In case you didn't know, the government offers low income people food stamps. It appears that at least the government doesn't think you know. They are waging an ad campaign focused on seniors. Have we lost the war on poverty? Why aren't all of the government programs, (food stamps, welfare, medicaid, extended unemployment benefits, etc) helping? Why has the divide between rich and poor widened? Would it be better to throw more government money at the problem or less?
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Redistribution of income doesn't have to mean confiscatory policies. Unions were instrumental in creating income equity after WWII, and capitalism's contribution to disparities is virtually a truism among economists from Bartlett to Krugman.