Video from CF&P Exposes Failure of the War on Poverty, Calls for Free Markets for Upward Mobility

First Published: 2011-10-08

The Center for Freedom and Prosperity recently released the following video.

Executive Summary of the Video
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"The so-called War on Poverty has failed. Making government bigger and creating more federal redistribution programs has been bad news for taxpayers. But the welfare state also has been a disaster for the less fortunate, creating a flypaper effect that makes it difficult for people to lead independent and self-reliant lives. This Center for Freedom and Prosperity Foundation video shows how the poverty rate was falling after World War II – but then stagnated once the federal government got involved."

The CF & P Foundation’s release also noted:

"Poverty is typically used as an excuse for expanding government and redistributing wealth," said CF&P Foundation President Andrew Quinlan, "but freedom and prosperity go hand in hand." He concluded, "We need more economic freedom – which means less government interference – so that the less fortunate have an opportunity to climb the economic ladder."
 
"The safety net has become a hammock," added Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute. "Rather than reducing poverty, government programs have gone overboard and are now encouraging it." He concluded, "The government needs to return to its core duties and the federal government should get out of the business of income redistribution."

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