Poverty Reduction: The Invisible Hand of Government

Source: Jodie Levin-Epstein, Huffington Post, September 13, 2011

Poverty data released today tell a cold truth about a rich nation that could do better. The U.S. is now home to 46.2 million poor people according to the latest Census Bureau report on income, poverty and health. That’s about one in seven or 15.1 percent and the largest number in the 52 years for which poverty estimates have been published. The big numbers muscle out an important back story: without government programs, poverty levels would be even worse.

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