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November 9, 2013

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There has certainly been a bit more than normal written and said in person response to last week’s column. I am pretty sure I have lost my card-carrying liberal status.

Let me simply recite some research. Fifty-one percent of all babies born today are on WIC assistance. Fifty-two percent of all babies born and 72 percent of all African-American babies are born out of wedlock. Just more than 50 percent of all newborn babies are born to a mother already receiving TANF (welfare).

Obviously, some of you thought I overstated the problem. If the above are not what I would certainly term “problem” statistics, then we simply agree to disagree on my opinion about that subject.

I am one who has always supported social programs and helping people help themselves. If being a liberal means in addition to supporting and helping people who need a hand I have to accept irresponsible patterns of behavior for which I must pay for a person that continually makes the same decisions, then I am certainly not one.

If you have never met nor known about one of the “extreme” cases to which I referred then you have lived a much more protected world than the one in which I live. I have even heard some of these people mock work ethic.

It’s all supposed to be a bridge and not a lifelong path. I have heard and read many an anecdotal story about a young person who has had a baby out of wedlock and without a father in their life. I admire those who work hard and with some government aid overcome their lot in life. That is much different from the subject of last week’s column.

I stand by last week’s column as it was literally written and not as much as to how some people read into it or misunderstood what I was trying to say. I thought it was pretty clear. Overall, I received much more positive response than I did negative response.

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