Keeping the Poor Poor (Until They’re Not)

obamamoneyGovernment data indicate that the U.S. remains far from winning the longest war in its history: the war on poverty.

 The latest line of argument from defenders of the welfare system is that we are measuring poverty inaccurately; counting welfare as income, they suggest, would show that we are winning the war on poverty.  Proponents of changing the way we classify the data on America’s poor would accomplish little more than a subterfuge to distract from glaring flaws with the status quo of government social welfare programs…

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