The food stamp program — which these days actually uses debit cards, and is officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — tries to provide modest but crucial aid to families in need. And the evidence is crystal clear both that the overwhelming majority of food stamp recipients really need the help, and that the program is highly successful…
Indeed, estimates from the consulting firm Moody’s Analytics suggest that each dollar spent on food stamps in a depressed economy raises G.D.P. by about $1.70 — which means, by the way, that much of the money laid out to help families in need actually comes right back to the government in the form of higher revenue.
Wait, we’re not done yet. Food stamps greatly reduce food insecurity among low-income children, which, in turn, greatly enhances their chances of doing well in school and growing up to be successful, productive adults. So food stamps are in a very real sense an investment in the nation’s future — an investment that in the long run almost surely reduces the budget deficit, because tomorrow’s adults will also be tomorrow’s taxpayers.
So what do Republicans want to do with this paragon of programs? First, shrink it; then, effectively kill it.
“The vainest are white women, according to the survey .
About 1210 people, with an average monthly household income of about R10000, were asked to complete a 20-minute online questionnaire.
It was hoped that the results would help the fashion, health and beauty industries in their marketing campaigns.
Aspects taken into consideration included consumption of alcohol and red meat, smoking, the use of nutritional supplements and dieting.
The majority of those surveyed were married with children and most (34%) between 35 and 49.
Just over half (55%) of the respondents agreed that they felt good if they looked good, but white women (69%) were especially prone to agreeing to this statement. The people least likely to agree with this statement were black men (64%).
White females (87%) were the most likely to diet and black males (41%) the least.
Only 7% of the total sample had gone under the knife to improve their looks - but white women were the most likely to consider cosmetic surgery, and black men the least.
Men (39%) were more likely to feel happy with their health than females (27%).
Of the 18% who were smokers, most were black men. According to the responses, 10% drank daily, especially white men.
The report said: “It’s noteworthy that [in the media] the “official body” is predominantly pale.
“This is the most likely reason why white people have such poor body images compared to their black counterparts.”
WhyFive director Stuart Lowe said yesterday: “Generally, white people are subjected to a European construct - skinny and unobtainable - that black people either don’t care about or have not necessarily been exposed to.”
Among young black men in America, about 10 percent are currently incarcerated. It’s shocking, but we’ve almost grown used to it.
But while those young men are in prison, what’s happening to their wives, girlfriends, mothers and sisters?
Eviction. A new study coming out of Milwaukee shows that eviction is for black women what incarceration is for black men. One in 20 households there are evicted every year. In predominately black communities, that rate doubles to 1 in 10 families.
the way I see it, “black pride” (or any sort of “minority” pride movement) means “I am proud of who I am DESPITE those who have told me and my people that whiteness is superior” while “white pride” means “I am proud of who I am BECAUSE whiteness is superior” and that’s why it’s ok to say one but not the other