Distributive policies can be problematic because they A. tend to be popular but can lead to wasteful spending. B. place undue burdens on businesses, making it harder to make a profit. C. help...

Distributive policies can be problematic because they

A. tend to be popular but can lead to wasteful spending.

B. place undue burdens on businesses, making it harder to make a profit.

C. help only the poor but are paid for by the wealthy.

D. lead to great partisan division and thus become wedge issues in elections.

E. apply only to the elderly, but the younger citizens must pay the costs.

Is A the correct answer? thanks!

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You have chosen the correct answer for this question.  Option A best describes one of the major problems with distributive policies.

Distributive policies are one of three kinds of policy.  One kind of policy is regulatory policy, which is meant to ensure order and to prevent negative things from happening.  Option B is a major reason why regulatory policy is problematic since regulations tend to increase the cost of doing business.  A second kind of policy is redistributive policy, which is meant to increase economic equality.  Options C and E are generally problems that come with redistributive policy.  Option D can apply to either regulatory or redistributive policies as both are major sources of partisan contention.

That leaves Option A.  Distributive policies tend to give money or other benefits to people to encourage them to do things the government wants.  These programs tend to be popular among the people who benefit from them (think about farm subsidies, for example, as those are very popular among farmers), but they can often be wasteful because they encourage activities that may really not need government support.

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