Mayor Mike's Most Recent Folly

by Don Boudreaux on June 20, 2007

in Current Affairs

Here’s a letter that I sent today to the New York Post:

Dear Editor:

the creativity of a drunk sailor, Mayor Bloomberg proposes that poor
people be paid to care for themselves – given cash rewards to do things
such as stay in school, go to the dentist, and hold steady jobs ("
And Paying the Poor
," June 20).

Your criticisms of his plan are on target.

ask the Mayor if in running his private business he would seriously
consider hiring anyone so unmindful of his or her future that that
person would go through the motions of self-responsibility only if
bribed to do so?  Surely the answer is no.

Paying someone to
playact at self-responsibility no more creates a self-responsible
person than paying someone to playact as a lawyer creates a skilled

Donald J. Boudreaux


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