With the government spending a record $60K annually per household below the poverty level, how is poverty still a problem in this country? How much spending is enough? Households below the poverty level are currently eligible for the following government assistance: direct cash payments, food stamps, cell phones, health care, subsidized housing, unemployment benefits, disability benefits, transportation subsidies, education (free K-12 education and scholarships and grants for college), mental health counseling, and legal assistance. Plus, they're often recipients of benefits from non-profits, charities, family members, and religious institutions! And yet, with all of this money spent on the poor, there has been 0--zero--decrease in the poverty rate since LBJ's "Great Society". With nearly a half-century of failing to reduce poverty in this country, perhaps the government's policy of coddling the poor should be reexamined.
As part of my contract work, I've done finance work for the federal government and a non-profit that doles out federal grants to the poor. So I know how the system works. And I can tell you that, for every dollar the government and non-profits allocate to the poor, at least 1/3 of that dollar is spent funneling the money through massive government bureaucracies. If the government is currently spending $60K per household below the poverty level, that means that "only" $40K makes it to the intended recipients. Thus, instead of pushing the alms through the system, the government would be better off just writing the heads of the recipient households $60K checks.
Oh, and did I mention that, as a large percentage of government spending is deficit spending, much of the $60K earmarked to poor households is borrowed money that must be paid back with interest? How nice!