NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Poverty is as endemic today as it was when President Lyndon Johnson inaugurated the War on Poverty, and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wi.) is offering sensible proposals to change things for the better.
He would offer states block grants to create programs that both directly aid the poor and remove disincentives to work and create jobs. That would reduce dependence on federal handouts and launch a frontal assault on the declining work ethic and unemployment in America.
During the Great Recession, unemployment peaked at 10%. It has since fallen to 6.1%, but virtually all that progress has been accomplished by encouraging more people to quit looking for a job and hence not be counted in the jobless data.
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