Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wrong answers to real problems

The wrong answer:
Worried that welfare costs are rising as the number of taxpayers declines, state Rep. John LaBruzzo, R-Metairie, said Tuesday he is studying a plan to pay poor women $1,000 to have their Fallopian tubes tied. . . .
LaBruzzo said he worries that people receiving government aid such as food stamps and publicly subsidized housing are reproducing at a faster rate than more affluent, better-educated people who presumably pay more tax revenue to the government. He said he is gathering statistics now. . . .
"The hard part is to sit down and think of some solutions."
I've got a solution: Freedom. If government aid is the problem, eliminate government aid. I'm opposed to taxpayer-subsidized bastardy, but since bastardy can't be eliminated, let's eliminate the subsidy. If LaBruzzo proposes zeroing out Louisana's state housing budget, I'd applaud. But forcing taxpayers to provide free birth control? No way.

And if the problem is that "more affluent, better-educated people" aren't having enough kids -- hey, I'm a father of six. What's your problem, Mr. 38-Year-Old Father of One?

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