Americans believe in helping the less fortunate, but while government programs aim to assist families in meeting their daily needs, they fail in lifting the beneficiaries out of poverty. Rather than just providing support at an unsustainable cost to the entire country, these programs should focus on helping Americans return to work and break the cycle of government dependence through the promotion of personal responsibility.
However, many of these programs are, in effect, discouraging the ideas of work and self-sufficiency. Instead, they rely on reckless spending and debt to finance unsustainable and duplicative entitlements that do society more harm than good. By adopting redistributive policies, confiscatory taxation, and subsidizing unemployment, these programs lead to government dependence and perpetuate more of the same.
Social welfare policy must address the causes of poverty and not just its symptoms. The goal should be to promote self-sufficiency and help break the chains of poverty, instead of locking participants in a state of dependence where they remain trapped in the “safety net” for good. Only through the accumulation of capital, wealth creation, hard work, and personal responsibility can people be truly free to pursue their own efforts. Only then, can we strike a blow against poverty and enable the poorest to rise to a higher economic class.