Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Poverty Scam After Fifty Years

SEE HERE I remember in college reading an editorial by John W. Campbell in Astounding Science Fiction magazine (Campbell was a fascinating guy) in which he wrote about poor people and people who are poor making the distinction that some people will remain poor no matter how much you give them and others are poor because of temporary misfortune and they will lift themselves out of poverty if helped. A friend of mine dismissed the editorial as "social Darwinism" but I think the distinction is valid and the statistics of the War on Poverty show it. We clearly doing it wrong and throwing money at the problem will just waste more money than has already been wasted. In fact we've been destroying the people receiving poverty by giving them the false idea that they are entitled to all the freebies and not making them earn them in some way. We've created an underclass of dependency and false victimhood. All gravy trains come to an end and this one needs to, but the way to end it is to require people who are able to work to earn their way out of poverty. We should always help the truly needy but we should not be empowering the merely lazy. It's a tough call. There ain't no such thing as a free lunch! TANSTAAFL!

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