“Whether we want to own up to it or not, the welfare state has done what Jim Crow, gross discrimination and poverty could not have done. It has contributed to the breakdown of the black family structure and has helped establish a set of values alien to traditional values of high moral standards, hard work and achievement.” —Walter Williams
As usual, Mr. Williams is correct. However, he doesn't mention that the "War on Poverty" did in many white families, too, particularly in Appalachia. My home county in southeastern Kentucky is still feeling the effects of generations of welfare recipients that sat at home drawing a check instead of moving to where there was work.