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Bonus Quotation of the Day…

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… is Kevin Erdmann’s comment [2] on David Henderson’s recent EconLog post, “Spot the Problem [3]“:

Between 1967 and 2003, the poverty rate among single mother households fell dramatically, from 51% to 37%. But, on net, for every single mother household that rose out of poverty, 6 new single mother households were formed, of which, 2 now are in poverty. [4]

Every day in this country, some version of this conversation happens countless times:

“Hey Sam. I’ve got some extra work down at the shop, if you want to come earn some spending money.”

“Sorry, I can’t. I might lose my disability support.”

I don’t point this out to disparage Sam, but to say, what kind of monsters would put Sam in a position where he has to say this?