I've often had the same thought about mothers of five "struggling to survive on the minimum wage”.

Welfare mothers march on Washington. (Elizabeth Warren, second from right)

Welfare mothers march on Washington. (Elizabeth Warren, second from right)

KURT SCHLICHTER: ”If you’re too poor to birth control-up, you’re too poor to screw and you need to get your ass a job before you start hitting it. Banging is for closers”

The Great Society and its War on Poverty converted welfare from a temporary handout to a permanent entitlement and a way of life, but did nothing for poverty except make more of it.

UPDATE: Until Holden drew my attention to it, the reference in Schlicthters phrase, “banging is for closers” eluded me, doubtless because I haven’t seen Glengarry Glen Rose. I’ll correct that omission tonight, but in the meantime, here’s one of he best monologues I’ve ever seen in a movie. I always knew David Mamet could write like a demon; Alec Baldwin’s acting is a huge surprise.

(Okay, update II: I just remembered “State and Main”, another Mamet film and another fine bit of acting by Baldwin. Somehow, Mamet must bring out the best in that lout)