In response to:

The American Welfare State

Fooling Wrote: Dec 08, 2012 12:30 AM
Though it does amaze me how easily we have given it up . . . even animals defend their young. It is incredible that white women can vote for candidates, for instance, who support affirmative action when in fact the honest truth is that their male offspring will suffer greatly. Indeed, even animals defend their young. Where is the decency? Peaceful protest is the only way.

Throughout the presidential campaign, Republican candidates pointed to the number of food stamp recipients -- increasing from 33 million people in 2009 to 43 million in 2012 -- as a sign that poverty had skyrocketed under President Obama. But a new study suggests that the reason there has been such an increase in food stamp recipients during the last four years is even more pernicious.

The study's authors, George Mason University's David Armor and Sonia Sousa, argue that the food stamp program can no longer be regarded as an anti-poverty program because nearly half of its recipients are above the...