Quote from spacenurse
I read it.
Where is Mr. Caplans plan for the hungry and homeless?
He seems to know why all our ideas are wrong so what is the practical solution?
The best vehicle for taking care of the hungry and homeless is the free market. Look all over the world. Prosperity leads to a better life, for all.
Because of the free market, I recently read that the number of peoples living on less than 2 dollars/day has shrunk rapidly, even as population has grown.
The FREE MARKET provides the prosperity that plans for the hungry and homeless. And, it does it far better than gov't.
Look at THIS nation. As a result of a historical gov't-hands-off on the economy, our nation is such that poverty has a whole new definition. Very few people go hungry in this country. Persistent malnutrition is virtually extinct. Poverty has a whole new meaning, a poverty of want as opposed to a poverty of need. The reason why is that this nation, BECAUSE OF COMPETITION, is such that anybody who wants to make it here can, and millions more besides.
Simply put, after trillions of dollars, the war on poverty is a worse failure than the war in Iraq. And, it has cost more, in treasure AND lives. Far more. Our war on poverty has deprived generations of hope. Milton Friedman said it best: "The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem".
I just don't have faith in the government.
The free market provides more opportunity, for more people, than any other mechanism. That is a universal, economic truth.
I'm for free market competition because it is MUCH MORE COMPASSIONATE than any gov't could be. Or, to be more precise, the opportunity costs associated with letting the gov't handle social problems is ALWAYS the worst deal possible. That money would be far better spent on free exchange of idea and industry than in the hands of gov't.
I believe in the free market BECAUSE I'm compassionate and want what is best, for the most people possible. I'm against government solutions BECAUSE they are uncompassionate, by any reasonable comparison.
So, let me turn your question around: what is the gov't's plan for hunger and homelessness? More to the point, after trillions of dollars and decades of work, how successful have such plans been? In fact, the statistics have barely moved, in 40 yrs. To the extent things have improved, it is in direct tandem with the economy as a whole, in spite of gov't aid. The proof is in. Your solution to these problems, the gov't, is an abject failure. Maybe it's time to try a better approach.