It was Thomas Edison who brought us electricity, not the Sierra Club. It was the Wright brothers who got us off the ground, not the Federal Aviation Administration. It was Henry Ford who ended the isolation of millions of Americans by making the automobile affordable, not Ralph Nader.~ Thomas Sowell
Those who have helped the poor the most have not been those who have gone around loudly expressing "compassion" for the poor, but those who found ways to make industry more productive and distribution more efficient, so that the poor of today can afford things that the affluent of yesterday could only dream about.
Grouch: The average American today lives better than the Kings and Queens of a hundred years ago could even imagine. This is primarily due to the risk taker, the entrepreneurs, the inventors who created things like electricity, the telephone, cars and airplanes, washers and dryers, refrigerators and freezers, radio and TV, the computer and the internet, central heating and air conditioning, etc. Not to mention the jobs these innovations have created... all leading to a higher standard of living.