Wednesday, 13 August 2014

QUOTE OF THE DAY: On Poverty

“Rather than alleviate poverty… the War on Poverty helped increase it in
the long run. How so? It broke the back of the urban family. They chased
dad out of the house. They subsidized illegitimacy and got more of it as a
result. … Poverty, as measured by dependency, stopped shrinking and then
actually began to grow worse. I guess you could say, poverty won the war.
Poverty won in part because, instead of helping the poor, government
programmes ruptured the bonds holding poor families together.”
- from various sources, quoted by Lindsay Mitchell in her post
New Zealand's war on poverty is the same failed story

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