CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As a great nation, the United States set out to eliminate human misery in the 1960s. But after 50 years and trillions of dollars, poverty seems to be winning the War on Poverty.
One reason is that welfare programs remove the
incentive to find and keep a job.
While a job is the best way out of poverty, for some, welfare pays better, according to a study by the conservative Cato Institute.
Asked which of eight reasons was most responsible for the continuing problem of poverty, 24 percent said "too much government welfare that prevents initiative," in a survey by NBC and the Wall Street Journal in June.
That was the top answer. Only 4 percent said too
The fact is, the government is very generous when it comes to taking care of the poor.
In West Virginia and 34 other states, welfare
programs pay more than minimum wage, the Cato study found.
Why bother working? Between food stamps, welfare, Medicaid and other programs, living on the dole is the equivalent of earning $11.97 an hour.