(P)rogressives would argue that if you take more from the right end and give it to the left end, our poor would be even better off. But we have a control group for this — Including Sweden and Denmark — and that is clearly NOT the result one gets. The problem with this theory is that forcible income redistribution policy and economic growth / prosperity are not independent variables. When you redistribute the pie, you get a smaller pie.
From: The US Has the Least Poverty In the World — Here Is How Metrics Are Crafted to Hide That Fact