This month’s featured article from TEF.

Government Bureaucrats and Poverty: Upside-Down Incentives

 by Don Racheter, PhD

Liberals want to help those in need in our society by raising taxes and creating a government bureaucracy to employ them and their friends to “solve the problem.” However, if they actually do solve the problem, then employment as government bureaucrats may cease, so they begin trying to “manage the problem” instead of solving it, which perpetuates dependency – and their jobs!

Even worse, liberal government bureaucrats have an upside-down incentive to depersonalize those they don’t want to look in the eye and say, “I really am not going to help you get out of poverty, because then I won’t have my job,” so they turn them into “cases” instead of individual people. And they treat them according to “standard operating procedures” rather than individualized care plans.

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