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An Honest Liberal Confronts the Problem of Government Dependency

Charles52 Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 9:16 AM
As a former high school teacher, and retired marine, I onece pleaded with the adminsitration to allow me to take a class of problem students who did not want to be in school and teach them to be engine mecanics with enogh english and math to get by. The admin folks balked because the kids would miss out on ancient chinese romanitic poetry, etc. So, the kids letf school entirely and became criminals, or otherwise dependents on society. See, bureucreas always know better and know for a fact problems can always be solved with more money.
lshort Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 5:42 PM
My husband worked as a network administrator for a JobCorps site once and asked to hold a computer class for the kids for similar reasons, to teach them real skills that might help them get an actual job. But there was no interest from the administration, who kept churning out graduates who were overwhelmingly placed in the fast food industry in jobs they rarely kept for more than 6 months after graduation.

I’ve written and pontificated about the problem of government-created dependency and how the welfare state traps people in poverty.

I also shared this dramatic chart showing how redistribution programs create shockingly high implicit marginal tax rates for those with modest incomes.

But when a liberal writer for the New York Times basically comes to the same conclusion, that’s a sign that there may finally be some consensus about the...