The Poverty Myth

Leftists want you to believe that you have an obligation to give what you have to others in the name of “fairness” and “equality” and “social justice”.  This will improve these people’s standing in life and all will be utopia.

They’re dead wrong.

Improving or fixing poverty isn’t that difficult.  What we’ve been doing here in the US isn’t working.  Today, there are just as many people in poverty in the US (by % of population) as there were when Lyndon Johnson and his party put the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in place.  In fact, if you look at the following chart you can conclude that the Act halted a decline in poverty in the US that spanned decades.

In essence, the Act fixed a problem we didn’t have.

What’s needed are two things.  One, jobs.  Two, behavioral changes.

Here’s a study on the behavioral changes that will lift people out of poverty.

“The Behavioral Aspects of Poverty” – Isabel V. Sawhill, The Brookings Institution

Until we face the reality of what it takes to help people lift themselves out of poverty, the line on the bottom graph above will remain flat.  In other words, it’s insanity to believe we’ll see a different result if we keep doing what we’ve been doing.

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