Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Welfare in Perspective

Via Billy


Americans, it is said, are the most generous people in the world. We give to our friends and neighbors and fellow countrymen when they need help, of course, but we also help those who live thousands of miles away in other countries.

We’re quick to provide a “hand up” to Americans in need, to help them over rough spots and get them back on their feet so that they can then care for themselves. There are those who, for various reasons, are unable to help themselves, and we don’t mind continuing to provide assistance for them.

The hand up is sometimes called a “safety net,” a device to save those truly in need from falling into permanent despair. But for many the safety net has turned into a hammock, no longer a device to help out in an emergency or time of trouble, but an easy way of life for those who would rather let others provide for them than provide for themselves.

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