Misconceptions about welfare malign the poor: Letter

Stigma runs deep when it comes to government programs to help the poor. President Donald Trump has no problem limiting access to food stamps and housing benefits. He views welfare for the lazy and primarily for blacks (untrue), while ignoring major declines in assistance over the last two decades and soaring poverty.

Popular misconceptions have proliferated about welfare that malign the victims of poverty.

Myth: Welfare payments are too high. Take the Supplemental Nutrition Program, formerly known as food stamps. The average benefit per person is $1.50 per meal. Imagine feeding yourself nutritionally on that! Most other…

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