Here’s a question for politicians: Do you really want to fight poverty? I mean do you really, really want to end poverty, or do you just want to get re-elected?
If you really mean it, I have some good news for you along with some bad news.
The good news is that you no longer need to impose confiscatory rates of taxation upon hard-working families in order to give some people the money that other people have earned.
The bad news is that many of your constituents would rather deal with the disease than confront the cure. The reason I say this is because the one sure way to defeat poverty in one generation is to enact policies that would ensure that most children will be raised by married parents in wholesome and intact marriages. The problem is that many of your constituents are more committed to liberal social policies that undermine marriage than they are to ending poverty.