Here Is What Would Happen To Some People If We Got Rid Of These Social Programs

Social Security is frequently on the chopping block when it comes to talking about social programs that could be "fixed." But did you know how many more people would end up in poverty without it? Take a look at this chart and then think about it the next time a conversation arises about cutting it back or turning the program into a stock investment tool. Wall Street can keep its hands off, thankyouverymuch.


What it means:

The SPM (Supplemental Poverty Measure) considers many factors beyond simply the poverty rate, such as what it actually costs to live (the price of medicine and copays, housing, food, utilities, etc.) and how those costs affect disposable income. It also considers income provided through safety-net programs, such as Social Security and food stamps, that helps with some of these costs.

Basically, the red bar indicates what the poverty rate is with all of these programs, and the blue bars show us what the poverty rate would actually be without those.

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Oh, to be loved with this much enthusiasm! The sheer adoration on his face. What a lucky little sister.

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When it came time for Islesboro Central School's Class of 2021 to pick the destination for their senior class trip, the students began eyeing a trip to Greece or maybe even South Korea. But in the end, they decided to donate $5,000 they'd raised for the trip to help out their community members struggling in the wake of the pandemic instead.

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