osewalrus (osewalrus) wrote,

No one believes they are subsidized, so they don't understand why their life keeps sucking.

My thanks to mdlbear for this link on how many Americans who have benefited from a government social program don't believe they have ever benefited from a government social program. While I might argue that some things (e.g., the home interest deduction) are not obviously federal subsidies to those who don't know economics very well, it underscores why people are in this cycle of "my life is getting worse from the lack of basic services and support, so the answer is smaller government."
The longer study is here: "Reconstituting the Submerged State: The Challenges of Social Policy Reform in the Obama Era," http://government.arts.cornell.edu/assets/faculty/docs/mettler/submergedstat_mettler.pdf

I note this has come up with the closing of rural post offices and other rural services. No one thought that cutting service actually meant service to them. After all, we aren't freeloaders. But if we don't have any particular responsibility to each other, then being rural means you are out of luck. Most of our rural subsidy programs are holdovers from the time when rural had more political clout and we had an ideology that supported service to "all Americans." Both those factors are gone.

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