The Heritage Foundation’s recent report, What is Poverty in America, seriously challenges the assumptions behind the democrats’ and Obama’s desire to turn this country into a welfare state. As it turns out, the real poverty is in the minds, hearts, actions, morality, and intent of the political class.
Poverty remains an issue of serious social concern, but accurate information about that problem is essential in crafting wise public policy. Exaggeration and misinformation about poverty obscure the nature, extent, and causes of real material deprivation, thereby hampering the development of well-targeted, effective programs to reduce the problem…
…However, if the goal is greater income redistribution—rather than policies that precisely and effectively target those truly in need—then big numbers matter a lot. Liberal activists continue to insist that very large numbers of Americans live in severe deprivation.
This is no accident. The interlocking assertions that poverty is widespread, affecting one in seven Americans, and that the poor live in desperate conditions are both ideologically necessary for the Left. Together, they provide justification for policies to greatly expand the welfare state and further “spread the wealth.” But if one or both assertions proves to be untrue, the impetus for expanding the welfare state is greatly undermined.
If we are to speak truth to power, we have to challenge every
assumption lie they are using to change the fundamental fabric of our society. Then again, these scoundrels may have power, but they have no authority to change our country.