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I'd be really interested to hear opinions about this. I found some of the statistics in it close to unbelievable, but I trust the writer.

It's about poverty in Ohio.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uselections2004/story/0,13918,1076608,00.html

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leadensky
Nov. 3rd, 2003 10:09 am (UTC)
And the other thing that I forgot to mention - 'food stamps' are now in the form of electronic debit cards. This has greatly decreased the market for food stamps, where people receiving food stamps would routinely sell them for fifty cents on the dollar.

Because food stamps had to be used for food - not beer or cigarettes.

This change has led to a great deal of resentment, to judge by the stories my mother and sister bring home from working the grocery cash register.

- hossgal
lenadances
Nov. 3rd, 2003 10:55 am (UTC)
I imagine it has indeed led to a great deal of resentment. Rich or poor, people hate it when you try to make them abide by the rules because they've never had to do it before and/or someone else is still getting by with rulebreaking. Which is probably why Bush's lovely idea of having every industry regulate itself is doomed to failure: people universally suck.