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3 thoughts on “Welfare State Map: 1969 to 2009

  1. Alice Maxwell says:

    This should be mandated reading for voters this year. This is the corner we have painted ourselves in and why things get more dicey every day.

    Is anybody out there in the United States or in Europe? This is what you have done to yourself and everyone else. Do you have no shame?

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  3. Ann Wilson Kingsley says:

    Thank you Gary! This is a must see article. I appreciate the fact that it breaks Medicaid our from Medicare. Our expectation is that Social Security and Medicare will be funded from payroll contributions. It looks like spouses need to be paying into Social Security. My father was in farming, and I know they both made their Social Security contributions. Other people needed to be doing the same thing, if they wanted to be covered by Social Security. This is an example of people using the system. If a couple has been married over 10 years, then they can quit paying into the system for the wife. If they expect to be married for over 10 years, some may never pay into the system for the wife. The Social Security Program needs to end its loop holes. The Federal government needs to immediately end Social Security spousal support for those with total earnings above the Maximum for Social Security, if that that group is currently being allowed Social Security. Medicaid obviously needs to be privatized – back to non-profit support and home births. The majority of health problems strike in "Old Age", so there is no excuse for Medicaid requiring more Federal dollars than Medicare. In my opinion, the reason that Medicaid requires so much Federal funding is that Medicaid pays for the consequences of vice – everything from unwed pregnancies to alcohol and drug-related disease. The public should not have to be paying for life-style choices that result in disease.

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