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The “deserving” poor: Who should get public assistance? — class 10
Today I examine the morally and politically complex question of who deserves public assistance. Just click below, and you’re in the class.
I reach back into history — to the 14th century, as well as to the last 40 years in America — to see how this question has been answered differently over time. And contrast the dominant view since the Clinton administration with a remarkable experiment America conducted between July and December 2021.
In particular, the questions I’ll be addressing are: Which strategy has succeeded best in remedying poverty? Which has raised the wages of the bottom half? At what cost? Should we eliminate all specific safety-net programs and move instead to a larger Earned Income Tax Credit? How about a universal basic income?
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