People across the political spectrum can agree that the poor should receive some kind of help to get back on their feet. The disagreement comes into play regarding who — or what — should be responsible for providing that help. Conservative pundits Andrew Klavan and Bill Whittle sit down to discuss the role of the government in providing a social safety net, and the unintended (or, perhaps, intended) consequences of the welfare system. For example, welfare workers sometimes experience welfare psychosis in which people feel entitled to free money, rather than feel thankful for the help. Whittle also explains how the idea of general welfare has been used for a federal power grab, as we’ve experienced through the Affordable Care Act and other policies advanced by the Obama administration. The conversation gets personal as the duo describes how a government-created safety net enables poverty, with Whittle sharing his personal story of how his own safety net — made up of his good friends — helped him through tough times more than the government ever could. The idea of Jesus being a socialist gets brought up, and disputed. Ultimately, though, something has to be done to help the poor, and Klavan and Whittle provide their guide to fixing the welfare system to make it effective.
Andrew Klavan is an award-winning author, screenwriter and media commentator. He writes a column for PJMedia.com, and regularly appears on PJTV.com.
Bill Whittle is a writer, film director, TV editor and instrument-rated pilot. His show “Afterburner” on PJTV.com challenges widely held misconceptions about politics and society. Frequently asking the difficult ethical questions, Whittle attempts to underscore conservative values and philosophy through logical reasoning.
Klavan and Whittle come together to share their unique viewpoints and deep understanding of the issues facing America and the world today in PJTV’s “Klavan and Whittle” video series.