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Tuesday, September 6, 2005

More On The Failure Of The Nanny State

Robert Tracinski writing at the The Intellectual Activist makes some good points about the failure of the welfare state [hat tip: Neal Boortz]. Excerpt:

There were many decent, innocent people trapped in New Orleans when the deluge hit—but they were trapped alongside large numbers of people from two groups: criminals—and wards of the welfare state, people selected, over decades, for their lack of initiative and self-induced helplessness. The welfare wards were a mass of sheep—on whom the incompetent administration of New Orleans unleashed a pack of wolves.

All of this is related, incidentally, to the incompetence of the city government, which failed to plan for a total evacuation of the city, despite the knowledge that this might be necessary. In a city corrupted by the welfare state, the job of city officials is to ensure the flow of handouts to welfare recipients and patronage to political supporters—not to ensure a lawful, orderly evacuation in case of emergency.

See also - New Orleans: The Nanny State's Bitter Fruit

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