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ch. 15_Notes - All social policies are redistributive 637...

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All social policies are redistributive. 637 once a social policy is adopted hard as hell to get rid of it and known as third rail of politics. AARP stopped Bush’s plan for private accounts. 638 competition between interest groups becomes warfare. Hardest to get yourself on an agenda. Biggest function of parties is to set and enforce agenda. 640 presidential imitative is very important. Redistributive programs come up the least, as there aren’t permanent interest groups there lobbying for them (640). Americans don’t have a long history of intervening for equality of opportunity. More into individuality and frontier living. Private charity developed for deserving poor (640). Given by religious and ethnic groups. Great depression showed failure of private charity. (642) beginning of intervention. Contributory programs-forced savings. Social security don’t get benefits in proportion to what you pay into the system so redistributive. Surplus gets spent as govt. borrows the money for social security. Means testing programs are ones that you can only
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