Welfare

How to End Poverty: Stop “Redistributing” Wealth

Poverty cannot be reduced, in the long term, by “redistribution” of wealth. It can only be done by leaving people free to produce and keep the wealth they create.

The Entitlement State and America’s Fiscal Crisis: Capitalism vs Socialism

The enemies of capitalism indicted the society of liberty; they distorted the reality of capitalism and its brilliant triumphs in freeing man from poverty; and they imbedded in the minds of many the conception of political entitlements that serve the power ends of political paternalists and which requires the plundering of the peaceful and productive members of society.

Welfare State Fascism: Obama’s “Middle Way” Between Capitalism and Socialism

The danger from the seemingly reasonable pragmatism that President Obama proposes as the norm and ideal for a middle or “third way” between capitalism and socialism is that is constantly moves society away from the competitive market economy and individual liberty and more and more in the direction of greater and more government planning and control over facets and corners of our lives.

America’s National Debt Bomb Caused by the Welfare State

The Federal debt has now crossed the $19 trillion mark. When George W. Bush entered the White House in 2001, Uncle Sam’s debt stood at $5 trillion. When President Bush left office in January of 2009, it had increased to $10 trillion. Now into seven years of Barack Obama’s presidency, the Federal debt has almost doubled again.

Jeb Bush’s Brand of Welfare Statism

Bush’s proposal merely reinforces the false idea that government has a right to force some to be the keepers of others. He wants to pass it off to the states.

The Benevolence of Capitalism vs The Paternalism of the Welfare State

Before the arrival of modern welfare state, voluntary, private-sector institutions had evolved to serve as the market providers for many of those “social services” now viewed as the near-exclusive prerogative of the government. Unfortunately, after nearly a century of increasing political and cultural collectivism, the historical memory of the pre-welfare state era has all but been lost.

The Service Economy

Something clicked for me as I stared out my hotel window at a train station and seeing other public mass transportation moving on the street.

Open Letter to Alexis Tsipras

Greece has no future, so long as it clings to the euro. The dollar won’t servce you much better. A drachma will only harm the Greek people. That leaves one other option.

The Great FreedomFest Debate Was Like Watching Tom and Jerry

With apologies to his fans, Jerry is an evil little mouse who constantly pesters Tom the Cat. Tom tries and tries, but cannot seem to overpower someone who is a fraction of his size and strength.
Watching Stephen Moore attempt to debate Paul Krugman was like that.

How the Unemployed Spend Their Days

If you’re presently working 40 or more hours a week, and are possibly part of the population paying taxes to the federal government, you might want to think about where those tax dollars are actually going — and what the people obtaining those tax dollars are quite often doing (or not doing) with their time.

Poverty

Left free, the market will provide the greatest benefit to workers, employers and consumers, while allowing charity as well.

Immigration and The Welfare State

Most immigrants recognize that America is the land of opportunity. If we let enough in, perhaps their number will offset the growing number of the native born who simper that America is the land of entitlement.

Piketty’s Popular Nonsense

When markets are free, poor people can move out of their income group. Income mobility, matters more than income inequality.

Poverty and Snow Storms

Many young people in poverty today not only do not seem to know the way, but have many other people leading them off in other directions.

The High Cost of Liberalism: Part III

“Poverty” is in the eye of the statisticians — more specifically, the government statisticians who define what constitutes “poverty,” and who are unlikely to define it in ways that might jeopardize the massive welfare state that they are part of.