Below you can read the screen shots, if you would prefer, that lead someone to demand I 'Show them one example of a government that has done any good'. Here was my response if you can indulge me:
Every person who ever fell back on unemployment when times were hard (like my parents in the 80s both now gainfully employed for over 20 years - like the 5 extra percent who are unemployed now who were employed 4 years ago), every Pell Grant recipient who otherwise would not have dreamed of going to college (A girl named Maria I worked with 2 years ago is now enrolled), and every social worker who has had to make the hard decision to remove children from homes at worst but shown the way towards self efficacy at best.
But to you, every person is hopeless and every attempt to extend a hand is futile. Apparently taking away all means of establishing a stable lifestyle will somehow lead to education, social progress and affability. If all they've ever known is a life of yelling, or abuse, or drugs, that will all be magically remedied by cold hard capitalism.
And to respond to this notion with "They'll be forced to or else - that's the free market" you have to realize how crazy that is.
Take away any sense of stability and safety, and suddenly someones ready to learn a trade? Read a book? Pull rationality out of thin air? And on top of that, "or else" what? They will need food today. They are in need of a home today. I don't know if walking around on the street in search of work without a home, especially when there is no work, lugging around hungry children, is the best way to harness someone's talents and capabilities. And that's all giving the benefit of the doubt they don't simply fall back on what would be natural to someone who's in such a desperate situation: Theft - crime - anything to get by that they can do NOW because they need it NOW.
That's the storyline of what you're advocating for and I can't see where I am exaggerating. To have this play out in any better way is where my "wishful thinking" comment to you comes from. This storyline just perpetuates the shit at the bottom rung of our society and only makes it easier to fall into and harder to climb out of.
It's the understanding of human nature that makes it all the more reasonable for those lucky enough and affluent enough to be so comfortable to give back to the society that offers such opportunity. The society that afforded them the opportunities and now rewards them, may need to be sustained. There is no upper crust without the lower classes/masses and to think playing "tough love" with society is going to be for the better is dreadfully silly.
is a thirty-something guy who hasn't been able to look away from politics since 2008. Around the time he got tired of staring at religion.