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A Man's Home Is His Subsidy

Dot462 Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 12:31 PM
This proves, as all subsidies prove, that if you pay people to do something, you will get what you pay for. If you pay people to stay in subsidized housing, they will diligently work to maintain that subsidy. John is right, as usual, that such subsidies sap incentive (although the example of the woman who developed a website shows she could turn her innovation to something profitable). Most people get other subsidies besides Section 8, so their incentive is to maintain that and not work or take work under the table (off the books).
The Obama administration now proposes to spend millions more on handouts, despite ample evidence of their perverse effects.

Shaun Donovan, secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, says, "The single most important thing HUD does is provide rental assistance to America's most vulnerable families -- and the Obama administration is proposing bold steps to meet their needs." They always propose "bold steps."

In this case, HUD wants to spend millions more to renew Section 8 housing vouchers that help poor people pay rent.

The Section 8 program ballooned during the '90s to "solve" a previous government failure: crime-ridden public...