Running the numbers on entitlements

Here is an excellent article by Tyler Durden:

In Entitlement America, The Head Of A Household Of Four Making Minimum Wage Has More Disposable Income Than A Family Making $60,000 A Year

which is based on a piece by Wyatt Emmerich of The Cleveland Current (that’s Cleveland, Mississippi).

I can’t find the original piece online, so I’m slightly skeptical, but if the numbers in the chart below are correct, it is sort of obvious what needs to be done. Why does it take a reporter from an itty-bitty local paper to run the numbers? Where are the major-league journalists on stories like this?


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6 Responses to Running the numbers on entitlements

  1. Dan M says:

    I read the same blogpiece a couple of weeks ago at ZH, and today I had a bit of extra time and was going to walk through the numbers. I’ve tried to go back to the original source link and cannot find the original article. I’ve gone back to and searched the website for the article, with no luck. I’ve googled and binged the article, and, for the life of me, I cannot find the original story written by Wyatt Emmerich. If anyone can post a link to the original story, I would be very appreciative.

  2. Wyatt Emmerich is a real person who has written other articles, why don’t you email him?

    I can see why the mainstream media might be reluctant to pick this story up. It is also possible it didn’t get widely reported because of a mistake in the methodology, though what is reproduced here looks OK to me.

  3. Polymath says:

    Bumping to the top — this post gets lots of hits from search engines, apparently the story sank like a stone and I am one of the few who picked it up. Wyatt Emmerich is not only a reporter, he’s a publisher who is in charge of several local papers, so I guess he doesn’t want to whine about his story not getting more attention since he has as much freedom of the press as anyone.

    At least the entitlements in the above story are not explicitly race-based in their qualifying criteria. If you are Black or Hispanic or think, Native American you can fraudulently claim all sorts of money if you are willing to claim you considered becoming a farmer in the 80’s or 90’s but were discouraged by the Federal governments discriminatory policy of having the Agriculture Department actually consider the creditworthiness of would-be farmers before loaning them money. Here are the details, which link this story to the disgraceful New Black Panthers voter intimidation case dismissal:

    Pigford and New Black Panthers: Friends at DOJ

    94,000 claims of racial discrimination have been filed thus far, even though according to the National Black Farmers Association’s data, only 18,000 black farmers exist in the United States. Nice non-work if you can get it.

  4. Fred says:

    The original source was in the Editorial section in the Press Enterprise of October 13, 2010.

    The online link does not include the chart.

    In a follow-up piece, Emmerich explains that the article was posted without full citation, and he doesn’t mind – though obviously it makes it harder to defend his assertions when the opposition can claim its a fake.

  5. Polymath says:

    Finally someone is looking critically at Emmerich’s article.

    From Mississippi to ‘The Corner’: A Tale of Right-Wing Wrongness

    This writer is jumping suspiciously quickly to blame “conservatives” and “rightwingers” when the original article was politically neutral in tone (its primary message was “welfare incentives are structured wrong”, which was a bipartisan theme in the 90’s [btw, imho blogger Mickey Kaus gets more credit than anyone else for the 90’s welfare reform]). Considering the source and its tone, I don’t have any reason to prefer this viewpoint to Emmerich’s without getting into the data deeply, which I don’t have time to right now, but anyone who wants to pursue this further now has a good starting point.

  6. I usually stop reading an article when people begin whining about birthers. I’d like to point out to him that most journalists think that ethnic group differences don’t exist, so I’d hardly find anything they say relevant(to apply his logic).

    On the other hand, that chart should include other things too, like the cost of getting to work, cost of better clothing, which are needed for work etc. not to mention the cost of leisure.

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