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It’s often said, if you give a man a fish, he will eat for one day but if you teach a man to fish, he will eat for a lifetime. Attributed to Benjamin Franklin is a similar sentiment: “I am for doing good to the poor, but…I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”

And we see this theory playing out right before our eyes, in a very negative way. Hat tip to a friend of mine, a New York Police Department detective, who sent this my way from “Residents of Los Angeles’ Skid Row threatened to riot this weekend because their Electronic Benefit Transfer cards stopped working temporarily. The brief EBT card outage was the result of a routine back-up check on the vendor’s Xerox Corp. systems. The system began working shortly after it was restarted, however, California welfare recipients weren’t happy about the inconvenience.”

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