Take a Page Out of Jack Kemp’s Playbook
The fight against poverty needs a healthy dose of economic conservatism, and Bob Woodson is among the people providing it. The idea behind his Center for Neighborhood Enterprise is that low-income people, community organizations and a free-market ethos are key to the fight. History provides evidence that the current approach to poverty reduction just hasn’t delivered the results we need: In 1966, when the Great Society programs went into effect, the U.S. poverty rate was 14.7 percent — today, nearly 50 years later, it stands at 14.8 percent. Woodson’s alternative strategies aim to get America back to work.