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"The history of the welfare state is the history of public enterprise pushing out private organization. The impact was largely unintentional, but natural and inevitable. Higher taxes left individuals with less money to give; government’s assumption of responsibility for providing welfare shriveled the perceived duty of individuals to respond to their neighbors’ needs; and the availability of public programs gave recipients an alternative to private assistance, one which did not challenge recipients to reform their destructive behavior."

Doug Bandow
(1954- ) American columnist, author, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute
National Service -- or Government Service?, Policy Review, P. 34, September-October, 1996

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