Good Intentions, Bad Policies
Why government efforts to "help" so often fail:
Policies trying to extend the benefits of health insurance, housing and higher education that tended to sever the connection between effort and reward have backfired and hurt many of the intended beneficiaries.And makes them more dependent...
Government policymakers failed to anticipate the responses of third parties attempting to game the system and grab some of the money government was making available.
The impulse to help those in need is one of mankind's better traits. But the impulse to have government help them is often self-defeating.