The Engaged Electorate
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." Thomas Jefferson
17:01 There’s a really pernicious myth out there that the U.S. secretly has a super-generous welfare state. Just this summer, in fact, the Cato Institute was claiming that “welfare” provides some D.C. residents with the equivalent of a $50,820-a-year salary. That study gotthoroughly decimated by other analysts, but the myth persists.
So if you somehow get yourself embroiled in a Facebook comment thread flamewar about this, or have to reply to a chain email your grandpa sent along these lines, send along the chart above. A new paper from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that people getting government assistance in the form of Medicaid, Section 8, food stamps, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), etc. spend a whole lot less on just about everything than those not getting assistance. Folks on those programs aren’t living high on the hog; they’re scraping by, with a little help from the government.
Click “Know More” to read the full BLS study. Hat-tip goes to Jordan Weissmann.

There’s a really pernicious myth out there that the U.S. secretly has a super-generous welfare state. Just this summer, in fact, the Cato Institute was claiming that “welfare” provides some D.C. residents with the equivalent of a $50,820-a-year salary. That study gotthoroughly decimated by other analysts, but the myth persists.

So if you somehow get yourself embroiled in a Facebook comment thread flamewar about this, or have to reply to a chain email your grandpa sent along these lines, send along the chart above. A new paper from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that people getting government assistance in the form of Medicaid, Section 8, food stamps, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), etc. spend a whole lot less on just about everything than those not getting assistance. Folks on those programs aren’t living high on the hog; they’re scraping by, with a little help from the government.

Click “Know More” to read the full BLS study. Hat-tip goes to Jordan Weissmann.

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    I know it’s the spoonie in me, but I just want to talk about the “Health” section of this graph for a second: People not...
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    The myth persists because you’ll never find this chart widely distributed among the mainstream media.
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    Now they will use this chart to justify further cuts. After all it shows that those “Moochers” spend less, so if we cut...
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    Conservatives NEED Myths.