$12 Trillion has been spent on the "War On Poverty" since 1965. This money came from the 50% of Americans that pay all the income taxes in our country and from borrowing and adding to our $18 Trillion National Debt. This Blogger would not mind the confiscation of my hard earned money to end poverty if in fact these Socialist Schemes had worked; but the poverty rate is higher today than it was three or more decades ago. The only people that have benefited from the War on Poverty are Socialist politicians that have been feeding at the trough for years, Poverty Pimps that have gotten rich by living off the misery of the poor and Public Employees, paid 40% more in compensation and benefits than are common for like work in the private sector. All of these characters have a financial stake in keeping poor people poor and that is exactly what has happened.
Today, we have a permanent under class in inner city Black America. Generations of Blacks have lived on the dole for 50 years. 7 out of 10 Black babies are born out of wedlock into poverty, supported by government programs that encourage having even more children. Socialist Schemes have developed an Entitlement Culture, rather than one focused on productive Work. And in any case, people of any color who cannot read, write and communicate in English and have no job skills, as is common in inner city Black America, cannot participate in the American economy. Yet Socialist Politicians and Poverty Pimps call for spending even more money on these failed programs and inner city public schools that do not educate.
Years ago when I was a public school teacher and had more time than money, I often did things around my home that included painting, landscaping, gardening, plumbing, electrical work etc. Since becoming more financially successful and growing older so that today I have more money than time, I hire people to do such things around our home. As a result, in last 35 years, I have had White, Asian and Hispanic workers in our home doing all sorts of tasks. I have never had a Black American come to my home to perform any task; not because I would have turned him or her away; but because apparently they did not have the job skills needed to perform any of these tasks. How is it that immigrants, some of whom speak broken English do this work; but many inner city Blacks in America remain on the dole because they either can't, or won't do work with their hands. I just don't get it. In trying to help, government has created a whole class of people on Welfare of all colors that contribute nothing to society. How is that good for them or for the rest of us.