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PP 1.31 - Welfare Policy Aid to Families with Dependent...

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Median Voter Theorem 2 candidates will converge in the center Voters will flip coins when voting Candidates will change based on position of voters With three candidates, the moderate will be the worst Testing it As location of median voter shifts, government policy should shift too Americans appear to support government redistribution less than other Western democracies Why are U.S. citizens so unsupportive of redistribution? Perpetuated throughout time Immigrants are self-sufficient Can’t rely on government Consistent popular support for governmental redistribution to the elderly over the last forty years Social Security, Medicare, Indexed to inflation, more money to senior citizens, more benefits, Medicare prescription drug coverage
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Unformatted text preview: Welfare Policy Aid to Families with Dependent Children, 1935 Income targeted for families that fell through an income threshold Medicaid, Food Stamps, Earned Income Tax Credit, Supplement Security Income, Minimum Wage Through the 70-90s, government should increase spending on poverty programs, 60 th percentile 1977-2003, real average monthly welfare benefits fell nearly 60% Gun Control- Huge majorities favor it Mandatory background checks, trigger locks, restrictions on magazine size, 21 year minimum age for handgun possession Culture war? Politicians have increasingly polarized ideologically, while public opinion has generally stay the same...
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