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An Honest Liberal Confronts the Problem of Government Dependency

Recovering Liberal Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 8:01 AM
Why not at least consider a libertarian solution? Phasing out and defunding govt programs that have a a dependency inducing effect? Allowing the funds for those programs to remain in the hands of people who earned the money? Noticing that, before many of the govt programs ramped up, private charities and local churches--and citizens--provided a safety net? Allowing those who have to give, or not, as they choose?
Texas Chris Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 8:21 AM
In other words, the first thing to do when you find yourself in a hole is stop digging.
Rondoman Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 8:36 AM
And start praying until you get out of the hole. Then keep praying and lead others out.
kday Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 10:15 AM
Maybe even try working. God helps those who help themselves....

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...