A Nobel Laureate in Economics claims that poor people in America have it worse than poor people in Africa or Bangladesh because — I am not making this up — it’s such a burden for them to have to apply for welfare benefits here.
A lot of these programs have been turned into block grants, like [the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or welfare, program], and it’s very hard for people to get them.
If you had to choose between living in a poor village in India and living in the Mississippi Delta or in a suburb of Milwaukee in a trailer park, I’m not sure who would have the better life.
Later in the article, he admits he hasn’t spent time in Appalachia or the slums of a Democrat-run American city, but he summers in Montana. That’s close enough, isn’t it?