December 4, 2013
The Nanny State's War on the PoorTopics: Political News and commentaries
According to John C. Goodman, Ph.D., the welfare state has eroded the culture of individual initiative. Although this should come to no one's surprise - except liberal-progressives who really don't give a damn about the importance of individual initiative, it's good to hear it come from an academic:
One of the biggest differences in how the left and the right view the world concerns the welfare state. Currently, the federal government spends about $1 trillion a year on 126 means tested welfare programs. That amounts to almost $22,000 for every poor person in America, or $88,000 for a family of four.Keep reading and get the facts and find out which side Goodman says is right.
What difference does all this spending make?
Among people on the right, there is little doubt. These programs are destroying the culture of the recipient communities. They are replacing a culture of self-reliance and self-help with a culture of dependency. Amazingly, a record 91.5 million people of working age -- almost one third of the entire population -- are not working and not even looking for a job.
Among conservatives I have met who were once poor (and I have met a surprising number of them), the view that welfare subsidizes and encourages dependency is almost a self-evident truth. I'm not sure I have ever met a liberal who was once poor. But then again, the liberals I encounter are all in the academic and public policy world -- far away from the poverty population they so often talk about. I think this is a fascinating sociological phenomenon. If my experience is different from yours, weigh in in the comments section.
[BTW, I am ignoring the shakedown artists -- Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the like. We have no idea what these folks really think, since (as Juan Williams has documented) they routinely use liberal causes to line their own pockets.]
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman claims that Republicans who want to trim back welfare spending are waging a "war on the poor." Most people on the right think it's the other way around: It's the welfare state and its apologists who are really harming the poor.
Who is right? ..
Related: By their own admission, the vast majority of the mainstream media is not only liberal, but often purposely (and unethically) carries water for liberal politicians. Politicians who in reality, almost never have the welfare of the poor in mind. As demonstrated by the current occupant of the Oval Office, liberals often don't care about real-world experience and in reality, often try to squash it as it exposes their failed ideology as destructive to the masses.
Posted by Hyscience at December 4, 2013 4:47 PM
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