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The Food Stamp Capital

In spite of the prevailing stereotypes and assumptions about who uses SNAP Food Stamp benefits the most in the United States, the highest usage is not in Compton, Queens, nor the South Side of Chicago. Instead, a city that is 99.22% white and 95% Republican comes in the lead. Owsley County, Kentucky is a community of about 5,000, residents earning the lowest median household income in the country outside of Puerto Rico, according to the U.S. Census.


The decline in the profits from coal, tobacco and lumber industries led to a harsh toll being taken on the community.

Cale Turner, county executive of Owsley County told ABC back in 2010 that economic hardships have led to a high incidence of drug addiction.


“Those with drug addictions end up in prison without effective treatment. And it happens over and over in this community. The drug problem continues to get worse every year.
 
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Who said anything about "Trends"? Those are your words.

If there is a trend, poverty, lack of economic opportunity, poor education -- all those could be trends for such communities.
 

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So what's the point of the OP?

Are you happy about or are you mourning the fact that a few thousand white conservatives have been, for all intents and purposes, been "Greened" out of work?
 

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So what's the point of the OP?

Are you happy about or are you mourning the fact that a few thousand white conservatives have been, for all intents and purposes, been "Greened" out of work?
Brotch be waggin' his big "in your face, White Conservative" finger.

Stand back when the finger speaks. :fu:
 

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Strangely enough, the residents of Owsley County are almost entirely Republican, in spite of the traditional opposition to the Food Stamp program by the GOP. In fact, just last November, residents of Owsley saw their SNAP benefits reduced drastically as a result of Republican opposition to funding the program.


"There is no reason why, in a society which has reached the general level of wealth ours has, (the certainty of a given minimum of sustenance) should not be guaranteed to all without endangering general freedom; that is: some minimum of food, shelter and clothing, sufficient to preserve health. Nor is there any reason why the state should not help to organize a comprehensive system of social insurance in providing for those common hazards of life against which few can make adequate provision."
Friedrich August von Hayek-The Road to Serfdom
 

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Kentucky...

Externalization

Kentucky...a prime example of how polluters and cartels have so subverted the political landscape that taxpayers are paying them. In return, they get destroyed communities, destroyed roads and their kids have respiratory problems, high incidents of cancer and chronic asthma.

But right wing regressives in America will find any excuse to cower to the dirty energy cartels.




The Impact of Coal on the Kentucky State Budget
Executive Summary

Rapid and dramatic changes in the world’s approach to energy have major implications for Kentucky and its coal industry. Concerns about climate change are driving policy that favors cleaner energy sources and increases the price of fossil fuels. The transition to sustainable forms of energy is becoming a major economic driver, and states are moving aggressively to develop, produce and install the energy technologies of the future. Long reliant on coal for jobs and electricity, Kentucky faces major challenges and difficult choices in the coming years.

These energy challenges come in the midst of Kentucky’s state fiscal crisis and sluggish economic performance. The gap between Kentucky’s revenues and expenditures makes it increasingly difficult to sustain existing public services. A recent University of Kentucky report notes that Kentucky ranks 44th among states in per capita income, just as in 1970, while other southern states like North Carolina and Georgia have out-performed the Commonwealth in recent years.1 Eastern Kentucky still includes 20 of the 100 poorest counties in the United States measured by median household income.2

In this critical energy, fiscal and economic context, it is increasingly important for Kentuckians to understand the role and impact of coal in our state. Coal provides economic benefits including jobs, low electricity rates and tax revenue. But the coal industry also imposes a number of costs ranging from regulatory and public infrastructure expenses to environmental and health impacts.

Coal and the Budget

The Impact of Coal on the Kentucky State Budget tells one aspect of the story of coal’s costs and benefits. The report provides an analysis of the industry’s fiscal impact by estimating the tax revenues generated by coal and the state expenditures associated with supporting the industry. We estimate for Fiscal Year 2006 Kentucky provided a net subsidy of nearly $115 million to the coal industry (see Figure 1).



Coal is responsible for an estimated $528 million in state revenues and $643 million in state expenditures. The $528 million in revenues includes $224 million from the coal severance tax and revenues from the corporate income, individual income, sales, property (including unmined minerals) and transportation taxes as well as permit fees. The $643 million in estimated expenditures includes $239 million to address the industry’s impacts on the coal haul road system as well as expenditures to regulate the environmental and health and safety impacts of coal, support coal worker training, conduct research and development for the coal industry, promote education about coal in the public schools and support the residents directly and indirectly employed by coal. Total costs also include $85 million in tax expenditures designed to subsidize the mining and burning of coal.

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So 5,000 people actually realize their best option for success isn't jumping on the government tit for their existence. And the left wing retard want's them to just go on government welfare, STFU and be happy with their handouts.

I guess Owelsy is a bit smarter than Chicago in this regard.
 

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Looks like Obamas energy policy of putting coal communities out of work is a success. The man is absolutely brilliant.

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It just shows what a Socialist Government can do to the American dream! Regulations by Obama telling the EPA to carry them out on Coal!!! This Socialist Progressive Democrat Party is destroying America, piece by piece, and you idiots who vote for these empty brains, just standby and think they are doing the right thing? You best look up, and start realizing what they are doing to everybody, not just Republicans!!! Just take a look at the Blacks in this Country, they have kept them in there place so they can keep getting there votes!!! Rest My Case!
 

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So 5,000 people actually realize their best option for success isn't jumping on the government tit for their existence. And the left wing retard want's them to just go on government welfare, STFU and be happy with their handouts.

I guess Owelsy is a bit smarter than Chicago in this regard.
WHERE do you come up with this stuff, shit for brains?

WHAT doesn't your tiny little brain comprehend about the FACT the the highest usage of SNAP is not in Compton, Queens, nor the South Side of Chicago. Instead, a city that is 99.22% white and 95% Republican comes in the lead. Owsley County, Kentucky.
 

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Looks like Obamas energy policy of putting coal communities out of work is a success. The man is absolutely brilliant.

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This is not a new development or the result of government energy policies. Coal states and their counties have been among the most impoverished for decades.

Fifty years ago, Michael Harrington authored his incisive depiction of poverty in the United States, aptly titled The Other America. The bestselling book—named one of the ten most influential books of the twentieth century by Time—is widely believed to have inspired John F. Kennedy’s commitment to addressing the dire conditions of the “invisible poor,” whom Harrington noted generally lived in rural or inner-city isolation, making them easier to ignore.

By almost any measure, West Virginia’s population suffers from some of the worst socioeconomic conditions in the country, and there is no divorcing these realities from the coal industry’s domination of the state. Currently, the Mountain State’s population is the least college-educated in the country, with less than 20 percent of its adult population possessing a bachelor’s degree.

How the Coal Industry Impoverishes West Virginia
 

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It just shows what a Socialist Government can do to the American dream! Regulations by Obama telling the EPA to carry them out on Coal!!! This Socialist Progressive Democrat Party is destroying America, piece by piece, and you idiots who vote for these empty brains, just standby and think they are doing the right thing? You best look up, and start realizing what they are doing to everybody, not just Republicans!!! Just take a look at the Blacks in this Country, they have kept them in there place so they can keep getting there votes!!! Rest My Case!
What has destroyed mining jobs is not socialism. It is CAPITALISM.

How does mountaintop removal affect the economy?

"Coal hasn’t been paying their fair share, so who’s picking up the tab? It’s us, the taxpayers. It’s costing us more than just what we pay out in electric bills."

Millions, and in some cases, billions of dollars of coal have been taken from individual Appalachian counties, yet they remain among the poorest in the nation. Coal has made some people very rich, but it leaves the region impoverished.

That results in part because the coal industry is largely absentee owned. Profits go elsewhere and little capital is reinvested in the communities where the coal is mined. The costs of coal – in terms of public health, occupational injury and disability, loss of water, damage to roads, increased damage from flooding, political corruption, litigation, the lack of economic diversity, etc. – extract much more from a community than it receives in return through taxes paid by the industry.

Boom and bust cycles also are common, but the decades-old trend is that fewer and fewer workers are needed to mine the same amount of coal. Mechanization in underground mines and the few workers needed at mountaintop removal operations – a mining technique designed, from the very start, to take the labor force out of the mining operation – has resulted in dramatic decreases in coal employment.

Mining employment in Kentucky decreased about two-thirds from 1980 to 2006, with only a slight decrease in coal production.

 

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Yo, Bfgrn, if you can`t admit it, that regulations shut them down, then be happy with a 500 or 600 dollar electric bill idiot!!!
 

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So 5,000 people actually realize their best option for success isn't jumping on the government tit for their existence. And the left wing retard want's them to just go on government welfare, STFU and be happy with their handouts.

I guess Owelsy is a bit smarter than Chicago in this regard.
WHERE do you come up with this stuff, shit for brains?

WHAT doesn't your tiny little brain comprehend about the FACT the the highest usage of SNAP is not in Compton, Queens, nor the South Side of Chicago. Instead, a city that is 99.22% white and 95% Republican comes in the lead. Owsley County, Kentucky.
They keep voting not to be like your other examples of retarded victims? They don't want to be the highest users of snap and just want a fucking job they can do to support themselves. The same jobs you assholes keep making laws to kill and then use these poor fucking people as examples of government handout fucking greatness because they are forced to exist on your welfare and we need to increase the amount of welfare we currently have because people need it.

You caused them to need it you fucking asshole. They don't want it, they wish there was a better way and there is...less government bullshit...and they vote for that but you fucktards keep making more rules for them to follow and less ability to actually work. And then you fucking pricks use them as an example of why welfare is needed when they have no other option.
 

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Yo, Bfgrn, if you can`t admit it, that regulations shut them down, then be happy with a 500 or 600 dollar electric bill idiot!!!
Yo turd brain, it is not regulations. It is called the MARKET...

America’s Big Bet On Natural Gas And Big Short On Coal

America is betting the kitchen sink on natural gas. No matter which estimate you look at -- the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the International Energy Agency, or Wall Street banks -- two things are clear: the United States is slated to consume enormous amounts of natural gas and the dominant fuel of electricity generation for the last 50 years, coal, is diminishing.
 

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So 5,000 people actually realize their best option for success isn't jumping on the government tit for their existence. And the left wing retard want's them to just go on government welfare, STFU and be happy with their handouts.

I guess Owelsy is a bit smarter than Chicago in this regard.
WHERE do you come up with this stuff, shit for brains?

WHAT doesn't your tiny little brain comprehend about the FACT the the highest usage of SNAP is not in Compton, Queens, nor the South Side of Chicago. Instead, a city that is 99.22% white and 95% Republican comes in the lead. Owsley County, Kentucky.
They keep voting not to be like your other examples of retarded victims? They don't want to be the highest users of snap and just want a fucking job they can do to support themselves. The same jobs you assholes keep making laws to kill and then use these poor fucking people as examples of government handout fucking greatness because they are forced to exist on your welfare and we need to increase the amount of welfare we currently have because people need it.

You caused them to need it you fucking asshole. They don't want it, they wish there was a better way and there is...less government bullshit...and they vote for that but you fucktards keep making more rules for them to follow and less ability to actually work. And then you fucking pricks use them as an example of why welfare is needed when they have no other option.
Hey Mikey, you are a true retard. Your tiny little brain is fried by right wing propaganda. You just emoted a huge pile of dogshit.

WHAT don't you understand about the FACT that coal counties have been among the MOST impoverished for decades before Nixon created the EPA?
 

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Yo, Bfgrn, look in a mirror before calling others names? Here is a piece on The Obama War On Coal!!! Read and Weep!
Background:
Almost immediately after taking office, the Obama Administration began rewriting a recently completed coal regulation, the 2008 Stream Buffer Zone Rule (Rule). This unnecessary action, carried out through the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) at the Department of the Interior, proposed to dramatically alter a regulation that that took over five years of environmental analysis and careful scientific consideration to complete.

Despite the fact that a thorough Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was conducted for the 2008 Rule, OSM hired another contractor to write an entirely new EIS for the Obama Administration’s efforts to rewrite the Rule. An Associated Press story revealed that this draft EIS concluded that the Obama Administration’s regulation could cost over 7,000 mining jobs and cause economic harm in 22 states. Shortly after this information was made public, the Obama Administration criticized and dismissed the contractor it had selected to conduct this analysis. Released 9/20/2012
 

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