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Instead of Ending Poverty, Big Government Subsidizes Dependency

President Obama recently took part in a poverty panel at Georgetown University. By D.C. standards, it was ideologically balanced since there were three statists against one conservative (I’ve dealt with that kind of “balance” when dealing with the media, as you can see here and here). You won’t be surprised to learn that the President […]

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Crime, Riots, Race, and the Welfare State

Let’s revisit the issue of urban unrest, with special attention to the challenges for both entrepreneurs and ordinary citizens. While potential police misconduct may serve as a trigger for riots, the powder keg is already in place because of decades of bad government policy. Jay Steinmetz, who runs a supply-chain management company in Baltimore, provides […]

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The World’s (or at least Denmark’s) Most Depressing PowerPoint Slide

Okay, I’ll admit right away that the title of this column is an exaggeration. But if you’re a public policy wonk and you worry about the rising level of government dependency and the erosion of self reliance, then you’ll understand why the chart below, which was presented earlier today at the Copenhagen conference of the […]

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Big-Government Chickens Come Home to Roost in Baltimore

I wrote back in 2010 that riots in Europe were a harbinger of future unrest in the United States. Given the chaos in Baltimore, I’m tempted to claim profound wisdom and great foresight. But I’ll reluctantly confess that my main point five years ago was to warn about the long-run consequences of poorly designed entitlement […]

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Replicate the Success of Welfare Reform by Putting States in Charge of Fraud-Riddled Food Stamp Program

As shown by this graphic, why are so many people in Maine taking advantage of the food stamp program? As shown by this map, why does Oregon have such a high level of food stamp dependency? These are just rhetorical questions since I don’t have the answers. But if we can come up with good […]

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Lessons from Sweden about Welfare and Immigration

Sweden is an odd country, at least from the perspective of public policy. On the positive side, it has private Social Security accounts. It has an admirable school choice system. And it was a good role model of spending restraint back in the 1990s. But on the negative side, Sweden has one of the world’s […]

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