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$904,542: That's  how much it costs taxpayers to support the workers of just ONE Walmart store because of the company's low wages. Did you agree to subsidize Walmart?
One of the causes of the new food stamp numbers.

Welcome to the new American economy, where low wages, high unemployment, and growing inequality have combined to create a majority of working-age adults among food stamp recipients for the first time. Historically, a majority of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients have been children or senior citizens, and a majority of households receiving benefits still include a child, senior citizen, or disabled adult, but:

As recently as 1998, the working-age share of food stamp households was at a low of 44 percent, before the dot-com bust and subsequent recessions in 2001 and 2007 pushed new enrollees into the program, according to the analysis by James Ziliak, director of the Center for Poverty Research at the University of Kentucky.

By education, about 28 percent of food stamp households are headed by a person with at least some college training, up from 8 percent in 1980. Among those with four-year college degrees, the share rose from 3 percent to 7 percent. High-school graduates head the bulk of food stamp households at 37 percent, up from 28 percent. In contrast, food stamp households headed by a high-school dropout have dropped by more than half, to 28 percent.

Republicans blame a culture of dependency, but in fact many of the working-age adults receiving SNAP benefits are working—maybe as health care aides, the fastest-growing job in America, or at fast food restaurants or Walmart. If there's a culture of dependency, in other words, it's profitable corporations depending on the government to augment their poverty wages. Add those poverty wages to an economy with around three job seekers for every available job and you see why the need for nutrition assistance is rising among working-age adults. That's why the analysis that found the majority of working-age adults also found that "from 2000 to 2011, [stagnant] wages and inequality accounted for 13 percent of the increase" in food stamp enrollment.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 07:24 AM PST.

Also republished by Hunger in America, In Support of Labor and Unions, and Daily Kos.

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  •  Tipped & rec'ed (2+ / 0-)
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    Tool, appledown

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 08:11:11 AM PST

  •  Walmart (0+ / 0-)

    Always low wages..always..

    “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” George Orwell

    by Tool on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 08:45:48 AM PST

  •  Problem is the worst recovery after a recession (1+ / 0-)
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    Since the 1930s.  This is also the most powerful component to the rise in inequality since the end of the Great Recession.

    The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

    by nextstep on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 08:59:44 AM PST

  •  Give EVERYBODY Food Stamps (0+ / 0-)

    Lower or eliminate the tax-free threshhold to pay for it.

    OK, you might have to change some welfare payments as well, to minimise any net losses from the change, but you would end up with a fairer system overall and a lot less stigma once people adjusted.

  •  Living wage should be provided (0+ / 0-)

    Every human being deserves a living wage for a job well done.  Poverty wages are as inhumane as slave labor!
    Poverty wages is a burden on all of society, while the rich creep gets off scott free!  
    These criminal employers should be fired!

  •  I just don't understand. (3+ / 0-)
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    HeyMikey, EighteenCharacters, MaikeH

    They give these corporations huge subsidies and then it cost each city and Stateceven more money because most of the workers are on food stamps and Medicaid and other government assistant.
    How the hell does that make any sense in a sane world?  
    Besides the things I mentioned, most of these corporations don't even pay their fair of taxes.
    This is just so FUBAR!  

    Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity, nothing exceeds the critisism made by the habits of the poor by the well housed, well fed elites.

    by snoopydawg on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 07:38:18 PM PST

    •  It is difficult to understand... (5+ / 0-)

      ... how companies like Wal-Mart and the like can hide behind the monicker of "job creator" when they do little more than leech resources on so many levels.

      They remind me of the old mining companies that paid their workers in store credit. Wal-Mart's employees can't afford to shop anywhere but Wal-Mart, so the money that goes out in wages comes right back in via purchases. But instead of going into debt to the "company store," Wal-Mart's employees are subsidized by the taxpayers. The debt is ours. We shop there without even shopping there.

      It's a pretty good deal if your last name is Walton. Otherwise, it's difficult to see what good the company is doing at all for anyone anywhere.

      We don't see things as they are; we see things as we are.

      by EighteenCharacters on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:03:32 PM PST

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      •  They are a blight on small businesses (1+ / 0-)
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        in every community they infiltrate.

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        not just what we’re against.
        ---> President Obama, 2014 SOTU speech

        by smileycreek on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:15:03 PM PST

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        •  Yes, I watched (0+ / 0-)

          The doc zthe high cost of Walmart.
          It was so sad to follow the stories of businesses that had been run for generations lose out to Walmart.
          People predicted it, but as usual our bought (whores) government allowed it.

          Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity, nothing exceeds the critisism made by the habits of the poor by the well housed, well fed elites.

          by snoopydawg on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:55:53 PM PST

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  •  Healthcare aides. Grrrrr. (3+ / 0-)
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    many of the working-age adults receiving SNAP benefits are working—maybe as health care aides, the fastest-growing job in America
    I have a friend who's a Certified Nursing Assistant, working as a home healthcare aide in Georgia. Here you're not an employee of the agency that refers you patients--you're "self-employed." That means:

    * If your patient has to go into the hospital, or nursing home, or just dies--you get no unemployment benefits. Because you weren't anybody's employee.

    * If you get hurt on the job, there's no worker's comp to provide you income and pay for your medical treatment.

    * If you get hurt off the job and can't work, you get no income. None.

    My friend broke her ankle and had to be off her foot for 9 weeks. She and her daughter got evicted. If not for another friend who took them in, they'd have been homeless.

    Just another low-income worker in America.

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 07:42:09 PM PST

  •  The LOWEST WAGES....ALWAYS! (1+ / 0-)
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    "If Wall Street paid a tax on every “game” they run, we would get enough revenue to run the government on." ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:03:15 PM PST

  •  Several of my coworkers (3+ / 0-)

    have told me that I should apply for food stamps.

    I thought I earned too much (although I am a low-wage worker) but perhaps not....

    I haven't yet...but y'know, if our corporations refuse to pay us living wages, why shouldn't we get benefits?

    Why should the billionaires get all the largesse from the government, and their employees get bupkiss?

    English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

    by Youffraita on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:13:36 PM PST

  •  wal mart knows (0+ / 0-)

    Wal mart knows that there are people lined up to work at wal mart.

    Americans voted for trickle down economics and now it has come to bear. look at the stats on wages since 1980 and the stats for corp profits.

    The B actor known as Dutch came thru for wall street. look at wall street income since 1980.

    Obama has been reduced to begging corporations to hire more workers and pay a living wage.

    Obama care depends on private insurance no other developed nation uses private insurance to insure all of their citizens. why?

    Easy, private insurance will find ways to raise the rates, not pay benefits  and make sure their CEO's rake in billions.

    Exceptionalism is corp America's best friend. Americans think everyone in   the world wants to live in America. arrogance beyond belief. Americans it is people from third world nations coming to America.

  •  Reason number 1658 to not shop wallyworld (0+ / 0-)

    I can't think of anything they have that I can't get elsewhere. And probably not made in China in a sweat shop.

  •  I recently ditched my Walmart phone (0+ / 0-)

    Bought a cheap Android Straighttalk no-contract phone from Walmart at recommendation of my brother November 2012. Needed something to replace my expired and costly Sprint plan with iPhone.  Thought I would use it a few months, but inertia prevailed. Recently bought a similar phone with no-contract Virgin mobile from (hooray) the Costco kiosk.

    StraightTalk was the cheap smartphone purchase then $47/mo. Virgin was phone purchase (nice LG 4120) then $36/month.

    Felt good to fire Walmart. Just took me too damn long.

  •  and i thought (0+ / 0-)

    the elites didn't believe in govt assistance.

    save america defeat all republicans and conservatives

  •  The nefarious Walmart (and others) business model (0+ / 0-)

    11,000 Walmart s X $905,000= $9,955,000,000 that's $9 billion a year.. Bill em', then dun em', and then - take it as a fine + even more.. Then move on to the next big box store, then all the contracted out warehouses (for plausible deniability when - every day!- the workers are mistreated) and on and on..

  •  Jobs (0+ / 0-)

    All I know is my own little world. I've worked hard since I was 14 for money and now,white male at 53, I cannot obtain a job, any job, not only in my field, but also in retail. I can apply for work, but do not receive a call back, or am told in a form letter I am not needed.

    I write this not for pity, as I have been laid off since 2009 and get by with freelance work and living off of my increasingly frustrated wife, but I am asking here, in the privacy of dailykos diaries, has this happened to you? Do you know of people to whom this is happening? Is this just the state of Michigan? Are 50 year olds out of the loop for good?

    I have applied for minimum wage jobs at 53 and find the whole business disheartening and emasculating.

    I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center. Kurt Vonnegut

    by klimtone on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 08:23:00 AM PST

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