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  •  Policy grounded in resentment is bad policy (8+ / 0-)

    for this precise reason:

    the long term financial consequences of a hungry populace are far more devastating to our national capabilities and exponentially more expensive.
    The same could be said if you replace "hungry" with "uneducated," "sick," "disabled," etc. That's the dirty little secret that no one tells you, and certainly that no one whose policy ideas stem from self-congratulation and resentment could ever understand. It is "exponentially more expensive" to make sure the people we resent don't get help than it is to help them.

    If some "lazy" poor person breaks his arm and goes to the ER, we can either (a.) pay a doctor to treat him, or (b.) pay a whole series of gatekeepers to make sure he doesn't get treated, or in the alternative, pay for his prosecution and incarceration for theft of services. And that's not even taking into account the costs and externalities of living in a society filled with untreated disease and disability. There is no way we don't pay.

    There are always going to be people who game the system, but we reach the point eventually where it costs more to try to prevent "undeserving" individuals from getting benefits they shouldn't get than it does to simply give them the benefits.

    What the resentful don't understand is that they, like everyone else, actually have an economic interest in the health and well-being of others. It prevents them from realizing that satiating their resentment by making it into public policy is far, far more costly than whatever it is they resent.

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