2-15-11 - I Domestic Policy a Rise of USA as a social...

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2/15/11 I. Domestic Policy: a. Rise of USA as a social welfare state b. When the government provides a degree of economic stability for citizens c. 1787-1933 Federal Government provides no direct payments to citizens. d. Immigration 1880s-1920s e. Industrialization 1850s-1930s i. Henry Ford (1920s) assembly line f. Consequences of Change i. Agricultural economy Industrial economy ii. Nation of farmers employees iii. Cottage self-sufficiency wage economy iv. Consequence: Increased vulnerability to boom and bust cycles of a market economy g. Social Darwinism i. Application of evolutionary theory to public policy ii. “survival of the fittest” applied to social class. Wealthy must be “fit” and poor “least fit.” iii. Helping out poor people would be unnatural harm the species h. Lessons of Great Depression i. Even “good people” can be poor as a result of forces beyond their control ii. Sometimes jobs simply don’t exist iii. Shift in attitude about government assistance to citizens i. Why the Federal Level i. Why couldn’t state governments meet the needs of their citizens in a crisis? ii. Where do state governments get their tax revenue from?
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