For a supposed educated, highly intelligent person and a Nobel winning economist Krugman sure has turned into a one-sided political operative.
Let’s ignore the fact that the great majority of Americans are also investors in one way or another (if they know it or not) or that working Americans desperately need a robust economy made up of business owners who must compete in the global world. Let’s forget all that and focus on something far more important; actually helping the poor, low-income and working Americans. Helping them not to be poor and low-income.
Benjamin Franklin summed it up this way: “I am for doing good to the poor, but…I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”
Disdain means a feeling of contempt for someone or something regarded as unworthy or inferior. I suppose Krugman implies that Democrats feel something different perhaps compassion and empathy. There are different ways of helping people in my view. Give them a handout and keep them reaching for it or helping those truly in need, but with the goal and systems to make that assistance unnecessary for as many as possible as soon as possible.
Then there are the promises already made and counted on to continue like Social Security. There you can be honest and explain what we have is not sustainable and something must change or you can continue to mislead and reinforce the entitlement story.
In 2000 there were 17 million Americans receiving SNAP benefits. Today there are 45 million. There are 74 million Americans enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP. In 2000 that number was 44 million. In 2000 there were 6.6 million Social Security disability beneficiaries; in 2017 that number has grown to 10.6 million.
What we have been doing doesn’t seem to be getting us anywhere, unless the goal is a total welfare state and if that is the case, taxes on everyone have nowhere to go but up. But who will foot the bill?