Ben Franklin, on Welfare

16 Jan

“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”

Benjamin Franklin, On the Price of Corn and Management of the Poor, November 1766



3 Responses to “Ben Franklin, on Welfare”

  1. Tim Arbeiter May 3, 2016 at 10:31 pm #

    Wisdom there, for sure.

    I wish our “leaders” today could muster the courage and common sense to utter such words, and then act upon them.

  2. Sherry August 3, 2017 at 9:38 pm #

    Reblogged this on quotes and notes and opinions.


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