Food Stamp President

Amid this tirade about Gringrich being a racist for calling Obama the foodstamp president, is this idiocy:

Republicans have done well with their quest to stigmatize social welfare programs as handouts to the undeserving, and to pretend that most of the undeserving are black people.

How do people “deserve” social welfare handouts? I suppose if you are a social justice kind of person, it is a right to be given food, housing, and a cell phone. And, it would be nice if there was one example, anywhere, demonstrating how republicans have pretended that most of the undeserving are black.

By pure numbers, it is a non-issue. Whites, by pure numbers, collect more social aid.

Hill and other welfare supporters argue that numbers, and not erroneous stereotypes, tell the real story about public assistance clients: Some 61 percent of welfare recipients are White, while 33 percent are Black, according to 1990 Census Bureau statistics, the latest figures available.

These are fact. More whites are on aid, but blacks are over-represented among the welfare rolls by population.

Welfare critics rarely search the Social Security rolls for “welfare cheats,” but train their sights on people getting Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), Medicaid and food stamps, the relief programs with the most Black clients. Yet government figures showthat Whites not Blacks make up the bulk of clients on these public aid programs; a fact that dispels the notion that Blacks are scheming for a free lunch courtesy of the American taxpayer.

Among the poorest of the poor–single mothers, living below thepoverty line with minor children to support 39.7 percent of AFDC clients are Black single mothers and 38.1 percent are White women with children. Food stamp recipients are 37.2 percent Black and 46.2 percent White. Medicaid benefits are paid to 27.5 percent Black recipients compared to 48.5 percent White clients.

Again. Over-represented. These are facts.

Turning welfare reform into a “Black issue” makes racial scapegoating easy and allows stereotypes, like the Reaganera “welfare queen,” to go unchallenged, public aid supporters say. Rightwing reformers cast Whites as “deserving” clients who are legitimately unable to pay their own way through no fault of their own. Blacks are labeled “undeserving” recipients who are looking for the feds to subsidize their slothfulness.

Uhm … not me. See, I’m colorblind. I’m more willing to call anyone undeserving. All I need to know is how long you’ve been on aid, and what your major malfunction is. Then I’m ready to sort the wheat from the chaff.

Most of the folks on various forms of welfare around me are white. But when I lived in Detroit, they were black. This is a non-issue.

What is at issue is that more and more folks, black and white, are on ’em. 14.2 % of the U.S. population is on food stamps in February. 44.3 million people. In Michigan, it’s 19.7% – so one in five Michiganders should be thanking me for their groceries.

More disturbing stuff from the original article :

Let’s hope Gingrich’s attacks on our “food stamp president” backfire, too. I learned about the ex-GOP speaker’s latest use of the term from the group Catholic Democrats, which Tweeted Sunday morning that the twice-divorced Catholic convert ought to have a look at Catholic social teaching if he’s going to call himself a Catholic. The American bishops have lately been trying to remind Americans (and themselves, perhaps) that Catholic social teaching is about more than abortion. The church has long been a force on behalf of the poor and powerless, going back to Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical Rerum Novarum (On the Condition of Labor) at the height of the Gilded Age in 1891, which put the church on the side of labor organizing, through Pope Benedict’s “Caritas in Veritate” (Charity in Truth) of 2009, which restated the church’s commitment to support for workers and the poor worldwide, in the wake of the greed-driven financial crisis of 2008.

And what is this Catholic social teaching stuff:

6. Economic Justice

The economy must serve people, not the other way around. All workers have a right to productive work, to decent and fair wages, and to safe working conditions. They also have a fundamental right to organize and join unions. People have a right to economic initiative and private property, but these rights have limits. No one is allowed to amass excessive wealth when others lack the basic necessities of life.

Catholic teaching opposes collectivist and statist economic approaches. But it also rejects the notion that a free market automatically produces justice. Distributive justice, for example, cannot be achieved by relying entirely on free market forces. Competition and free markets are useful elements of economic systems. However, markets must be kept within limits, because there are many needs and goods that cannot be satisfied by the market system. It is the task of the state and of all society to intervene and ensure that these needs are met. See selected quotations on markets, workers rights, and labor vs. capital


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5 Comments on “Food Stamp President”

  1. Hotspur Says:

    Hence, the reason I will no longer contribute to my parish or my diocese. And I have been vocal in my reasons why to my pastor and to the bishop.

    They’re tools, and I no longer find them to be an inspiration. I can find charities that I’m willing to support on my own. The american catholic church is in the shitter.

  2. agiledog Says:

    Who wrote that tripe you quoted?

    Catholic teaching opposes collectivist and statist economic approaches. … Distributive justice, for example, cannot be achieved

    Um, hey, dipshits, “collectivist economic approaches” = “distributive justice”.

    And this?!?:

    No one is allowed to amass excessive wealth

    Allowed? Do Catholics have to submit tax returns to the parish to prove they haven’t amassed to much wealth? Are you kicked out of the church if you do? What drivel!

  3. Car in Says:

    Yea, I don’t understand how they can claim they’re not socialists. They think we’re stupid.

    I hear X-Justice, and i KNOW I’m about to hear socialist drivel.

  4. Hotspur Says:

    No one is allowed to amass excessive wealth

    Yeah, because the Vatican sets everyone such a great example.

  5. Uhm … not me. See, I’m colorblind. I’m more willing to call anyone undeserving. All I need to know is how long you’ve been on aid, and what your major malfunction is. Then I’m ready to sort the wheat from the chaff.

    Ditto. If its a lifestyle and not a stopgap, then you got some splainin’ to do. If if a multigenerational lifestyle, then you need to explain to me how it isn’t indolence and theft.

    And I bet if we were to check into those numbers, then we might find that the Left’s assumption is merely a recognition of an ugly truth that they want to paint us with.

    The problem with a social justice gospel is that it isn’t the one of the Bible. Jesus wanted the individual to be tending to business. not Rome. That’s why he made it personal, rather than kicking earthly rulers off of their thrones.

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