When Work is Punished: America’s Welfare State

Posted: November 29, 2012 by ShortTimer in Economics, Redistribution, Welfare state

The whole post at ZeroHedge is worth reading, but this one graph from a Pennsylvania report on welfare’s failures is the short short version:

If you’re working, the line of actual income is red, the line of take-home income after taxes is in blue.  The various other colors are other government handouts that contribute to actual take-home income.

There are many places along the chart, even at higher incomes, where not working is more profitable than working.

  1. […] use the Curley Effect to create new voters, who know that increased taxes mean it’s often financially better for people to stay on welfare.  Of course, once you’ve got them addicted to handouts, they’ll always vote for […]

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