The War on the Poor

In his first inaugural address, in 1964, Lyndon Johnson declared: “This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America.”  But now, in MoCo and other places, the government instead seems to have declared a “War on the Poor.”  It’s not a declared war (so few are!), it’s just the direction taken by so many of county and state policies.  Whether because of MoCo’s well-known elitism, classic examples of unintended consequences, or just misguided policymaking, a large number of statutes and regulatory initiatives are perfectly geared to making the poor even more miserable.

Often this comes through measures that impose costs on the economy, raising prices and limiting the availability of goods or services.  Sometimes it means “regulating” the economy, by cutting off opportunities for advancement.  Sometimes it means shutting off options for the poor to improve themselves with accessible mortgages.  Sometimes it means raising their costs of living.  Sometimes it means denigrating and belittling the poor, which comes easily to the condescending folks who govern us.  But this blog will be keeping an eye on policy advocacy which harms the poor, and point it out.

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