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Abstract

It seems obvious that the United States is not meeting the welfare needs of all its citizens in a adequate and equitable manner. But, it is neither clear what rearrangement of national priorities would result in more resources for welfare state usage, nor, given the resources at its disposal, is it clear what priorities and activities within the welfare state would lead to best reeting the needs of its users. Countrymen, what is to be done?

There are two basic strategies that can be followed. One focuses on securing larger budgets for the welfare state, the other focuses on -al-in mfore efficient usage of existing budgets. The purpose of this article is to core to sore ludgement, albeit tentative, about the probable success of pursuing thie first strategy, and to suggest areas of priority relevant to the second strategy. To facilitate the raking of these judgements we make three calculations wkiich corprise the body of this paper and they have some intrinsic interest of their own.

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