If you think it's the Democrats, think again.
Ever notice how the Republicans always love to toss out terms like food stamp president, welfare queens, and other derogatory references to those who collect food stamps and public assistance? Do they actually know the figures and that the largest recipients of Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Programin (SNAP) are in Republican controlled states?
In terms of raw numbers, it's the largest states that have the biggest enrollment, of course. After all, they have more people. But as a function of population, that looks much different.
A good indicator of a state's politics is the make-up of its Senate delegation. There is a distinct correlation between states with more Republican delegations and states with higher percentages of people on food stamps. The larger the republican control, the more the public assistance. Interesting. I wonder now who's the food stamp party.
To be fair, let's look at another metric. As a function of raw numbers, of course, the bluer states have larger populations and thus more people receiving assistance. So maybe it's best to call this a draw, or better yet, stop the finger waving all together. We need a strong economy. We need jobs. We need to offer opportunities. We don't need more name calling and saber rattling.
SNAP feeds the hungry who, even when they can find work, can't support their families... Maybe a few less yacht and private jet tax write-offs, a bit more holding Wall Street responsible for taxes on their profits, and a bit less encouragement for off-shore holdings and outsourcing of jobs and we could drop those numbers significantly. It's worth a try. Few want to be on food stamps. Many want to be self sufficient. Let's find ways to make that part of the American dream come true.