12 Feb Infographic: Who gets US social support money?
Federal government benefits in the US —chiefly Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, veterans’ benefits, income security, unemployment insurance, and veterans’ benefits—accounted for 17.6 percent of personal income in 2009. The New York Times today published another of its fantastic interactive charts, this one showing where federal assistance has gone over the last 40 years: what counties got what percentage of their personal income from which programs in each of those years.
This screenshot doesn’t do the actual chart justice, so click through to the original.
An accompanying story concludes that, while social support programs once went mostly to the poorest Americans, the middle class has recently become the largest recipient. Americans who complain vociferously about overly generous social programs are themselves recipients.
Wouldn’t it be illuminating to see something similar for Canadian federal and provincial government benefits?