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Friday, October 21, 2016

WATCH: Fox News Claims Americans Are Content Living In Poverty

During Fox News’ Saturday edition of Cavuto on Business, contributor Charles Payne told guest host Alisyn Camerota that Americans living below the poverty line “get a little comfortable,” and prefer to rely on earned government programs like food stamps rather than working for a higher income.

“For instance, if you’re making, in California, $44,000 a year and your boss offers you a raise to $50,000, you would probably say, ‘No thanks. Because I don’t want to lose out on things like food stamp benefits, local benefits, my childcare tax credit, my earned income tax credit.'” Payne continued, “In other words, you know, we’re a very generous society. But what we’ve actually ended up doing is creating a wall, a giant barrier for people to move out of poverty into the middle class because that initial transition, they actually lose money and lose benefits.”

Payne went on to criticize Democrats for failing to push families off food stamps and even working to promote the program to families in need. Payne and Camerota agreed that the shame surrounding food stamps has worn off, and that in fact, the stigma is what motivates people to work harder to get off the program.

In reality, Payne’s assertion is completely incorrect. Many conservatives claim that a majority of earned benefits go to low-income Americans, but according to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, less than nine percent of earned benefits goes to families and individuals living in poverty. “Federal budget and Census data show that, in 2010, 91 percent of the benefit dollars from entitlement and other mandatory programs went to the elderly (people 65 and over), the seriously disabled, and members of working households. People who are neither elderly nor disabled — and do not live in a working household — received only nine percent of the benefits,” the report reads.

While Republicans like to sell the idea that Democrats are creating a type of entitlement-dependent faction within society—one that encourages laziness and a lack of motivation — the facts show this claim is simply inaccurate.

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  • bckrd1

    We will not be dictated by facts. Ever. Facts are not our friends. We will be totally fact free.
    Trust us.

  • howdidisraelget200nukes

    He should prepare himself for poverty or worse because that is what this moron is ngoing to wind up with.

    I bet that payne like willard the rat is familiar with food stamps because he has used them a lot.

  • charleo1

    They used to say, there aren’t any atheists in a foxhole. And I think that’s
    probably a fair statement. I would add, after witnessing a bevy of Wall Street
    bankers turn to their Government for almost a trillion dollars, to keep
    the house of cards they had built from completely collapsing around
    them. We also know, there aren’t any steely eyed, hard core Capitalists, in
    a financial crisis. Willing to let the invisible hand of the free market, have it’s
    way with them. They screwed up, and millions of people lost their jobs
    because of it. That’s one reason it was particularly despicable of Republican
    Senators, in the midst of the worst financial downturn since the Great,
    Depression, to decide to filibuster a bill extending unemployment benefits.
    On the grounds that they had just lost the recent election, and wanted to
    be total snots about it. And they knew there was real pain out there.
    People that didn’t stand to profit a dime from Wall Street’s chicanery,
    were losing their homes, and going through the last of their savings.
    While, well healed Republicans in Congress, most of them millionaires,
    thought the most important thing they could do, is to throw this gargantuan
    hissy fit. And, the best way to make sure everybody knew how relevant
    they still were, was to refuse to lift a finger to alleviate some of the
    financial carnage millions of their fellow Americans were going through.

    This will not be a time that future Republicans will look back on with pride.
    So, if it be true about the atheist in a foxhole, or the Capitalist in a crisis.
    Another of life’s truisms is, you can never be sure of who your friends are,
    until you’re down.

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