The NY Times Sunday Review challenges their readers with not one but two assaults on progressive othodoxy.
Ross Douthat ruminates about work, guaranteed incomes, and the work disincentives in ObamaCare. Perhaps to spare his readers' sensibilities he does not drag in Obama's claim that income inequality is a "defining challenge of our time" on Monday through Wednesday - Thursday and Friday are devoted to waving in more unskilled workers from abroad to depress the wages of the native working class and the weekend is all about basketball and golf.
Elsewhere in the section Kay Hymowitz advances the bold notion that single motherhood is not good for kids, which suggests that Federal programs which incentivize it might be, well, boneheaded (not her word). She attempts to encourage her readers to think beyond the next election cycle with this bit:
But those same realities raise serious doubts about the accept-and-prop-up response to single-parent families. Increasing government largess could actually incentivize, or at least enable, parental choices that everyone admits are damaging to kids. The United States aside, scholars have found a connection between the size of a welfare state and rates of both nonmarital births and divorce. Even if you believe that enlarging the infrastructure of support for single-parent families shows compassion for today’s children, it’s not at all obvious that it shows much concern for tomorrow’s.
Long term consequences? Please. This is the welfare reform debate of the mid 90's all over again.