Problem with poverty is reliance on government

2014-06-15T00:00:00Z Problem with poverty is reliance on government nwitimes.com

Fifty years after our government declared the war on poverty, are we better off? Did all the programs and money that was spent to "erase" poverty actually help or just create generations of more on poverty?

Yes, some of our neighbors do truly need help, but how many more are just living off the system? How many have learned to game the system, to just work enough hours not to interfere with their benefits? How many will not work 40 hours a week because they get the same benefit doing nothing?

When will the politicians stop throwing more of our tax dollars at programs that only keep folks in the system? Or is this just good politics to keep one getting re-elected? Sorry, Bob Heisse, but the problem is government.

- Kevin Toth, Cedar Lake

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