I care deeply for the poor. I'm vested in both time and money to help in several ways here in Cincinnati. Yet I hate how we have politicized the truth (or untruth) and then misapplied Scripture (or 'christianized myths') to what we need to do about it. I thought Frank Turk provided a decent analysis of the current occupy events.
Here Thomas Sowell, reminding us of the 1991 false declaration that "One in eight American children is going hungry tonight” also confronts the notion of the poor in America stating:
Those who believe in an expansive, nanny-state government need a large number of people in “poverty” to justify their programs. They also need a large number of people dependent on government to provide the votes needed to keep the big nanny state going.
Politicians, welfare-state bureaucrats, and others have incentives to create or perpetuate hoaxes, whether about poverty in general or hunger in particular. The high cost to taxpayers is exceeded by the even higher cost of lost opportunities for fulfillment by those who succumb to the lure of a stagnant life of dependency.
While his comments were in regard to education, J. Greshem Machen wrote, "A public school system, if it means the providing of free education for those who desire it, is a noteworthy and beneficent achievement of modern times; but when once it becomes monopolistic it is the most perfect instrument of tyranny which has yet been devised." I think we could substitute government anything in place of education and come to the same correct conclusion.