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Beyond Kansas

September 5th, 2013 · No Comments

Census survey circa 1930

In 2004 Thomas Frank wrote the popular book What’s the Matter with Kansas that attempted to explain why folks vote against their own self-interest. It is now official that About 1 in 5 Households Experience Hardships in Meeting Basic Needs according to the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation. Coincidentally this was released  the same day that the NYT had a front page (paper edition!!!) story on the “food stamps” debate. There’s an interesting quote that Mr. Frank would appreciate; a food stamp recipient says too many “mooch off the system.”

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