I read a blog from a fellow xangan who shall remain anonymous unless he or she wishes to chime in. This blog claimed that over the next ten years the US will spend $300,000 on “welfare programs” for every person living in poverty, or 30k per year, per person. The ensuing hilarity:
Me: “I doubt that, I think there’s vast room to fudge the numbers here by counting almost everything as “welfare spending” and counting as few people as possible as poor. For instance according to the census bureau 13.2% of the US is below the poverty line. Assuming the US population is 300 million and doing some quick math we find that according to your figures in the next decade “welfare” spending will amount to $11,880,000,000,000,000, or 11.8 quintillion dollars.“
Them: “Speaking of fudging there are only 7.2 million welfare recipient in the USA. Nice try”
Me: “You said ‘for each person currently living in poverty’. And even using your number that would add up to 2.1 quadrillion dollars, lmao.”
Ah, numbers. The favorite tool of the… well, tool.
And no, that’s not directed at the author, who was likely just repeating this nonsense.