Should rich people care if services to the poor are being cut?

Tomorrow, Gov. Tom Corbett will introduce his first state budget. He has a $4 billion deficit to fill, and made a campaign promise to not raise taxes, so in all likelihood, he will propose big cuts to social service programs – the kinds of programs that serve low-income children and the homeless.

Doron Taussig doesn’t care.

The way Doron sees it; he’s not a low-income child or a homeless guy, so why should he worry? He only cares about government services like trash pick-up and the police.

On this week’s It’s Our Money podcast, Ben Waxman tries to convince Doron that he should be worried about the repercussions of cuts to services for the poor, because they’ll have a ripple effect that impacts the services he uses.

(Editor’s note: Doron Taussig is not actually rich, but for the purposes of the skit we pretended he was a spoiled rich kid.)

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