Activists’ policies counterproductive

The Oklahoman Editorial Modified: November 5, 2013 at 6:15 am •  Published: November 5, 2013

So liberal groups appear outraged about dubious indirect “corporate welfare” via Medicaid, but not a more blatant example of indirect corporate subsidy via food stamps. That seems contradictory, until you note the common theme. Their “solution” to the insurance issue involves significant pay increases that artificially raise the cost of employing people with limited skills, discouraging companies from hiring them and raising food prices, which hurts low-income citizens the most. Food stamp dependence can make it difficult for recipients to transition into self-sufficiency through employment.

The common theme is not whether businesses benefit from welfare programs, but liberals’ support of misguided policies that ultimately reduce poor citizens’ job opportunities in the private sector.

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