Entitlement

Letter | Does food stamp article belie writer’s notion of ‘permanent underclass?’

February 11, 2014 

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Re: Jan. 27 letter from Blaine Liljenquist, “Who are America’s economic slaves today?”

It is hard to go astray in an article that begins by quoting Abraham Lincoln. However, the article by Blaine Liljenquist, ends by speaking of “corrupt politicians” who keep themselves in power through the “vote of a permanent underclass dependent on the government dole.”

I do not know if I would qualify for this “underclass” or not because I receive both Social Security and a pension from the U.S. Department of Defense. The author did not list the “corrupt politicians” by name, but I must proudly confess to have voted for our president twice. I did so because I honestly believe that he has the best policies for our country. I know that many people including most of my family sincerely disagree with me. That is what a democracy is all about.

In the same section of Monday’s paper was a powerful article on “The new face of food stamps.”

The article points out that over the last 34 years, food stamps usage has grown fastest among those with at least some college education. Low-wage jobs supplemented with food stamps is becoming “more common for the working poor.”

I do not know if these are also people from the permanent underclass who keep corrupt politicians in power. Just wondering?

The writer lives in Pawleys Island.

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