Seawolf, you are exactly right. It's tragic and ironic that those who claim to be champions of the poor actually aggravate the problems of poor populations with perverse government policies favored by progressives. The Great Society programs have been in place for over 40 years. The kindest thing that can be said about them is that they don't work. The "war on poverty" is lost. But it's worse than that. By destroying the culture of inner-city populations through perverse incentives that discourage marriage, work, and saving money, and reward people for having additional babies, progressive policies have created a permanent class of poor. These uneducated, violent populations have existed now for several generations, and bringing them back to social health will be very difficult.
"The world’s biggest problem is the unequal distribution of capitalism. If there were capitalism everywhere, you wouldn’t have food shortages." -Rush Limbaugh (from an earlier Hawkins column).