Re: Re: Fraud


There is another way of applying Aaron's argument that welfare is a job's program.  Once, not long after we had moved to Rockford, I was taking my family to the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago.  We had to drive through some interesting neighborhoods.  We looked at block after block of neglected houses, with young dissolute males lounging on the front steps.  It was about 11 in the morning, and one of my children asked innocently: "Don't they have jobs to go to."  In the sweetest voice I could muster, I explained: "Many of them work at night."

And indeed they do, robbing, raping, and killing.  They couldn't practice their favorite sports were we not paying them to be idle.  In other words, the taxes we pay for welfare are a means of subsidizing crime.

Thomas Fleming

Thomas Fleming

Thomas Fleming is the former editor of Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. He is the author of The Politics of Human Nature, Montenegro: The Divided Land, and The Morality of Everyday Life, named Editors' Choice in philosophy by Booklist in 2005. He is the coauthor of The Conservative Movement and the editor of Immigration and the American Identity. He holds a Ph.D. in classics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before joining the Rockford Institute, he taught classics at the University of Miami of Ohio, served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Education, and was headmaster at the Archibald Rutledge Academy. He has been published in, among others, The Spectator (London), Independent on Sunday (London), Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Chicago Sun-Times, National Review, Classical Journal, Telos, and Modern Age. He and his wife, Gail, have four children and four grandchildren.

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