As a catholic conservative, I recognize my duty to protect the poor from exploitation and to empower the poor to rise above their circumstances and poverty. I also realize that poverty is a condition that must be addressed with common sense and goodwill, not indulgence. The poor have a duty to use their God-given talents to develop and serve other as well as being served by living responsible and productive lives. Government's role should be to assist the truly needy, those unable to provide from themselves. Government should improve the economy to provide jobs and opportunity to lift people out of poverty. The best welfare program is a job that gives meaning and security to a human being.