Helping the poor is vitally important. How you help is more important. There are many ways that government helps that has disastrous results. Out of wedlock births are greatly driven up by the structure of welfare. The biggest culprit is not having the ability to say “no, I will not help" when the help enables destructive lifestyles..
Many young pregnant unwed women are taught a very unfortunate economic lesson, that if you do not marry the wage earning father of the child, the government will provide money, food, health care, housing among other benefits. While many try to resit this perverse incentive, over the years the rate of single parent households has risen. Blog: The Importance of Fathers.