Republicans sacrificing poor whites with government shutdown, food stamp cuts

GOP hero, Speaker of the House John Boehner
GOP hero, Speaker of the House John Boehner

“They don’t mind getting a few of their own (in order) to get to you, to maintain power.”Minister Louis Farrakhan, circa 1990

Contrary to popular and erroneous beliefs, white Americans actually represent the largest group of poor people in America and those who subsist on government welfare and food stamps. Subsequently, in light of the Republican-led shutdown of the U.S. government and the crack-back on food stamps, it is the white population that is being impacted the hardest behind this most nonsensical work stoppage.

It is interesting, in light of the dangerous demagogues and rabid race-baiters stalking and roaming within the Republican Party, they are, in essence, leaving their most loyal and most vocal constituency out to dry. Poor and working class whites can least afford to be without the resources and umbilical cord supplied by the federal government.

As the GOP have adopted this ruthless scorched-earth policy that is causing economic destruction across a wide swath of the American populace in order to neutralize Obamacare and other Obama policies they detest, rank-and-file whites are included in the collateral damage that already impacts minorities, government workers and military servicemen and women and their families.

Republicans are ravenous for Obama’s jugular and will hijack poor, working-class and even middle-class whites to satiate their collective appetite.

According to the 2011 American Community Survey, white Americans are 53 percent of households that receive food stamps, 57 percent of adults without health insurance, 59 percent of the unemployed, and 57 percent of the adult poor. Whites also accounted for nearly 67 percent of federal workers, a group comprising a large chunk of the nearly one million workers laid off and the more than a million who will be asked to work without compensation as the federal government is now shut down.

This means that whites incontrovertibly are being compromised most — or better yet, sacrificed at the alter of greed and power.

What’s almost funny about this quagmire and the upcoming debt ceiling deadline that is potentially cataclysmic, is that Caucasians in red states are most likely to be crushed by the policies promoted by these very Republicans. Why? Because, according to the American Community Survey, whites in red states are more likely than whites in blue states to depend on food stamps, to be without any health insurance or are underinsured, to hold federal jobs and to be poor.

Hilarious, ain’t it?

Translation: House Republicans have exemplified the unabashed willingness to sink half the nation in order to drown the Obama administration and Obamacare.

 

 

Terry Shropshire
Terry Shropshire

A military veteran and Buckeye State native, I've written for the likes of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Detroit Free Press. I'm a lover of words, photography, books, travel, animals and The Ohio State Buckeyes. #GoBucks



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