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Policy: Entitlements

The safety net has not been shut down

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Beltway Confidential,Timothy P. Carney,Entitlements,Government Shutdown

"It’s going to make it impossible for them to feed their kids."

That's one of the warnings we're getting about the government shutdown.

As with the warnings about sequesterpocalypse, this is overblown. It turns out, under the government shutdown, most of the U.S. safety net stays intact — and almost all of it is untouched or nearly untouched at least through the rest of October.

Andrew Quinn, my colleague at AEI, has the story in this interesting blog post.

But I think Quinn's best point is this:

Should massively expensive, cradle-to-grave goodies for the middle class really be afforded automatic and inviolable funding while small-bore poverty relief programs are shoved onto the chopping block?

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