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Welfare Isn't Compassion

by PATRICK PETION (writer), Little Ferry NJ, May 06, 2009

compassion is a positive trait however, to a person of liberal persuasion they confuse compassion with government obligation, they believe that the goverment have an obligation to interfere to help.

liberal love to ask are we a compassionate society or if there is no welfare system how we will help the poor. to a person of liberal persuasion compassion includes the concept that there is an obligation on the part of the government to right a perceived injustice to a class of people who are perceived to have been wronged. the problem with such view is right a wrong by offering help to a group will only diminish their ability to become self reliance , they will see it as a favor than as something they ought to have. liberty, freedom, and properity is a natural right it does not come from the state or a group of person.

the particular fix inevitably involves the transfer of wealth, from others who have, maybee they occur those wealth throught honest effort and intellect, acquired it to those who have and will not. This lavish process constitutes a deterrent to work and an enticement to mediocrity on the part of those who are potentially most productive, and create capital.

when the propensity to generate asset is grow weaker job become more sparce. Government in general does not create capital or jobs. when that happen the verey group that liberals want subsidized becomes larger. Thus, the rank of the oppressed and the cycle of poverty becomes widened. but in the eyes of the compassionates liberal at least things are more equal.the misery has been spread more equitably.

without an undestanding of basic economics, and with a large amount of what you term compassion you assail the greedy capitalist. this wacky left wing mind set, albeit well intentioned at the lowest level. don't think for a moment The common left wing politician like Ted kennedy and Barak Obama believe it,their entire power base usually depends upon the existence of a class of dependent victims. At least for now you can be assure that hard work will always pay off. before you realize that half of your pay is taking by the government for programs which cause more more problem than they fix , you will finally finish to undestand that the liberal definition of compassion assume the worst in those who have achived . they have that believe that those who have have taken it from those who don't have. that of course fuels the class warfare argument upon which liberal carry on.

we have to undestand, bigger government isn't the solution to most of the problem of our society, the solution is a fair society, treat people fairly and create opportunity for all more people will prosper than if they were receiving handouts. capitalist is the only way to create wealth, it is part of human nature to learn to survive for themselves, but liberal believe an creating an under class, if you don't undestand capitalist you might and the economic law by which it operates, you may believe that haning out money taken forcefully from producing people to poor people is compassion, that definently not the case. such policy create more poor dependent people.

that is like the good hearted soul who feeds wild animals from her back porch in the winter. those poor wild animal become dependant on the handouts and lose their innate capacity to survive otherwise. creating dependency is the opposite of compassion. the only way you can help is to create opportunity .

now you will say my policy to help the poor is to leave them alone. that will be a great start . the first start is to stop doing what the government is doing , namely creating dependence. these welfare program have precisely the opposite effect overall that you believe they have.until you really undestand that you will not get it. once it is clear that people can't make a career out of being a victim they will seek other way to survive. Start with a job is a good way to start.



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By Jack on May 12, 2010 at 12:23 pm

HurricaneDean,

Indexes like the one you are posting don't always reflect the reality of a countries situation. For example when you look at something such as life expectancy, that number in the US can be lower for more reasons then quality of health care.

We have more guns and more cars then any other country in the world.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_vehicles_per_capita

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_gun_ownership

As a result we have a much higher rate of shooting and driving deaths then many of the countries that are "ahead" of us.

Putting that aside though, another assumption you seem to be making is that social programs will work the same in different countries. I don't know too much about Iceland, but from looking at a map I would assume that they don't have a problem with illegal immigration. Unless we seal our borders, which I don't see happening any time soon, any social programs we create will also have to sustain a steady flow of applicants from the impoverished countries to the south of us.

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By PATRICK PETION on May 12, 2010 at 02:12 pm

Jack that right, but dean might not see it here. go to one of the new post and teach him something he need to be inform.

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By Jack on May 12, 2010 at 06:03 pm

Here is a study from the University of Iowa illustrating this specific point.

Table I-5 on page 18 shows that when homicides and traffic fatalities are taken in to consideration (the standardized mean) the US ranks #1 in life expectancy. We could go into arguments over gun control and public transportation. But thats not really the point. I understand that the people who wrote this report probably have an agenda, but I believe the same thing about the WHO, the truth lies somewhere in between.

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By Jack on May 12, 2010 at 07:28 pm

I believe that the WHO claims to be non-partisan. But I do believe that as an agency of the UN, they have an agenda just like everyone else. The presentation that I linked to does have some flaws with how they arrived at their numbers. However, I do believe that their overall argument is valid. Here is an article which has some criticisms of their book.

http://blogs.wsj.com/numbersguy/does-the-us-lead-in-life-expectancy-223/

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By Barkha Dhar on August 03, 2010 at 10:39 am

That's a fine piece. Its good to read the way you have defined compassion and compared it to creating opportunity and just not left it at showing sympathy

Thanks

Barkha Dhar

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By PATRICK PETION on February 25, 2011 at 01:49 pm

thank barkha for your comment

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