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It´s the Welfare State, Stupid
Washington Post Writers Group, by Robert Samuelson

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Posted By:garnet, 11/12/2012 10:52:38 AM

WASHINGTON -- If you doubt there´s an American welfare state, you should read the new study by demographer Nicholas Eberstadt, whose blizzard of numbers demonstrates otherwise. A welfare state transfers income from some people to other people to improve the recipients´ well-being. In 1935, these transfers were less than 3 percent of the economy; now they´re almost 20 percent. That´s $7,200 a year for every American, calculates Eberstadt. He says that nearly 40 percent of these transfers aim to relieve poverty (through Medicaid, food stamps, unemployment insurance and the like),

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 11/12/2012 11:28:08 AM     (No. 9008938)

America lost because its uneducated citizens squandered their liberty for 30 pieces of silver. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what this election was really about. Our Republic will never recover.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: beancounter, 11/12/2012 11:38:04 AM     (No. 9008956)

"Modernizing" the welfare state is not politically feasible until the government comes to a crashing halt, a la Greece.

Obama´s policies, payroll tax holidays, amnesty for illegal immigrants, ObamaCare, will speed up the process so that the crash will happen in the next 5-7 years rather than 10-20 years.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: lylacat, 11/12/2012 11:49:56 AM     (No. 9008975)

No one is talking about the student loans; 0bama nationalized the student loans making the government responsible. There has been an explosion in the number of people obtaining student loans, now over a Trillion Dollars and climbing. I personally know ten people who get a $26,000 student loan each year, they take a course or two on-line, and they spend the rest on clothes and vacation. They do not think they will ever have to pay this money back, as one said, "0bama will do a loan forgiveness, as there is no way this couple could ever pay back the money. This is the same as the democrats giving mortgages to people who could not afford the houses and had no way to pay it back, so most of the mortgages were "modified off the books" at great expense to the taxpayers.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: uno, 11/12/2012 11:54:28 AM     (No. 9008979)

Yes, It´s the Welfare State for all the dumbed-down, barely aware, dope-smoking, self-absorbed, media-influenced, celebrity-obsessed, busted-ass, Kool-Aid drinking, uninformed government-dependent zombies and all the feel-good, white guilt-ridden, plastic fantastic, Birkenstock-wearing, bottled-water-drinking, Politically Correct, Xanax-disabled, Valium-dependent, liberal lemmings
After all, how ya gonna take over the United States unless you get a significant part of the population dependent on the government?
The Obamboozler´s handlers, 2008




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Reply 5 - Posted by: country boy, 11/12/2012 12:02:48 PM     (No. 9009002)

Face it, Barack obama is a financial terrorist, gradually but surely destroying the country. Gonna be much worse than any 9/11 bombing.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: lil dotty, 11/12/2012 12:43:20 PM     (No. 9009070)

It does exist. Proof here in front of our eyes. Before obamacare kills me, I want my obamaphone.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: jgat, 11/12/2012 2:30:57 PM     (No. 9009332)

Modern politics. Buying votes with our grandchildren´s money!

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