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Why poor areas vote for politicians who want to slash the safety net. (The explanations might surprise you.)

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Something interesting happens when hardworking, fiscally minded Americans find themselves on the public dole: They resent the government that lends a hand and feel guilty for accepting help. A major article from The New York Times documents the anxiety, frustration and confusion of a growing class of dependent Americans.Hardworking, fiscally minded Americans feel guilty when they land on the public dole. A New York Times article documents the frustration of a growing class of dependent Americans.

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People are just barely hanging on at employment offices, homeless shelters, food banks and community centers around the country Help is needed right away and Barack Obama is struggling to give itPeople are just barely hanging on at employment offices around the country.

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