It’s often said, if you give a man a fish, he will eat for one day but if you teach a man to fish, he will eat for a lifetime. Attributed to Benjamin Franklin is a similar sentiment: “I am for doing good to the poor, but…I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”
And we see this theory playing out right before our eyes, in a very negative way. Hat tip to a friend of mine, a New York Police Department detective, who sent this my way from Americanoverlook.com: “Residents of Los Angeles’ Skid Row threatened to riot this weekend because their Electronic Benefit Transfer cards stopped working temporarily. The brief EBT card outage was the result of a routine back-up check on the vendor’s Xerox Corp. systems. The system began working shortly after it was restarted, however, California welfare recipients weren’t happy about the inconvenience.”
“My heart goes out to people who don’t have food right now,” one welfare recipient told the media. Another man said, “We had to cancel a picnic today cause we were gonna use EBT cards to buy hamburgers and stuff.” While these men were fairly understanding about the outage, one man threatened, “They had better resolve something because if it stays like this there is gonna be an uproar in the city of L.A…A Rodney King, baby.”
My heart goes out as well. It goes out because we have completely destroyed the individual initiative of Americans and destroyed the opportunities for them to be able to feed and care for themselves — now they just sit and wait to be given their fish.
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