Monday, June 06, 2005

Contrarian View From the Pew: Duck

If it looks like a duck, and if it quacks like a duck, more often than's a duck. The ONE Campaign sure looks like a big fat global welfare quacker to me.

Once again, good intentions seem to be getting the best of common sense. Welfare doesn’t decrease poverty; never has and never will. How can we expect God to bless a government program that conflicts with the eighth commandment? Stealing from some in order to give to others is still stealing. Government sanctioned stealing is no more moral than putting on a black suit and visiting your neighbor in the middle of the night.

The best way to reduce poverty is to increase freedom; not reduce freedom by placing a greater burden on tax payers and workers around the world. Do people never learn, or is this just more proof that most people care more about how they are perceived by others than they care about the truth? Good intentions sometimes leads to disastrous results when the good intentions are not accompanied by effective methods. There is a real danger that poverty, AIDS, and dependence will all be increased in Africa with this proposal just like poverty and dependence were increased in America during welfare’s heyday.

There are sensible, effective, and moral methods we can use to decrease global poverty, though. First and foremost, we should open the borders of the United States to more immigration. Some of the money immigrants earn in the United States will make it’s way back to the immigrant’s country of origin where it will help to increase economic opportunities. We should also reduce taxes across the board in the United States which would increase investments in under-developed countries, and also increase spending in America on goods imported from other countries.

Freedom is a time tested method for reducing poverty and improving lives. Welfare is a black hole that destroys families and increases poverty. We should be promoting freedom, not welfare.


Phil Dillon, Prairie Apologist said...


I'm in full accord with you. I grew up in the welfare state and learned early on that it was the most miserable type of existence imaginable. The whole system strips people of their dignity and sets up beaurocracies that foster dependency.

One of the happiest days of my life was the day I shook the dust off my feet and told them where they could stick all that welfare they said they were being so kind to give me.

You're absolutely right. The only way to shake it is to get free.

Thanks for your insight!

David M. Smith said...

Thanks Phil,

I was expecting to get hammered when I wrote this one, but I felt like it needed to be said by someone, so why not me? I always welcome counter views, but it’s still nice to get an initial agreement.

James Fletcher Baxter said...


The way we define 'human' determines our view of self,
others, relationships, institutions, life, and future.
Important? Only the Creator who made us in His own image
is qualified to define us accurately. Choose wisely...
there are results.

Human is earth's Choicemaker. Psalm 25:12 He is by nature
and nature's God a creature of Choice - and of Criteria.
Psalm 119:30,173 His unique and definitive characteristic
is, and of Right ought to be, the natural foundation of his
environments, institutions, and respectful relations to his
fellow-man. Thus, he is oriented to a Freedom whose roots
are in the Order of the universe.

The arts and the sciences of man, as with his habits,
customs, and traditions, are the creative harvest of
his perceptive and selective powers. Creativity, the
creative process, is a choice-making process. His
articles, constructs, and commodities, however marvelous
to behold, deserve neither awe nor idolatry, for man, not
his contrivance, is earth's own highest expression of the
creative process.

"These examples demonstrate a basic truth -- that human
dignity is embodied in the free choice of individuals."
Condoleeza Rice

Q: "What is man, that he could be pure? And he who is
born of a woman, that he could be righteous?" Job 15:14
A: "Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall He
teach in the way he chooses." Psalm 25:12

-- from
Human Defined: Earth's Choicemaker

Jim Baxter
WWII & Korean War