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An Honest Liberal Confronts the Problem of Government Dependency

Hamilcar Barca Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 9:15 AM
I like the "stop feeding the bears" comment. Our government had to adopt it in Yellowstone National Park for the well being of the bears and the safety of the public. What is the real difference with passing out goodies to people with little or no impulse control and little or no education?

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...