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An Honest Liberal Confronts the Problem of Government Dependency

ctruax Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 9:56 AM
Few so called "programs" work---they are the problem. And... Why would you think that people who don't have enough self reliance to get and hold a job would be successful running an "employee-owned factory"? If government regulations against hiring people wee removed many of these people would be hired and they would have a chance of gaining the experience they need.
RJBJr Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 11:31 AM
You would no longer give unemployment checks. You'd replace those checks with wages at the factory in the same amount as the unemployment checks. The employee adds to the nation's wealth and has the opportunity to increase his income through sharing profits, learning new skills and perhaps even getting rich starting a new business on his own. Once the factory earns enough to pay its wages, the government is no longer involved and reduces its budget and creates new taxpayers.

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...