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Dismantling the Federal Safety Net: Fictions Versus Realities
Demetrios Caraley shows that arguments for dismantling the federal social safety net and devolving parts of it to the states have been based on six major claims about reality, but that five of those claims are fictional and the sixth only partially true. Nevertheless, he concludes that the forces for dismantling the safety net and for cutting the federal government's revenues to make it constantly broke have formidable staying power and may eventually succeed in weakening the federal government as an effective instrument of governance.

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