Ten years ago we spent $11,969 per person in poverty, adjusted for inflation, and the poverty rate was 11.7% (percentage of the U.S. population in poverty). We have increased our spending by 30% and yet today’s poverty rate is 15%.
On a collective basis the programs discourage work, penalize marriage, don’t encourage personal advancement and even lower the responsibility and control of the recipient. Is it any wonder we pay out more and more and don’t seem to get much in return? For more information see the updated page – Poverty and Spending Over the Years.