Safety Net

The New GOP Poverty Efforts Are Impractical, Incoherent, and Inhumane

And they'll also put more kids in poverty

Obama's agenda embraces things that work. Paul Ryan's embraces revolutionary chaos.

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Fifty years ago Wednesday, Lyndon B. Johnson announced a War on Poverty in his first State of the Union address. "It will not be a short or easy struggle; no single weapon or strategy will suffice, but we shall not rest until that war is won. The richest nation on Earth can afford to win it." Popular when it was first announced, it quickly became unpopular, fueled by the disapproval of Johnson due to Vietnam, the urban riots of the 1960s and subsequent crime wave, and the coding of the War on Poverty as a pure welfare scheme.

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Sure, some people's premiums will go up as a result of Obamacare. Many more people will see their bills drop.

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