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Promote self-sufficiency and strong marriages

Posted: January 23, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 23, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered his famous “War on Poverty” speech, purposing “to cure it and, above all, to prevent it.” Unfortunately, like our other wars in the last half-century, this one has not lived up to its noble ideals.

Despite our spending more on this “War on Poverty” than on all the military wars in America’s history, the poverty rate today is nearly the same as it was 50 yeas ago.

Instead of preventing poverty, we have locked millions into inter-generational government dependency. Our welfare programs have, too often, provided disincentives for able-bodied adults to work and tax penalties for fathers to remain in the home.

Social studies have concluded that children born and raised outside traditional marriages are five times more likely to experience poverty than their peers from intact families. They also face obstacles educationally, behaviorally, and in relationships.

We need to win the “war on poverty” by enacting welfare reforms that promote self-sufficiency and strong marriages.



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