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Kristof: rule of law, not crime, is responsible for poverty

Yet another revealing look in the mind of the American left, courtesy of New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s most recent column:

One reason [the number of Americans living below the poverty line has been stuck at roughly 1 in 8] is that wages for blue-collar and other ordinary workers peaked in the early 1970s, after adjusting for inflation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A second is the breakdown in the family and the explosion in single-parent households. A third is the quintupling of incarceration rates beginning in 1970, making it harder for impoverished young men to play a role in families or get decent jobs. (Emphasis mine.)

Ah, so, sending criminals to jail for committing crimes, not the criminals who commit crimes, keeps criminals from playing “a role” in their families or getting “decent jobs.” It makes so much sense, it’s scary I didn’t understand this before!

I hate it when the rule of law, one of the fundamental requirements for a society’s continued existence, gets in the way of the left’s sense of social justice. If we just got rid of the expectation that people behave themselves, then we can eradicate the notion of bad behavior altogether! This guy is a genius.

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