by Josh Good
American Enterprise Institute
January 09, 2014
Taken together, a vast web of federal programs—from disability to TANF (welfare) to food stamps to nearly 80 other means-tested initiatives—foster a safety net that entangles many of our fellow citizens, rather than offering a hand-up in time of need. This also leads to “corporate statism,” in that far too many federal contracts are written for industry contractors in Washington, rather than for the children and families they purport to help. On its golden anniversary, our War on Poverty needs to renew its vows but with a decidedly new kind of commitment. Through deliberative, rigorous analysis of means-tested programs, we should move toward reforms that promote personal dignity, incentivize father involvement, and encourage work.

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