My recent Point of View about America's "War on Poverty" stirred up a lot of response, which is always welcome. But unfortunately, some people misinterpreted part of my message.
I never meant to imply that no one should ever get government assistance. Certainly, the millions of people who have paid into Social Security over the years deserve to receive their benefits as promised. And those who are unable to work - either because of physical or mental limitations - should never be abandoned.
But I am distressed by the culture of entitlement we've created that's resulted in generations of mentally sound, able-bodied persons who simply prefer to live off government handouts in lieu of getting an actual job. Sure, I understand that decent jobs aren't a dime a dozen. But what we too often forget is that the single most important key to someday getting a good job isn't a closely-held secret. And it's free to every one of us.
It's called an education.
I don't claim going to school is easy. For most, it takes plenty of determination and hard work. But if you think getting an education is hard, just try living without one. There's no comparison.
And one never ends.
The Eagles once sang, "So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains. And we never even know we have the key." The key, in this instance, is education. And it's foolish not to use it.
I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.