Social Welfare in a nutshell

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Question: Should Government be involved in social welfare? Why or why not? Yes. Maintaining a certain level of social welfare benefits the entire community. Poverty creates crime. The impact of poverty on children is often insurmountable. The ethics of letting people suffer needlessly aside, the community itself is better off when eveyone is taken care of. —Dawn Swisher Nelsen, Facebook …

Poverty Deniers Series: Comparative Argument 1

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Piece of Crap Conservative: Here we go again, with the Bleeding Heart Liberal’s subjective use of poverty to complain and take my money. The “poor” here in America are better off than xx% fo the world’s population (low income here are better than poverty stricken third world shitholes.) So it’s not a problem or they shouldn’t complain (or some other …

More welfare bitching and “they take our money” idiots

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Idiot: Liberals wonder why they keep losing Americans….well, stop hating those that don’t believe your messages, stop stealing OUR hard earned money to feed your voting blocks, and start calling out those who proliferate criminal behavior. Smart Person: Exactly how are liberals “losing America”. Last i checked, the last liberal Presidential candidate actually had MORE votes than the “conservative” candidate. …

Attacking Welfare as Zero Sum 1v1 Transfer

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Taxes must first flow into the Treasury, and then out to a group of individuals or allocated into some program, rather than being forcibly paid directly from one group to another. Only some insureds have insurance claims in any given year, but every insured benefits from the existence of that insurance. Everyone possesses the same social insurance that they may …

The Safety Net as insurance

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Contemporary political discourse’s fixation over moral hazard in the context of social insurance—of course usually phrased less genteelly, by relying instead of “moral hazard” on terms like “mooching” or “taking”—has completely obscured a far more fundamental point, which is that insurance, whether private insurance or social insurance, has tremendous social value. Insurance mitigates the catastrophic outcome—say, the financial loss incurred …

Social Insurance – Best description ever seen

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The government of every developed economy offers a range of insurance products that are baked into that country’s social compact. In the United States, Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are all examples.    These instances of social insurance have in common the themes that every citizen is in the insurance pool (although of course …

Welfare – Busta Troll Best

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Where do you people live?..,I suppose whatever country or planet you reside on gives money to people for no reason so they can sit around, buy new iPhones and increase their income by having more children, but here in the United States of America a great President named William Jefferson Clinton ended that in 1996… Before then the program called …

Welfare, Assistance, and SNAP and Drug Testing

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Irony of Ironies, drug tests cost more to administer than the people than the welfare payments they save from the very few people they “catch.” Drug testing those in need of food assistance is just a play to continue the culture of cruelty toward the power in this country under the distorted ideology of market fundamentalism (The idea that markets …

Welfare and Fraud

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Some people do defraud or abuse the means-tested programs. It also is possible to find examples—infinitely larger examples, as it happens—of waste, fraud, and abuse in the private sector. Bernie Madoff defrauded investors of $65 billion, nearly as much as an entire year’s budget for the SNAP program. All programs need proper administration, but if we shut down all activities …

Welfare – 10 major programs only 2 percent of the budget

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The existence of 10 programs costing hundreds of billions of dollars annually sounds very generous, but as observed earlier, the United States in fact spends much less to support low-income households than do its peer countries. For example, Figure 7.8 relies on OECD data to summarize public spending intended specifically to support families (not including health, housing, or employment support). …

Poverty and Welfare – real causes

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Given the real causes of poverty in this country are located in the economy, it is not hard to see why the Republican effort to slash government welfare rolls has had little impact on this problem. Since Republican lawmakers had the wrong diagnosis of the poverty problem, their policy prescription was misguided as well. Kicking people off of welfare does …

Poverty and Welfare – It’s not laziness, it’s lack of jobs and well paying jobs

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When the Republicans took over Congress in the mid-1990s, one of their first priorities was to “reform welfare” along these lines. In a landmark 1996 bill, welfare was declared to be no longer an entitlement, and strict time limits and work requirements were imposed on recipients – all designed to discourage people from staying on welfare and forcing them onto …

You paid more for one company’s welfare than for all of TANF for 16 years.

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But during the 2008 crisis, corporate welfare reached new heights. In the great bailout of the Great Recession, one corporation alone, AIG, got more than $150 billion—more than was spent on welfare to the poor from 1990 to 2006.68 Location 3770 The U.S. federal government spent about $140 billion on its Temporary Assistance to Needy Families and Assistance and Aid …

Special Rules amount to a defacto subsidy

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Among the most dangerous forms of corporate welfare are ones that limit liability for the damage the industries can cause—whether it’s limited liability for nuclear power plants or for the environmental damage of the oil industry. Not bearing the full cost of one’s action is an implicit subsidy, so all those industries that impose, for instance, environmental costs on others …

Corporate Welfare comes in many forms.

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As we saw in chapter 2, the amounts of government giveaways to corporations are huge, ranging from the no-bargaining provision in drugs, to the cost-plus Halliburton contracts in defense, to the poorly designed auctions for oil, to the giving away of spectrum to TV and radio, to the below-market royalty rates for minerals. These giveaways are a pure transfer, from …

Welfare, Unemployment, and Basic complaining

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Nikki at the Williamsburg Office was an Independent, but claimed she was leaning Republican. Her main justification was no different than many others, some form of what they see as “Welfare.” Unemployment was her main boogieman. We need not attack whether it’s a large or small portion of spending; that doesn’t matter to them. In their mind, it’s wrong because …

The real welfare

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But during the 2008 crisis, corporate welfare reached new heights. In the great bailout of the Great Recession, one corporation alone, AIG, got more than $150 billion—more than was spent on welfare to the poor from 1990 to 2006. Wanna talk about welfare? Corporations get more welfare than the entire rest of the population combined…for 16 total years. And that’s …

Fundamental opening for Welfare

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The central task of the welfare state or some form of social assistance is to supplant ordinary market mechanisms for certain limited purposes. Individuals who would be left in “desperate circumstances” under the primary, market-based distribution are relieved through the nonmarket institutions of the welfare state of assistance system. But it is not the place of the welfare state to …

Poverty Assistance and Welfare

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Alternatively, how should the government treat the poor if one of its principal goals is to protect effectively, but with a minimal amount of abusable coercion, the property rights of the rich? A full answer to this question would refer to publicly financed education, decent opportunities to enter the job market, the widest possible diffusion of private property, and many …

WABTT – Welfare

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The federal government’s income security programs include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly food stamps), Supplemental Security Income, unemployment insurance, the earned income and child tax crs, family support, child nutrition, foster care, and miscellaneous tax crs.4 Impressive though this list may sound, our government’s total outlays for all of these programs combined is much smaller than many observers realize. …

Social Safety Net – Real Cost

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The federal government’s income security programs include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly food stamps), Supplemental Security Income, unemployment insurance, the earned income and child tax credits, family support, child nutrition, foster care, and miscellaneous tax credits.4 Impressive though this list may sound, our government’s total outlays for all of these programs combined is much smaller than many observers realize. …

WABTT – Government helps us all

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My values are old-fashioned progressive values. I internalize these values for two reasons. First, I believe that almost all of us embrace the dignity of work as a central organizing principle in our lives. I do not accept the picture of America that some like to paint, of a vast underclass interested only in leeching, or mooching, or whatever the …

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The way these Sociopaths conceptualize the world Christine, is that no person would ever be in a position to choose between gas or food if they had made better choices, and so they deserve the spur of their poverty to motivate them. They built it into a tautological circular argument called Market Fundamentalism, where the market is perfect, and thus always …