Myths/helping people makes them dependent

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Myth: Providing people with regular assistance makes them more dependent, not less.
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Gary Skinner explains that welfare makes people more dependent, and claims that living off other people's money is celebrated in the US.


  • "Look how people have been deceived into becoming dependent upon the government and having the government telling them that they’re going to take care of them from the cradle to the grave. It has destroyed the American dream, destroyed these people’s lives, they no longer strive to better themselves and to provide for their family." ... "I keep going back to how that destroys the American dream, that destroys the incentive for somebody to better themselves [...] and they become serfs of the government, and that just makes them locked into a slavery relationship with the government."[1]


  1. 2015-06-23 Rafael Cruz, father of wingnut Senator Ted Cruz: Rafael Cruz: Aid Recipients 'Locked Into A Slavery Relationship With The Government' (RightWingWatch, via FtB)


  • This (via) seems to be another example, but I don't have time to dig into it right now.