The Huffington Post article, “Paul Ryan Makes New Poverty Pitch” written by Arthur Delaney, makes an eerie suggestion as to how we can fight poverty. After enunciating his hatred for government solutions he came up with his own government solution–reducing all poverty programs into one and letting the states decide how to implement it. Here’s what Ryan had to say.
“The big idea in Ryan’s plan would be to consolidate most of the federal government’s anti-poverty programs, such as food stamps and housing vouchers, into one program that states could oversee and coordinate more closely. Ryan’s “Opportunity Grant” would be voluntary — states that want to try it could submit their own plan, so long as it includes “work requirements” for the able-bodied poor.”
This is precisely what the government did in my novel Take the Pilgrim Road. They rolled all poverty programs into one program so it would be easier to manipulate them, and finally to get rid of them.Take the Pilgrim Road. They rolled all poverty programs into one program so it would be easier to manipulate them, and finally to get rid of them.