U.S. spends twice as much on law and order as it does on cash welfare, data show
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<snip>The Minneapolis agency takes up 30 percent of the city budget, Brooklyn College sociology professor Alex Vitale told the Guardian. “Instead of giving them more money for pointless training programs, let’s divert that money into building up communities and individuals so we don’t ‘need’ violent and abusive policing.”
Saez and Zucman used data from the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis to reach this conclusion. It includes all federal, state and local spending on law and order (police, prisons and the court system) and on cash welfare (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, food stamps and supplemental Social Security payments).
Up until about 1980, American governments spent roughly the same amount on criminal justice and cash welfare: a little over 1 percent of total national income for each. But those trend lines have steadily diverged ever since: Welfare spending has been on a long, uneven decline, while law and order spending ballooned almost unabated until about 2010, when it amounted to nearly 2.5 percent of national income. Since then, law and order spending has fallen to a hair under 2 percent, while welfare spending stands at about 0.8 percent of national income.
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June 10, 2020 at 7:27 PM #325234GZeusHParticipant
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Open up another bag of steer manure, will ya?
June 10, 2020 at 9:06 PM #325260jwirrParticipant
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I don’t think I believe this. I have lived most of my adult life on one type of welfare or another in both good states and bad ones due to the need to care for my severely disabled child. She is now in her 60s and now I am one of the poor seniors because taking care of your own child instead of placing her in an expensive institution was not considered a job and neither were part time jobs.
Yet the difference between the good states (MN) and (IA, NE) is startling. The problems with the George Floyd killing does not stem from bad welfare programs. It comes from police discrimination. I would welcome increases in welfare and defunding police programs until they are reformed but I do not blame MN’s welfare programs.
June 10, 2020 at 10:08 PM #325274GZeusHParticipant
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When does it turn down? Right after Clinton got inaugurated and right after Obama got inaugurated. Interesting. Seems like they went and cut welfare spending so they could “look bipartisan”. Sure the curves are not mirror images of each other, which is what the article is implying, but life here would be a lot better if the brown curve was welfare spending, and the blue curve was the drying up of lawn odor spending.
June 10, 2020 at 10:53 PM #325294Ohio BarbarianModerator
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Well, that old CIA bastard at least understood the importance of some semblance of domestic tranquility. It goes up under early Obama, then the Democrats get bipartisany. It’s all in the graph.
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