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April 11, 2013
I would like to add some points to former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich's column "How the welfare state has grown" (April 7). Mr. Ehrlich fails to mention the fact that every president since Lyndon Johnson, beginning in 1964, has raided the Social Security Trust Fund and transferred the money to the government's general fund to pay for the country's wars and for the campaign promises they made to their constituents in order to get re-elected. He also failed to mention that President Ronald Reagan called upon Congress in the early 1980s to increase Social Security contributions because he claimed the system was going broke.
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By Jonah Goldberg | January 13, 2014
This week marks the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty," and as the joke goes, "Poverty won. " Five decades after a blizzard of programs began descending on the American people, the poverty rate remains essentially unchanged. That's a little unfair. What counts as poverty today would not have seemed so impoverished 50 years ago, when many of the poor lived without electricity and were no strangers to hunger. Today, the biggest health problems of the poor are more likely to stem from obesity than anything approaching starvation.
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By Jules Witcover | February 25, 2005
WASHINGTON - When the redoubtable Newt Gingrich was speaker of the House, before a sea of troubles persuaded him suddenly to give up his official megaphone and become a private citizen, he loved to rant about the evils of "the welfare state." The phrase was his putdown of every manner of Democratic Party program that sought to help the nation's poor, elderly or otherwise disadvantaged soul, embodied in the party's self-congratulatory label as the party of the people. Mr. Gingrich still rants about the welfare state with less influence, but it doesn't matter much.
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December 12, 2013
Democratic gubernatorial candidates Helen Mizeur, Anthony Brown and Doug Gansler are now campaigning in our neighborhoods. I thank them for their service to Maryland and the country even though they do not see things the way I do. However, I do understand the value system of the Democratic Party. I used to be a Democrat. I would ask the candidates to please keep connected with the hundreds of thousands of Marylanders who disagree with their basic political and social values and policies.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | April 7, 2013
"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. " - Thomas Jefferson My recent column on the challenges associated with the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program elicited numerous and very personal stories from readers about how individual (disabled) recipients depended on the program for daily maintenance. And, many asked, how dare I (and others of my ilk) question such a vital program?
NEWS
December 12, 1997
IF IT TOOK Richard Nixon to open U.S. relations with Communist China, it takes the "New Labor" Party of Prime Minister Tony Blair to peel away the welfare state that the old Labor Party created in Britain a half-century ago.Labor's May 1 election victory was so lopsided that many observers believed Mr. Blair would discard his tactical centrism, especially as so many traditional Laborites were returned to the back benches of the House of Commons. But in the space of two days, Mr. Blair re-emphasized that he means it.In a symbolic struggle that brought defections from his side, his government ended an $18-a-week welfare payment to single parents on top of other family support payments.
NEWS
April 28, 1996
EVEN AS German Chancellor Helmut Kohl comes within reach of Otto von Bismarck's all-time record for longevity in office, he is taking dramatic action to reduce the size of the welfare state launched by the "Iron chancellor" a century and a quarter ago. The stakes are enormous. Saddled with pension benefits, health care costs, job security provisions and other social entitlements, the country regarded as the economic engine of Europe is in deep trouble.Germany is losing its competitive edge, its reputation for hard work and, now, the government-management-union cooperation that made it a model for industrial harmony.
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May 25, 1997
FRENCH VOTERS will choose in the parliamentary election starting today between the welfare state to which they feel entitled or a common European currency the year after next. That is, they must choose between a leftish party and the ruling conservative coalition. Both promise the French can have it all; neither means it.Two center-right parties knocked the Socialists out of the box in the 1993 parliamentary elections, winning four-fifths of the seats. In 1995 Gaullist Jacques Chirac won the presidency long held by Socialist Francois Mitterrand.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | November 21, 1995
LONDON -- They are smoking less and living longer. They own more cars, television sets, microwave ovens and computers than ever before. Unemployment is down. Wages are up.So why are the British feeling so uncertain about their quality of life? Why does the long list of government services seemed smudged and tattered? The cradle-to-grave welfare state that covers 58.2 million people simply isn't what it used to be.The typical Briton sees a National Health Service that appears to be in decline, rides trains and subways that are aging and overcrowded, and walks streets that are viewed as increasingly unsafe.
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By DAN BERGER | July 22, 1992
There is nothing wrong with the economy that bombing Baghdad is going to put right.Congress, against military advice, is spending $1.5 billion to develop a tilt-rotor aircraft that is designed to go up and forward but actually goes down.The Baltimore financial district is cosmopolitan: a little bit of Ireland, a touch of New York, a slice of Virginia and now a hunk of North Carolina.Perot was going to end the welfare state for boaters, peanut wholesalers, motorists and all retired people.
NEWS
April 11, 2013
I would like to add some points to former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich's column "How the welfare state has grown" (April 7). Mr. Ehrlich fails to mention the fact that every president since Lyndon Johnson, beginning in 1964, has raided the Social Security Trust Fund and transferred the money to the government's general fund to pay for the country's wars and for the campaign promises they made to their constituents in order to get re-elected. He also failed to mention that President Ronald Reagan called upon Congress in the early 1980s to increase Social Security contributions because he claimed the system was going broke.
NEWS
April 9, 2013
Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s Sunday columns are usually thought-provoking, but not always in the way he intended. His latest opinion piece laments the vastly expanded entitlement economy - what he calls "a European-style welfare state" ("How the welfare state has grown," April 7). Although few objective observers would describe the U.S. social safety net that way, most people recognize that our current spending on these programs is not sustainable in the long term. However, like Mitt Romney before him, Mr. Ehrlich seems uninterested in how this state of affairs came to be, other than blaming "big government.
NEWS
April 9, 2013
There is one thing in our political discourse that bothers me greatly, and that is how we so easily denigrate tens to hundreds of millions of our fellow Americans to express our biases ("How the welfare state has grown - and sapped America's economy and culture" April 7). There is no excuse for it. It is so demeaning. It reminds me of one of the Star Wars movies, where the Death Star destroys a whole planet. Just like that. Rid of it, them. Mr. Ehrlich do you even realize that is what your thoughtless rhetoric does?
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | April 7, 2013
"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. " - Thomas Jefferson My recent column on the challenges associated with the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program elicited numerous and very personal stories from readers about how individual (disabled) recipients depended on the program for daily maintenance. And, many asked, how dare I (and others of my ilk) question such a vital program?
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By Robert Maranto and Dirk C. van Raemdonck | October 22, 2012
As the presidential election counts down to (despite recent tightening in the polls) a likely Obama victory, even moderate Republicans despair that America is going the way of "social democratic" Western Europe, with a smaller private sector, more power in the hands of political and technocratic elites, and unlimited government. For their part, liberals cheer that America will finally catch up with the more "advanced" lands across the Atlantic. The fears of the right and hopes of the left reflect popular misconceptions about European realities.
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By Jonah Goldberg | April 30, 2012
With the Supreme Court taking up Arizona's "show me your papers" immigration law, we're once again thrust into a useful debate over the role of the government and the obligations of the citizen -- and non-citizen. Rather than come at it from the usual angle, I thought I'd try something different. If there were one thing I could impress upon people about the nature of the state, it's that governments by their very nature want to make their citizens "legible. " I borrow that word from James C. Scott, whose book "Seeing Like a State" left a lasting impression on me. Mr. Scott studied why the state has always seen "people who move around" to be the enemy.
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By Russell Baker | March 15, 1995
AFTER GROUSING about it for eternities, Republicans are finally making a sincere effort to destroy the welfare state.For the past 60 years Republicans have been saying the welfare state was destroying us, or would destroy us, and we'd better destroy it first, or else.When their chances came, though, Republicans as formidable as Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan always decided it was wiser to go on living with it.Now the Newtites are at last doing their best to bring it down.
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Dan Rodricks | August 21, 2011
"Thank God for Ronald Reagan!" I heard a successful restaurateur cheer one night in 1986, as he surveyed the people standing in line to get into his place in Baltimore's Little Italy. "If the Democrats were running the show, half the damn country would be on welfare. " That was a standard theme of the era: The country had been going to hell because of "welfare. " The Democrats' Great Society had spawned an expensive "welfare state," Reaganites argued, with too many lazy Americans on the dole.
NEWS
September 23, 2010
In her article ("Criticism of O'Donnell misses the mark," Sept. 21) Janet Rosenbaum misses the whole reason why many Bible believing Christians aren't in favor of increasing the welfare state. We see the government as a bloated United Way where so many of our tax dollars go to administrative and bureaucratic costs. As Christians, we are called to care for the poor and we prefer to do so by giving directly to organizations that really make a difference in people's lives. Research has shown that conservatives on a whole give more to charity than liberals.
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