An article in the Dec. 9 New York Times, of all places, gleams in the darkness of the present political moment as the Obama administration works to rub away resistance to its vision of an all-encompassing federal government. "This is painful for a liberal to admit," admits Nicholas D. Kristof, a...
It's called capitalism. Absent the welfare state, a) the perverse incentives that keep people in poverty are elimintaed, b) there are vastly more resources available in the private sector which is the ONLY source of job creation and compensation increase (and the only way of employing idle resources), c) there are vastly more resources available for charitable needs (unafflicted with the massive waste of government). As for viability, the asinine argument that "there just isn't enough private charity to do the job" exposes pure unadulterated economic ignorance. Not only would need be far less, but the economic concept of "crowding out" significantly reduces the amount of resources now available from the private sector.
Reason No. 1 not to tremble at the prospect of liberal ascendancy, world without end: Liberalism doesn't work. At any rate, not the way liberals commonly suppose it's going to work when they devise enormous taxpayer-funded, government-run programs, minimally connected, if at all, to the realities of human existence.
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