I read with interest the July 30 article One third of young children in Dade live in poverty. It is interesting to see that the study, upon which the article is based, says nothing about the amount of federal aid in the form of food stamps and cash subsidies the people mentioned in the study receive.
I’m willing to bet that if these numbers were part of the criteria used to determine poverty, the number of people who would qualify for that designation would greatly diminish.
The article also makes no mention of the fact that since the late sixties, when most of these “welfare” programs began, our country has spent an amazing $22 trillion on them, and yet poverty continues.
This important fact can only lead us to this conclusion: So-called welfare programs not only do not eliminate poverty, they, in fact, perpetuate it and create an ever growing under-class.
Joe Carbia, Miami