“[C]onservatives have a point when they suggest that America’s safety net can sometimes entangle people in a soul-crushing dependency ” wrote admitted liberal New York Times writer Nicholas Kristof in an eye-opening (for liberals) article about poverty in America.
Here are some extracts:
parents here in Appalachian hill country pulling their children out of literacy classes. Moms and dads fear that if kids learn to read, they are less likely to qualify for a monthly check for having an intellectual disability.
Most wrenching of all are the parents who think it’s best if a child stays illiterate, because then the family may be able to claim a disability check each month.
Those kids may never recover: a 2009 study found that nearly two-thirds of these children make the transition at age 18 into S.S.I. for the adult disabled. They may never hold a job in their entire lives and are condemned to a life of poverty on the dole — and that’s the outcome of a program intended to fight poverty.