HUD Director Dr. Ben Carson is leading a new initiative designed to help residents of public housing acquire the necessary skills to get out of public housing and into private rentals or home ownership. These “EnVision Centers” will help promote what he calls the four key pillars of self-sufficiency: “character and leadership, educational advancement, economic empowerment, and health and wellness.”
This is the type of idea Ronald Reagan was talking about when he said that conservatives don’t define compassion by how many people are getting government aid but by how many people no longer need government aid. Helping people to achieve self-sufficiency doesn’t just help the taxpayers, it also helps the person who is no longer on government assistance. You can hand out meaningless self-esteem trophies all day long, but they’ll never give someone the well-earned feeling of pride and self-worth that comes from knowing you’re capable of standing on your own feet and paying your own way.