Saturday, June 11, 2005

Why Liberal Ideas Are Counterproductive For The Poor

By Thomas Sowell - June 11, 2005 - Tech Central Station (RealClearPolitics)

Sometimes it seems as if liberals have a genius for producing an unending stream of ideas that are counterproductive for the poor, whom they claim to be helping. Few of these notions are more counterproductive than the idea of "menial work" or "dead-end jobs."

Think about it: Why do employers pay people to do "menial" work? Because the work has to be done. What useful purpose is served by stigmatizing work that someone is going to have to do anyway?

Thomas Sowell once again proves why he is one of America's authentic geniuses. His clear thinking and writing are always worthwhile.

The "money" quote in this article is; "The real chumps are those who refuse to start at the bottom for 'chump change.' Liberals who encourage such attitudes may think of themselves as friends of the poor but they do more harm than enemies."

It is time that liberals start helping the poor and stop enslaving them to a welfare state.


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