I get a boatload of angry comments whenever I post about the harmful consequences of a bloated welfare state. If you want to see me attacked ruthlessly, check out the comments here, here and especially here.
They’re angry at me for protesting the status quo, but I believe their anger is misplaced. They think I’m judgmental of poor people, that I’m critical of families near the poverty line, and that I care nothing for those in need. But the fact is, my history, understanding and empathy are rock solid…
- My history. I’m not near rich. In fact, Wendy and I have written and spoken on how to live a joyful life despite financially hard times.
- My understanding. We have 16 dependents at home. Go ahead, try telling me I don’t understand financial struggle.
- My empathy. I want nothing more than for people to be free, especially free from the financial burdens of poverty.
That last one deserves spreading around:
I want nothing more than for people to be free, especially free from the financial burdens of poverty. [Tweet this]
Here’s what I think really bothers the defenders of the status quo: it isn’t working. Does the government machine work? Does welfare really help those it claims to aid? Are handouts effective in bringing people out of poverty? Or does it create a spirit of dependency and entitlement that keeps people in the very poverty they aspire to escape?
Here’s what seldom fails: hard work, self-sufficiency, independence and freedom. These values only fail when a government mandates their freedom be distributed to those who aspire to failure, defeat, and dependency. I believe individuals and families need encouragement to stay the course and keep finding their personal freedom.
These are values that I aspire to every working day of my life, and I want nothing more than to see others aspire to them, too. If this angers some, their anger is misplaced. They should rage against the machine.
Question: Would you rather live poor and free, or well-off and enslaved?