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POVERTY: Another war not worth fighting

Letter by Matthew Philichi, Gig Harbor on Aug. 15, 2013 at 9:22 am | No Comments »
August 15, 2013 3:40 pm

On Monday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said that “widespread incarceration at the federal, state and local levels is both ineffective and unsustainable.” For this reason he has decided to surrender our nation’s 40-year “War on Drugs.”

Holder may be right. This war hasn’t worked. It hasn’t decreased drug use. It has simply filled up prisons and cost our nation money.

However, while he and the Democratic Party or at it, perhaps they should also surrender another failing, decades-long war: the “War on Poverty.”

The war was conceived by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964 with the goal of ending poverty in America. Now, after 50 years of programs like food stamps, the Job Corps and welfare benefits, the idea has cost the U.S. more than $15 trillion. Yet, with all of this money spent, the same proportion of Americans live in poverty today as when the programs began.

The war didn’t alleviate poverty. The war has failed. But it has done worse than fail.

The war has added generations of victims who are absolutely dependent on government and entitlement checks. Many have never had the pride of a career, the chance to serve others or the chance to show their children how to work. The ambitions and motivations of generations have been destroyed.

Lets cut and run from both of these wars and give future generations their lives back.

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