Saturday, January 22, 2011

Race, The Welfare State, and Economics

The Wall Street Journal ran a very poignant interview with Walter Williams, a black economist at George Mason University, on the impact of the welfare state, racism, and the growth of government.  Mr. Williams most salient point is best summed up in a quote, "The welfare state has done to black Americans what slavery couldn't do, what Jim Crow couldn't do, what the harshest racism couldn't do... And that is to destroy the black family." 

Williams makes a powerful argument - one that needs to be made more often by the Right.  The so-called nanny state hurts even those it supposedly benefits.  If such an argument is convincingly sold to the voters, it will do much to scale back the expansive growth of government.

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