illustration: the scale of welfare reform

The conservatives keep saying, “we don’t want to give them anything, they need to get off their ass and work.”

The liberals keep saying, “but you don’t understand their struggle, we have to help them.”

So what is the right answer? Part of the difficulty in answering that is that we seem to have given ourselves only two options: all or nothing. But are we, and our democracy, not mature enough to look for solutions that resolve this polarity, such that both sides are happy, and more importantly such that the lower class can begin to rise into the middle class upon their own dignity?

Productivity-oriented social programs are one solution that sits in the middle of the polarity. These programs meet the bubble-up economics standard.



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