This has consequences.
"Welfare insidiously creates its own clientele; by undermining work ethic and family structure, the welfare state generates a growing population in 'need of aid.' "
The Heritage Foundation again: There is "material poverty," which measures income, and "behavioral poverty," which "refers to a breakdown in the values and conduct which lead to the formation of healthy families, stable personalities, and self-sufficiency."
Behavioral poverty "incorporates a cluster of
That's what West Virginia's law enforcement, criminal justice, public school and court systems wrestle with every day.
All these problems would be lessened if society were to address the cause of family disintegration - welfare that is more rewarding than work - rather than the consequences of family breakdown.
Society, it turns out, makes a very poor substitute for strong families.