"Clearly we are doing
something wrong. Throwing money at the problem
has neither reduced poverty nor made the poor
self-sufficient. But government welfare programs
have torn at the social fabric of the country
and been a significant factor in increasing
out-of-wedlock births with all of their
attendant problems. They have weakened the work
ethic and contributed to rising crime rates.
Most tragically of all, the pathologies they
engender have been passed on from parent to
child, from generation to generation."
"Observers have known for a long time that
the surest ways to stay out of poverty are to
finish school; not get pregnant outside
marriage; and get a job, any job, and stick with
it. That means that if we wish to fight poverty,
we must end those government policies—high taxes
and regulatory excess—that inhibit growth and
job creation. We must protect capital investment
and give people the opportunity to start new
businesses. We must reform our failed government
school system to encourage competition and
choice. We must encourage the poor to save and
Many who live in poverty are reaping the sum
total of their life choices. There must be
consequences for poor choices as with everything
Placing people on government welfare
dooms them to the least they can possibly be.
It is better to put people to work who are able
to work and let them make a decent living.
With the country's diminishing work ethic, this
may be a huge undertaking.