We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Exactly! Not that we all don't want to reach out and help the child. But, the NYT hides behind the platitude of focusing on the child to see its plight while not exposing why the child is in such desperate needs. However, that said, there will always be a poor underclass that lives like this. There is no amount of money that can be thrown that will alleviate the problem.
The sad truth about welfare and most of the left wing efforts to solve poverty is that it is now the cause of these kinds of problems not the cure. If this child's mother never had welfare to pay for her drugs and bad habits this child might not have been born or perhaps the mother might have decided to find a husband with a job and a future. But instead the government made it easy for her to create unwanted children. No! The government made it necessary for her to push out the unwanted children so she could continue to destroy her miserable life with illegal drugs. The government is not the answer they are the problem.