Voices across the political spectrum question dependency culture

In The New York Times, columnist Nicholas D. Kristof makes an uncomfortable point:

This is painful for a liberal to admit, but conservatives have a point when they suggest that America’s safety net can sometimes entangle people in a soul-crushing dependency. Our poverty programs do rescue many people, but other times they backfire.

Mr. Kristof notes that part of the problem is the anti-marriage incentives in welfare programs.

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