Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Food Stamp Follow-Up

Here's a relevant passage from Liberal Fascism on the legacy of Johnson's Great Society:

"Recipients weren't the only ones hooked on the narcotic of 'relief'; the pushers were, too. Like a man determined to pound a square peg into a round hole, establishment liberals kept insisting that just a little more money, a little more effort, would produce the social euphoria of the elusive Great Society. As Mickey Kaus argues in The End of Equality, the liberal response to every setback could be summarized in one word: 'more.' When welfare seemed to cause fathers to abandon their families, liberals responded that payments should be extended to families where the father remains at home. But this in turn encouraged recipients to stay or become unemployed. The answer to that? Give money to employed poor fathers, too. But this in turn created an incentive for families to split up the moment the father moved out of poverty, so they wouldn't lose their benefits. Meanwhile, if you criticized any of this, you were a fascist."

Whenever people's behavior becomes disconnected from the consequences (whether good or bad), productive behavior is discouraged and unproductive or even harmful behavior is encouraged. Government should quit shielding people from experiencing the natural results of their choices. Unfortunately, in our current political environment, politicians who allow their constituents to bear the brunt of bad decisions--who fail to "feel their pain"--end up looking like uncaring jerks and losing their jobs. Like the hapless parent cowed into buying their brat a candy bar at the grocery store checkout line, modern politicians are powerless to resist the childish demands of an American electorate who refuses to grow up and face reality.


Travis said...

I was able to purchase my very own copy of Liberal Fascism for $12. I'm proud of that buy.

Oh, and so far I like the book as well, but I've only read the Introduction, and a small amount on the Mussolini chapter.

Philip said...

Where did you score that deal?

Travis said...

Barnes & Noble.

The book was 30%. Add that to my automatic 10% discount as a B & N member, plus a discount I received online and I was able to score a grrreat deal!

Travis said...

That should read "30% off". I hit the publish button instead of the preview button.