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  •  A lot is in the packaging (0+ / 0-)

    Many of the items on that list are tax deductions.  Most people see a big difference between being handed a check from the government and handing a smaller check to the government.  Giving somebody else less looks a lot different,to many people, than being given something.

    The GI bill and other military benefits are specifically marketed as part of a compensation package.  It's a hard row to hoe convincing people that their paycheck and other compensation is a welfare program.

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