Cato Policy Analysis 694 April 11, 2012
The American Welfare State
How We Spend Nearly $1 Trillion a Year Fighting Poverty—and Fail
Federal and total welfare spending is going up faster than the poverty rate is going up. Why is that?
The federal government alone currently funds and operates 126 different welfare or anti-poverty programs.
Indeed, federal welfare spending alone totals more than $14,848 for every poor man, woman, and child in this country. For a typical poor family of three, that amounts to more than $44,500. Combined with state and local spending, government spends $20,610 for every poor person in America, or $61,830 per poor family of three...