Magazine January 23, 2012, Issue

For Shame

(Roman Genn)
Whither the Cinderella Men?

Would you believe me if I told you that America’s entitlement problem is not, at the end of the day, about unfunded mandates, changing demographics, out-of-control health-care costs, or marginal tax rates, but about shame? And for the sake of argument, would you further indulge the assertion that the year-end spending battle between congressional Republicans and the White House was not about the payroll tax or the Keystone XL pipeline, but about restoring a measure of shame to the welfare state? And if you’ve come with me this far, won’t you come a little farther in accepting that the key

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