ON-Lion Letter
Imagine that the United States were to scrap all its income-transfer programs -- including Social Security, Medicare, and all forms of welfare -- and give every American 21 years of age and older $10,000 a year for life.  This would be a radical new approach to social policy that defies any partisan label. 

First laid out by Bradley Prize recipient Charles Murray a decade ago, a forthcoming updated edition of In Our Hands:  A Plan to Replace the Welfare State, reflects economic developments since that time.  In the update, Murray demonstrates that the plan would be financially feasible and uses detailed analysis to argue that many goals of the welfare state -- elimination of poverty, comfortable retirement for everyone, universal access to health care -- would be better served under it than under the current system. 

Murray is the W. H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, D.C.  The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports AEI.

Murray's goal, shared by both Left and Right, is a society in which everyone -- including the unluckiest among us -- has the opportunity and means to construct a satisfying life.  In Our Hands offers a rich and startling new way to think about how that goal might be achieved.
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