The graph below shows the welfare cliff and the massive cut in disposable income a raise would cause a single mother making minimum wage to experience. It NEVER makes financial sense for her to attempt shake off dependency. Never. Government policy seems to be to absolutely destroy the work ethic.
The reality is that a single person making minimum wage and partaking of the bread and circuses provided by the state has a higher standard of living that another earning $69,000 per year and not on the dole.
If you are middle class American working and paying taxes and struggling to get by, you are being punished for your hard work.
You would think by subsidizing a trillion dollar welfare state, working Americans would be absolved of guilt. No way. None of the above will stop us from hearing, day in and day out, that poverty is at crisis levels in the US. The class war is only intensifying. Transfer payments must increase. The $69,000 figure is far too low. The suite of welfare payments should create a standard of living equal to those making six digits.