Sunday, August 7, 2011
Do Gooders Who Do Harm: Helping People with Other Peoples Money
My main problem with "Do Gooders" is that they take other peoples money to give to the Less Fortunate. Don't worry your problems are now over, we'll take care of you. Your problems are over, instead of telling the people look we know your doing well and making a good living and are Self Reliant. But we have this small population that just isn't for whatever reasons and actually we won't just take money from people who are doing well. But for people as well who aren't doing badly and can take care of themselves but perhaps without many resources to spare and have their own issues. And they take this money to give to the Less Fortunate in hopes that it will take care of them. Making them dependent on Public Assistance, by the way the Less Fortunate are still Less Fortunate after they are on Public Assistance and I'll get to that a little later. And instead of using this money to empower these people to get on their feet and be able to take care of themselves. They leave them in their current situation, where they remain poor with a little Tax Payer funded Public Assistance to help them take care of themselves. Which only makes then a little worse off but still worse off and thats the whole problem with the "Do Gooder" approach to Public Assistance. Just look at the New Deal Legislation from the 1930s and the Great Society Legislation of the 1960s. And then look at the Poverty Rates of those era's and then look at them today, by the way you should also look at the approach to Public Assistance of the 1990s. Which I'll get to later which is different from the traditional approach and you'll see a huge positive difference. And the "Cycle of Poverty" or Culture of Dependence" just continues, because people on Public Assistance continue to have family's and expanding their family's. But their economic situation hasn't changed yet and their kids and then later their grandkids grow up under the same poor circumstances as their parents and grandparents. And have the same future ahead of them, because no one took the time to figure out why they are poor in the first place and tried to help them get on their feet.
Look I'm not a libertarian, I don't know who spread that rumor around its simply not true. I'm a liberal and proud of it but I'm not a socialist in any form either. I do believe government does have a role in helping people in poverty and can be effective at it as well. Because of the fact that the Federal Government represents the whole country and is responsible for looking after the well being of the country. State Governments have the same responsibility for their States and Local Governments have the same responsibility for their City or County. Thats why we have a military and Law Enforcement to use as examples. But government also has a responsibility to spend Tax Payer funds effectively and not waste it. And Tax Payers have a right to know how their money was spent and how much of it was spent. Its their money after all, so when it comes to Public Assistance for the Less Fortunate. We should be helping people in a way so they are no longer Less Fortunate and become Self Sufficient. And we have experience with this with the 1996 Welfare to Work Reform. That empower people on Welfare Insurance to go to school to get the skills that they need to get a good job. And then help them find a job and this is what we should always be doing when it comes to Public Assistance.
Click on the link of the blog to see Libertarian Economist Milton Friedman on "Do Gooders"