Some cynics suggest the proposal is targeted at boosting Cuomo's presidential prospects in 2020, but let's give him the benefit of the doubt and take his proposals seriously.
We have seen this play before, not only in
The modern effort to "cure" poverty was born when President
How did that work out and what lessons can and should Gov. Cuomo learn from America's longest war?
According to a study conducted by the conservative
The study, conducted by
The Heritage study concludes that despite all this spending, much of which continues today, despite efforts to trim the welfare budget, the number of people considered below the poverty level remains about the same as when the war began.
Today's "poor," they note, are much better off than the poor in the mid-'60s. A household receiving $50,000 in welfare benefits today is still considered poor, but only if its pre-welfare income falls below the poverty line. Rector and Sheffield note that among contemporary poor, 80 percent have air conditioning, two-thirds have cable or satellite TV, half own a personal computer and 43 percent can access the internet. In 1964, they might have been called middle class.
What will happen if and when the $1.4 billion Gov. Cuomo wants to spend fighting poverty in one section of
Failed government programs have never been a reason to stop repeating the cycle, hoping it will produce different results. Isn't that the definition of insanity?
There is one central characteristic to liberalism and it goes like this: No matter how many times an idea has been proved incorrect, or a program has failed to produce promised results, liberals still continue to believe in the rightness, even righteousness, of their cause. It is a cult-like faith that says something must be true simply because they and their like-minded colleagues believe it to be true.
It's like Linus in the pumpkin patch. Each October the "Peanuts" character has faith that the Great Pumpkin will rise from among those other orange spheres and deliver presents. When he doesn't, Linus is disappointed, sometimes blaming himself for not having enough faith, but he remains undeterred.
Gov. Cuomo should learn from the failed record of the War on Poverty and stop behaving like Linus.