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Tue Mar 12, 2013, 08:54 AM

Black people, who make up 22% of the poor, receive 14% of government benefits.

White people, who make up 42% of the poor, receive 69% of government benefits.


Who Benefits From the Safety Net
By BINYAMIN APPELBAUM and ROBERT GEBELOFF
A new analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities underscores that the poor are no longer the primary beneficiaries of the government safety net.

Terms like entitlements, government benefits and safety net often conjure images of tax dollars sliding from the hands of the wealthy into the pockets of the poor. But as we reported Sunday, that image is badly outdated. Benefits now flow primarily to the middle class.

The center’s study found that the poorest American households, the bottom fifth, received just 32 cents of every dollar of government benefits distributed in 2010.


Share of population and entitlements by income group, 2010. Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analysis of data from Office of Management and Budget, United States Departments of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, and Labor, and Census Bureau.

The finding is broadly consistent with the data we reported Sunday that the poorest households received 36 percent of benefits in 2007, down from 54 percent in 1979, numbers that came from a study published last year by the Congressional Budget Office.

While the findings are not directly comparable because of differences in methodology, the new study suggests that the recent recession did not cause any significant increase in the share of benefits flowing to the poor, as might once have been expected.

The study found that older people received slightly more than half of government benefits, while the nonelderly with disabilities received an additional 20 percent. Most of these benefits are not means-tested – indeed, better-paid workers get more in Social Security.

Furthermore, the study notes that politicians have shifted benefits away from the “jobless poor,” through reductions in traditional welfare, and increased benefits for working families, for example through tax credits. The government also has steadily expanded eligibility for benefit programs.

http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/13/who-benefits-from-the-safety-net/


All of those racial bias motherfuckers can kiss my black ass with their bullshit about "Welfare Queens."


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Reply Black people, who make up 22% of the poor, receive 14% of government benefits. (Original post)
MrScorpio Mar 2013 OP
Cirque du So-What Mar 2013 #1
jsr Mar 2013 #2
lumberjack_jeff Mar 2013 #3
Scuba Mar 2013 #4
gollygee Mar 2013 #5
HiPointDem Mar 2013 #6
raccoon Mar 2013 #7
B2G Mar 2013 #8
MrScorpio Mar 2013 #9
B2G Mar 2013 #11
Heidi Mar 2013 #10

Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Mar 12, 2013, 09:26 AM

1. Amen

This myth has been bandied about in some circles for far too long, and it's well past time for calling out the racists who attempt to perpetuate an utterly baseless stereotype.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Mar 12, 2013, 10:29 AM

2. Benefits now flow primarily to the middle class

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Mar 12, 2013, 10:35 AM

3. The poor don't get the lions share of government benefits. n/t

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Wed Mar 13, 2013, 07:18 AM

4. Depends on how you measure "benefits". Seems the 1% get most of the benefits...

You don't think the military is protecting that 15-year old Buick, do ya?

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Wed Mar 13, 2013, 07:42 AM

5. And *pop* goes that stereotype.

There are a lot of incorrect assumptions about who receives government assistance. We have built this mythology in our heads which allows us (none of us specifically, but us as a society) to blame the poor for the situation they're in and therefore not help them.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Wed Mar 13, 2013, 08:53 AM

6. +1

 

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Wed Mar 13, 2013, 09:23 AM

7. IME, lots of people think the US spends huge amounts of money on "welfare," food stamps, etc,


far more than the US actually does. And they usually think most goes to non-whites.


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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Wed Mar 13, 2013, 09:59 AM

8. Two thoughts here

1) The study includes social security as a 'benefit' (which I disagree with) and goes on to point out that 95% of that goes to people over 65. No duh. I'd like to see the numbers after SS is excluded.

2) Their data is taken exclusively from Census data. Blacks and Hispanics have much lower response rates to the Census than do whites, so this study is very flawed IMO.

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Response to B2G (Reply #8)

Wed Mar 13, 2013, 10:09 AM

9. Can you draw info from a source that's better than the US Census? nt

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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #9)

Wed Mar 13, 2013, 10:46 AM

11. OK, so let's go with the census then

I still say that including SS in an analysis around entitlements is disingenuous.

The elderly recipients paid into the system all of their lives so they would have money upon retirement. They are simply receiving their investment back.

Take SS out of the equation (and Medicare too for that matter) and let's see the adjusted demographics.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Wed Mar 13, 2013, 10:29 AM

10. Kick!

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