15 September 2011

Ben Franklin Responds To The President's Jobs Bill


"I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer . . . In short, you offered a premium for the encouragement of idleness, and you should not now wonder that it has had its effect in the increase of poverty."
~ Benjamin Franklin

Amazing how the best and brightest among us seem to have difficulty learning from history, isn't it? More here at the American Thinker. 

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