Chris Asendorf is right, I don’t have any study data to back up the claims that I made regarding the problems caused by our welfare system (Letters, April 3 and 4).
However, a critical study of the entire welfare system as it exists today would be a very good idea. It should be obvious that what we are doing now is not working very well.
The communities that receive the most welfare money are those with the most problems in the area of fatherless homes, youth gangs, the drug trade, abortion, unwed mothers, etc.
The lack of wholeness, the feelings of not belonging and of being an outcast is a product of our welfare system. There can be no real doubt that the welfare system is largely responsible for many fatherless homes and that fatherless homes are largely responsible for wayward youths. The old adage that idle hands are the workshop of the devil has never been more true than it is today.
Being poor and having to struggle for a living is not a crime; it is instead an opportunity to show who you are and what you are capable of.
When the government removes the need for people to struggle, it removes important incentives from their lives and generally destroys any chance they had for happy, productive lives.