The top story at the New York Times this Easter morning was a long article about the state of the welfare state. Of course there were plenty of heart-tugging stories of people having trouble making ends meet during these troubling economic times. The point of the piece is to show that the welfare reforms of the 1990’s failed.
But did welfare reform fail, or has President Obama’s “recovery” simply left too many people behind? Donald Douglas rebutted the piece:
As folks have been saying all year, this fall’s election is most fundamentally about the size and scope of government. A defeat for ObamaCare at the Supreme Court would strengthen advocates of limited government and free markets. But a win for the White House could embolden progressives, and the reelection of President Obama would likely result in further efforts to expand the role of the state in social welfare and so-called anti-poverty relief. The most likely result of that will be the even greater political polarization of the country along class, race, and gender lines.
The 1996 welfare reform was a monumental success because it reaffirmed the founding principle of individual self-sufficiency in the American political economy. Progressives hate individualism, of course, They worked their best to bring about a system of European-style state socialism here at home with devastating results for the black community. (Read More)
The number of people on government assistance has increased significantly under Obama’s watch. Obviously, increased welfare hasn’t lifted anyone out of poverty. We don’t need more welfare, what we need are more pro-growth policies and economic freedom so more people are able to earn enough money to support themselves and their families.
The chart below shows what’s wrong with the economy. It’s certainly not a lack of government welfare. (I know, it’s a few months old, so a few of the numbers have changed. Like the government telling us unemployment is down to 8.2%, when we all know real unemployment is much higher. So is the price of gas and the national debt.)