For those of you who can’t read the picture very well, I will type it out. “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. In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, 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.”
These are wise words and words that should be considered by our government. Now, was Ben Franklin saying that we should stop the individual acts of kindness to those in need? No, not at all. However, what I believe he was saying was that the government should not make it so the poor and needy can be comfortable in their poverty. Bottom line is, people will do what it takes to survive. Now does that mean that they will do the right thing to survive? Heavens no. In fact, many people do the exact opposite of the right thing. However, there will be others who will better themselves and get out of their poverty if they can’t be comfortable in their poverty.