Do we really have any notion what it means that, during the current economic doldrums, the remnants of welfare that survived the "reform" of the 1990s have actually contracted? Following up on Tuesday's discussion of welfare, I came across this:
And we know who is hurting worst -- the people who needed help the most. Would you want to live on $2 a day?
Trying to think about that question, I went looking for some idea what most of us spend a day. According to the Gallup organization:
Actually, if we made less than $90,000 a year (and well over half of us do) we had average spending of $55 a day, but spending by the rich lifted the average.
I agree with Paul Krugman: