Crawfish Stamps

EBT Food StampsIs there anyone out there who can explain this to me? Why in the hell does someone on food stamps (EBT) need to be able to purchase crawfish?

Let me break it down for everyone reading. IF you require the assistance of my tax dollars to help feed your family, I DON”T CARE whether you want to eat crawfish or not. Find a much more efficient way to feed your family.

Don’t get me wrong. I love crawfish. Even though I’m very conservative, I am not totally opposed to some assistance for those who fall on hard times. However, this one picture symbolizes the ridiculous amount of entitlements in our country.

The entitlement problem is so pervasive in this country that I am nearly convinced that the progressive movement has won. Sure – some people blame it on a generational thing. I don’t agree with that.

If you look back in history to FDR’s work programs and then at Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” programs, this has been planned from day one. Rather than getting rid of poverty, the progressive movement has conditioned a large segment of our society to expect government to be the solution to every problem. We, as a society, are expected to provide the safety net.

What is the solution to the entitlement attitude? I really don’t know. Maybe the SCOTUS decision on Obamacare will be the linchpin to hold the conservative movement together. Justice John Roberts did us a great favor by shining the spotlight on the greatest tax increase in history. Maybe it will finally galvanize us in realizing that something MUST be done now before all really is really lost that was great about this country.

Those decisions are entrusted to our Nation’s elected leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them. It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices. — Chief Justice John Roberts – Obamacare

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As expected, there have been quite a few shares of my graphic on Facebook. Seems I’ve struck a nerve with some people. Just to add to the article, here is one of my responses on a share by Jim Wells of MyBossier fame. Interestingly, Jim didn’t comment on the picture. He just shared it out, which prompted quite the discussion.

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Deborah Allen Stacy statistics prove women like me are in the majority. What you mean is, THOSE women arent like me because they are black.

@Stacy – I was waiting for someone to pop out with statistics. See progressives such as Deborah love to mouth off without doing their homework or their math. They also typically never cite their sources, and of course they want to blame the “rich fat cats” for food stamps. That is parallel to the 99% vs 1% movement. It plays to their base.

So here are some simple math facts:

2011

Overall Population – White = 78.1%

Overall Population – Black = 13.1%

Households on SNAP – White = 59%

Households on SNAP – Black = 28%

 

Reference: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57353438-503544/gingrich-singles-out-blacks-in-food-stamp-remark/

 

SNAP Participants – White = 43%

SNAP Participants – Black = 33%

Reference: http://www.snaptohealth.org/snap/snap-frequently-asked-questions/

 

Now, those are simple facts. It’s not a racist thing whatsoever. Anyone notice the difference in the numbers that should stand out like a sore thumb?

Washington DC population – Black = 50.7%

Washington DC on food stamps – Black = 21.9%

References:

http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2011/02/02/some-43-million-americans-use-food-stamps/

http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/11000.html

 

Average Benefits Cost Per Person = up 30% since 2008

http://www.fns.usda.gov/pd/SNAPsummary.htm

If you want anecdotal evidence, it’s easy. Go down to the local DCFS office (state program in Louisiana) and watch the lines. Then go to any Wal-Mart or local grocery store at the beginning of the month. Watch the lines.

Are there plenty of whites and hispanics and Asians on food stamps? Sure, but to say that the “welfare queen” is a bad stereotype is disingenuous  at best and pretty much an outright lie. This isn’t even discussing TANF, or the “crazy checks” as my black friends like to put it.

Now the real question is why are the numbers so skewed towards blacks? Is it because they are lazy? Nope – no more than some whites. The answer lies in conditioning by the progressive and liberal factions of society.  Somehow, Lyndon Johnson and the Democratic Party was able to sell the black community on the “Great Society” after years of doing everything possible to demean and further oppress them. This insured them of a very reliable voting block, and provided a “feel good” mantra for those progressives who weren’t outright racists. They could now believe they were “helping” the black community.

Next time, some people might actually try a little reading (like my blog article) and doing a little math. It makes the conversation much better factually and less emotional.

http://www.conservativedrink.com/2012/06/30/crawfish-stamps/

 

The Depression of 1920

Thanks to Chad Rogers’ blog (and visit The Dead Pelican) for pointing me to this speech. While I have certainly studied the Depression of 1920, Tom Woods‘ puts it in great perspective. As a quick reminder, that depression was very sharp but also short-lived compared to the Great Depression.

Why was it short-lived? Naturally there is debate, but many attribute it to the laissez-faire policies of Harding and the inaction at the end of the Wilson adminstration. As Woods argues, Wilson’s minor strokes played a role in slowing down his progressive policies.

This is about 45 minutes, but certainly work watching.

Obama’s Budget and Cuts – For Dummies

The spending cut rhetoric is killing me. Oh boy, they are going to cut $60billion from the budget. Wow. They are going to cut $100billion – well that’s better but still way off the mark.
Why? Let me put this in a context that most of us can understand, and let me keep this post short and simple.
  • At our current debt, we are over $14Trillion in the hole.
  • Imagine that $1 Trillion equals $1000 – so $1billion equals $1.
  • That means we would be $14,000 in debt.
  • The interest on our debt is $3000.
  • Obama’s budget intends to spend about $3700 this year while saving $100.
Now, you are telling me that cutting $60 (remember: $1billion = $1) out of the budget is going to help? Even cutting $100 is stupid.
The idiots in Washington need to get their act together, and Obama is the HIIC (head idiot in charge). Most of the assumptions in his budget are pie-in-the-sky assumptions. The entire budget is in the red past 2020. Period.
From now on, whenever you hear a trillion – think a thousand. When you hear a billion, think one dollar. It’s easier to undestand how bad the problem really is.

Millionaire’s Tax Rant

As many of you know, Facebook provides a fertile ground for political and economic debate. This one ended up pretty good, so I’m posting it here. You can read the full thread by reading the image at the bottom of this article.

Calvin Ben Lester: How can you be seriously for deficit reduction and give a trillion dollar tax break for the top 15% of the country? Vote no for unemployment benefits but yes for tax breaks for Millionaires? C’MON SON!

Calvin Ben Lester: So the Bush tax cuts have had what effect on the unemployment rolls exactly??? Can’t seriously attack defecit without dealing with revenues and expenditures.

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Rex Moncrief: Thats funny – when you look at this graph and the fact that the tax cuts were enacted in ’01 and ’03, it looks like there was a downward trend. That’s really odd isn’t it?

It’s also funny how it sharply increased after spending started to jump and the economy fell through..but that’s another story.

Mollie Walton Corbett: Responsible wealthy business people know they should be taxed at a hgher rate and welcome it, people like Bill Gates. The trickle-down economics that would have us believe that tax-cuts for the wealthy translate to jobs for the lower classes make for interesting reading in a recession. The whole damn thing finally imploded, so more of the same old policies is irresponsible.

Bobby Lister: ‎@Rex, unless you hit a gold mine somewhere since the last time I saw you, you should be about in the same shape as the rest of the working class. I dont understand how you champion the Republican ideas such as extending the tax cuts for the wealthy and cutting unemployment, busting up healthcare, lowering the minimum wage, etc. Let me ask you this: You seem to like pretty little graphs and numbers; give me a comparison ( or point me to the right source) between what passing the tax cuts as they stand would cost taxpayers versus what passing tax cuts for just the middle class would cost? I think Mollie has a valid point. I will go even further by saying that wealthy Americans (15% of the population) are “Coporate America” who instead of creating jobs in the American labor force, opt to send the jobs overseas where they can get cheap labor and production costs and rake in huge profits.

Rex Moncrief: @Bobby – first don’t try to guess what “class” I’m in. You see, I don’t think of classes. I think of people who either (a) work or (b) don’t work. It’s that simple. I’d suggest you back off the class warfare crap. It’s a self-fulfilling prophesy and you are trying with all your might to keep the glass running over. Enough already.

@Everyone else:

First, NAFTA was signed by your hero, WJ Clinton. While a Congress of 1/2 idiots passed it, there were a lot of people that were definitely not 100% on board.

Next, there is a core difference in character and morals between those who believe “the rich” should give money to them. Yes, that’s right. If you believe the rich should give more money to the Federal government, then you have your hand stuck out to the nanny state waiting for someone to pass you the plate.

But here is the easy fix to all of this. Why don’t liberal progressives quit being hypocritical morons? If you want to help bring down the deficit by increasing revenues (taxes), then simply start a movement to donate to the government.

That’s right – all the “rich who are willing to pay more” are full of bullshit. They legally CAN pay more – they just WONT when it comes down to the nut-cutting. Neither will any of you who think along the same lines.

It’s called a “Gift to Reduce the Public Debt”. Don’t believe me? Try doing your homework and actually thinking something through the next time:

*Page 92
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i1040gi.pdf

*Scroll to bottom page
http://www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/resources/faq/faq_publicdebt.htm

You see, when it comes down to it – you really want to keep your hard-earned income. You just won’t admit it to the like-minded fools around you, because that would cause less chaos. With less chaos would naturally come more order – and some people would have to work harder and beg less.

Any doubt how I feel when people try to tell me (with rhetorical bullshit) how to spend my hard earned money that feeds my family and helps my friends? Go straight to hell and don’t collect that $200 either.

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