Calling government social programs the “invisible hand,” a recent Stockton University study indicated that 60 percent of New Jersey residents said they had never benefited from one. In reality, according to the study, 68 percent of those very same respondents had participated in one or more programs. They just didn’t consider them government social programs.
The respondents had enjoyed benefits from social security, Medicare, student loans, unemployment, and various tax credits.
According to the report, entitlement programs were considered by many people as a “right,” while other programs such as student loans or tax-deferred savings were not identified as government social programs.