Author Archives: Bradford Richardson

The perks of being on welfare

National Public Radio (NPR) recently published a story on why millions of Americans are leaving the workforce. The four reasons they came up with: More people are retiring, going to college, staying home with the kids, and simply cannot find work.

Well, maybe NPR should have included a fifth reason 36 percent of Americans 16 or over – the highest rate since the 1980s – are currently out of the labor market: it would actually cost them money to get a job. Continue reading