The welfare state — Arkansas votes against its interest | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The welfare state — Arkansas votes against its interest

Posted By on Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 6:55 AM

GETTING HELP: The darker the color, the greater the payout to counties in federal benefits.
  • New York Times
  • GETTING HELP: The darker the color, the greater the payout to counties in federal benefits.

A nifty county-by-county map from the New York Times illustrates the degree to which counties in the U.S. depend on federal benefit programs from food stamps to Medicare. Figures show that the share of personal income represented by such benefits doubled from 8 percent in 1969 to 16 percent in 2009.

Arkansas, and the South, trending politically to Republican politicians who want to slash such program, are more heavily dependent than most of the rest of the country. Roll across the map for county by county figures. Some very interesting facts there. For example, almost 33 percent of the income in Republican Baxter County comes from federal sources.

The map can be altered to look at impact of spending in each of the individual programs. Be sure to click through to Social Security and Medicare to see how important they are individually in Republican strongholds. And presumably most of those recipients, judging by votes, are happy about the solid support from Arkansas Republicans in Congress to privatize, voucherize and otherwise destroy the programs as they are now known. New motto for the Land of Opportunity: "I've got mine."

Tags: , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (13)

Showing 1-13 of 13

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-13 of 13

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • ASU announces $29 million athletic project backed by private booster foundation

    The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees today approved a ground lease with the Red Wolves Foundation which will take the responsibility for building $29. million worth of improvements to the football stadium.
    • Nov 20, 2017
  • Monday's open line

    Here's the Monday open line and today's news roundup
    • Nov 20, 2017
  • Protest set on tax legislation

    A coalition of groups will demonstrate at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday in front of the state Human Services headquarters at Seventh and Main to show displeasure with the Senate tax legislation.
    • Nov 20, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • IHOP coming down, but .....

    I always scan the Little Rock City Board for items of interest this week and this one caught my eye: A zoning measure required by a proposal to tear down the IHOP at Markham and University.
    • Apr 30, 2016
  • Sabin's subterfuge in the race for mayor has roots in rigged city government

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that an ethics complaint has been filed saying that the exploratory committee Rep. Warwick Sabin created to prepare for a run for Little Rock mayor was a subterfuge to avoid the city ordinance that doesn't allow campaign fundraising to begin until five months before the November 2018 election.Of course it is.
    • Aug 10, 2017
  • The long and winding road: No exception yet for 30 Crossing

    The Arkansas highway department's representative on the Metroplan board of directors told the board today that the department is requesting an exception to the planning agency's cap on six lanes for its 30 Crossing project to widen Interstate 30 from six to 10 (and more) lanes.
    • Jun 29, 2016

Most Shared

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Monday's open line

    • I personally find the whole "Personhood for fetuses" absolutely absurd. How stupid to insert it…

    • on November 20, 2017
  • Re: Vox pop: Mixed response to Capitol monument proposals

    • Here is a good news for those interested. There is away you can earn money…

    • on November 20, 2017
  • Re: Protest set on tax legislation

    • I am sorry about the debit to your grandchildren Razor, but if the GOP majority…

    • on November 20, 2017

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation