Disability: Enmeshed in the Safety Net
Another reason why states should do entitlements and the federal government stay out of it.
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The finest trick of the devil, Baudelaire once wrote, is to persuade you that he does not exist. Modern liberalism, being far less devilish, has pulled a lesser, but still effective, trick: It has convinced Americans that conservatives don’t care.
In fact, the left has made “caring” its exclusive prerogative and successfully framed most political debates as pitting compassionate liberals against heartless conservatives.
In reality, of course, the issue for conservatives is not whether to help people in need, but rather how to help them. While no right-thinking person—conservative or liberal—will deny that we owe our fellow citizens help in their time of need, profound disagreements exist over how best to help them.