The supplemental poverty measure shows how food stamps, and other government assistance programs have impacted the lives of citizens. (Flickr/ncreedplayer)

What If We Had Measured #Poverty Differently for the Past 50 Years? | CityLab

The Census’ Supplemental Poverty Measure paints a different picture of the poor and the social safety net.

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan announced defeat at the hands of the “war on poverty“—a war his predecessor Lyndon Johnson had waged since 1967. InThe Atlantic the year after, Nicholas Lemann explained why all anti-poverty programs need not be as “ill-fated” as the ones spearheaded over those decades.

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