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Reading a little in the PG, tripping all over the hyberbole in there, I came across this:

 

"On the flip side, I think there is some merit in entitlement spending as justified through the general welfare clause. Not to this level where we are now as the pendulum has clearly swung too far, but I do think safety net programs do improve the quality of life for the nation as a whole. They lower crime and by raising the standard of living on the bottom end, we don't have shanty towns and areas of extreme third world style poverty. We're letting too many people sit on their asses too easily, but the underlying concept is not empty. We just need some pols with the balls to do something."

 

Very well said Dude. He wrote this is a discussion about Defense cuts that, of course, morphed into entitlement spending. I consider myself more to the right on the ploitical spectrum ("traditional" right, not the way far out Hannity fringe), but I totally agree with Dude's assesment of a need and benefit of some social safety nets. They can certainly be vastly approved upon, but the underlying idea is a good one, IMO.

 

I think this simple blurb made far too much sense to get buried in the muck of the PG. ;)

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I agree with the the core "truth" of his post.



 



Ultimately those "safety net programs" save more than just those who get the direct benefit.



 



they are there to be a buffer against economic downturns to keep them spiraling out of control.



 



Without the safetynet programs the economic impact of a down economy will have harder impact.



 



if a region has a short run of bad luck, with no safety net programs the ripples get magnfied as local businesses go under, etc.


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Thanks Mike. While I consider myself a fiscally conservative person, I'm not an idealogue nor am I ashamed of supporting some level of *gasp* socialism. I think it all comes down to common sense which is sorely lacking in this country's leadership.

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