This Week in the Mercury

Conceptual Comic

Feature

Conceptual Comic

For Brent Weinbach, Comedy Isn't "A Normal Hangout"


Literary Portland: A Brief Tour

Feature

Literary Portland: A Brief Tour

Get Off Your Lonely Bookworm Chair and Out to These Readings!



Monday, February 13, 2012

Required Reading: The Self-Delusions of "Self-Sufficient" Americans

Posted by Goldy on Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 1:44 PM

The New York Times:

LINDSTROM, Minn. — Ki Gulbranson owns a logo apparel shop, deals in jewelry on the side and referees youth soccer games. He makes about $39,000 a year and wants you to know that he does not need any help from the federal government.

He says that too many Americans lean on taxpayers rather than living within their means. He supports politicians who promise to cut government spending. In 2010, he printed T-shirts for the Tea Party campaign of a neighbor, Chip Cravaack, who ousted this region’s long-serving Democratic congressman.

Yet this year, as in each of the past three years, Mr. Gulbranson, 57, is counting on a payment of several thousand dollars from the federal government, a subsidy for working families called the earned-income tax credit. He has signed up his three school-age children to eat free breakfast and lunch at federal expense. And Medicare paid for his mother, 88, to have hip surgery twice.



Don't stop there, and don't miss the map.

Comments (11)

Showing 1-11 of 11

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-11 of 11

Comments are closed.

All contents © Index Newspapers, LLC

115 SW Ash St. Suite 600
Portland, OR 97204

Contact Info | Privacy Policy | Production Guidelines | Terms of Use | Takedown Policy