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Unformatted text preview: -Conservatism-equality of opportunity vs. equality of results-ensure “fair” process rather than (re) distribute rewards-problem: how do we know when “fair” is reached? Is inequality a problem? • Absolute: define a “hard” poverty line • Relative: define a “moving” poverty line What do we do? Social welfare programs (housing subsidies, food stamps, MediCare) C: politically controversial, moral hazard, can’t eliminate poverty Earned Income Tax Credit C: disincentive to work? Minimum wage, raise wage floor C: higher unemployement? Affirmative action? C: politically controversial, stigma, reserve discrimination, does it help those MOST in need? Crime-Recent decrease in criminal offenses-Rapid increase in incarceration and prison population-Prisoner re-entry into society Conservative: crime as genetic Conservataive/Liberal: rational decision-making...
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- Spring '07
- ignores efficiency, Guide Inequality Justified, ignores efficiency Conservatism