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Stealing from Each Other: How the Welfare State Robs Americans of Money and Spirit [NOOK Book]

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In this book, economist Edgar Browning argues that almost all Americans would be better off if none of the federal welfare-state policies of the last century - including Social Security - had never been enacted.
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Stealing from Each Other: How the Welfare State Robs Americans of Money and Spirit

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Overview

In this book, economist Edgar Browning argues that almost all Americans would be better off if none of the federal welfare-state policies of the last century - including Social Security - had never been enacted.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"The rise of equalitarian ideology has driven Americans to steal from one another. Browning explains that certain kinds of equality have been a cherished value in America. Equality under the law and, within reason, equality of opportunity is consistent with a free society. Equality of results is an anathema to a free society and within it lie the seeds of tyranny."

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Townhall.com

"A collection of unique, but financially sound ideas for America, Stealing From Each Other is a must for community library economics and social issues collections."

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Midwest Book Review/Internet Bookwatch

"Browning (economics, Texas A&M Univ.) is unafraid of reaching definite conclusions on a whole host of contested issues in the general areas of income distribution and redistribution…Browning supports his arguments with empirical research. This work, which is accessible to a wide audience, is likely to provoke debate on this important, controversial topic. Recommended. All readership levels."

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Choice

"Browning's criticism of the minimum wage as a job destroyer is right on target. […] I must also commend Browning for not making his book exclusively about the economics of redistribution. He also questions its morality. […] It may be politically impossible to escape from the quicksand of the redistributive state, but Professor Browning has made it clear that everyone would benefit if we could do so – everyone except for the interest groups that have a stake in maintaining the status quo."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313348235
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 315 KB

Meet the Author

EDGAR K. BROWNING is Professor of Economics at Texas A&M University. He has published extensively on issues related to government expenditure and tax policies and is the co-author of two bestselling economics textbooks. In 1987, he was elected President of the Southern Economics Association.

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Table of Contents

1 Egalitarianism and the Market 1

2 Inequality 19

3 Group Inequalities 37

4 Incomes around the World 55

5 Poverty 73

6 Our Trillion Dollar Welfare System 89

7 Social Security and Medicare 107

8 More Transfers 129

9 Taxation 147

10 The (Many) Costs of Transfers 169

11 Just Say No 187

Notes 199

Index 219

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