Comment 25817

By A Smith (anonymous) | Posted July 03, 2008 at 22:28:25

Highwater, I agree with you to a certain extent. I am being selfish, but it is because I want to help poor people. I believe that things have a way of balancing out, therefore if I routinely give money to a poor person, it makes them reliant on me, as if they are small child.

Assuming that people have food to stay alive, and shelter to keep them healthy, every extra government dollar is poison. I believe that charity and food banks could take care of the bare necessities, therefore welfare is unnecessary.

If we really want to help people, let them build up the motivation to help themselves. Government freebies kill the hunger to break from poverty, because the pain they feel isn't strong enough.

I go back to the analogy of the human body, exercise and stress make it stronger, but doing nothing will make it atrophy. Poor people should be asked to work if they want to accept the kindness of strangers. In doing so, they will not only build their bodies, they will build their self worth.

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