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1.U.S. vs. The World: How Do We Stack Up?
“The American system does less to redistribute wealth from the rich to the poor, since the private sector
mostly depends on individuals and households to spend money, and people canâ??t spend money they
donâ??t have…the result is that the U.S. spends a lot on social services, and still has relatively high levels of
inequality, as the attached chart shows.”
The above excerpt comes from a particularly enlightening Washington Post article, which I have linked
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/04/09/how-the-u-s-spends-more-helping-itscitizens-than-other-rich-countries-but-gets-way-less/?utm_term=.10338cde55bc (Links to an external
site.)Links to an external site.
To get at the heart of the issue, studies have shown that the United States is seemingly doing an
extremely bad job of getting “bang for its buck” in terms of using funds to create better health care and
equality outcomes for its citizens. We are terribly inefficient at it.
What surprised you the most from this article? What are your key takeaways?
2.However, no government program is perfect, and there are always ways to improve it. It was
surprising to many policy wonks (and the public at large) when in February 2018 the Trump
administration proposed replacing SNAP with home delivery of boxed goods and significant long-term
cuts to SNAP funding (30%). Many derided the plan as a non-starter and unserious, including the
Article: â??Food Aid is Workingâ?
https://www.citylab.com/equity/2018/02/snap-benefits-and-anti-poverty-measures/553505/ (Links to
an external site.)Links to an external site.
Here is the bottom line: even in America, the richest nation in the world, we have millions of families
(and, subsequently, children) below the poverty line, routinely wondering how they will be able to pay
for groceries the following week or month. We all must make a choice: Do we care about these
individuals? Do we care about malnourishment? If the answer is yes, policy solutions matter.
What are your thoughts/questions/ideas related to this issue? What problems and opportunities exist in
the current system and others proposed?
3. Capitalism and Democracy
Let’s change focus a bit and consider the role of democracies in a stable capitalist structure. Some
questions to consider in our discussion:
(1) Do you think global capitalism helps or hurts the spread of democracy around the world?
(2) What are some examples of ways in which market forces advance democracy?
(3) Can you think of examples where global capitalism might hinder democracy?
(4) How have the different political parties in the U.S. approached this historically? Recently? Is there a
divide between the parties and/or within them?
4. America First? (Understanding â??Economic Nationalismâ?)
It’s a catchy slogan. It’s a good sentiment. Who doesn’t want to put their country first?
This phrase is often attached to the some terms that might make your eyes glaze over. Protectionism
vs. Globalism. And something called “economic nationalism.”
What does it mean?
Below are a few articles on the topic.
“Economic Nationalism Explained: Theory, History, Examples”
https://nationaleconomicseditorial.com/2017/03/21/economic-nationalism/ (Links to an external
site.)Links to an external site.
Economists Say ‘Economic Nationalism’ Is Economic Nonsense (Forbes)
https://www.forbes.com/sites/stuartanderson/2017/02/25/economists-say-economic-nationalism-iseconomic-nonsense/#1daf3cec306f (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Class: What are your thoughts on this topic? What, if anything did you find interesting/confusing?
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