Over at John Barron's blog, Dan has continued to chastise those of us who insist that we are living the consequences of our choices and actions. Dan is especially demonizing of those on the right who dare suggest such a thing about the poor in this country. It doesn't matter how many others have experiences that support the proposition. It only matters that Dan doesn't want to hear it, and prefers that everyone give away all their stuff to the poor. At least that is the unstated expectation, because he thinks Christ came just to tell us to do that.
Unfortunately, helping the poor and alleviating poverty are two different things, and doing whatever is necessary to point out the importance of making the proper choices in life and following through on those choices constitute the beginning of helping the poor and eventually alleviating poverty.
To that end, I offer http://winteryknight.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/jay-richards-how-to-end-poverty-in-10-tough-steps/">this video that I stole from Wintery Knight. It's around an hour and a half long, but worth the time spent. More to the point, anyone who claims to care about the plight of the poor are merely posturing if they do not view it and ponder deeply the facts and evidence highlighted within it. The speaker, Jay Richards, also wrote a book on the subject and his presentation is based upon it. I can't wait to read it. If this video is any proof, it'll present the conservative position in a nutshell, which actually produces results.