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  •  I enjoyed the Konczal article (1+ / 0-)
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    but in the example he gave about child poverty and the choice of government or charitable giving being the method, I think he needed to mention at least one more important factor.

    If people really believe that charitable giving can be the preferred method of lowering child poverty, nothing was in their way from engaging in that activity.  The "point" is that "the thousand points of light" was being sold to a party rank and file filled with a "thousand pointed heads."

    Personally I think it is pretty obvious that the Republicans who advocate solving human suffering mostly via charity and not by government are lying to everyone and sometimes to themselves.

    I'm sure there IS a status quo bias as Konczal suggests.  I just don't think that explains the teaching example he chose.

    I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

    by Satya1 on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 08:28:06 PM PDT

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