Your muddled, hand-wringing and hesitant Pedant-General has been struggling with some thorny issues as he contemplates his brief at the Home Office.
In particular, the single biggest thorny issue is that the state is largely powerless to correct some of the major failings of society as a whole.
It would appear that I am not alone in pondering this weighty topic.
Go and Read it all.
And the comments.
And the rest of the blog.
UPDATE: This moron says it all. By way of a rebuttal to the argument that poor decisions (choosing not to finish school, choosing not to work hard, choosing to commit crime, etc.) have bad consequences (being poor), he suggests that being poor CAUSES you to make bad decisions.