The Welfare State Con Game

Thomas Sowell,

Passing Thoughts: Try Finding Honesty In Banks, Vocational Ed Or Politics

The welfare state is the oldest con game in the world. First you take people’s money away quietly and then you give some of it back to them flamboyantly.

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