In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State

In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State

by Charles Murray

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In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State by Charles Murray

Charles Murray proposed a plan to eliminate all welfare transfer programs at the federal, state, and local levels, and substitute a $10,000 annual cash grant to everyone age 21 or older. Sound too good to be true? The book describes the financial feasibility of the plan and its effects on retirement, health care, poverty, marriage and family, work effort, vocations, neighborhoods, and civil society. In Our Hands will help us to sweep out the intellectual cobwebs and come to grips with a truth that somehow has been ignored in all the hand-wringing about budget deficits and shortages of money: It is absurd that the government can spend so much money on poverty, health care, and retirement, and accomplish so little. While an obvious audience will be people on the right, libertarian and conservative, In Our Hands will also appeal to those on the left who are serious about getting more resources into the hands of the poor. It will also challenge the left to confront its own rhetoric about the disadvantaged. If it is not a good idea to give real resources and responsibility to them, why not?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442260719
Publisher: Aei Press
Publication date: 05/15/2016
Edition description: Revised and Updated Edition
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 416,965
Product dimensions: 5.96(w) x 8.93(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author

Charles Murray is the W. H. Brady Scholar in Culture and Freedom at the American Enterprise Institute. His previous books include Losing Ground (1984), In Pursuit (1988), The Bell Curve (1994, with Richard J. Herrnstein), What It Means to Be a Libertarian (1997), and Human Accomplishment (2003).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Ground Rules
Preface to the 2016 Edition
Introduction

Part I. Framework
1. The Plan
2. Basic Finances

Part II. Immediate Effects
3. Health Care
4. Retirement
5. Poverty
6. The Underclass
7. Work Disincentives

Part III . The Larger Purpose
8. The Pursuit of Happiness in Advanced Societies
9. Work
10. Family
11. Community
12. Conclusion
Acknowledgments
Appendixes
Bibliography
Notes
Index
About the Author

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