In sports, if a game plan is not working, the coach changes it. In medicine, if a course of treatment does not cure a disease, doctors try a different approach. In government, failure means nothing. Government keeps cash flowing with little regard for results. In government, failure endures.
In an attempt to change our approach to poverty and to combat the long-held liberal accusation that conservatives care only about tax cuts for the rich and cutting programs for the poor, the
Led by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen.
"U.S. taxpayers have spent over
Kemp's optimism is well known to those who were around during the Reagan years. He was an economic conservative, who brought from his pro football career a belief in racial equality, thanks in part to his longstanding friendship with many African-American players. Kemp went into poor neighborhoods and demonstrated by his presence that he cared about helping the poor escape poverty, not sustain them in poverty with a small government check.
Empowerment could have been his middle name.
The key to unlocking the prison door that keeps too many locked in poverty is education. Democrats have consistently stood against school choice for poor children trapped in failing public schools because teachers' unions often oppose choice and historically contribute to their political campaigns. An educated child is more likely to find a job and be able to support a family. An uneducated child will likely repeat the poverty cycle. That is a fact.
Ask yourself: Are you motivated more by optimism or negativity, by hope, or hopelessness?
Growing the economy, a flat tax and other proposals are all good, but ultimately every poor person must come to embrace the prospect of success over failure, of optimism over pessimism. They also must listen to the right voices, not the ones associated with the Democratic establishment, which preaches that racism is at the heart of poverty. They must hear from black entrepreneurs and successful fathers and mothers who have emerged from poverty to build a life independent of government and of a
When I was a child my father took the training wheels off my bicycle and said, "You can do this." He instilled confidence in me and I rode the bike without the training wheels. It's time to take the training wheels off poverty and help the poor ride on their own. They can do this. Speakers at the