Saturday, April 16, 2011
Fox attacks the Food Stamp Program
Fox accuses people on public assistance as wanting a "Nanny State". They referred to people in the program as being addicted like it's "crack". What image were they trying to illustrate with the drug reference, Charlie Sheen? I think not. Not a word out of them of corporations and billionaires not paying taxes.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (based on a study of data gathered in Fiscal Year 2003), statistics for the food stamp program are as follows:
51% of all participants are children (17 or younger), and 65% of them live in single-parent households.
55% of food stamp households include children.
9% of all participants are elderly (age 60 or over).
79% of all benefits go to households with children, 14% go to households with disabled persons, and 7% go to households with elderly persons.
36% of households with children were headed by a single parent, the overwhelming majority of whom were women.
The average household size is 2.3 persons.
The average gross monthly income per food stamp household is $640.
41% of participants are white; 36% are African-American, non-Hispanic; 18% are Hispanic; 3% are Asian, 2% are Native American, and 1% are of unknown race or ethnicity