Welfare families, benefits dropped in United States

It sure is cool when righties spout off a bunch of nonsense without doing any homework.   FACTS:  The number of Americans who crossed into poverty between 1996  (year of welfare reform act – Aid to Families with Dependant Children) and 2010 was 10 million.  Welfare is almost entirely handled at a state level, not federal.  During that period with the states getting more of the say in welfare from AFDC, the number of qualifying families nationwide receiving benefits dropped from 68 per 100 to 27 per 100.  The amount of benefit also dropped, down 19 percent (adjusted for inflation) since 1996.    Yes, getting your info entirely from Romney commercials can be hazardous to your editorial life.

Glenn Kennedy
Jaco/St. Petersburg, Florida
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