April 30, 2007
Ending Poverty in America
by Nicholas Beaudrot of Electoral Math
That's the title of a new book edited by John Edwards along with Marion Crain and Arne Kelleberg, two UNC professors who presumably have affiliations with Edwards's Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity. Ezra Klein readers will likely be familiar with several of the contributors: Jared Bernstein of the Economic Policy Institute, Elizabeth Warren of TPMCafe's Warren Reports, and The Great Risk Shift author Jacob Hacker. But it also includes a smattering of academics, as well as a few old guard policy wonks like the Urban Institute's Harry Holzer, plus the occasional Republican who earnestly cares about poverty like Jack Kemp. It's likely a good collection of ideas on poverty and surrounding questions of race, education, urban structure, and the like.
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"But it also includes a smattering of academics"
you know Elizabeth Warren is an academic, right?
I mean, Harvard Law School is kinda crappy, but it is still part of the academy.
Posted by: just sayin | Apr 30, 2007 2:17:37 PM
Yes, I do. Should have said "additional academics", or "academics that aren't in the blogosphere" or somesuch.
Posted by: Nicholas Beaudrot | Apr 30, 2007 2:36:53 PM
The Center For American Progress just did a big report too:
Posted by: Mark | Apr 30, 2007 2:45:58 PM
A lofty goal and one that anyone would like to sign on to. What will be interesting is how this problem is approached. In the past, government efforts have fallen short of these lofty goals. President Johnson was going to wipe out poverty with his war on poverty, but while the congress was pumping untold millions into his schemes, other cultural factors were ignored. Anyone remember the Moynihan report? He was right in the end.
Many of the factors that cause poverty and keep people in poverty , many of them cultural, are things that liberals are unwilling to address and without a more comprehensive approach that includes cultural roadblocks, marriage and heavy promotion of education, these efforts will fall by the wayside in the same manner that the good-faith efforts of the Johnson administration did.
Posted by: Fred Jones | Apr 30, 2007 3:44:44 PM
"plus the occasional Republican who earnestly cares about poverty like Jack Kemp"
Republicans care more. They recognize that transfer payments are nothing more than a tape job. The real way to fight poverty is through job creation vis-a-vis economic growth.
Posted by: Jason | May 1, 2007 3:19:21 AM
Poverty, in any real sense of the term, was all but eradicated in the US some time ago. Poverty as politically defined will never be 'defeated' because it is such a valuable enemy to have. The 'struggle against poverty' is the lifeblood of millionaire everymen like edwards and the prime source of self admiration in those who support him and his ilk.
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