“There’s going to be a paycheck president called Newt Gingrich and a food-stamp president called Barack Obama. And I think in that kind of a contest I think the American people will pick a paycheck president over a food-stamp president every time.”
Newt Gingrich, speaking to South Carolina voters.
If (like me) you have conservative and Libertarian acquaintances who are going to irritate the living shit out of you until the November election, please help yourself to these figures from the USDA which prove conclusively that Newt Gingrich is a liar and a dick.
The majority of USDA food stamp recipients are white, and even if you measure recipients solely as a percentage of population, white Americans still depend on food stamps far more than African Americans do. Don’t even get me started on the assholes who say that Latino families and Native Americans get a free ride.
I have used the food program (and also food banks) while in-between jobs, and the last time I checked I was still a little jewish dude with a college degree. USDA food is amazing, and getting a break on groceries helped me survive.
The entire report is here, and this chart (along with annotations) is on page 75. Enjoy winning this argument, and feel free to throw in a “fuck you” when you are finished.