Are government benefits fueling US poverty?

Kyle Murphy, who runs a sandwich shop in Annapolis, Md., described how anecdotal evidence he sees as an employer jibes with Vedder's assessment. He often sees new hires quit to seek government benefits.

"The people who know how to use the system best get the most out of it. It's not necessarily the people who need the assistance the most," he said. Murphy has seen many of his employees quit jobs, then claim they were fired to obtain unemployment benefits.

Economist Vedder said, “We have had nearly four decades with growing incomes, rising standard of living for the majority, yet the poor have grown in number even as a proportion of the population. So some of these policies are not working.”

Sadly, government dependence is "job security" for democratic politicians, who are now growing poverty right along with their growing government.