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In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State

Wednesday April 2006


Dr. Charles Murray W. H. Brady Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

In his seminal 1984 book, Losing Ground, Charles Murray sparked national debate by arguing that the social programs of the Great Society not only failed to help the poor and disadvantaged, but also made things worse. Now, Murray has written a book that is, in his own words, “not a book about poverty. It’s about building a society in which people can run their own lives.”

Murray offers a bold plan that would eliminate all income transfer programs at the federal, state, and local levels—including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare and corporate subsidies—and put in their place an annual cash grant of $10,000 for life, beginning at age twenty-one. Murray argues that “the Plan” would end poverty, allow all Americans access to health care, and empower people to control their lives.