Increase in poverty caused by government waste

By WND Staff

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The U.S. Census Bureau announced that the poverty rate in America now stands at 35.9 million people. Many politicians are quick to cite this increase as evidence that we need more money pumped into government programs to solve the problem of poverty in America.

Money is not the problem! We are already being taxed enough and spending enough to eliminate all poverty in America.

Estimates indicate that over $450 billion dollars will be spent on various types of welfare by the federal and state governments. If this money were simply divided up and mailed to every person in poverty, each would receive $12,500. That is $50,000 for a family of four!

Where does this money go? Much of it goes to well-paid bureaucrats around the county, extensive paperwork systems that decide who should get how much and why, as well as consultants who earn huge fees advising the government at many levels.

William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, used to say, “People need a hand up, not a hand out.” His philosophy has assisted the Salvation Army to become the most effective ministry in America in utilizing dollars and providing direct assistance.

While the welfare reform of 1995 has helped, the government programs often fail to provide adequate incentives to work. From the 1950’s until the late 1960’s, the percentage of Americans in poverty was steadily decreasing. When the “Great Society” funding kicked in, the trend became flat, and as we have spent an increasing amount of money to fight poverty, the poverty rate has actually been increasing.

Without question, money is not the answer because we have already paid to eliminate poverty many times over. When politicians tell you more money is needed, just remember we are already spending over $12,000 for every person in poverty. What is needed is a total reform of the system.


Steve Marr is the former CEO of the fourth largest import-export firm in the U.S., a company which facilitated international trade for many of the largest companies in America. Currently, Steve consults with with businesses and ministries utilizing ancient Biblical principles for success in today’s marketplace. Click here to contact Steve, or visit his website at www.businessproverbs.com.