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Posted on- April 25, 2015 at 2:20 P.M.
(Written By Joshua Hill)

I am getting very sick of hearing Republicans & the political Right saying that minorities, Liberals, Progressives, & Democrats are all on welfare, or that they only vote the way they do because they are lazy & just want free things. Republicans will generally attempt to cut welfare programs all the time using this argument as an excuse, but let's use food stamps as an example to combat this pure propaganda argument. First, let's look at the county with the largest consumption of food stamps within the entire United States: Owsley County in Kentucky.

Political Blind Spot reports, "Owsley County, Kentucky is a community of about 5000, residents earning the lowest median household income in the country outside of Puerto Rico, according to the U.S. Census." The fact that they use the most food stamps makes sense, because they have such a low median household income they can't afford to eat, or feed their families. It's not their fault they can't afford to eat, or feed their families. In fact, many of the massive industries in Kentucky including the tobacco industry, the coal industry, & the lumber industry have had to cut back because of massive decline in profits. My point is, there should without a doubt be a safety net to help the fine citizens of Kentucky just as much as any other United States citizen when it's necessary. That way they can survive & make it to better times.

Back to combating the argument "minorities, Liberals, Progressives, & Democrats are all on welfare." Or that, "They only vote the way they do because they are lazy & just want free stuff." Owsley County in Kentucky (The Largest Consumers Of The Food Stamp Program) is made up of 99.22% whites, & 95% Republicans. Political Blind Spot also reports, "Just last November, residents of Owsley saw their SNAP benefits reduced drastically as a result of Republican opposition to funding the program." How do you love that for irony…?

So are there people that take advantage of the system? Of course. Although we spend such a small percentage of our taxes on social programs, & we help so many people that are in actual dire straits, the small portion of people that do take advantage of the system are in my opinion irrelevant in the grand scope of how many people we do help.