Dangerous talk from local socialists

Poverty is very much with us, but we can eradicate it | Articles | News | OakPark.com.

Dangerous? Hold out hope like that, and either you are hopelessly sentimental or you want to justify just about anything in governmental interference in the lives of men, women, and children.

This at the heart of the “progressive” impossible dreaming. Tut-tut.

Poverty is structural and can be eliminated. In 1962, [socialist] Michael Harrington’s The Other America: Poverty in the United States, was published. This groundbreaking work made American poverty visible. It is credited with kick-starting America’s War on Poverty, launched by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964. The U.S. poverty rate declined from 19% in 1964 to a low of 11.1% in 1973.

via Bullshit, dangerous talk from local socialists.

LBJ’s “war” made things much worse for all of us, digging the debt hole deeper and deeper, harming most of all the poor.

It was a “costly, tragic mistake,” which socialists want us to repeat for the sake of their grossly flawed imagining of how societies work and how people react.

we had to wait for the New York Times to decide this news was fit to print—which it finally did on February 9, 1998. In a front-page story on poverty in rural Kentucky, Michael Janofsky detailed the failure of this effort in the one region that was supposed to be the centerpiece of reform. “Federal and state agencies have plowed billions of dollars into Appalachia,” he wrote, yet the area “looks much as it did 30 years ago, when President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a war on poverty, taking special aim at the rural decay.”1Read more: http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/why-the-war-on-poverty-failed#ixzz2RO2o0v2b

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  • Jim Bowman  On April 24, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    Reblogged this on Blithe Spirit.

  • Margaret McCarthy  On April 24, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Here’s the comment I left on the article:

    “‘Give man a fish and feed him for one day; teach him to fish and you feed him for life.” Still true.

    Poverty will continue to spread if more and more able-bodied people stop working and rely on others to pay higher taxes or make donations to support them.

    Improved education and stable families readying their children to be able to support themselves is the way to reduce poverty. Caring for one’s own elderly or disabled will also protect those who truly cannot help themselves.”

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