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By Don C Brunell
Association of Washington Business President 

Government helps poor by creating more poor people

Guest Commentary

 


There’s an ancient Chinese proverb that says, “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.”

In other words, it is better to teach someone to take care of themselves than keep them dependent on others.

In our country today, the growing tendency is to let government provide for us. Almost lost is the notion that, if people are willing to take risks, work hard and pick themselves up when they fall, they will eventually succeed.

As government grows ever larger in an attempt to provide more benefits to more people, it saps trillions of dollars from the private economy and ultimately deters job creation. When investors and e...



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