The liberal Atlantic magazine published this story about Oregon's Welfare Utopia with a confusing headline, leaving you with the impression that Oregon either has achieved Nirvana or we have gone way overboard.
The reality is that we haven't achieved welfare Nirvana, but that we are on the path to becoming Illinois or Detroit and it's actually worse than you think.
Oregon's generous welfare policy traps recipients into accepting the crumbs from the government table instead of going out an getting a job, paying taxes, feeling good about themselves and moving up the ladder of success. Why are they trapped? Because they get more in welfare benefits than what they will earn in a job.
Last night I talked to a person who places the poor, the y...