Safety nets and cannon fodder

Nicholas Kristoff complains:

This is painful for a liberal to admit, but conservatives have a point when they suggest that America’s safety net can sometimes entangle people in a soul-crushing dependency. Our poverty programs do rescue many people, but other times they backfire. Some young people here don’t join the military (a traditional escape route for poor, rural Americans) because it’s easier to rely on food stamps and disability payments.

To which Duncan Black summarizes excellently:

The poors are refusing to assume their God-given place as cannon fodder for our empire.

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