America’s Quiet Revolution: The Rising Tide of Government Transfer Payments

Source: National Review
by Joseph W Sullivan

“The $3.5 trillion in reconciliation legislation now under consideration by the White House and Congress would transform the economic relationship between American citizens and the government. This much is conventional wisdom. Even the New York Times calls it a ‘vast expansion of the social safety net.’ Though not wrong, they miss the forest for the trees. The reliance of American individuals on government transfers has already trended upward, and at times even suddenly jumped, over the past two decades. The legislation, then, would not amount to a revolution so much as a codification of one that is already well underway.” (09/28/21)