Dirty Secret: Poverty Programs Tend to Benefit Poor People

Oh, Christianity Today quotes Newt Gingrich in it’s recent issue: “In America, political scientist James Q. Wilson has pointed out that if you do not get pregnant outside of marriage, if you don’t get married before you’re 20, and if you complete high school, then it is virtually impossible to be in poverty.” Yep, that’s right. After all, what decent, self-respecting, white-middle-class person would lack the education and resources to avoid unwanted pregnancy, academic failure, and early marriage? Thanks Christianity Today for offering Gingrich a forum to reassure us comfortable Christian folks that we’re likely to stay comfortable for a good long time – and for reminding us that those expensive government programs so often only benefit the people who really need help!

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