Thursday, January 22, 2015
Ordinary "means tested" anti-poverty programs pay out more than Medicare and Social Security
George F. Will, a conservative columnist in a “liberal” newspaper, The Washington Post, notes today (Thursday, January 22, 2015, p. A15), in a piece, “The welfare state mushrooms”, that “means tested” anti-poverty programs benefit twice as many households (and probably more than twice as many persons) as Social Security and Medicare, which some GOP-ers are saying should become much more means tested (a line of debate that started with the first debt ceiling crisis in 2011), link here. It’s interesting, this column was easier to find online in a Mormon paper than the Post!
Will goes on to explain that entitlement is America’s fastest growing income source, and that it stems from a false application of European values that understandably followed feudal history. Will thinks people have more capacity to prove themselves with merit. True, but bad luck happens.