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When Government Offers to Help, It Often Makes a Mess

rpihlajisto Wrote: Dec 31, 2012 10:07 AM
If you will look at the United States Constitution there is no provision for the Government to provide charity. Helping the less fortunate is left up to the people not the government because the government is sloppy at helping other. We need to go back to the Constitution and leave helping people to the people and churches as was plained on from the start. When the Government helps the less fortunate we have Socialism.
AudiR10 Wrote: Dec 31, 2012 1:41 PM
Could we stop referring to poor people as "less fortunate" -- as if angels tip baskets of money down on the Earth and how much you have depends on how 'fortunate" you were that the wind was blowing your way at the time the baskets were upended?
traitorbill Wrote: Dec 31, 2012 10:23 AM
Is there anything the government does that is cost effective? Why is the government the fastest growing sector of our economy? Are the taxpayers subsidizing their subjugation? Is Obamacare the tipping point in our subjugation?
There's a natural human impulse to help people who need a hand. In the political world, that often translates to an impulse to have government help people who need a hand. Who wants to argue with that?

But experience tells us that it's not always easy to help. Individuals' good intentions go awry. Government programs sometimes produce unintended consequences that make things worse for the intended beneficiaries.

Consider what could be called the three H's: health care, housing and higher education.

Over the last generation and more, government has stepped in to help ordinary individuals and those with special problems on...