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WELFARE: An assortment of programs that provide assistance to the poor. The cornerstone of our welfare system is Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), which was created by the Social Security Act (1935). It provides cash benefits to assist needy families with children under the age of 18. Funding comes partly from the federal government and partly from states. Because states also administer their own programs, benefits and qualification criteria differ from state to state. A second part of the welfare system, one that's run entirely by the federal government, is Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This program provides cash benefits to elderly, blind, and disabled in addition to any benefits received through the Social Security system. Our welfare system includes a whole bunch of additional benefits, including Medicaid, food stamps, low-cost housing, school lunches, job training, day care, and earned-income tax credits.

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Lesson 2: Economic Science | Unit 1: The Method Page: 4 of 20

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  • The basics of the scientific method used to identify and explain the world.
  • An overview of the four components of the scientific method--theory, principles, hypotheses, and data.
  • How hypotheses are derived from a theory and how they are tested against real world data.
  • How the hypothesis verification process is used to identify scientific principles that enable a new, improved theory.

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VERTICAL EQUITY

A tax equity principle stating that people with a different ability to pay taxes should pay a different amount of taxes. This is one of two equity principles related to the ability-to-pay principle. The other is horizontal equity, which states that people with the same ability to pay taxes should pay the same amount of taxes.

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