>From: "Michael S. Lorrey" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Zero Powers wrote:
> > >From: "Michael S. Lorrey" <email@example.com>
> > >
> > >Zero Powers wrote:
> > > > Sure, there were no poor people prior to the New Deal, right?
> > >Actually, there were more poor people in 1970, 1980, and 1990 than in
> > >1920, 1940, and 1950. Welfare breeds poverty.
> > You got refs for that statistic?
>Do I win?
Not yet. Since these statistics only go back to '36 they have no bearing
whatever on the number of poor people *before* the New Deal. And besides
these stats only reflect the number of people on *welfare*, nothing about
the number of working poor. You don't have to be on welfare to be poor, you
I will grant you this: from '60 to '95 the Percentage of Total U.S.
Population receiving temporary welfare has risen rather steadily.
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