Theodore Dalrymple, Call Your Office

"The lives of America’s underclass are characterized by a degree of disorganization that is rarely grasped or acknowledged. The implications of this revelation will be difficult, if not impossible, for the welfare industry to accept."

-- Heather McDonald at City Journal, by way of "Shrinkwrapped," a blogger writing from the trenches ("I work part time in a clinic in New York which primarily serves the poor") whose post on the topic is equally well worth your time, beginning with its Fitzgerald-inspired title.

In contrast, Robert Rector writes at the Corner, "Liberals Reexamining the Culture of Poverty? Guess Again."

(H/T: Maggie's Farm.)