“According to the Census’s American Community Survey, the number of households with incomes below the poverty line in 2011 was 16,807,795,” the Senate Budget Committee notes. “If you divide total federal and state spending by the number of households with incomes below the poverty line, the average spending per household in poverty was $61,194 in 2011.”
The U.S. Census Bureau estimated that almost 110 million Americans received some form of means-tested welfare in 2011. These figures exclude entitlements like Medicare and Social Security to which people contribute, and they refer exclusively to low-income direct and indirect financial support—such as food stamps, public housing, child care, energy assistance, direct cash aid, etc.
As for the claim that every $1 of welfare generates $1.84 in the economy: that’s just another lie. When the government spends money of any sort, it drains the real economy. Nothing can be ‘generated’ from that. This is just what happens when people use failed economic models — such as Keynesian economics.
No, what we have here is evidence that Cloward and Piven has succeeded and now, after all the years fiscal conservatives spent trying to warn us this would happen, we are about to pay the piper.