Commentator Howard Leathers amply demonstrates the insanity of government "safety net" programs that are designed to assist people but in fact defeat the purpose of their creation ("For some, income drops as wage rises," Feb. 4).

They are ludicrously wasteful and ineffective, foster the abdication of any sense of personal responsibility and perpetuate a class of government employees and private lobbyists that regulates, studies, consults, delays and obstructs without producing anything of value.

Thomas F. McDonough, Towson

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