Our Threatened Freedom
Who Gets The Benefit From Welfarism? (03:40)
R.J. Rushdoony: 00:01 Who gets the benefit from
R.J. Rushdoony: 00:37 A Temple University professor has pointed out, and I quote, “If we simply gave the money to the poor, each eligible family of four would get close to $40,000 a year.” The poor
R.J. Rushdoony: 01:26 Obviously, some money must be spent to administer welfare. The problem is that these federal, state and local bureaucracies are spending a disproportionate amount for administration. To the point where welfare programs are better for the welfare of the bureaucracies than for the poor. We should not be surprised that welfare has become a growth industry. Welfare does more for the state, its power and its bureaucracy than it does for the poor. Some cities and many states have very strict rules controlling every private or religious charity. No solicitation of funds is permitted unless very strict rules are complied with. In other instances, groups not meeting the rules are put on a blacklist. Some of these rules are common sense requirements to prevent fraud. Others tend to be unreasonable.
R.J. Rushdoony: 02:30 The important fact is that various state agencies would not quality if a like set of rules we applied to them. There are abuses in the private sector but these are few and exceptional. Whereas the abuses on the part of statist agencies are commonplace and flagrant. More than a few writers of recent years, including George Gilder have shown that
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