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Topic - Michael Tanner
Fifty years ago this week, President Lyndon Johnson declared "unconditional war on poverty in America." American taxpayers have since spent more than $15 trillion on this conflict, employing everything short of the A-bomb, as the CATO Institute's Michael Tanner notes. Money is thrown with abandon at low-income assistance programs, from Section 8 housing to Head Start to Medicare and the Earned Income Tax Credit. There's little to show for the expenditure beyond a $17.3 trillion — that's with a 't' — national debt.
New Yorkers are using millions in taxpayer-funded dollars to ship food to relatives in Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the New York Post has found.
"I don't want food stamp police to see what people do with their rice and beans, but it's wrong," Mr. Tanner told the Post. "The purpose of this program is to help Americans who don't have enough to eat. This is not intended as a form of foreign aid."
"I don't want food-stamp police to see what people do with their rice and beans, but it's wrong," Mr. Tanner told The Post. "The purpose of this program is to help Americans who don't have enough to eat. This is not intended as a form of foreign aid."