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Even when they (the poor) have the potential to become productive members of society, the loss of welfare state benefits if they try to do so is an implicit “tax” on what they would earn that often exceeds the explicit tax on a millionaire. If increasing your income by $10,000 would cause you to lose $15,000 in government benefits, would you do it? In short, the political left’s welfare state makes poverty more comfortable, while penalizing those who attempt to rise out of poverty.
...by today's standards
At a press conference in her home town, Nacny Pelosi explained that the welfare program’s multiplier effect, or the amount of money generated in the local economy as the result of the subsidy, far exceeds the nearly $60 billion spent this year by the federal government and is a sure-fire way to stimulate the economy. For every dollar a person receives in food stamps, Pelosi said that $1.79 is put back into the economy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture cites an even higher figure of $1.84.
“It is the biggest bang for the buck when you do food stamps and unemployment insurance. The biggest bang for the buck,” she said.
Welfare Hurts the Poor!
FROM: Thomas Sowell Explains How the Welfare State Hurts the Poor
July 3, 2013 by Dan Mitchell