Tuesday, August 12, 2014

New Zealand's war on poverty is the same failed story

Jerry Newcombe marks 50 years of the US War on Poverty:

Rather than alleviate poverty in America, 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. Some ghettos resemble a war zone.
Even liberal commentators, like Juan Williams, have said that the rates of children born to unwed mothers has been disastrous for everyone, especially the children.
President Reagan delivered his “Radio Address to the Nation on Welfare Reform” (2/15/86).
The 40th president said, “In 1964 the famous War on Poverty was declared and a funny thing happened. 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 programs ruptured the bonds holding poor families together.”

Last week from NZPA:
  • According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 72 percent of black children are born to single mothers.
  • Fifty-five percent of black children live in single-parent homes, in contrast to 21 percent of white children that live in single-parent homes.
If those numbers are "staggering" consider these:

New Zealand's war on poverty is the same failed story.

1 comment:

thor42 said...

"New Zealand's war on poverty is the same failed story."

Yes, it is, and until we face that *undeniable fact* and do the opposite to what we have been doing, we will stupidly repeat the same stupid and inexcusable mistakes.

What's the saying?
"Stupidity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome."