The GOP proposal, however, is sweeping in scope and reflects Ryan's own ambitions to tackle this issue — and it breaks some new ground in the process. For instance, Republicans suggest reforming the long untouchable Social Security Income program, which helps those 65 or older, blind people and the disabled. They also call for changes to the wildly popular Pell Grants program, which provides financial aid to students. The only sensible solution to the tremendous problems Social Security and Pell Grants is to phase out both programs.
"We think the way to fight poverty is to fight its symptoms," Ryan said at a news conference where the GOP plan was formally released. “We need to get to the root causes of poverty to fight the cycle of poverty."
A House Republican report includes a number of popular-sounding proposals and is clearly molded by Ryan's own oft-stated desire to help poorer Americans build brighter economic futures.
Much of it focuses on reforming federal welfare programs. The GOP recommendations include: expanded work requirements for those receiving federal welfare, food or housing assistance; more "flexibility" for state and local governments to improve programs, although what that means isn't always fully defined; consolidation of dozens of existing federal programs into fewer, better run efforts; improved accountability for federal programs while "rewarding" those which show the best results; more effectively target those Americans in greatest need of help; and reducing waste and duplication, a mantra for politicians in both parties every election year.
House Republicans call for the use of more "public-private partnerships" to fight poverty, better technology, and vastly improved metrics in measuring the effectiveness of federal programs, as well as more oversight by Congress into the hundreds of billions of dollars funneled to low-income Americans annually.
Government programs have not, cannot, and will not, have any effect on poverty. This has been proven throughout the ages. Progressives, including Ryan, continue to propose new programs and to fix programs that have no chance of working. Poverty is a creation of government as is so called income inequality.
We, the American people, must decide if we will be a free and independent people with a free economic system or will be become a totalitarian state with a totally equal and conforming classless society as Obama, Hillary, Sanders, Trump, Ryan, and many others want.
If these people are truly concerned about the welfare of the poor, they will eliminate damaging government regulations on business, they will remove the many barriers to business startups, they will end destructive government programs like Obamacare and Dodd Frank, they will lower and yes even eliminate any corporate income taxes, and they will remove as many trade barriers as they can. Free enterprise and a booming economy are the answer to minimizing poverty. As Jesus said, “the poor will always be with you.” Government programs just create more poor. A thriving economy creates the need for workers which minimizes the number of poor.