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When Government Offers to Help, It Often Makes a Mess

jdahlberg353 Wrote: Dec 31, 2012 9:17 AM
very true Obama was doing well in getting socialism in American going until the tea party woke up the Republican Party in 2010, and capitalism (business) got in the way. Obama didn’t count on this opposition to get his socialist plan working. Obama has no plan to get poor people off welfare, to get new jobs except in government, lower the unemployment numbers, and lower the debt.
rpihlajisto Wrote: Dec 31, 2012 10:20 AM
I wish it were true that socialism started with Obama. We have had socialism in the united states sense we have had income tax, Medicare, Social security, Government welfare, agriculture subsidies and many other programs.
There's a natural human impulse to help people who need a hand. In the political world, that often translates to an impulse to have government help people who need a hand. Who wants to argue with that?

But experience tells us that it's not always easy to help. Individuals' good intentions go awry. Government programs sometimes produce unintended consequences that make things worse for the intended beneficiaries.

Consider what could be called the three H's: health care, housing and higher education.

Over the last generation and more, government has stepped in to help ordinary individuals and those with special problems on...