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March 13, 2014

Jordan Weissmann: Paul Ryan’s deceiving theory of poverty

The House Budget Committee, led by Republican ideas man Paul Ryan, published a 204-page report cataloging just about every conservative complaint about the federal government’s anti-poverty efforts. The report’s grand, familiar theory is that the American welfare state has grown too sprawling and complex, and that its overlapping programs, when combined, discourage the needy from working.

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