Public Policy, Welfare and Restraining Orders

Porter Stansberry a financial writer had this to say about do-gooders: “Good intentions, along with her handmaidens, hypocrisy and envy, are the most rightfully despised of all human characteristics. Liars are, usually, interesting. Fools can be quite entertaining. And a greedy man might make you rich, even if only by chance or mistake. But the do-gooder is always a bore and sometimes a tyrant. Good intentions, along with her handmaidens, hypocrisy and envy, are the most rightfully despised of all human characteristics. Liars are, usually, interesting. Fools can be quite entertaining. And a greedy man might make you rich, even if only by chance or mistake. But the do-gooder is always a bore and sometimes a tyrant.”

LBJ was a typical do-gooder and sought to alleviate troubles of the poor here in the U.S. What LBJ ended up doing in the 1960′s, with his social programs, was to destroy the nuclear family by replacing the father as the breadwinner and replacing it with the government. His welfare program subsidized illegitimacy and divorce creating a matriarchal relationship with its citizens now reliant on government handouts. It was not poverty that destroyed the lower-class, it was the poor policy of giving government money to women who had children out of wedlock forever making the father irrelevant in women’s lives.

In 1996 Bill Clinton reformed welfare laws with the “Welfare Reform Act” which encouraged welfare recipients to get jobs or job training, to make themselves self-sufficient, and to end their long-term dependency on government. It was a huge success as it dropped the amount of people on welfare and it forced people to take more initiative in their lives. Now in 2009 we have the Obama Stimulus that plans to increase the taxpayers’ money that the federal government gives to the states for welfare, and reverses incentives by giving bonuses to states that put more people on welfare. This last sentence is shocking: The U.S. federal government is going to give bonuses to states to increase the amount of people on welfare. The only logical conclusion is that more people will be placed on welfare. Some claim that the current stimulus package will be worse than the Great Society policies of the 1960s because of the money involved.

Restraining Orders work in the same way. The federal government pays more federal funds to sates that increase the amount of restraining orders year over year. With the advent of the Violence Against Women’s Act, what started as a “do-gooder” movement to benefit battered women is now being used as a mechanism for states to make money.

By Ron Lasorsa