Tuesday, December 25, 2007

How do you "cure" income disparities?

Phillip Chesser has it right. Using Government to "punish" the rich will not help the poor. 40 years of the "war on poverty" and trillions of "aid" have not helped anyone except the bureaucrats who staff these poverty agencies.

Silly concepts like "raising awareness" of poverty simply allow those who do the raising to feel important and self-righteous for a short time. Fixing poverty must start with those who are poor and concentrate on how they, as sovereign, independent individuals, can improve their lot. It is not a collective enterprise.


What, if anything, should be done about income disparity? Nothing. Income disparity is neither evil nor a sign of injustice; it causes neither unemployment nor poverty in the United States. Bad habits and poor life choices cause poverty, not rich people with expensive houses, luxury cars, and country club memberships.

If one examines disaggregated poverty figures carefully, several things jump out. First, most of the poor are unmarried women with children. Second, many are poorly educated, having left school without graduating. Again, poverty in the United States, like poor health, is most often a result of bad habits and poor choices.

Good health and economic success require discipline, hard work, and wise choices. People who exercise and eat sensibly enjoy better health than those who don't. People who enjoy economic success finish school, get married, and then have children.

The United States is a country of limitless economic opportunity. That's why people from all over the world want to come here. When did anyone ever hear an immigrant, legal or illegal, complain about income disparity?