by the Left Coast Rebel
On the heels of the previous post regarding California subsidization of booze and cigarettes for welfare recipients, I caught the following story via. Memeorandum from The Telegraph, "Welfare handouts aren't fair and the public knows it."
What is deserved, refers to that which is achieved by effort...
As we report today, Policy Exchange – supposedly the Prime Minister's favourite ideas outlet – has done a brave and unusual thing. Rather than polling the public just on policy and voting intention, it has put a far more abstract moral issue before them. It instructed the pollsters at YouGov to find out precisely what the public thought the most powerful term of approbation in the political lexicon – "fair" – actually amounted to.
The quite unequivocal reply that was received (with breathtakingly enormous majorities in some forms) came as no surprise to this column. To most voters, fairness does not mean an equal distribution of resources and wealth, or even a redistribution of these things according to need. It means, as the report's title – "Just Deserts" – implies, that people get what they deserve.
Hmm, I love the sound of that and it sure sounds awfully libertarian, don't it?
Britons are waking up and get it, will we before it's too late?
Read the rest at UK's Telegraph.
Updated: More on this subject at Legal Insurrection.
Updated x2: Linked at Legal Insurrection. Thanks, Professor Jacobson!