Is Government Aid Helping or Hurting Blacks?

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Lue C Fur, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. Lue C Fur

    Lue C Fur Evil member

    I thought this was interesting:

    The other day, I went to Times Square to ask people what government should do to help poor people. Most everyone agreed on the answer: "more social programs and a higher minimum wage."
    It's intuitive to think that way. I used to think that, too. When President Johnson declared a "war on poverty," he said "compassionate government" was the road to prosperity for poor people. That made sense to me. At Princeton, I was taught that government's central planners had the solution to poverty.
    But then I watched them work. Government spent trillions of dollars on poverty programs, and the poverty level stayed stuck at about 12 percent of the population. It's stayed there for about 40 years.
    Now I understand that that government poverty programs encourage people to stay dependent. There's money in it. They policymakers would have known this 25 years ago had they read "The State Against Blacks." The author, an economist, said poverty programs destroy the natural mechanisms that have always enabled poor people to lift themselves out of poverty.
    That author, who will be a guest on my Fox Business show, is Walter Williams of George Mason University. Williams, who is black, says "there's a huge segment of the black population for whom upward mobility is elusive, and it's because of the welfare state -- because of government."


    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/06/02/is-government-aid-helping-or-hurting-blacks/#ixzz1O84lZSay
     
  2. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

     
  3. Lue C Fur

    Lue C Fur Evil member

     
  4. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    I think drug testing for your welfare check would help eliminate some of this generational stuff.
     
  5. Lue C Fur

    Lue C Fur Evil member

    I agree, but would be concerned for the children of the idiot parent. The kids are innocent. They would be the ones that suffer because once the parent is cut off, then there is nothing for the child. Im sure that the children dont get much of the goverment assistance anyways but still...Now maybe if they could put the children in a better home...

    I really dont see how to break the chain...it just keeps going and getting worse.
     
  6. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    If kids aren't fed, people call CPS and they take the kids away..............kids are not always in the best place when they are with their parents......but, it works both ways.
     
  7. trplnkl

    trplnkl 555

     
  8. trplnkl

    trplnkl 555

    Hate to say it, but there are many times that kids aren't any better off with foster families than with their natural parents.
     
  9. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    So would mandatory community service for those able bodied. Those "not" able bodied can stuff envelopes, etc. There`s always something out there they can do to contribute to earn that check.
     
  10. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    I would like to see work done instead of just handing free money out. There's more dignity in that.....
     
  11. packageguy

    packageguy Well-Known Member

    Yes, I agree with that, I've been saying that for years, The government will never let that happen.
     
  12. Baba gounj

    Baba gounj pensioner

    Mass. did have some welfare reform a few years back. Changes were made to who could still receive payments. The way around the new requirements was for the parents to have all their kids declared medically unfit.