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POV | The War on Poverty (1/14/13)

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Fifty years ago this month, President Lyndon Johnson declared a war on poverty.  It was a noble mission.  After all, as President Johnson said, "The richest nation on earth can afford to win it. We cannot afford to lose it."   

The problem is you can't win a war on poverty the way we tried to win it, by giving people handouts.  As good as it feels to give needy people a helping hand, it feels equally bad when you see people feeling entitled to the charity instead of pursuing the means of getting an education and getting a job so they can take care of themselves.  Charity should not be confused with a cure for poverty.

Here's where Democrats and Republicans differ.  Democrats want to give the poor a fish because they are really, really hungry.  And that's nice.  Republicans want to teach the poor how to fish so they can feed themselves.  Democrats come off as caring and Republicans come off as cold and uncaring.  But the reality is literally half our population doesn't pay federal income tax.  How can we build roads, schools, keep a fire and police force, man a military, advance science and give never ending handouts to the half of the population that contributes nothing financially?  Harsh?  Yes, but if you can do better math I want to see your work.  

What are your thoughts?

I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.

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