Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
— Albert Einstein
Prior to the ‘War on Poverty’ which was initiated in the mid 1960s, the number of people living below the poverty line was in steep decline…
Then the government got involved and spoke the words President Ronald Reagan warned us about, “We’re from the government and we’re here to help” and the decline came to a halt in favor of increases and declines varying from as low as 11% to as high as 16%. The government’s response to a problem that wasn’t, was to spend money on social programs designed to lift people out of poverty.
Despite throwing money hand over fist at a problem which was in decline without government intervention, the poverty rate has remained stable. The progressive approach endorses a ‘solution’ that seems to have no prospects of success, none that we can see anyway. Regardless of how much more we fund programs aimed at teducing poverty it doesn’t decrease. By and large, the conservative view endorses a pre-‘war’ strategy: scale back the spending and ease people into providing for themselves much like before the War on Poverty.
The good intentions of spending money on the poor doesn’t seem to really be helping them. If anything, it could be argued that it’s the opposite of help. What’s worse, the poor are given a false sense of being cared for because welfare programs are only successful at keeping poor people poor.
Our urban American cities are plagued by poverty, unemployment, poor public schools, drugs, and violence. These same cities have been in the political control of “Progressives” and not much has been achieved by way of results. If poverty is highest among minorities even despite all the “caring” and spending, what can you point to that has been a success? 27.5% of Blacks are currently in poverty according to the U.S. Census Bureau, compared with 9.8% of Whites. Hispanics are no better off than Blacks, either at 25.3%.
And what about the poor? The number of people enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps) is nearly 1 in 6 and has been on the rise at rates never before seen. Unemployment is also highest among minorities, the voting bloc Progressives claim to care for more vocally than any other. For blacks it’s more than double that of whites at 13.7% compared to 6.6%, with Hispanics holding in the middle at 9.1% (tables A-2 and A-3)
So you go ahead and mourn about poverty, Progressives, while it proliferates. With Progressives at the helm in big city governments, no inroads have been made which actually produce positive results. What we see is stagnation or the degradation of the condition of the poor while under Progressive rule. For all the boasting about how much they care about the poor, we don’t seem to ever see anything more than lip service and promises. But hey, at least they care.