Monday, November 22, 2004

"Ownership society" 

What Jesse said:

The entirety of the "Ownership Society" seems to rest on a single idea - the government forces you to set up a bunch of private savings accounts that can only be used in particular markets, thereby dismantling old entitlement programs while forcing those who actually need the entitlements (i.e., those who don't have much money and who do have a harder lot in life) to "own" them - "own" be a codeword for "stop making anyone else think about them". And, as far as I can tell, it's married to a magic pool of redistributed money that comes from a pool of lower tax revenue and a tax code that becomes increasingly punitive towards those of lower incomes.
(via Pandagon)

In Prussia, public assistance was run by the Police, whose duty was, after all, to weed out undesireable elements. I'm surprised none of the wingers are proposing this...

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