10/30/2013 11:42 am ET

29 Uncomfortable Myths About Soaring Poverty In America


So let us indulge ourselves in a little bit of fact checking. Zero Hedge has a piece telling us all 29 Uncomfortable Truths About Soaring Poverty In America. Why not, just for the fun of it, run through how many of them are in fact true? How many are not: and the really important part, which are being misunderstood?

So, off we go:

1. What can you say about a nation that has more people getting handouts from the federal government than working full-time? According to the latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of people receiving means-tested welfare benefits is greater than the number of full-time workers in the United States.

Personally I think I would say that clearly, the welfare state in the US is a lot more generous than people usually give it credit for. We’re endlessly told about how we don’t do enough for those in poverty but it would appear that a lot is done: so much so that a full third of the population is in receipt of benefits aimed at reducing poverty. It all seems quite inclusive to me really.