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What's The Safety Net? KQED News Education

It gets talked about a lot these days. The presidential candidates and their respective parties constantly argue over it, and the American public can't seem to decide if they like it or not. The safety net provides citizens with range of government services - from school lunches to health care. And a huge number of Americans rely on it. But it's also super expensive to maintain, and some see it as an example of fiscal irresponsibility and too much government involvement in our lives. KQED's News Education project examines the issue and helps demystify a concept that generates a lot of attention and disagreement. Learn more and voice your opinion at

What's The Safety Net?

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