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Poverty, Welfare

Before and After Welfare Handouts

May 17, 2018 – Walter Williams …… Before the welfare state, charity embodied both a sense of gratitude on behalf of the recipient and magnanimity on the behalves of donors. There was a sense of civility by the recipients. However, civility and gratitude toward one’s benefactors are no longer required in the welfare state. In fact, one can be arrogant and hostile toward the “donors” (taxpayers). Continue reading →

Get Government out of the welfare business!

November 17, 2017 – Lee Friday …… Fighting poverty is a favorite pastime of government because politicians get to portray themselves as champions of the poor. However, the unfortunate few tend to be far fewer in number when aid is extended privately instead of through tax funded programs. Continue reading →

London City Council spends $5.9 million for two bridges for the city’s cycling trail network. This money could have been used to reduce poverty in London, that is, if these politicians were actually serious about their previous commitment to do so.

August 18, 2017 – Lee Friday …… Few people, and certainly not politicians, would dare say that cycling trails and bridges are more desirable than poverty reduction. Yet, a handout of $5.9 million to cyclists means $5.9 million less for poverty reduction. Continue reading →

A politically incorrect critique of The Report From The Mayor’s Advisory Panel On Poverty

April 12, 2017 – Lee Friday …… One-sided reporting in numerous London Free Press articles seems designed to evoke sympathy for the less fortunate, and hence – drum roll please – support for, or at least minimal resistance to, MORE government welfare programs. I have grown weary of these articles, and since we are already taxed up to our eyeballs and in debt over our heads, let us explore a different point of view. And maybe, just maybe, we can readjust our thinking. Continue reading →