Which state has the highest level of poverty in the United States? Not Mississippi or West Virginia, but... drumroll please.... it's California. Yeah, really!
It’s not as though California policymakers have neglected to wage war on poverty. Sacramento and local governments have spent massive amounts in the cause. Several state and municipal benefit programs overlap with one another; in some cases, individuals with incomes 200% above the poverty line receive benefits. California state and local governments spent nearly $958 billion from 1992 through 2015 on public welfare programs, including cash-assistance payments, vendor payments and “other public welfare,” according to the Census Bureau. California, with 12% of the American population, is home today to about one in three of the nation’s welfare recipients.That's what happens when liberalism runs wild. They throw money at a problem, and make it worse. We could draw numerous parallels to the War On Poverty from LBJ during the '60s. It's the same thing that my economics professor told us when we were studying macroeconomics. "If you want more of something, subsidize it."
The generous spending, then, has not only failed to decrease poverty; it actually seems to have made it worse.
We've been subsidizing poverty for a long time. That's why we have so much of it.