Once again there is a conflict between conservative ideology and statistics. This time, the topic is: Do food stamps make poor people lazy?
This graph shows the return-to-work rates for families that went on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as “Food Stamps”) due to unemployment. It turns out that a majority of the families with work-eligible adults that went on the SNAP program regained employment within the same month, and almost 90% of them had regained employment within the following year.
BUT WAIT A MOMENT!! THAT DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE!!!!
Everyone knows that when people go on food stamps, they think: “OMG, life is so easy, Ima never work again!”
Paul Ryan stated very clearly in his proposed budget that “government policies affecting lower-income individuals can often create a powerful disincentive to get ahead.”
The meaning of this statement could not possibly be more clear. Giving poor people financial assistance makes them lazy. (It is interesting and important to note that Paul Ryan does not think that giving rich people free money makes them lazy… but that’s a topic for another time.)
So on the one hand, we have Paul Ryan’s sentence in his budget.
On the other hand, we have actual statistics about the return-to-work rates of people on food stamps.
Which one is correct?
Well, we all know the answer to that: statistics clearly have a liberal bias!!!!
graph source: CBPP.org