Yes. Nothing wrong with soup kitchens
No. Freebies are great
Again, nothing is simple at all.
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"We all of us know down here that politics is a tough game. And I don't think there's any point in being Irish if you don't know that the world is going to break your heart eventually."-Daniel Patrick Moynihan, December 5, 1963
It's a tardigrade, also called the water bear. Look 'em up, they're amazing. They might have extraterrestrial origins.
It's GREAT to be me. --- "45% liberal/55% conservative"
Diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggy" until you can find a gun.
Bottom line: If you want to reduce social inequality, evening the playing field in education is the way to go. Interesting read about why Finland has some of the best schools in the world and they take exactly this approach.
What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success - The Atlantic
"Decades ago, when the Finnish school system was badly in need of reform, the goal of the program that Finland instituted, resulting in so much success today, was never excellence. It was equity.
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Since the 1980s, the main driver of Finnish education policy has been the idea that every child should have exactly the same opportunity to learn, regardless of family background, income, or geographic location. Education has been seen first and foremost not as a way to produce star performers, but as an instrument to even out social inequality."
Where does that trillion dollars come from to give to welfare recipients?
Once given to welfare recipients where and with whom do they spend it?
If you stop all trillion dollars in welfare, what happens to the economy that is now short that $1 trillion dollars?
Let's start there.....
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary (or faith) depends upon his not understanding it.”
Means tested benefits are anathema for a multitude of reasons!
My two-pronged approach is to first instate true single-payer healthcare as a standalone universal program for all (we're over 40% of the way there, now).
Then, instate a modest universal 'basic income' program & do away with all other social-welfare programs.
The income doesn't have to be enough to support an individual or family, but something very modest - there's nothing wrong with a half-dozen individuals pulling resources to share an apartment to survive; it beats the streets.
I really wonder if the savings from shutting-down the social programs could finance a modest basic income program?