Jun 28, 2010
Show 572 Book- Never Enough:America's Limitless Welfare State. Michael Medved talks to William Voegeli, contributing editor to the Claremont Review. The author contends that liberals will not engage in a discussion over the ultimate size of a welfare state and the neglect of this question hurts future generations in his book Never Enough:America's Limitless Welfare State
Synopsis of the book- Since the beginning of the New Deal, American liberals have insisted that the government must do more-much more-to help the poor, to increase economic security, to promote social justice and solidarity, to reduce inequality, and to mitigate the harshness of capitalism. Nonetheless, liberals have never answered, or even acknowledged, the corresponding question: What would be the size and nature of a welfare state that was not contemptibly austere, that did not urgently need new programs, bigger budgets, and a broader mandate? Even though the federal government's outlays have doubled every eighteen years since 1940, liberal rhetoric is always addressed to a nation trapped in Groundhog Day, where every year is 1932, and none of the existing welfare state programs that spend tens of billions of dollars matter, or even exist.
Never Enough explores the roots
and consequences of liberals' aphasia about the welfare state's
ultimate size. It assesses what liberalism's lack of a limiting
principle says about the long-running argument between liberals and
conservatives, and about the policy choices confronting America in
a new century. Never Enough argues that the failure to speak
clearly and candidly about the welfare state's limits has grave
policy consequences. The worst result, however, is the way it has
jeopardized the experiment in self-government by encouraging
Americans to regard their government as a vehicle for exploiting
their fellow-citizens, rather than as a compact for respecting one
another's rights and safeguarding the opportunities of future
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