A couple of years ago while working the front desk of the Historical Society of Washington I came upon Tally’s Corner. Having previously read Hard Living on Clay Street , an ethnographic field study of white working class families in far NE (East Washington, although nearly monolithic in 2011, was ethnically diverse with large concentrations of whites up until the late 1960′s.), I picked up Tally’s Corner.
(The book was in HSW’s collection but I was lucky enough just a couple of weeks ago to find my own copy for $1 at the SE Library used book sale.)
The book focuses on a couple of characters whose common thread is the poverty they all live with, often self-imposed because of an inability to find a job and then once a job is secured the readers sees the character’s inability to maintain that job by not showing up on time or at all. Having taken place before the city was destroyed in April of 1968, the book, chronicling street life a short walk from Congress and the White House, provides insights into the conditions that led to soul brothers rioting in the city.
The New Deal Carry-out shop is on corner in downtown Washington, DC. It would be within walking distance of the White House, the Smithsonian Institution, and other major public buildings of the nation’s capital, if anyone cared to walk there, but no one ever does. Across the street from the Carry-out is a liquor store. The other two corners of the intersection are occupied by a dry cleaning and shoe repair store and a wholesale plumbing supplies showroom and warehouse. (pg 17-18)
To any liberal, libertarian, or conservative who cares about our city and the 2011 Tally’s Corners (16th & Good Hope Rd. SE, MLK Ave & Malcolm X Ave SE, etc.) the book is a must read.
I have since mentioned Tally’s Corner to many folks, many who have no idea what I am talking about. The couple times I have found someone who is familiar with the book the discussion often leads to the location of where was Tally’s Corner? I had always claimed, or rather thought, it was 7th Street NW as south as possibly L Street. Others said it was 9th & P Street NW.
Today Answer Man aka John Kelly gives us the answer; Tally’s Corner was 11th & M Street NW.
By Sara Murray
Nearly a year and a half into the economic recovery, some 43.6 million Americans continued to rely on food stamps in November.
More than 14% of the population drew food stamps in November to purchase groceries as high unemployment and muted wage growth crimped budgets. The number of recipients was up 0.9% from October, according to the new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Compared to a year ago, the number of people receiving food stamps was up 14.2%.
In both Washington, D.C. and Mississippi more than a fifth of residents received food stamps — the highest recipiency rates of any state.
But demand has grown stronger in the past year in a handful of other states that recorded significant increases on a per capita basis.
In New Mexico, 19.4% of the population tapped into food stamps. That’s up 3.2 percentage points from the same month a year ago, the largest increase for any state. Idaho reported a similar jump: 14% of residents received food stamps, up 3.1 points from a year ago. Washington, D.C., Florida, Delaware and Texas all experienced similar year over year increases.
Food Stamp Use, by State
Click on the top of any column to resort the chart.
|State||Number of people on food stamps Nov. 2010||Percent of population on food stamps ↑||Year-over-year increase in percent of population on food stamps||Year-over-year rise in umber of people on food stamps|
|District of Columbia||131,611||21.9%||3.0||17,939|
Sources: USDA, WSJ Research
As yesterday was the first of the month, ATMs in certain sections of the city quickly ran out of cash and the lines at EBT processing centers spanned out the door in numerous locations.
Long known as Food Stamps since their initial inception in the late 1930′s and codified in law on August 31, 1964 in the Food Stamp Act of 1964 but formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP) since its re-branding in 2008, this tentacle of America’s welfare society has long been associated in America’s collective consciousness with po’ inner-city and rural trailer park white folk who are lifelong parasitic dependents on the working American taxpayer. However, a new day has in deed dawned in Obama’s America.
According to a flurry of recent articles and blog posts, it seems there is a new trend developing within the seemingly inclusive world of the social services industrial complex as college students are now taking full force advantage of extremely liberal and thus personally favorable criteria that allows for middle class children of all ethnicities and walks of life to apply for and receive food stamps. (Under the recently signed, yet unconstitutional, Health Care bill college kids can continue to be weened on their parents health insurance until they are 26.)
According to The Daily Caller,
The USDA is pushing to regional SNAP offices to ease eligibility requirements and forgo checking people’s financial situations before providing benefits. President Obama’s latest budget included $72.5 billion for food stamps — nearly double the amount from 2008. Approximately 38 million people, or 13 percent of the U.S. population is on food stamps.
Only 83% of eligible District residents, and 36% of eligible low-income working families, receive food stamps. Every $1 of food stamps spent in the community generates $1.85 in local economic activity. D.C. would gain millions in federal funds by signing up eligible households – funds that would stimulate the local economy. People who work sometimes assume they are not eligible for food stamps, or that time-off from work is required to apply. This is not true. A family of 3 with a minimum wage earner could be eligible for over $3,000 annually in benefits, and working families can complete phone interviews rather than go to the food stamp office in-person.
The Syndicate can glean the above stats preceded last summer’s passing of the Food Stamp Expansion Act of 2009 by city officials and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 by national politicos. Both bills have been touted as expanding eligibility for Food Stamps near and far.
Everyday more than 20,ooo folks secure their EBT cards and their social justice benefits as defined by progressives, joining the 38 million, 13% of Americans already holding EBT cards. According to the USDA, “41 percent of participants are white; 36 percent are African-American, non-Hispanic; 18 percent are Hispanic; 3 percent are Asian, 2 percent are Native American, and 1 percent are of unknown race or ethnicity.”
The Syndicate does not know how many students at HU, AU, GU, GWU, Trinity, CUA, and other colleges and universities within the city have EBT cards, but it looks like UDC students will no longer have exclusive province and access to this program. As an anecdote, I heard years ago from a friend who worked for DC’s DHS that more college students, from all over the city, came into their office to apply and secure Food Stamps than you would otherwise think.
From Salon’s “Hipsters on food stamps” which chronicles ragged pink liberal educated fools from uneducated schools,
In the John Waters-esque sector of northwest Baltimore — equal parts kitschy, sketchy, artsy and weird — Gerry Mak and Sarah Magida sauntered through a small ethnic market stocked with Japanese eggplant, mint chutney and fresh turmeric. After gathering ingredients for that evening’s dinner, they walked to the cash register and awaited their moments of truth.
“I have $80 bucks left!” Magida said. “I’m so happy!”
“I have $12,” Mak said with a frown.
The two friends weren’t tabulating the cash in their wallets but what remained of the monthly allotment on their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program debit cards, the official new term for what are still known colloquially as food stamps.
This soft America we now live in, prophesied in 2003′s ”Hard America, Soft America: Competition vs. Coddling and the Battle for the Nation’s Future” by one of America’s most preeminent and trusted intellectuals Michael Barone, has been perpetuated by raggedy progressive liberals who cling to their social justice rhetoric and are bitter because the United States Constitution, the greatest legal document the world has ever known, is filled with “negative liberties.”
This is not a good look. It is not making moves, hustling, or mobbing. It is being a broken down trick at the long and swift pimp hand of the government.
Another friend, after paying taxes and working for more than 2 decades, who fell on hard times remarked that she hates to do it, but since these programs are out there for her to legally rob, she is marauding with a fury.