ERIC Number: ED110526
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Myths and Facts About Welfare and the Scheme of Things Economic.
Metropolitan Detroit Welfare Reform Coalition, MI.
This pamphlet restates commonly held ideas about welfare and presents facts and figures in refutation. (1) The myth that welfare is the good life--color TV's and Cadillacs; argues that welfare is the "good life" only for those who have not experienced it. (2) The myth that most welfare recipients are cheaters; studies are said to show that only four-tenths of one percent are fraudulent. (3) The myth that most welfare recipients are blacks who have moved to northern cities just to get on welfare; statistics are said to show that the majority of welfare recipients are whites (48.3 percent), blacks rating 43.2 percent, and 8.4 percent are others. (4) The myth that welfare takes most of the taxpayer's money; only 1.9 percent of the 1974 federal budget is stated to have gone to all public welfare payments. (5) The myth that hard work is the answer to the welfare problem; the Department of Health, Education and Welfare are said to have reported that less than one percent of the nation's welfare recipients are able-bodied men--13.4 percent are of old age, 0.5 percent blind, 7.6 percent permanently and totally disabled, 51.1 percent children, 0.9 percent unemployed fathers, and the remaining 26.1 percent mothers. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Metropolitan Detroit Welfare Reform Coalition, MI.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Adapted in part from "Six Myths About Welfare" and from "Why Do We Spend So Much Money," published by Popular Economic Press, Somerville, Massachusetts