States of the States
Laboratories of Democracy: Some Results Are In
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  • Andrew Allison

    I’m shocked, SHOCKED to learn that detaching people from the taxpayer teat encourages them to look for work! Perhaps this experiment should be expanded.

    • Pete

      If it was expanded to cut all social benefits to illegal aliens (education, health care, welfare, food stamps, rent subsidies, earned income tax credits, etc.), you’ll see them run back to whence they came.

      Now that I think of it, one welfare benefit should be extended to the illegals — free transportation by bus back to Mexico.

      What’s that you say, not all of the illegals are Mexican. So what? Let the Mexican government sort them out

      • Andrew Allison

        Pete, Pete, where are your humanitarian instincts [/grin]. I agree, of course that proof of right of residency should be a requirement for taxpayer-funded welfare of any kind. That said, we need to face up to the fact that we are taking advantage of illegals to keep the costs of food, clothing, etc., down. Should employers be required to pay minimum wage to all employees, legal or otherwise? Provide some level of benefits? Should we offer some kind of amnesty in lieu of services rendered? I don’t pretend to have the answers, but I think the questions need to be addressed. The endless dole is a completely different question. As an aside, I don’t see any difference between the IRS & HHS not checking whether ACA subsidies are qualified for than throwing money at illegals.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    In a laboratory it is often possible to limit all the variables, so that one change can be examined for its effect on the entire system. This isn’t possible with the States which are affected by State, National, and International regulations, taxation, and economics. So the question to ask in Kansas isn’t “Why didn’t the tax cut help the economy?”, but rather “What would the economy have been like without the tax cut?”, and remember the 1st quarter 2014 GDP came in at a huge -2.9%.

  • FriendlyGoat

    Right wing nostrums are never vindicated except by right wing people. The first half of this article describes correlation but does not prove causation.

  • Ben

    When calculating unemployment, did the North Carolina analysis consider that, as a requirement for getting unemployment benefits, a person must actively seek a job? And that if they’re not getting unemployment benefits or finding work, they may simply give up and identify as “not seeking employment?” Serious question – didn’t see it called out as a factor in the stats.

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