Welfare State

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Poltical Controversy Over Welfare State

Controversy over President Truman's Fair Deal program has given political connotations to the term “welfare state”1 and thrust it into the arena of campaign debate. Republican and other critics of the administration have used the term in a derogatory sense to sum up their conception of the end results of New Deal and proposed Fair Deal measures. To them the welfare state is virtually equivalent to a Socialist state which will subordinate personal liberties to the planning and controls of a powerful central government. Democratic supporters of the administration, on the other hand, dismiss all such apprehensions as groundless and declare their determination to carry on the fight for measures which they contend will promote the general welfare and, by ...

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