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Recovery Summer?

August 30, 2010

ECONOMY SIREN: USA Today has a grim survey about the number of Americans on anti-poverty programs: “Government anti-poverty programs that have grown to meet the needs of recession victims now serve a record one in six Americans and are continuing to expand.

“More than 50 million Americans are on Medicaid, the federal-state program aimed principally at the poor, a survey of state data by USA TODAY shows. That’s up at least 17% since the recession began in December 2007. … More than 40 million people get food stamps, an increase of nearly 50% during the economic downturn, according to government data through May. … Close to 10 million receive unemployment insurance, nearly four times the number from 2007. … More than 4.4 million people are on welfare, an 18% increase during the recession.”

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