Governments are good at transferring money but not so good at transforming people. They peddle self-esteem that never seems to translate into self-respect. They naturally stir up a sense of entitlement while damping the flames of personal character. They can build solid bureaucracies but they can’t build strong families. They can subsidize a family, but they’ve yet to find a good substitute for it.
Our goal should not be to enlarge the welfare state. The wreckage of this ill-conceived idea is strewn all around us. What was designed to be a safety net has become a trap. What was intended to support children has decimated the family, especially the role of the father. Good intentions are no longer good enough.
Take Away: Governments are good at transferring money but not so good at transforming people.