Tuesday, August 15, 2006

How Welfare Went Wrong

When a black man says that life was better for blacks in the 1920's or '30s before the welfare state mentality took over, it's definitely worth sitting up and taking note. Author, John McWhorter told Steve Inskeep of NPR just that,

McWhorter finds "a certain coherence" in those earlier days. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he says, welfare became "a program that had no time limit," a situation that "brought out the worst in human -- not black -- but human nature."

"Welfare has ruined communities of other color too," McWhorter points out.

The bottom line is that the state was never meant to solve social problems. In trying to solve one problem, an even bigger one is created.

The whole seven minute interview is worth listening to.

(HT: LaShawn and Tonia)

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