Wednesday, April 25, 2012

War On Poverty - A Miserable Failure

Socialist President Lyndon Johnson announced the War On Poverty in 1964 with the enactment of his Great Society Social Programs.   Since then, the United States has spent $15 Trillion local, state and federal dollars on numerous poverty programs in an attempt to eliminate poverty in our country.   This does not include the billions spent on the poor by private charities in the last 40 or more years.  

Yet, people living in poverty in 1964 were about 19% of our population.  Today, under Socialist President Obama, 15.1% of our people live in poverty, the highest rate in a decade.  About 106 million Americans out of perhaps 350 million Americans receive some type of government poverty benefits.  In real terms, this is the highest number in American history. 

Clearly, the monies spent on the War and Poverty have failed to do much to decrease poverty in the United States and in fact have created a permanent under class in our society.   Welfare has destroyed the Black family as 7 out of 10 Black babies today are born our of wedlock.   4 out of 10 White babies are born out of wedlock, as well.   This happens because Welfare payments are higher if single moms have more babies and there is no man in the house. 

Federal poverty programs have increased by 41% since Obama was elected President to $668 Billion up an additional $193 Billion.   Local and State governments spend and additional $284 Billion a year on poverty programs.  This is about $1 Trillion a year spent on poverty programs, since Obama was elected much of it with borrowed money and deficit spending.   As a basis of comparison, Obama spends just $668 Billion on National Defense, a primary responsibility of the federal government.   Even though poverty programs have failed to eliminate poverty in America, Socialist President Obama wants to continue adding a Trillion, or more dollars to our National Debt, by spending even more on his PEEP's. 

This Blogger would not mind spending this money to help the poor if it worked, since my wife and I support many charities to help the poor, in addition to paying high taxes; but it is clear, 48 years after enactment of the War On Poverty Programs and $15 Trillion later, the impact has been minimal at best.   Coincidentally, our National Debt will reach more than $16 Trillion in the next few months, more than $50,000 for every man, woman and child in the United States. 

These poverty programs are nothing more than the local, state and federal government union jobs programs as we have 32 housing programs administered by four cabinet departments, 21 programs providing food assistance and 8 health care programs managed by 5 separate agencies.   Medicaid providing medical services for the poor, including 49 million Americans, is the biggest Welfare program costing more than $228 Billion a year proving that Obama has consistently lied when he says the poor do not have medical care.   41 million Americans now receive Food Stamps, up from 20 million since Obama was elected, costing more than $72 Billion. 

Socialist President Obama has advanced the Welfare State to make more of his PEEP's dependent on the federal government presumably so that they will vote for his reelection.  Obama could care less that he is intentionally bankrupting the United States.  Clearly, we have to take back our country in 2012 and 2014 by making Obama a one term President and sweeping his Socialist pals out of office to prevent the bankruptcy of the United States.   Once we do so, we must reform all of these poverty programs, eliminating redundancy, requiring work, schooling or drug addiction programs to get benefits.  Throwing more of our hard earned money at the poor, business as usual, is money down a rat hole.   It has to stop because it does not work. 

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