Liberals might like you to believe they have a monopoly on caring for the poor (and by caring for the poor, of course we mean making the government care for the poor). But have their policies of the welfare state actually solved the problem of poverty?
In a single word: No.
Quite the contrary, actually. In creating a system that disincentivizes work, they’ve created a permanent underclass that will be perpetually dependent on government aid (and thus dependent on the Democrat Party). When the government subsidizes something, we get more of it. As it turns out, poverty is no different.
If you want to see welfare done right, you need look no further than conservative reforms. During the Clinton Presidency, in 1996, Newt Gingrich and congressional Republicans led the charge for welfare reform. As a result, the largest cash-welfare program (Aid to Families with Dependent Children) was replaced with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). One of the differentiating factors is that TANF included a work requirement and put a time limit on how long someone could receive aid.
And the result? By 2006, there were 1.5 million fewer children in poverty, with the greatest decline being among black children. The poverty rate for single mothers had fallen from 50.3% in 1995 to 41.9% in 2004. There were social benefits as well, as the growth of out-of-wedlock childbirths came to a near standstill following reform.
So when it comes to welfare, conservatives do it better. Just the latest case comes in combatting the problem of homelessness. As the Washington Post reports:
Republican Mayor Richard Berry was driving around Albuquerque last year when he saw a man on a street corner holding a sign that read: “Want a Job. Anything Helps.”
Throughout his administration, as part of a push to connect the homeless population to services, Berry had taken to driving through the city to talk to panhandlers about their lives. His city’s poorest residents told him they didn’t want to be on the streets begging for money, but they didn’t know where else to go.
Seeing that sign gave Berry an idea. Instead of asking them, many of whom feel dispirited, to go out looking for work, the city could bring the work to them.
Next month will be the first anniversary of Albuquerque’s There’s a Better Way program, which hires panhandlers for day jobs beautifying the city. In partnership with a local nonprofit that serves the homeless population, a van is dispatched around the city to pick up panhandlers who are interested in working. The job pays $9 an hour, which is above minimum wage, and provides a lunch. At the end of the shift, the participants are offered overnight shelter as needed.
In less than a year since its start, the program has given out 932 jobs clearing 69,601 pounds of litter and weeds from 196 city blocks. And more than 100 people have been connected to permanent employment.
We’re never going to end poverty by tossing money at people; we’ll end it by helping those who are willing to help themselves.
Keep this in mind when Hillary Clinton tries to portray Donald Trump as an enemy of the poor tonight. Get the word out – share this post on Facebook and Twitter!