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An Honest Liberal Confronts the Problem of Government Dependency

Esther28 Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 7:13 AM
I am not sure how many people believe that work might be a magical wand but to most it sure does make many statements such as creating a person's value, contribution to society, ability to come together in unity to get a goal accomplished, understanding other people thru relationship, a good night sleep that you've accomplished something, realizing the need for education and doing something about it, feeling good about providing for ones family--and on and on.
willi4 Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 7:58 AM
I used to work in factories. Wasn't bad work and I made twice the minimum wage back in the 80's. Problem now is that welfare and SSI disability are very easy for too many to get. Why take a pay cut AND have to work? And considering that federal regulations have made China the better option for those who need products made, one realizes that no such facoty jobs will be available.

America would always recover from bad economic times by our production of products to fill warehouses of merchandice during slow times. Factory owners would finance this, all the will paying their employees to work knowing that when the economy recovered (which it would simply by those employees being able to spend) they would have a large inventory to sell and
willi4 Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 8:00 AM
Make more profit. Worked well for everyone. Call it Capitalism. New concept I just thought up. One might even base an entire economy on that idea. Just not in America anymore. Maybe China.
Texas Chris Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 8:24 AM
Willi4, inventor of capitalism.

I like it! We should try it!

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...