Saturday, October 13, 2012

Do social programs work?

 They do if you want more poverty. $1 trillion a year is spent on the war on poverty. It did very little but cement the underclass in their misery.

What difference has that money made? Nobody has a clue. Nobody tracked the programs or measured the outcomes, or even collected local data on changing crime and dropout rates. City officials admit that because of the lack of basic information, it’s impossible to evaluate the impact of these investments. But that’s not unusual. Other governments are no wiser. Hardly any of the countless programs that spend billions of dollars to help the poor and vulnerable are measured for results. According to the Cato Institute, the U.S. spends nearly a trillion dollars a year on anti-poverty measures – which works out to $20,610 per poor person, or around $61,000 for a family of three. “We are spending more than enough money to fight poverty but not spending it in ways that actually reduce poverty,” argues the Cato Institute’s Michael Tanner....

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

No they don't. Cancel CPP and EI. Let the lazy bastards go to work.

Anonymous said...

i guess if the money was actually given to a poor person instead of to a bureaucrat the poor might benefit.if the money is borrowed then the problem is compounded.

L said...

Raze Vancouver's lower east side slum, as it attracts people who become worse off than before they arrived.

Anonymous said...

http://eamb-ydrohoos.blogspot.gr/2012/02/world-war-iii.html

Alain said...

I would change the question a bit by asking do government social programs work and the question would be no. There has never been a government social program anywhere in the world that has not made the problem worse and not better. They always create a huge following of takers. First is the always growing bureaucracy created and then a whole industry of takers looking to latch on to the public teat. The one group that is left behind is the target group that all this is supposed to help.

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