Time for the Welfare State to Stand Trial

In his speech on Monday in New York, President Obama referenced “the ideals we’re built on” as a reason for providing more government investment to address poverty in our inner cities.  But he’s certainly not talking about our founding principles.  These might be better described as Ben Franklin once did: I am for doing good for the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means.  I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.  In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and thus became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less that was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer. The wisdom with which our Founder concludes is that, of the poor, “more will be done for their happiness by insuring them to provide for...(Read Full Article)

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