Here is a good reminder about prejudice and about how sometimes measures meant to give immediate help end up hurting people in the long run:
Janson blurted out, “It’s hard to be sympathetic with a bunch of lazy tramps.”
It was Alfred’s turn to be angry. His hands clenched the arms of his chair tightly as he answered, “Oh, yes, I forgot, the Indians are lazy and the whites are industrious, so industrious that they are filling up penitentiaries and poor houses everywhere! There are lazy people in every community, Thomas. And I wonder if, under the same conditions as created at the agency, whites would not behave the same as our Indian brethren. A man tends not to value what he is given freely. I believe that the intention of our agency system was intended as a benevolent one, but in giving the Indians everything they need to live, we have removed the one thing that motivates manliness and character — the pride of accomplishment, the knowledge that one is supporting one’s family and doing well. That is why we expect our children to work and why we expect the parents of our students to contribute in some way to support the school.”
“Utopianism can be maintained only by a kind of willful blindness to the reality of human sin. But when we succumb to that blindness, we lose the capacity to deal with sin, and in the end, we actually compound its effects. Therein lies the greatest paradox of all attempts to deny the Fall: In denying sin and evil, we actually unleash its worst powers.”
~ Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey, How Now Shall We Live? (Tyndale, 1999), p. 183
You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.
What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!.
When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.
But, why doesn’t democracy work? Why isn’t it a good form of government? The answer lies in a fatal tendency of man to aspire to live off the labors of someone else. To live, man must either work or steal. Experience shows that he will do whichever is safest and easiest. Thus, the majority will always follow demagogues who promise to use the law to give them other men’s property, property usually taken by taxes. Once the law is perverted into a system of legalized plunder to redistribute wealth, a right sense of justice is destroyed. Special interest groups are then formed to lobby government for their share of the wealth. Class hatred is generated, violence and anarchy then usher in the fall of the government and the establishment of a dictatorship.