1. “First of all, the government doesn’t have any responsibility for the poor. You and I have responsibility. People have responsibility.
“Second, the question is how can we as people exercise our responsibility toward our fellow man most effectively. So far as poverty is concerned, there has never in history been a more effective machine for eliminating poverty than the free enterprise system and the free market.”
~Milton Friedman at Stanford University in 1978 (see video above)
2. “It’s amazing to me how many people think that voting to have the government give poor people money is compassion. Helping poor and suffering people yourself is compassion. Voting for our government to use guns to give money to help poor and suffering people is immoral self-righteous bullying laziness.
“People need to be fed, medicated, educated, clothed, and sheltered. If we’re compassionate, we’ll help them, but you get no moral credit for forcing other people to do what you think is right. There is great joy in helping people, but no joy in doing it at gunpoint.”