Is this a serious question?
Now that I think about that post, the war on drugs in many ways has been a failure. The "war on Poverty", as you would call it, has been beneficial to many people in America who truly are struggling:
Welfare, in the cases where it has been used for legitimate purposes, has helped many people who for one reason or another are unable to find work. At the same time, I'm not one of those naive liberal types who believe that it is a Godsend. In many cases it destroys the ambition of many people to find work, continues to be abused, and is in need of serious reform. I'm not oblivious to the fact that it has historically been used by politicians to put poor people, minorities in particular, "in their place" and bribe them for votes. The US has one of the worst welfare systems in the world.
As I said, the benefits are short term. They address the symptoms and do absolutely nothing to cure the disease. If any such "cure" exists, it would come in the form of economic growth which creates jobs as well as opportunities. There will always be people that are unable or unwilling to work, and those are the people that should be supported through charities. There is no reason why people who work full time should not be able to obtain food, clothing, shelter, medical care and other necessities on the most basic of jobs that are more than entry level.
The reason why these things are beyond their grasp and that welfare is needed is due to a multitude of factors which are the direct result of government intervention in the markets. Things get more complicated when you factor in personal decisions made by people that diminish their ability to obtain these things. Those involve wasting money, making irresponsible choices that lead them into debt or imprisonment and other unfortunate incidents.
Don't get me wrong. There are a ton of gray areas. My basic point is that a wealthy and prosperous society should not have to continually fall into these types of situations where more and more government is necessary to address problems which could be more efficiently dealt with via competitive markets.
The fact that people who claim to be in need are often susceptible to outright fraud and abuse, tells me that the people that truly need the help end up with less help and fewer benefits. And by benefits, I mean economic benefits, such as those made possible by a thriving and vibrant economy. The bad apples spoil the entire bunch. There is no way of salvaging a system in which failures result in rewards.
Edited by juslen, 03 January 2014 - 12:31 AM.