I note that the Nuge has some strong views on the 'War on Poverty'. (Why is everything a 'War On' something or other these days?) I don't agree with everything he says, but he makes some good points. Here's an excerpt.
American taxpayers have been conned into spending $15 trillion since 1965 on President Lyndon Johnson’s brownie-point “war to eliminate poverty.”
The results have been pathetically poor. The percentage of poor people in 1965 was roughly the same percentage of poor people in America today, but a staggering $15 trillion has been wasted.
Since 1965, we have fought the war on poverty with all the wrong generals, all the wrong tactics and all the wrong weapons. And it’s costing us $1 trillion a year to continue to lose this war.
What our $15 trillion has bought us is institutional and generational poverty. Reward bad decisions and bad decisions increase. Ya think?
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If our goal is to win the war on poverty, it’s time we changed tactics. Instead of setting another trillion dollars on fire this year, I recommend we slam the financial door shut on pouring more hard-earned money after more bad money with guaranteed despicable results.
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It’s really quite simple. The road from poverty to the middle class is paved with good decisions, willpower, a kick-butt work ethic and an alarm clock. That’s the recipe for wealth and glorious independence.
There's more at the link.
Unfortunately, I'm not sure how many Americans still have 'a kick-butt work ethic'. It certainly seems to be missing from many college and university students, as attested to by this interview with Prof. Jack Chambliss. It's worth watching.
I also can't help noting that the entire US federal deficit is about $15 trillion . . . the same amount that's been wasted on the 'War on Poverty'. Correlation? I bet there is. I'd suggest ending the 'war' in order to deal with the deficit!