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The Belief that Welfare Corrupts the Poor is Wrong

" Does welfare corrupt the poor? Few ideas are so deeply ingrained in the American popular imagination as the belief that government aid for poor [...]

Does welfare corrupt the poor?

Few ideas are so deeply ingrained in the American popular imagination as the belief that government aid for poor people will just encourage bad behavior…

And yet, to a significant degree, it is wrong. Actual experience, from the richest country in the world to some of the poorest places on the planet, suggests that cash assistance can be of enormous help for the poor. And freeing them from what President Ronald Reagan memorably termed the “spider’s web of dependency” – also known as forcing the poor to swim or sink – is not the cure-all for social ills its supporters claim.

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Publication Date: 28/09/2016
Source: The Atlantic
Author: Rachel Black and Aleta Sprague
Publication Date: 20/12/2016
Source: The Heritage Foundation
Author: Rachel Sheffield and Robert Rector
Publication Date: 20/10/2015
Source: The New York Times
Author: Eduardo Porter