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America's population is wealthier than any in history. Every year, the American government redistributes more than a trillion dollars of that wealth to provide for retirement, health care, and the alleviation of poverty. We still have millions of people without comfortable retirements, without adequate health care, and living in poverty. Only a government can spend so much money so ineffectually. The solution is to give the money to the people. This is the Plan, a radical new approach to social policy that defies any partisan label. Murray suggests eliminating all welfare transfer programs at the federal, state, and local levels and substituting an annual $10,000 cash grant to everyone age twenty-one or older. In Our Hands describes the financial feasibility of the Plan and its effects on retirement, health care, poverty, marriage and family, work, neighborhoods and civil society.

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"Libertarian Murray's Losing Ground laid the groundwork for controversial welfare reform proposals. His latest volume continues in the same vein, positing that government support has exacerbated dysfunctional underclass behavior, and offering a compromise to social democrats who call starve-the-beast policies cruel. In 'The Plan,' all the money currently used in transfer programs Murray doesn't deem universal (Social Security, agricultural subsidies, corporate welfare, as opposed to national defense, clean air, etc.) would be redirected into a new program that gives each citizen an annual $10,000 cash grant, beginning at age 21. The plan would slice one Gordian knot: everyone would be required to buy health insurance, insurers would have to treat the entire population as a single pool and changes in tort and licensing laws would enable low-cost clinics for minor problems. But Murray's purposes are larger: to enable the search for a vocation by making it easier to change jobs; to encourage marriage among low-income people; and to move social welfare support from bureaucracies back to Tocquevillian civil society — a nostalgic argument that deserves a more cyber-era analysis. His volume makes an intriguing contrast to 1999's left-meets-libertarian book The Stakeholder Society (unmentioned by Murray), which proposed $80,000 grants, financed by taxing the rich. Given Murray's track record — he coauthored The Bell Curve — and his think tank backing, expect much discussion of this book in print and on air." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Murray (American Enterprise Institute) argues that the welfare state as we know it cannot survive and that change is inevitable. He proposes the elimination of all income transfer programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare, and corporate subsidies, at the federal, state and local levels. Instead he would substitute, for all Americans over the age of twenty-one, an annual cash grant of $10,000 for life. Murray argues that such a plan would confer personal accountability and empower people to control their own lives by giving them the resources for a decent standard of living, including money to pay for healthcare and save for retirement. He concludes that regardless of the transition costs, switching to his plan would save the government $1 trillion a year by 2008.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Murray (American Enterprise Institute) argues that the welfare state as we know it cannot survive and that change is inevitable. He proposes the elimination of all income transfer programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare, and corporate subsidies, at the federal, state and local levels. Instead he would substitute, for all Americans over the age of twenty-one, an annual cash grant of $10,000 for life. Murray argues that such a plan would confer personal accountability and empower people to control their own lives by giving them the resources for a decent standard of living, including money to pay for healthcare and save for retirement. He concludes that regardless of the transition costs, switching to his plan would save the government $1 trillion a year by 2008. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Murray offers a plan to eliminate all federal welfare programs and to substitute a $10,000 annual cash grant for everyone age 21 to 50.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780844742236
Author:
Murray, Charles
Publisher:
American Enterprise Institute Press
Author:
Murray, Charles
Subject:
Finance
Subject:
Public welfare
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Public welfare -- United States -- Finance.
Subject:
Welfare state -- United States.
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20060331
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
214
Dimensions:
8.50x7.98x.93 in. .87 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Libertarian Murray's Losing Ground laid the groundwork for controversial welfare reform proposals. His latest volume continues in the same vein, positing that government support has exacerbated dysfunctional underclass behavior, and offering a compromise to social democrats who call starve-the-beast policies cruel. In 'The Plan,' all the money currently used in transfer programs Murray doesn't deem universal (Social Security, agricultural subsidies, corporate welfare, as opposed to national defense, clean air, etc.) would be redirected into a new program that gives each citizen an annual $10,000 cash grant, beginning at age 21. The plan would slice one Gordian knot: everyone would be required to buy health insurance, insurers would have to treat the entire population as a single pool and changes in tort and licensing laws would enable low-cost clinics for minor problems. But Murray's purposes are larger: to enable the search for a vocation by making it easier to change jobs; to encourage marriage among low-income people; and to move social welfare support from bureaucracies back to Tocquevillian civil society — a nostalgic argument that deserves a more cyber-era analysis. His volume makes an intriguing contrast to 1999's left-meets-libertarian book The Stakeholder Society (unmentioned by Murray), which proposed $80,000 grants, financed by taxing the rich. Given Murray's track record — he coauthored The Bell Curve — and his think tank backing, expect much discussion of this book in print and on air." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Murray offers a plan to eliminate all federal welfare programs and to substitute a $10,000 annual cash grant for everyone age 21 to 50.
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