Liberals self-righteously wrap themselves in the mantle of public spirit. They ardently promote policies promising to deliver the poor and oppressed from their latest misery â€” policies which can only find solution in the halls of government. But no matter what issue one examines, over the last fifty plus years, the liberal prescription has almost always been a failure. Why is this so? Why does virtually every liberal scheme result in ever-increasing public spending while conditions seem to get continually worse? There are a number of reasons:
1.The programs usually create adverse incentives. This is especially true in so-called â€œanti-povertyâ€ programs. The beneficiaries find government subsidies a replacement for, rather than a supplement to, gainful employment and eventually become incapable of supporting themselves. This in turn creates a dependent culture with its attendant toxic behaviors which demand still more government â€œremedies.â€ 2.The programs create their own industry, complete with scads of â€œthink tanksâ€ and â€œexpertsâ€ who survive on government research grants. These are the aptly named â€œBeltway Bandits.â€ 3.They create their own bureaucracies, whose managers conspire with interested members of Congress to continually increase program funding, regardless of merit. 4.Members of Congress secure votes and campaign donations by extorting them from beneficiaries of such programs, either through veiled threats â€” â€œvote for me or those mean Republicans will wipe out your benefitsâ€ â€” or promises of still more bennies.
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