Perverse Incentive

The worse people’s economic prospects get–measured in joblessness, high gas prices, shrinking incomes, rising taxes, increased regulations–the better it is for Democrats. That’s because people who are hurting and who have no other options turn to the government for assistance. And the Democrats, like the neighborhood drug dealer, are only too happy to oblige, getting people hooked on food stamps, disability payments, endless unemployment benefits, and so on. The progressives, in fact, have little incentive to try to turn things around, because the status quo benefits them politically.

Perhaps that’s why they haven’t.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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