Skip to comments.Ryan's Anti Poverty Plan
Posted on 07/25/2014 6:56:37 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
President Obama famously accused Representative Paul Ryan (R., Wisc.) of thinly veiled Social Darwinism for one of his budgets. It will take a special kind of cynicism to make that claim about Ryans new anti-poverty proposal. Obamas partisans will no doubt find a way, but fair-minded observers will see a creative, thoughtful approach to a topic thats often politically neglected.
Ryan proposes and endorses a range of ideas to fix the safety net and address the root causes of poverty. He would offer states the option of an Opportunity Grant to replace, dollar for dollar, the amount of money they currently receive to implement most means-tested federal poverty programs (food stamps, housing assistance, utilities subsidies, etc.). States would then be allowed to come up with their own ways to spend this money on their poor residents, as long as they spend it on programs that require work, emphasize reaching self-sufficiency, and prove their effectiveness.
Ryan proposes similar ideas and more flexibility for a range of federal education-spending programs, too. Block grants would allow the consolidation of a herd of federal programs and should allow states to experiment with solutions that meet their own needs. Its important, though, not to confuse block grants with a more purely federalist approach in which state governments raised the money and spent it themselves. Federal taxpayers can reasonably put restrictions on how state governments experiment with their money. Congress needs to write some clear and sensible requirements for the checks its going to send to states. This is not impossible. Welfare reform in 1996 successfully combined more freedom for the states with the imposition of work requirements on them.
Undergirding Ryans proposal are the reasonable conclusions that most federal anti-poverty programs and other federal programs, such as education funding still do not work very well and that they are not going to disappear. So he means to make them less conducive to long-term dependency. One program that does work, the earned-income tax credit, which cuts the poverty rate and draws people into the workforce, he wants to expand and reform. A few of Ryans proposals, such as his suggestions for reforming an overgrown and ineffective criminal-justice system, already have bipartisan support (some, even the president supports). But many of his new ideas are another indication that its only one party thats proposing solutions to fix a broken federal government.
Paul Ryan led the way a few years ago by proposing to address the biggest driver of our looming federal debt crisis: Medicare. By the force of his intellect and commitment he brought his party along with him. More recently, other Republicans especially Senators Mike Lee and Marco Rubio have put forward ideas about how smaller and smarter government can advance the interests of the poor and the middle class. Now Ryan is offering more innovation. To the extent that these officeholders are trying to define the partys future and their own place within it, theyre engaged in a very healthy competition one that other Republicans ought to join.
Paul Ryan proposes anti-poverty plan.
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His proposal just shuffles the cards a little.
That, and it essentially makes the claim that Republicans can run Big Government better than the Big Government Leftists.
I thought Dems/Leftists loved Darwin—What’s the big deal?
The people at NRO are going gaga over Ryan’s plan. I think Ryan’s plan is a big waste of time since Ryan is all in for open borders and importing more poverty from the 3rd world.
Did Oligarch Obama accuse RINO Ryan of being a Social Darwinist or a Socialist Darwinist?
Darwinism requires “survival of the fittest,” so either way Social and Socialist binge spending will not survive, because “eventually you run out of other people’s money.” (M. Thatcher)
Unfortunately, so will “Never met a spending increase he didn’t like” RINO Ryan, thanks to the majority who comprise the Democrat and low information voters.
On top of that I see no solutions to any of his perceived problems the way
he's describing it, Ryan is just pointing to the elephant in the room and saying,
"There's an Elephant in the Room, Look!"
Until we stop the tens of thousands of poor illiterate peasants from bum-rushing our country we will not solve our “poverty problem”
Paul Ryan could show us how to turn sand into gold and the leftists would still hate him.
He’s dead political meat in my book. I won’t EVER vote for him for anything. I’ll campaign against him. He thinks people won’t remember his capitulation budget - but I do.
“The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.”
Paul Ryan hasn’t met an amnesty plan he couldn’t love.....
I want nothing from this dishonest grifter!
That would be his libertarian side coming out. Anyone who angers the left and the right in equal measure is worth a second look.
Bullshit and balederdash.
Send all the illegals home. It’s all you have to do. The market will take it from there.
I switched it off after about 3 minutes or Ryan's imbecilic rambling, its now clear the GOPe has now openly embraced the nanny state.
I tried to tell my Mom that yesterday but its a waste of breath. She sees this hype on Fox News and thinks Paul Ryan is just great. She said to me “well he is a trained economist because he majored in economics in college” I told her “so did Paul Krugman” “Paul who?” What can you say?
The best anti-poverty plan is a growing private sector, not a growing government.
Especially manufacturing where you take raw materials, add labor, and produce a product at a profit.