Magazine September 12, 2016, Issue

Our Medicaid Mess

Spending more and more, getting less and less

From 1975 to 2015, social spending by federal and state governments quadrupled in constant dollars, to more than $1 trillion. America now spends enough to give every person in poverty more than $20,000 per year. And yet lamentations for a collapsing safety net are rising in both volume and pitch.

In the past year, an essayist for The Economist told of how, after the 1970s, “the welfare state ceased its expansion and began to retreat.” A staff writer for The Atlantic warned that the net is “thin and getting thinner,” the New York Times’s economics columnist bemoaned a “tightening of the

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The Patriot Guard Riders I very much enjoyed Kevin D. Williamson’s article “Thoughts and Prayers in Baton Rouge” (August 15), as I have enjoyed most of his work in National Review. ...
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The Week

‐ So far the candidates have stuck with what they do best: Hillary lying and Trump firing people. ‐ It is clear why Hillary Clinton did not want to give up ...
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Poetry

ELEGY TO AN ORANGE IN PHOENIX, OR A MODERN WOMAN Fooled, briefly, by its own blossom Into believing it belongs in the barren World it was brought to and has sought to Make its ...

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