Ryan: War on Poverty 'Has Failed'

Friday, 10 Jan 2014 08:11 AM

By Drew MacKenzie

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, saying the United States has lost the War on Poverty, is slamming President Barack Obama's policies aimed at pulling 50 million Americans up into the middle class as a failure.

“I would give us a failing grade,” the Wisconsin Republican said on an NBC Nightly News segment Thursday commemorating the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty speech."It has failed."

During an interview with Brian Williams, he attacked Obama's spending on federal programs, saying that the government keeps "dumping money into programs we know won’t work.”

"We can do better than this. Too many people don’t know what the American idea is anymore," said the Wisconsin Republican, who was his party's vice presidential nominee in 2012.

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy



Ryan claimed that the government has not done enough to encourage local communities to get involved in helping people living below the poverty line. He called on suburban churches to get involved in aiding urban churches. "We’ve got to get our communities engaged," he said.

Pinning part of the blame on the "family breakdown," Ryan continued, "People think it’s being handled by government. ‘I pay my taxes.' People need to get involved in their own communities.” He said the government has to “remove the barriers that allow that to happen” and "stop subsidizing programs that are failing."

He went on to blame the government for creating a "poverty trap" of taxation that results in millions of Americans giving up on their dream of being economically independent.

President Obama has made it clear that that he plans to take on the issue of income inequality in his second term, which critics say could lead to a renewed effort to increase taxes on the wealthy. But Ryan said the government needs a system of income initiatives that encourages "upward mobility and work.”

Citing the proposals of the late New York Republican Rep. Jack Kemp, whom he described as one of his mentors, he also said that providing education and housing vouchers for the poor would help curb poverty.

"We’ve got to stop quarantining the poor," he said, noting that too many low-income students are relegated to under-performing schools.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Poll Watchers on Both Sides Keeping Close Eye on Voter ID Laws

Saturday, 25 Oct 2014 16:41 PM

Poll watchers for both liberal and conservative groups will be battling over voter ID laws on Election Day, with Democra . . .

Journalist Says Body Was 'At War' With Ebola

Saturday, 25 Oct 2014 15:43 PM

Ashoka Mukpo knew he really was in trouble when he saw the people treating him in full suits and hoods.The American vide . . .

Returning Ebola Health Workers to Get Paid Leave at Hospital

Saturday, 25 Oct 2014 15:14 PM

Employees returning from the West African countries hit hardest by Ebola will get a 21-day paid furlough from New York-P . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved