Self-Reporting of Government Aid Programs

The chart above is from a report titled, “Reconstituting the Submerged State: The Challenges of Social Policy Reform in the Obama Era,”  by Cornell’s Clinton Rossiter Professor of American Institutions Suzanne Mettler. She found that approximately half of all people who have used government social programs in the United States report that they have not.  Quoting Cory Doctorow:

It’s the “Keep your government hands off my Medicare” phenomena writ large: a society of people who subsist on mutual aid and redistributive policies who’ve been conned (and conned themselves) into thinking that they are rugged individualists and that everyone else is a parasite.

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