“The Ballroom: A Novel” by Anna Hope –
“I have no hesitation in saying, from personal experience, that nowadays the degenerate offspring of the feeble-minded and chronic pauper is treated with more solicitude, has better food, clothing, and medical attention, and has greater advantages than the child of the respectable and independent working man. So much is this the case that the people are beginning to realize that thrift, honesty, and self-denial do not pay.”
This sounds way too close to complaints made by American Conservatives who hate social welfare programs.
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