‘The American Welfare State’

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A LITTLE MORE ACCOUNTABILITY, A LITTLE LESS ENABLING

By Max R. Weller

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Homeless Philosopher

It’s a real challenge to find figures that accurately reflect overall per capita spending on the poor and homeless in our country. The link I’m providing today is from a study done by the Cato institute and published on April 11, 2012: The American Welfare State: How We Spend Nearly $1 Trillion a Year Fighting Poverty — and Fail. An excerpt follows:

News that the poverty rate has risen to 15.1 percent of Americans, the highest level in nearly a decade, has set off a predictable round of calls for increased government spending on social welfare programs. Yet this year the federal government will spend more than $668 billion on at least 126 different programs to fight poverty. And that does not even begin to count welfare spending by state and local governments, which adds $284…

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