How to Fight Poverty -- and Win
When President Johnson launched the War on Poverty on Jan. 8, 1964, he pledged “not only to relieve the symptom of poverty, but to cure it and, above all, to prevent it.” Sadly, the half-century legacy of Johnson’s Great Society has not lived up to that noble goal.
The War on Poverty has not done justice to the poor. Our responsibility to our neighbors in need demands more: a redirection of public policy and a commitment from each of us to do what we can in our own communities.
Despite spending nearly $20 trillion since the War on Poverty began, the poverty rate remains nearly as high today as it was in the mid-1960s. Today, government spends nearly $1 trillion annually on 80 federal means-tested programs providing cash, food, housing, medical care and targeted social services for poor and low-income Americans. Clearly, policymakers can’t hide behind reams of programs and billions in spending and declare they’ve done their duty to the poor. Good intentions aren’t enough.
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20 Trillion so far? Now a trillion dollars a year? My guess is that the gubbmint doesn't want to end any of the programs. I'd also guess that many of the recipients are perfectly happy where they are at and don't want to see any of the programs end. These programs provide gubbmint jobs to administer them and provide a steady stream of Democrat voters whose interest is in keeping the programs in place. Not good for America, but good for those in the programs or administering the programs.
The marriage issue? Yes, I agree 100%. But teach responsibility and accountability first. Without that, the marriage will never work. Not to mention that responsibility and accountability go against the Liberal agenda of "do what you want with whomever you want whenever you want. There will be no ramifications if you screw up".