Rethinking charity and the welfare state

If you believe this is a photo of an actual soup kitchen and its patrons, you're a Democrat and live in Greenwich

If you believe this is a photo of an actual soup kitchen and its patrons, you’re a Democrat and live in Greenwich

Church charities in the Third World hurt, don’t help. Forbes interviews Peter Greer, President  and CEO of microfinance organization, Operation Hope:

Peter: There’s an entrepreneur named Jeff Rutt, and after the fall of the Soviet Union he had a desire to go over with his church and help. So, initially they did what people so often do, which is see that people don’t have food and then send over food, and see that people don’t have adequate clothes for the harsh Ukrainian winter and then go in their closets and send things over. And all of that is good, all of that is appropriate, all of that is needed in response to a crisis. But as Jeff did that, after a couple of years it was the team in Ukraine that eventually said—“

Jerry: “Your help is hurting.”

Peter: “Exactly, yeah. And anyone that’s been involved in philanthropy eventually comes to that point. When you try to help, you try to give things, you start to have the consequences. There’s an author Bob Lupton, who really nails it when he says that when he gave something the first time, there was gratitude; and when he gave something a second time to that same community, there was anticipation; the third time, there was expectation; the fourth time, there was entitlement; and the fifth time, there was dependency. That is what we’ve all experienced when we’ve wanted to do good. Something changes the more we just give hand-out after hand-out. Something that is designed to be a help actually causes harm. And so, microfinance turns that model on its head, and instead of going in and just saying, “We’ve got a lot of things you don’t, so we’re just going to give it to you,” it turns that model completely on its head and says, “Every single individual is created by a God who loves them, and that means there is worth and there is dignity and there is ability.” So we go in and say not, “What don’t you have,” but, “What do you have? What are you dreams for your kids? What are your aspirations? What are your hopes? What is it that is in your hand to do?” That changes everything. Microfinance then is the belief that everyone has ability, everyone has capacity, and it asks the question, “What is required to unlock that potential in that community to get them in productive employment?” And so, just real quick, just what that means is we do training, we do financial literacy, we do a place for people to save money, and then for people that are ready, we give them access to small loans so they can invest in their business ideas.”

Gratitude to anticipation to expectation to entitlement to dependency: that’s exactly what our own fifty-plus-year, multi-trillion-dollar “War on Poverty” has achieved in this country, plus gross income inequality, ruined inner cities and families, 50% unemployment rates for young blacks, failed schools and record numbers of people on food stamps, but the regressives like it that way and pour money into more of the same rather than try something new. For them, dependency is not a bug, it’s a feature.Rethinking charity and t

We don’t need to bring microfinancing to America; we already breed entrepreneurs like cockroaches, but “progressives” – Democrats and liberal Republicans alike, stamp all over them, burying them under a suffocating blanket of regulations, laws and punitive taxes. Why? Because if we had an economic system where people could be successful without a Congressman’s help, who would need Congress? There’s not a single member of our House of Representatives or Senate who’s demonstrated an ability to earn an honest living (trial lawyers don’t qualify) and without a mass of people dependent upon them, they’d have no purpose in life, no way to eat.

So we’re on our way to becoming the next Africa. And our political class is just fine with that.


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7 responses to “Rethinking charity and the welfare state

  1. Demmerkrat Patriot

    And our political class is just fine with that.
    That’s because they’ve gotten themselves elected to the “Have” class for life.

  2. Mickster

    The only jobs those clowns in DC are concerned about are their own. That’s why they spend most of their time fundraising for the next campaign.

    If they wanted to create jobs there are many ways, the main one being incentivizing business owners to hire. If you told me I would get $10k or $50k credit on my corporate taxes for every real full-time job I created, that would make a difference. You get the idea.

    Instead our government is making it much more difficult and expensive to hire full-time people.So, let’s do it overseas.

    We should rename July 4th Dependence Day. It’s taken less than 250 years for this great country to go from the British yolk to the Chinese one.

    Great job, you clowns!!

  3. Anonymous Citizenette

    Its just the old adage teach a man to fish vs. give a man a fish.

    I see it happening, but situation we’re hurtling towards can’t sustain itself, so what are they thinking? (o’bummer I get-he despises so much about traditional America & wants us to fail). Isn’t everyone going to suffer when it all fails? I’m just not getting the future as they envision it, and how total fail is good for them & their kids either. Guess I’m just another white idiot who can’t see the big picture.

  4. Chief Scrotum

    I don’t see where all this angst comes from. The folks vote for these people, give them money and see the results. Maybe you need to get involved in the process and put some cash on your bets to make a difference.

  5. Anonymous

    Too many people and not enough jobs due largely to technological efficiency. This problem is likely to worsen. Most of those who are out of work don’t have the ability to learn valuable skills in today’s world. The best outcome for the haves is for them not to breed. It’s a cold world.

  6. dogwalker

    I read a book recently called Toxic Charity. The author blasts everything from overseas mission trips to local food banks and particularly holiday gift collections for kids. In his view, the only times it is appropriate to give things away to people is in the aftermath of disasters – natural or otherwise, like house fires. Giving away is dis-empowering and only perpetuates dependence. There should ALWAYS be some sort of payment for goods, even if heavily subsidies. Now, he’s talking about non-profits but it doesn’t take much to expand his ideas to government policies. In sum, they are complete disasters that will only rarely help anyone.