"Historically, the most successful welfare states (think Scandinavia)
have depended on ethnic solidarity to sustain their tax-and-transfer
programs. But the working-age America of the future will be
far more diverse than the retired cohort it’s laboring to support.
Asking a population that’s increasingly brown
and beige to accept punishing tax rates while white
seniors receive roughly $3 in Medicarebenefits
for every dollar they paid in promises to polarize
the country along racial as well as generational lines."
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