How can it be that the U.S. spends $358 billion on antipoverty programs, $7,741 dollars per year per person in poverty ($21.10 per day), and yet still have so many people in extreme poverty? It is because our system is poorly focused, pays too much to the middle class and has too many in-kind benefits and not enough cash benefits.
Here is a quote from the NPC Report:
“Recently there has been considerable discussion in the news media and by presidential candidates about the fact that nearly half of American households receive government benefits. However, a recent study suggests that a declining proportion of these benefits go to the poor, and what does go to the poor is more often in the form of in-kind benefits than cash.”