We’re scolded for blaming the poor, judging their lifestyle choices, says Elise Hilton in this week’s Acton Commentary. But what good can we do if we refuse to look at systemic issues?

We are told that we are guilty of blaming the poor, judging their lifestyle choices. But what good can we do if we refuse to look at systemic issues that indeed cause poverty: irresponsible sexual choices, dropping out of school, a revolving door of men in women’s and children’s lives? We must not demonize the poor, but we must cut the roots of poverty. And we need to be truthful – brutally so – to do that.

The full text of her essay, Maria Shriver’s Big, Big Government Rescue Plan For Women, can be found here. Subscribe to the free, weekly Acton News & Commentary and other publications here.


  • Bill

    In order to curb the chorus of those like Shriver we need a conservative movement to highlight the thousands of privately funded efforts like La Cocina around the nation. Then we have to focus on building their capacity. Only when the voters more readily see the credible, voluntary alternatives to government largesse will we be able to turn back the criticism of judgemental apathy and elect those who can turn back counter productive policy. In my opinion it would be an excellent way for the Republican party to use its resources and to join forces with those like the Tea Party.