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  •  People on the left wonder why (2+ / 0-)
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    slinkerwink, ferg

    lower-middle class working people who scrape by would look down on government help.  Here's one reason:  Means Testing.  It may save on the fiscal budget, but it degrades the people who can qualify for a government benefit by forcing them to in effect admit to being failures and to feel as if they must grovel.

    This is why Republicans love means-testing.  They should love it.  The fact that it seems to take eligibility for benefits away from the wealthy is outweighed by the political advantage to the GOP of making the remaining recipients resent the very same government programs that help them.

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