Over at Think Progress they are claiming that America’s homeless problem could be solved with the amount of money Americans spend on Christmas decorations.
This, of course, is wrong. The American War on Poverty began in the 1960s and literally trillions of dollars have been spent and the poorest of the poor are still homeless. Americans are now spending a trillion dollars a year on means tested welfare – not including any of the faith based or private charities such as the Salvation Army – and there are still many thousands of homeless people.
Each year the need grows greater, the program grows greater. We were told four years ago that seventeen million people went to bed hungry each night. Well, that was probably true. They were all on a diet! But now we are told that 9.3 million families in this country are poverty-stricken on the basis of earning less than $3,000 a year. Welfare spending is ten times greater than the dark depths of the Depression. We are spending 45 billion dollars on welfare. Now, do a little arithmetic, and you will find that if we divided the 45 billion dollars up equally among those 9 million poor families, we would be able to give each family $4,600 a year, and this added to their present income should eliminate poverty!
Those numbers have since exploded and yet the problem persists. It is a strange fact, proven over decades at great expense, that you cannot cure poverty by giving people money. In fact, giving up Christmas decorations in an attempt to end homelessness would do little for the homeless and, frankly, destroy jobs in the Christmas decoration industry.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions. It is paved with a desire to help the poor, to feed the hungry and to clothe the naked. The meticulously paved road ends, nonetheless, in hell.
What is the answer to homelessness and abject poverty that exists in a nation where none should? I wish I knew. I do know for certain, however, that it isn’t to seize private property and use it to create soul crushing dependency. The answer isn’t to promote the creation of generation after generation born and bred in a culture that has been ripped out by the roots and replaced with something poisonous to human development.
There is no amount of money that will satisfy the left because there is, in reality, no amount of money that will end poverty. It is counterintuitive, but long term poverty is almost never caused by a simple lack of money. Poverty stalks mankind everywhere and in all circumstances.