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Two plans, one problem, no solutions

Poverty | Anti-poverty proposals from Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Paul Ryan are short on specifics, long on ideals and government criticism
by Andrew Branch
Posted 1/14/14, 02:45 pm

Republicans are laying the groundwork for a policy and philosophical proposal that goes far deeper than cutting government spending on welfare. 

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The war on poverty at 50

by Cal Thomas
Posted 1/02/14, 11:47 am

In his State of the Union address on Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson declared a “war on poverty.” Today, with roughly the same number of people below the poverty level as in 1964 and with many addicted to government “benefits,” robbing them of a work ethic, it is clear that the poor have mostly lost the war.

In 1964, the poverty rate was about 19 percent. Census data from 2010 indicates that 15.1 percent are in poverty within a much larger population.

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Why Gawker seems brainless

by Marvin Olasky
Posted 12/12/13, 04:48 pm

The website Gawkeron Tuesday featured a story with a grabby lead paragraph:

“A new study that traces the effect of government programs on poverty all the way back to 1967 finds unequivocally that the money the government spends to help the poor does, in fact, reduce poverty. Suck it, Republicans.”

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