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We should be thinking about creative ways to fund schools in order to even out the distribution of resources between wealthy and impoverished neighborhoods.

Corporations and businesses need to concentrate on mutually beneficial apprenticeships and internships for potential workers in their cities. Courses in basic finance and work ethics should be offered in places where such knowledge would not be redundant.

These and many other constructive things can be done by “we the people,” since I and many who preceded me believe that we are indeed our brother’s keepers.

This does not mean that the government doesn’t have a very important role to play in promoting economic health.

The following Jeffersonian quotation is an excellent definition of good government: “A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.”

In other words, protect people, but get out of the way.

Let’s use innovation to create opportunities, instead of using government to suppress it. Once we have a vibrant economy, entitlement reform will be a much easier discussion.

The pandering, demeaning attitude of those attempting to ingratiate themselves to the poor is insulting.

I hope and pray that the eyes will be opened of those who have previously been victimized by these clever sharks, who are interested only in votes, and that they will work with those who truly have their best interest at heart.

Ben S. Carson is professor emeritus of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University.