From 1977 to 2013, inflation adjusted, per capita federal welfare spending has increased by 254 percent. However, there’s been no correspondingly dramatic reduction in poverty. In fact there has been none. I’ll repeat that for affect – none. The impact has been zero. The rate of those living in poverty has pretty much remained the same since the War on Poverty was declared in 1964.
The problem with public charity is that it creates dependency, it locks people into a culture of want; but private charity, because it focuses on empowerment, is much more capable of getting people to the point where they can take care of themselves or eliminate a particular need all together.
Take Away: The problem with public charity is that it creates dependency.