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Tuesday
Feb142012

Myth that cutting benefits would leave the poor starving in the streets

You've heard Democrats argue that one before... Republicans with all their pushing to cut on the federal level want poor people homeless and starving in the streets.

A story came out today in the NY Times showing that this isn't true.  Government in recent years has grown so far out of control that now the middle class are part of those leaching off the tax payers.  You can read the story in full HERE.

A new analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities underscores that the poor are no longer the primary beneficiaries of the government safety net.

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The finding is broadly consistent with the data we reported Sunday that the poorest households received 36 percent of benefits in 2007, down from 54 percent in 1979, numbers that came from a study published last year by the Congressional Budget Office.

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The study found that older people received slightly more than half of government benefits, while the nonelderly with disabilities received an additional 20 percent.

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Furthermore, the study notes that politicians have shifted benefits away from the "jobless poor," through reductions in traditional welfare, and increased benefits for working families, for example through tax credits.

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Another finding of the study is that the distribution of benefits no longer aligns with the demography of poverty. African-Americans, who make up 22 percent of the poor, receive 14 percent of government benefits, close to their 12 percent population share.

White non-Hispanics, who make up 42 percent of the poor, receive 69 percent of government benefits - again, much closer to their 64 percent population share.

What I see in those results is that politicians are no longer just using government to help the poor but instead using government to buy slaves who live off government in return for votes to keep their masters in power.

Troubling.

Of course if you suggest cutting away at the redistribution of wealth or even stopping the government from taking our own money away just to give it back to us in the form of a government program you are blasted as wanting to leave the poor starving in the streets.

 

Reader Comments (2)

Not cutting "benefits" leaves those receiving them forever starving in line for more benefits.
February 15, 2012 | Registered CommenterEd Naile
Breeding one's own constituency is a time honored political practice......
February 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDagny Taggart

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