Rage Against the Machine

I get a boatload of angry comments whenever I post about the harmful consequences of a bloated welfare state. If you want to see me attacked ruthlessly, check out the comments here, here and especially here.

Welfare Reform

They’re angry at me for protesting the status quo, but I believe their anger is misplaced. They think I’m judgmental of poor people, that I’m critical of families near the poverty line, and that I care nothing for those in need. But the fact is, my history, understanding and empathy are rock solid… 

  1. My history. I’m not near rich. In fact, Wendy and I have written and spoken on how to live a joyful life despite financially hard times.
  2. My understanding. We have 16 dependents at home. Go ahead, try telling me I don’t understand financial struggle.
  3. My empathy. I want nothing more than for people to be free, especially free from the financial burdens of poverty.

That last one deserves spreading around:

I want nothing more than for people to be free, especially free from the financial burdens of poverty. [Tweet this]

Here’s what I think really bothers the defenders of the status quo: it isn’t working. Does the government machine work? Does welfare really help those it claims to aid? Are handouts effective in bringing people out of poverty? Or does it create a spirit of dependency and entitlement that keeps people in the very poverty they aspire to escape?

Here’s what seldom fails: hard work, self-sufficiency, independence and freedom. These values only fail when a government mandates their freedom be distributed to those who aspire to failure, defeat, and dependency. I believe individuals and families need encouragement to stay the course and keep finding their personal freedom.

These are values that I aspire to every working day of my life, and I want nothing more than to see others aspire to them, too. If this angers some, their anger is misplaced. They should rage against the machine.

Question: Would you rather live poor and free, or well-off and enslaved?

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Michelle Robinson

    Well, if you were enslaved then you wouldn’t be well-off. Definitely poor and free. Then, I would have a chance to come out of poverty. I wouldn’t though, have the chance to come out of slavery.

    • Good point: poverty is escapable. Hard work and determination can do wonders in someone’s life.

  • Thanks for posting this. You are spot on. My husband and I have repeatedly been criticized (within my extended family) for the very points you are making. The hard truth is that sometimes when you’re free you still are poor and sometimes bad choices can’t be undone immediately and that even though we are saved through Christ and are new creations in Christ, our day to day life may still be difficult and not one of ease and comfort (which is what the state tries to both promise and deliver). You know more than most people that even though one is saved, we still live in this world and it requires labor each and every day (with the help of Christ who strengthens each of us) to put food on your table and a roof over your family’s head. The gov’t machine, which seeks to somehow short cut this via the printing press, seeks to punish that. Sigh. Thanks for posting and Godspeed.

    • Stay strong, Lisa. Thanks for posting your thoughts!