By: Frederick Meekins

This story first caught my eye in the Jan 2005 issue of the Futurist.

According to the findings, if current trends continue, nearly 85% of Black people will find themselves on Food Stamps at some point in their lives.

It is in reference to a Cornell University study so one can hardly blame it on right-wing Republican propaganda.

And speaking of Republicans, over the past several days, a number of Republicans (including President Bush) have stirred up a fuss that Blacks are cheated out of Social Security because on average they do not live as long as Caucasians and such.

From this story, it seems that particular ethnic group more than makes up for it in terms of other welfare entitlement programs though.

Are we going to release comments to the media that Food Stamps are a bad investment of White dollars and that we should instead go to a program of privatized nutritional accounts?

Some courageous academic or think tank scholar should do a study to determine if the reduced statistical longevity has anything to do with the larcenous activity younger members of this demographic are known to wallow in.

Maybe if they would behave themselves, there would be more of them around to collect their Social Security checks.

Maybe if their food stamp allowances were cut, they wouldn’t have as much time on their hands and thus have a better chance of making it to retirement since their time would be spent on work and self improvement rather than seeing how much trouble they can get into.

Interesting, isn’t it, how the government is eager to cut out a program you work to qualify for but seems bent on expanding the scope of unearned handouts.

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Published in the January 27, 2005 issue of  Ether Zone.
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