Federal Government and the Link to Poverty

My latest column at The Daily Caller talks about the negative effects that the federal government’s policies, past and present, have on the poorest members of American society:

…I would like to draw attention to the fact that while government loots the rich through the direct means of taxation, it likewise loots the poor, albeit through a different set of means that is much more difficult to recognize, and thus much more difficult to counteract…

…Those of the small-government mindset who wish to rally more people to their cause should not go about proclaiming that we should be immediately getting rid of affirmative action and welfare for the poor, but instead should be putting forth a rallying cry against corporate welfare, an inflation-minded Federal Reserve System, and a law enforcement system whose economic penalties weigh heaviest on those with the least money in their savings accounts. It does not have to be out of selfishness that we advocate for a reduction of the federal nanny-state.  It can, and should, instead be out of a concern for the poverty and destruction of wealth that is directly generated by this institution’s misguided policies.

I think that libertarians could gain a lot of ground with sincere socially-minded leftists, especially community organizers and others who are personally involved at the local level, by spending more time illuminating just how damaging government policies are to the poor in our nation.  

Despite the fact that programs like welfare and affirmative action are supposed to aid the poor, the cumulative effect of government policies on the poor is far from positive.  This is not to say that a poor individual doesn’t receive some kind of benefit by receiving a food stamp in the mail — at the moment they will be able to go out and buy a loaf of bread.  This is simply to say that, when a cost vs. benefits analysis is applied to the relationship between the government and the poor, the costs for our nation’s impoverished far outweigh the benefits.

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