President Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty is now 50 years old. It was passed January 8, 1964. I guess I can say the gesture was good but that’s as far as it goes. Johnson wanted to cure it and prevent it. Fifty years later as though we don’t know it government can’t cure or prevent anything. There is nothing that government can do to make our lives easier. That comes from free enterprise motivation. The best thing I believe to cure poverty is to talk about it in the school systems. Instead of pushing government control on our children show them what ambition and a free spirit can do for them. Talk to them about lifestyles and not to overburden themselves with unnecessary responsibilities before they can even get started in relation to getting financially set.
This is from a post by Jennifer Marshall titled: “How To Fight Poverty And Win.” 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.
Transforming incentives to promote personal responsibility has a dramatic effect: After the 1996 welfare reform began to require recipients to work or prepare for work, welfare rolls fell by more than half, and poverty rates among single mothers and black children fell to historic lows. But that reform redirected the incentives of only one program among more than 80 federal welfare programs. What’s ironic its the program that president Obama going through the back door tried to ease the requirement to participate. If you recall this was done as he was running for president in 2012 in which will still come out of it one of the impeachable offenses against him. He was trying to change a law that was already passed by Congress. Now where have we heard that before. The one program that was showing results he attempted to dismantle it.
When the War on Poverty began, 8 percent of all children in America were born outside marriage. Since the mid-’60s, unwed childbearing has skyrocketed to more than 40 percent of all births, and from 25 percent to about 73 percent among black children.
Restoration of marriage must happen on a personal level, through the work of churches and community initiatives like First Things First in Chattanooga, TN, that build relational skills. These and other efforts to overcome poverty should engage us personally in the effort to help restore lives, families, and communities.
After fifty years it has been proven that throwing money will not cure societies ills, such as the war on poverty. I believe it is a community effort but most of that has been taken away from government programs to create the reliance on government. The problem is that the reliance on government will not help the poor, its only going to keep them poor. Education must be provided to show the poor what is out there for them if only they change their mind set and energize themselves to a better and more fruitful conditioning.