I moved towards the right by talking to the alleged "beneficiaries" of liberal paternalism. I found that they were more scathing about many hand-out programs than any think-tank conservative. They could describe in great detail the corrosive effects of entitlements and the fraud and cheating endemic in welfare programs. Most everyone I met supported work as a precondition of welfare. Remarkably, however, the liberal press never seemed to find these people, though they comprise the majority of clients in any welfare office or homeless shelter. I realized the elites were lying all the time about the causes of poverty.
Thursday, March 25, 2004
John Hawkins has an interesting interview with Heather MacDonald. MacDonald has written about the myth of racial profiling and how some programs such as welfare and affirmative action actually hurt the ones they're supposed to help. She explains why she went from being a liberal to being a conservative.
Posted by Betsy Newmark at 6:36 AM