What's The Best Way To Reduce Poverty?
. . . and counterintuitively, reducing antipoverty programs reduces poverty as well.
"What is the best way to reduce poverty in America? Anyone who follows the subject at all will immediately know the answer: the best way to reduce poverty in America is to reduce government "anti-poverty" programs. If that seems counter-intuitive to you, it can only be because you do not follow the subject at all. Those who follow the subject know that government "anti-poverty" programs are universally designed and structured to keep the beneficiaries in poverty, because the benefits encourage dependency and discourage work, and also do not count as "income." Keeping the poverty rate high is the first priority of the "anti-poverty" bureaucracies, who need large numbers of poor people to justify their staffs and their budgets. Call them the "Welfare Blob."
The public got introduced to this subject by the mid-90s welfare reform enacted by the then-new Republican Congress and President Clinton. When Congress in 1996 instituted work requirements and time limits for basic welfare, many on the left predicted soaring poverty and disaster for the poor; but instead measured poverty (particularly among the key population of black children) immediately and rapidly declined."
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