We have it on good authority that the poor will always be with us. In the face of this irrefutable truth, lesser authorities demand we eradicate poverty. How do we rid the world of something that will always be with us?
That’s not to say reducing poverty isn’t worthwhile. People of faith – Christians, for example – and secularists, who worship at government’s altar, share that understanding. Poverty is something to be overcome.
The United States government was so convinced of this that, a half-century ago, it declared war on poverty. By all accounts, the U.S. lost. That’s based on government’s own scorecard.
After $24 trillion in government spending, the U.S. has every bit as much poverty as when President Lyndon Johnson and a compliant Congress launched the war in 1964.
Perhaps we lost because we shot ourselves in the foot. The legion of anti-poverty programs and handouts (yes, when you don’t earn benefits, they are handouts) was predicated on “transfer of wealth.” That’s a progressive term best deciphered as: “to take money from people it belongs to, in order to give to people it doesn’t belong to.” In English, it’s called theft.
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