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  •  not quite right (1+ / 0-)
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    Think about it: roughly 15% of Americans live below the poverty line. That's 46 MILLION Americans.
    poverty is calculated excluding some government assistence programs.

    http://www.census.gov/...

    •Noncash benefits (such as food stamps and housing subsidies) do not count.

    So their earnings place them below the poverty line.

    I presume medicaid as well. If the value of those assistance programs is factored in, then the number of people living below the poverty line must be reduced somewhat.

    •  If you gave them cash and lift them out of poverty (0+ / 0-)

      then they will be using less government assistance.  There is a school of thought (and some experimentation in Africa IIRC), that instead of giving poor people strictly controlled aid (food, housing, medical care, etc), you just hand them cash and let them decide what to do with it.  It could be just as effective, while saving a lot of administrative costs.

    •  caldera: you seem not to understand (0+ / 0-)

      that lack of money is a critical issue whether one is eligible for gov't assistance due thereto or not.

      there are about 40% of Texans eligible for the drastically-cut SNAP benefits who don't bother to apply as is.

      LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 04:28:20 PM PST

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