Another "War On Poverty"

CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY MARCH 13, 2017

         THE PROGRESSIVE FAITH THAT PROBLEMS ARE SOLVED BY THROWING MONEY AT THEM LIVES!

         NEW YORK’S LIBERAL DEMOCRAT GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO IS PROMISING TO SPEND $1.4 BILLION IN TAXPAYER MONEY TO FIGHT POVERTY IN CENTRAL BROOKLYN.

         HE WANTS TO BUILD AFFORDABLE HOUSING, CONDUCT JOB TRAINING CLASSES AND ANTI-VIOLENCE SEMINARS AND SO MUCH MORE.

         A PRUDENT PERSON MIGHT CONSIDER HISTORY. MORE THAN $1 TRILLION HAS BEEN SPENT FIGHTING POVERTY SINCE THE SO-CALLED “WAR ON POVERTY” WAS STARTED BY PRESIDENT LYNDON JOHNSON. THERE ARE ABOUT AS MANY  POOR PEOPLE TODAY AS THERE WERE THEN.

         POVERTY IS NOT JUST ABOUT A LACK OF MONEY. IT’S ABOUT A LACK OF WILL BROUGHT ON BY FATHERLESS HOMES, FAILING GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS, A LOSS OF RESPECT FOR HUMAN LIFE, AND A POLITICAL NARRATIVE THAT TELLS THE POOR TO VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS WHO NEVER HELP THEM ESCAPE POVERTY.

         WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN THIS LATEST CASH COW DIES? I’M BETTING THE MONEY WILL GO DOWN THE SAME DRAIN AS ALL THE OTHER SPENDING PROGRAMS AND THE POOR WILL BE HELPED HARDLY AT ALL. THIS IS LIBERALISM. IT’S ABOUT WHAT MAKES LIBERALS FEEL GOOD, NOT WHAT WORKS. I’M CAL THOMAS IN WASHINGTON.