Families headed by single mothers are five times as likely to live in poverty as married-couple families. Children in single-mother homes are less likely to graduate from high school or earn a college degree. They are more likely to become single parents themselves,...
John C. Goodman
For the past two decades the US has been experiencing shortages of cancer drugs, antibiotics and even saline, a drug potentially needed by almost every patient who gets admitted to the hospital. Nearly all thirty of the most frequently used emergency department drugs experienced shortages from 2006-2019.
If no policies are changed, in just ten years 66 million Social Security beneficiaries will see their monthly benefit checks cut by 23 percent. That will be financially devastating for retirees at the bottom of the income ladder – who depend on Social Security for their entire income – and it will double the number of seniors in poverty.
At the same time Medicare payments to hospitals will be automatically cut by 10 percent. That will make seniors, especially low-income seniors, less attractive as patients and lead to rationing of medical care.
As time passes, these financial problems will become increasingly worse. They will spill over and affect every social insurance program – Medicaid, food stamps, housing subsidies, etc.
A new book calls for universal health insurance coverage, but with no increase in government spending. It’s getting a lot of attention in progressive circles. Yet a bill that would go a long way toward implementing Finkelstein’s proposal has been introduced in Congress by a conservative Republican. More
It is an economic truism that capital is needed to make investments which are a prerequisite for increasing worker productivity, which is a prerequisite for raising the average income of workers. That is to say, capital is essential for economic growth. Economic growth is the most powerful anti-poverty weapon ever discovered. So consuming capital today makes poor people poorer in future years. Some might question whether economic growth is unambiguously good. This post contains two short videos explaining why growth is unquestionably good – everywhere in the world.
The most contentious issue regarding income support for the bottom of the income ladder has to do with work.
As previously noted, the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit, although largely Republican creations, have broad support in Congress from both political parties.
A Goodman Institute study shows that by 2018, if a mother worked full time at the minimum wage, it was impossible for the family to be poor – regardless of the number of children. That conclusion is even more true today, since the average wage for unskilled (and moderately skilled) workers is more than twice the minimum wage, nationwide.
There is no single act of government that creates more inequality in a shorter amount of time than the lottery. Tickets are mainly purchased by below-average income buyers, and then the winner becomes fabulously wealthy.
Surprisingly, this activity is rarely criticized by “progressives.”
The largest lottery winner in history walked away with an estimated $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot.
The latest IRS statistics tell the story. The richest one out of 100 Americans now pay more in federal income taxes than the bottom 95 out of 100. There is almost no country in the world that relies on the top 1% to pay a larger share of the tax burden than the United States. Notice that the tax share of the top 1% went UP after the Trump tax cuts.
The Heritage Foundation has just issued its indispensable international Index of Economic Freedom for 2023. This chart shows the powerful correlation between freedom and growth.
Countries that are mostly free are 10 times richer per person than the most socialistic nations and three times richer than nations with average freedom. Economic freedom had been trending upward over the last two decades, but since COVID hit, freedom has fallen – and so has economic growth.