That's the white underclass in America today... and the "welfare" recipients alone make up something like 15-20% of the population, never mind the "working poor" who earn enough to be means tested out of "welfare" programs.This is a long but important post, one that highlights just how damnably hard it is to get incentive structures right, particularly in the public sphere. RTWT, if you don't have a heart of stone.
All told, white, black, hispanic, and everyone else, this institutionalized underclass is something like 25% to 35% of our population, depending how you count it, and whose numbers you believe. Most of them don't live in the inner cities, or the "hood"...
They live in... Jacksonville Illinois.... or Kearny Arizona... or Waycross Georgia.
... and whether they are recipients of state "aid" or not, they are in what is known as an equilibrium trap.
If things were any worse, people would just leave. Go to another place with better education and employment prospects.
If things were any better, people could get ahead, and the local economy could grow.
Friday, July 11, 2014
So who is it that's collecting welfare?
It's not who you think it is: