Krugman, Human Weakness, and Desert, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

My comment on Bryan Caplan’s article:

PJR writes:

Why do people (republicans & libertarians) object to government money flowing to poor people who are obviously “irresponsible”?

(1) Is it because they believe that their taxes would be lower if the government stopped helping out the “welfare queens”?

Elimination of welfare (the money that goes to the poor, irresponsible people but not the money that goes to the elderly)will not solve the deficit problem. So if that is how they are looking to lower their taxes, then they need to search elsewhere.

(2) Or are they morally opposed to lazy, irresponsible people getting money from the government?

Moral opposition to lazy, irresponsible people receiving money from the government is not a bad thing. However, lurking in the moral opposition to welfare is an unstated presumption that poor means “lazy and irresponsible.” In the midst of our middle class comforts we have forgotten “[to] not judge a person until you have walked a mile in their shoes.”

via Krugman, Human Weakness, and Desert, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty.

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