that too! 100, 25, 18, 33, 2, 57, 88, republican, Hispanic! Whooo did I do it right?

    • Adam says:

      my sentiments exactly…

    • Charles Curry says:

      Really, the reality of it is that OUR country is about 12% black if you can understand that. That means a max of 50 million black people. A max. Let’s just lie and say half are on welfare, that makes 25 mil. America is 50% white, about 180 million. That means if 10% of white people are on welfare, that is almost half the black population. But we know more than 10 percent of whites are on welfare. So that just shows you who gets more money from the government and in just this part. I am not even going into corporate welfare.

  12. sublimemindstate says:

    “Highest usage” would refer to per capita recipients. This fact alone destroys all arguments mentions actual numbers of recipients. Sure, more families in Detroit get SNAP benefits. If this county had a population equal to that of metro Detroit, that would not be the case. That’s how per capita works. It doesn’t matter what the sample size is.

  13. LandofOpportunity says:

    This article made me curious if this is truly a Democrat versus Republican issue. So here is some additional data from the US Census. Owsley County in 2012 had a population of 4,722 people. It is 98.5% white. Median household income in 2012 was $19,624. 36.4% of the population there were below the poverty line. 72% were registered Republicans in 2012. Let’s now look at Breathitt County also in Kentucky. Population in 2012 was 13,635. Breathitt is 98.2% white. Median household income in 2012 was $23,049. 31.4% of the population there were below the poverty line. 90% of the registered voters there in 2012 were DEMOCRATS. I guess I could have written the same article as above to show the opposite point. These types of articles are irresponsible and the only people they serve are the writers who are trying to advance their personal agenda. If you want to repeat my experiment, here are the two sites I used: http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/21/21025.html and http://elect.ky.gov/…/Elect…/2010-2019/2012/statcnty.txt. You can audit the results.

    • Angel says:

      You have a good point but the irony here is not the political stance of the residents, but the fact that the GOP is unquestionably harsh and prejudiced against poor people, whereas Democrats are well known to fund programs to benefit society’s poorest segments. That’s the real irony- the very people who benefit most from Democratic stances on poverty are all Republican despite Republican hatred for the poor.

      • Pet_Orange says:

        The ignorance of the left gets more astounding every day.

        • Colin Yapp says:

          Name three programs that the Republicans regularly go to bat for the poor. I dare you.

          • Pet_Orange says:

            Name three they want to end and prove any of them said as much.

          • Colin Yapp says:

            I know deflection is a natural response for conservatives but I posed the question first so answer it, if you can.

          • Pet_Orange says:

            No deflection. I don’t know of any Repub who wants to end any safety net program. Social Security is the big one. They tried to save that during the G.W. Bush terms but Dems were all against it.

          • Colin Yapp says:

            They wanted to privatize it and then have it in the hands of the investment banks. That could be a disaster, especially for a program that is depended on by millions to exist after retirement. The Republicans want to gut just about every poverty fighting tool out there but have no issues with handing corporate subsidies to companies that make billions. I am very moderate when it comes to entitlement programs and definitely feel that there should be limits but we need to make an effort to get these people work ready and skilled before we kick them off.

          • Pet_Orange says:

            It was a 4% partial privatization plan. In any event, it should be set up in a way that keeps the government’s paws off it. That’s why it’s in trouble now.

          • Colin Yapp says:

            So the greed and recklessness that we saw in 2008 by bankers did not open your eyes either ?

          • Pet_Orange says:

            Do Carter, Clinton, Frank and Dodd ring any bells?

          • Colin Yapp says:

            Also, the Republicans do not want to get their hands dirty with shutting down programs but they have other methods, they gut it by not funding them. This is what previous admins did to the EPA and various other programs.

    • YouKnowMe says:

      It’s how they vote, not how they register.

  14. Angel says:

    And to add insult to injury those poor white hateful republicans want to hold democrats to a standard they are nowhere near willing to step up to themselves! They throw TOLERANCE in our faces when they have never once even attempted to exercise that particular quality!

  15. Judith_Priest says:

    All a Robbing Republican has to do to get elected is just say some smarmy silly sentimental crap about either Jesus or Fetuses, and their victims (aka “constituents”) love it, bend over, and grab their ankles.

    Like in North Carolina, where the fatcat legislature wants to make it a FELONY for anyone to disclose what is in fracking liquid!

    North Carolinians will vote for these evil bastards anyway, because … hey, they say the right stuff about Jesus, Abortion, and GUNS!

  16. Matthew says:

    One area of the country does not contradict the vast large quantities of other nationalities using this program….they are still a minority to the problem! Stupid propaganda. ..

  17. emw12 says:

    I’m thinking that we should track where these people work(if they are the working poor), and then make the companies that they work for pay for the benefits we are giving these people to survive, and they should LOSE any tax benefits(the companies) if we are supporting their workers. Walmart comes to mind as a good place to start.

  18. The Voice of Reason says:

    I’m glad the article at least notes the reason why most of these people are on food stamps is because their source of livelihood was taken away from them.

  19. Terry Grant says:

    It is completely misleading, more liberal word smithing, although the demographic is correct there are only 4,654 people in the county, in terms of SNAP per capita it is the highest. LA County CA has 1,015,000 people receiving snap 4,127,070 Californians receive snap. Kentucky has a total population of 4,395,295. Hawaii and California are 1 and 2 in SNAP per capita by state.
    OH, I SAY AND I SAY IT AGAIN, YA BEEN HAD! YA BEEN TOOK! YA BEEN HOODWINKED! BAMBOOZLED! LED ASTRAY! RUN AMOK! THIS IS WHAT HE DOES.

  20. ksec says:

    LOL and they are the bootstraps party, right?

  21. Pet_Orange says:

    “Political Idiocy” is more like it. If there are more White people on food stamps, maybe there’s more White people to begin with. WWWYP?

  22. Pet_Orange says:

    Sure, but then you look at anyone White and still spit your hate.

  23. Pet_Orange says:

    The premise of this article is racist. It’s just so typical of the intolerant left to judge people based on appearance instead of how they are as individuals.

  24. Gene Gibson says:

    Why hasn’t anyone mentioned the real reason these destitute Republicans vote against their self interest. Their Dominionist ministers tell them to vote that way or they will be sinning against Jeebus who founded the Republican party.

  25. Harbinger08 says:

    I live in Kentucky, in an actual city with a diverse and educated population, and I’m also familiar with Owsley and similar parts of rural eastern Kentucky. Many of the people there can be decent to neighbors and people they know, but they are almost entirely very racist, and most of these people would tell you straight out they hate the president because he’s black. They’ll be using the N-word, of course. Any journalist could go there and they’ll say it right into the microphone. These are very poor, very low education and low information, xenophobic people. Lots of drug problems and trafficking plague the poorer areas, employment of any kind is very hard to come by. Even if you’re white and don’t look too out of place you’d better know your way around. Anyone of color should stay away.

  26. Midge says:

    Guess the motto is keep them stupid, poor and drugged out. God bless America

  27. Midge says:

    Yup. Shame folks can’t see through the haze and realize that this two party system is not working out.

  28. H Town Psych says:

    Good. Let their dumb behinds keep voting for people who are driving them further in to hunger and starvation. But I notice no one ventured a guess as to WHY these dirt poor whites vote against their own self interests? Because they hate black people and think that doing so will keep blacks down.

  29. H Town Psych says:

    This is hilarious

  30. Scooterific2762 . says:

    I’m a republican… Obama made me one. I would have considered myself a democrat before he came along. I’ve been on food stamps a couple of times and got off of them as soon as possible. It was there just as long as I needed it. I was a single mother of 4 kids at one time, all with the same man I called my husband, and I needed a bit of help after being laid off from my job.
    I’m educated, none of my kids have criminal records. I have NEVER been on welfare… it’s a trap you can never get out of. I don’t care who you are, where you live, or what your color is… you are accountable for your actions and your life choices. I also support gay rights, sue me. I am for helping the needy but if you don’t have a reason to live off of my tax dollars… get off of it! Not sorry if I don’t meet your “ideal” republican.

  31. David Light says:

    Percentages lie and those in Owsley County are less than a drop in the bucket to the numbers in the big city Democrat strongholds. It makes you wonder whether those people would rather work than be on government support. It appears that the economic devastation to the area has a lot to do with their dependency and it is not generational. With Obama’s needless EPA “war on coal” this area’s problems can only get worse.

  32. JPeron says:

    According to Kentucky records 28%of the residents are Democrats, so where does this 95% figure come from? In addition in the last election 27% voted for the Democrat running for US Senate and another 4% voted for another candidate. It would appear that 95% is a gross exaggeration and the figure is closer to two-thirds.

  33. kristine08 says:

    and uneducated too. Some have made it to the 5th grade.

  34. kristine08 says:

    You made my day Adam, and saved me a ton of typing.
    You may have the rest of the day off, for your reasonable response~

  35. Michael Bath says:

    ” community of about 5,000…decline in the profits from coal, tobacco and lumber industries”
    yes. put on foodstamps by LIBERALS. NO WONDER they vote republican. Liberal “do gooders” did them no good. with any more liberal help they’ll be eating dirt.

    • Michael Bath says:

      can’t mine coal. it pollutes. can’t farm tobacco. it causes cancer. can’t chop trees. owls live in them.
      you can collect food stamps though! because we democrats LOVE YOU.

  36. Douglas Slayton says:

    So a majority of 5k people is irony but in every liberal stronghold of upwards of 500k-1m between 20-47% are on snap, so irony is 5k white GOP voters, compared to the 100k-470k snap recipients in the liberal mecas? Only liberals would find irony in that. This is like the claim that more white receive snap than blacks, but what about the percentage of each group? Less percentage of whites as a whole receive food stamps than the percentage of blacks as a whole, but since whites are the majority there is “more” white recipients. So let’s break that down, a MAJORITY of the MINORITY get snap benefits, and a MINORITY of the MAJORITY get snap benefits. Now that my friends is IRONY!

  37. 25986 says:

    you mean democrat bill clintons NAFTA that sent the whole garment industry overseas?

    • Adam Knapp says:

      Not gonna lie, I think NAFTA screwed us over, and the TPP is going to screw us more. It pisses me off immensely that Obama is going to go along with it.

  38. veronica Alleyne says:

    this has been a statistical fact for some time but, it doesn’t serve the justification of discriminatory practices the way demonizing minorities does

  39. John Barleycorn says:

    STILL A FAR CRY from being the food stamp capital . . . . .

  40. nyhc1234 says:

    5000 people is about 1000 less than live in the Queensbridge houses in NYC. There are dozens of projects with not many white folks all over the city. Why they would vote against their own interest because of fringe issues like abortion is beyond me. Nonetheless we need more job training and education to get these folks out of their situations black or white. Just feeding and housing them is like putting band aid on an arm that got cut off.

  41. maxentropy says:

    There’s that White Privelege again keeping the poor minority folks down.

  42. Rob Miles says:

    This is a damned shame. In people’s zeal to hold the higher position or to “be right” in some ideological argument, the sight of fellow American citizens being forced to live without simply because of where they live is being ignored. What most don’t realize is that a grander majority of Americans these days are born, live, and die in no more than 500 miles radius. This includes vacations, family visits, education, and career. 80% or more Americans with no immigrant past within the last 3-4 generations fall into this category.

    The fact is that our elected officials, whether they be democrat, republican, or other, aren’t doing their best in looking out for the American people — their constituents who oftentimes blindly vote them into office. The people in the story above are merely talking points for these officials — a political football — and it’s pretty pathetic that people on this forum are drawn into it instead of being outraged and angry enough to really affect change for the better.

    There is no simple solution for a situation like this and when you consider that these citizen’s lot were pretty much determined by corporate interests where the representatives from that state (Kentucky) probably lined their pockets with the proceeds gained from that decision, it paints a grim picture of where our politics truly lie. The United States is not a Christian or religious nation but rather a nation of free-wheeling capitalists. Anything to make a buck or keep a buck without sharing seems to be where things are with Congress. We give more away to other nations in “foreign aid” than we do to our people because, well, it looks better and gives the impression that the US is generous when, if you look at how they treat the majority of their citizens, the opposite is true.

    Sadly, folks here obviously are more interested in fighting about semantics or picking sides than really worrying about decay that the US citizenry continues to deal with. The US is one of the richest countries in the world and yet we aspire to pay our workers the least, don’t maintain effective infrastructure, and let corporate interests dictate our global policies. #JustSayin

  43. Mike Davis says:

    So because they vote republican, they don’t deserve assistance if they are poor? Because that is what I am seeing as this story is posted around the internet.

    Some of you might remember that the Voting Rights act succeeded because of Republican votes. But then again, probably not.

    • Hereallyear says:

      Yeah that was 60 years ago not todays republican. And the proof is that the Snap that many of them need has been reduced. Half of rural counties are already in decline.

      • Mike Davis says:

        FYI, 2015-1964 is not equal to 60. America has a higher percentage of people on Foodstamps after 6 years of Obama recovery than ever in HISTORY.We have a lower labor participation rate than any since the 70’s. etc etc.

        • Hereallyear says:

          My point is that todays republicans aren’t republicans in 1964. Ant this is clear proof of that. Because when you get nearly all your money outside your district. Why would your listen to your constituents. As
          wages stagnate after 1980 of course we see the trend of more Americans
          on food stamps. That trends hasn’t decreased. I can’t speak for your
          state. BUt if over 40% of people on food stamps in my state has jobs but
          those jobs aren’t enough to at minimum feed your family. Then maybe its
          time to raise the minimum wage. And nearly the other 50% is children and elderly. Where exactly is
          abuse in the system. I can tell you. Its by not raising the minimum
          wage. We as taxpayers are subsidizing businesses who pay minimum wages. Privatize the profits. Socialize the losses.

  44. karldisher says:

    Food stamps, wealth comes from Democrats? That’s funny. You mean people should kiss the butt of those who steal from others to keep them alive and dependent? Oh, that makes sense.

  45. Nolib Tards says:

    This article is about as dumb as it gets.

  46. Ian says:

    Why am I not surprised? A decent number of these people are also uneducated so they don’t know any better anyway.

  47. Tom Pilcher says:

    You can’t be serious? Since WHEN is a population of 5,000 even close to the major percentage of over 40 million Americans on public assistance? If you’re REALLY serious about helping these people out, stop taking away their jobs in the coal, lumber and tobacco industries! These people want to work…unlike the system abusers of south Chicago! Talk about being tone deaf! SHEESH!!

    • Hereallyear says:

      How about bring back manufactuering jobs to chicago, detroit and other midwest cities. They want to work just like these guys.

    • SilBot64 says:

      So white people in Kentucky “want” to work because you just KNOW they do, and the “South Chicago system abusers” (BLACK, because I’m sure that’s what you’re visualizing in your stereotype) don’t.

      White Privilege in action. You might not want to read the article out there about a whole bunch of *white* people perpetrating a food stamp fraud. Well, I’m sure they only did so for the best of reasons, right?

  48. CitoyenDuMonde5 . says:

    This article Conclusively shoots down the bourgeois theory of “White Privilege” now doesn’t it!

  49. Cheri Ochoa says:

    okay.. I’m really not trying to be funny, I just went through a lot of the comments and nobody pointed this out,, okay, so say a lil ole town has 10 people, and 9 of them are on welfare, well then 90% of the town would be on welfare right?? So it’s safe to say that the only reason this town has the most foodstamp recipients, is because it also has one of the smallest populations.. The fact that they are republican being the same reason as well! lol Now don’t get me wrong I found the irony of the whole thing to be quite funny!!! But mathematically wise it really isn’t that ironic! lol Also, I have seen a few posts about republicans and democrats, I just wanted to say this.. I know a lot of black republicans, and a lot of white democrats.. I think your political interest changes more with your income than it does with your moral values.. Because lets face it, there really isn’t a whole lot of morals in politics!! If you are on the lower end of the income ladder you may want to vote democrat, and if your on the upper end you probably would want to vote republican! But then again I have never been political, I’m just going by what I have seen! I just tend to listen to both sides and base my vote on what we as a country are going through then!! Peace to all!! <3

  50. SilBot64 says:

    That’s the GOP – playing on the fear, prejudice and ignorance of gullible people to get them to vote for the party that’s actually holding a boot on their necks.

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