During an appearance on Fox News’ “Cavuto on Business,” contributor Charles Payne asserted that programs like welfare and food stamps can make poverty feel “a little comfortable.”
Adding that he speaks from personal experience, Payne elaborated:
“There’s this idea that between the food stamps and the welfare and the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit and the local programs, you know, it gets a little comfortable to be in poverty,” Payne said during a discussion on food stamp usage. “Listen, I’ve lived it first hand. I’ve seen when people don’t go to work because they get everything paid for them. The incentive is not there.”
Although one of the panelists cut in to warn Payne against “beat[ing] up on poor people taking food stamps,” host Neil Cavuto asked whether too many people were on food stamps and suggested some beneficiaries may not need the help.
Of course, Payne’s views aren’t unique.
Many conservative contend that helping poor people keeps them poor.
But as HuffPost points out, “This opinion, however, contrasts with other reports that conclude food stamps have led to a decline in poverty during the first decade of the 21st century.”
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