$22T dollars later, the “War on Poverty” continues unabated. According to the Washington Times, in 2013:
- the federal government spent $943B to provide cash, food, housing, and medical care to poor and low-income Americans; and,
- 100M+ people (33% of the U.S. population), receive some type of welfare at an average cost of $9k/recipient;
14.5% of Americans were poor in 2013. The “dirty little secret” is that the rate of poverty was the same as in 1967!
Worse yet, more people are less capable of self-support in 2013 than when the War on Poverty began in 1964. One reason for this outcome can be found in how the War on Poverty incentivized low-income people not to work and penalized marriage. In 1964, 7% of American children were born outside of marriage. In 2013, the number was 41%.
Given these data, what does President Obama intend to do?
Spend $13T over the next decade on welfare programs that will further undermine the nation’s social institutions and its low-income citizens’ sense of self-sufficiency.
Let the discussion begin…
To read the Washington Times article, click on the following link:
"The War on Poverty: 50 Years of Failure."