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  •  Not just the poor benefit from spending (0+ / 0-)

    The poor are just conduits for Federal spending. Food stamps are used to buy food from the local grocer who buys food from the local warehouse delivered by local delivery companies and so on, who all employ workers who live in the area.  The same for medical benefits and housing, etc. The profit from Federal spending goes to the folks in the McMansions, the poor only get something to eat.  The community gets jobs, spending, profits, investment and in general is better off.  

    The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones! - John Maynard Keynes

    by Do Something on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 05:09:51 PM PDT

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    •  Interesting point. I agree with (0+ / 0-)

      that empirically; but I don't see how it undermines the basic point that we, as progressives, should favor redistributive taxation and spending (even if the "wrong" people benefit collaterally from the enhanced well being of the poor).

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      by cardinal on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 05:20:16 PM PDT

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